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Donna Mauro, Candidate for State Representative in Salem/Windham
I watched a made-for-TV movie a few years ago about Virtual Reality. The plot
was about not being able to tell the difference between what is real and what is Virtually Real. In Virtual Reality, there are no consequences. You can shoot a person, supposedly dead, and they will be alive in the next scene. It seems to me our Governor and too many of our Legislators are having the same struggle in telling the difference between a real budget and a Virtual Reality Budget. In Governor Lynch’s Virtual Reality Budget, the state budget is balanced and there is a surplus. In reality, increased spending, rising caseloads, and failure to meet revenue estimates have left New Hampshire with a budget deficit. Do we want to live in Virtual Reality for as long as we can, get away with it, and leave the consequences to future generations? Or do we want to do the hard thing now, which is deal with the budget in a way that fixes our economy, allows real, long-term jobs to be created by the “Private Sector,” and leaves most of your money in your pocket, not in government coffers? My name is Donna Mauro and I have the skills and determination needed to address the problems with the real budget. My husband and I own a small High Tech business in Salem. We have been balancing budgets, creating jobs, and living within our means for over 25 years. I am running for State Representative from Rockingham District 4, Salem/ Windham. You can vote for me on Tuesday, November 2.
DiFruscia Considering a
Write-In Candidacy Representative Anthony R. DiFruscia has announced he will not be supporting any of the Republican nominees for State Representative in Salem and Windham who are members or supporters of the House Republican Alliance. This includes David Bates, Marilinda Garcia, D.J. Bettencourt, and Walter Kolodziej. DiFruscia is considering a write-in candidacy for the November 2 general election as an Independent. Many of Representative DiFruscia’s colleagues in the State House have encouraged him to run as an Independent write-in candidate. Among the representatives that have asked him to return to Concord are Rep. Dennis Abbott, Rep. Beth Arsenault, Rep. Delmar Burridge, Rep. Jackie Cali- Pitts, Rep. Frank Case, Rep. Rich DiPentima, Rep. Bill Hatch, Rep. Melanie Levesque, Rep. Steve Lindsey, Rep. Bonnie Mitchell, Rep. Gil Shattuck, and Rep. Jayne Spaulding. Rep. DiFruscia’s supporters also include former representatives and local officials Carol Yennaco, Richard Cooney, Ruth-Ellen Post, Ross McLeod, Pat Hargreaves, Ed Gallagher, and Bruce Anderson. After receiving the support of so many of his colleagues, Representative DiFruscia announced he will make his decision by the end of the week.
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz Russ Ingram doesn’t blame anyone but himself for his loss by just 23 votes in the New Hampshire primary for a seat at the House of Representatives. “I didn’t campaign,” Ingram said. “I put out only four signs, so I have no one to blame but myself,” he added. After eight years at the State House, Ingram looks back and remembers vividly how frustrating it was at times. He says sometimes it was tough being on the “wrong side” when votes for legislatures didn’t go as he and fellow Republicans had hoped they would. Now, though, Ingram sees how at 85 years of age it may be time to settle in and really enjoy an actual retirement. Ingram, who lives in Salem, would like to spend more time enjoying hobbies, and now has that time on his hands. “I love antique cars and own two of them; it’ll be nice to just have that time to continue working on them on my time and to get back into my garden in the spring time,” Ingram said. Only losing a vote by 23 for not campaigning is absolutely amazing and shows how respected he is in the community of Salem. Having moved back here to his hometown of Salem with his wife, Bobbi (who unfortunately passed away this year), in 1992 from Colebrook, Ingram retired from banking, but was always interested in politics and what the people want to see happen in Concord. In 2002, he was elected as a state representative for the Republican party and remained there for four full terms. His term ended in 2010 when he lost the Republican vote to Donna Mauro by just 23 votes. “It’s just what it is,” Ingram said. “She is a very
wonderful lady and the time has come for me. It is a lot to drive to Concord every day; it’s 80 miles a day, you know,” he added. Ingram’s son Dean called his dad the night of the election. Dean said, “Congratulations, Dad, on the election.” Russ said, “What are you congratulating me for?” to which Dean replied, “Well, you lost; you shouldn’t have signed up in the first place.”
Russ recalls his time in Concord and the issues that came before the House of Representatives during the four terms he served. Ingram recalls it was difficult at times to see a bill he supported get voted down by the opposite party, as Democrats hold the majority. He says that there were so many issues that came before them during his time that it is hard to just highlight a few, but one that really sticks out to him was civil unions. “Governor Lynch originally said that he would
not allow that bill to pass. I was a supporter of not passing that bill as well. When the time came to vote for it, it did pass, and though the Governor said he would not allow that, he signed it into law, anyway. That was frustrating,” he said. Another issue that really bothered Russ was the
schools by bond issue. “This really sticks out in my mind. The funding for the schools and their buildings were used from general funds up until two years ago now; it helped towns for now, but this tactic left a mess for our children and grandchildren to deal with,” he said. While Ingram was serving as a state representative during his first term, he sat on the Ways and Means Committee, working in that committee along fellow state representatives from both parties to estimate the income for the state,
which is used for budgetary purposes according to funds received by the State of New Hampshire. During Ingram’s second term, he was on the opposite side of that, sitting on the Finance Committee, which spends the money based on approval from legislature. The two committees work closely together and the monies in question are spent according to what is available. That information comes from the Ways and Means Committee.
During his third term and fourth term, Ingram
was on the Public Works Committee dealing with infrastructure. Ingram says he really enjoyed his time on that committee. “It’s a very nice committee; I really liked
the work, as the committee oversees and is responsible for highways, infrastructure, buildings, etc.,” Ingram said. Now that the business and stress of typical politics begins to become a memory and something Russ is proud of, it’s time to just enjoy life, like a full-time retirement. “I will have all kinds of time to spend with my kids, Dean and Debbie, and my four grandkids. I can tinker around with my antique cars, take them to car shows, get into my garden,” he said. Russ laughed thinking about relaxing. “I don’t like to relax; I like to keep busy, so that is what I’ll be doing. I’ll always find something to do,” Russ chuckled.
Besides Russ’ hobbies, he continues to be very
active in the community. He is involved with the Salem Boys & Girls Club, as well as the Ingram Salem Senior Center, which was named for Bobbi and him.
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them to go up. Once they go up, it will be very obvious to the public as they drive by the schools that construction on this project is truly in full swing. “All the work being done during school hours are projects for the exterior of the building, such as the additions. Any work being done inside, such as dismantling the boilers and installing the new ones, has been done during weekends and after-hours,” Delahanty said.
Construction crews are under the direction of the Gilbane Company, the project manager. Their officials are on the sites full-time now, ensuring that all the work is progressing and completed in a timely manner. Delahanty says he is very happy with the officials of the Gilbane Company, as they appear truly committed to performing quality work. Delahanty said the
guaranteed maximum price will be made official no later than the end of October or early November. He says they won’t know the budget for the project until then, but he is confident the project will remain on time and under the planned budget. The bond approved for the first phase of the project was set at $22 million after voters approved it last March. “We’re in good shape so far,” Delahanty said. The projects that have been awarded, such as the concrete, boilers, flooring, and site work, have come into us under what the initial projected costs were going to be,” he added.
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