To the editor:

We'll soon be choosing a candidate to be Democratic nominee for Executive Council District 3. The winner of the primary will face a Republican in the general election in November.

District 3 includes the cities and towns of Atkinson, Brentwood, Chester, Danville, Derry, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Greenland, Hampstead, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, Newton, North Hampton, Pelham, Plaistow, Raymond, Rye, Salem, Sandown, Seabrook, South Hampton, Stratham, Windham and Portsmouth.

What does the Executive Council do? It's explained in this brief podcast:

Basically, the five members approve all state contracts over $25,000 and appointments to state agency positions, judges, National Guard promotions - even the acceptance of federal funds or donated items.

They meet every other Wednesday with all the information they will be voting on delivered the previous Friday afternoon — that’s five days to read piles of contracts and other documents.

Most of the decisions are financial in nature. This is not a legislative body but more like a board of directors.

Patty Lovejoy is a five-term state representative serving the citizens of Rockingham District 36: Exeter, Newfields, Newmarket and Stratham. She's currently chair of the House Finance Committee Division 1 and served on the Ways & Means Committee for two terms, including holding the position of vice chair.

She was a certified public accountant with the international accounting firm KPMG,

and then served as an executive with several New Hampshire banks. She’s been very involved with her community, serving 12 years on school boards.

Her in-depth knowledge of, and direct experience working with, many state agencies; her financial expertise; and her work ethic make her ideally suited for this role.

I've served four of her five terms with her, and when I have a question, I ask Patty.

State Rep. Michael Cahill

House District Rockingham 17

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