I am running to represent the citizens of Alton and Gilmanton, so that together we might continue to hold highly the torch of liberties and freedoms that have inspired and motivated generations of New Hampshirites. The hope and inspiration provided by its light is needed now more than ever.
We must defeat the pandemic that interrupted our state’s and nation’s remarkable economic recovery, restoring and resuming policies that invigorated small businesses and created the jobs that brought opportunity, revitalization and prosperity to our neighbors and us.
I have a proven record of service, leadership and accomplishment and am eager to bring to Concord my energy, skills and commitment to work for you in building a stronger New Hampshire, rooted in:
To my Fellow Residents of Alton and Gilmanton:
Welcome and thank you for your interest in me and my candidacy for the New Hampshire House of Representatives from Belknap District 5!
I have been married happily to my wife, Priscilla, since 1975. We have three wonderful adult children and five energetic grandchildren.
Ever since I was a child I have looked affectionately upon New Hampshire. My parents were not well enough off to own property and a second home here, but coming to New Hampshire on family vacations always was a highlight of the year in those years they were able to afford a visit. Living here is the realization of a life long dream.
I will be eternally grateful to God for my parents’ love and sacrifice to give me the opportunity to live a full life. While they made education beyond high school possible for me, my life has been shaped and influenced by their examples of hard work. One of my all time favorite jobs was working with my grandfather as a bricklayer’s apprentice.
I am running for a seat in the New Hampshire House because I love our state and its citizens. I want to work—and fight, if and when necessary—to preserve our historic values of individual freedom, personal responsibility, proud local communities and amazing personal creativity.
Since I am a lifelong conservative Republican, you will be able to count on me to ensure that the voices of Alton and Gilmanton citizens will be heard in Concord, partnering with other local elected state officeholders, town officials and a new Republican majority to make our state and towns even better places to live, work and raise families.
State budgets don’t increase only due to inflation or population. State budgets increase to fund more state programs, more mandates on towns and cities and more loyal state employees to oversee both. Larger budgets require more money, YOUR money. While your personal and family budgets go up AND down, depending upon your circumstances, have you noticed how rare it is for state budgets to go down?
The foundation of the New Hampshire Advantage is that we are the ONLY state in New England not to impose an INCOME TAX upon its citizens. Democrats in Concord want and have voted to add an income tax (they called it a “wage tax” – LOL) to New Hampshire’s tax system. An income tax will destroy the New Hampshire Advantage and add to your already high tax burden.
Automatic business tax rate increases are projected to take effect next year because of the devastation COVID-19 has had upon state revenues. Increasing state business taxes will HURT SMALL BUSINESSES and force more to go under. State government will need to do what all of us do in tough times. We will need to tighten our belts and get through this time without imposing further harm on the very people who are the backbone of our state’s economy.
The framers of the federal Constitution included the Second Amendment protections because they had just fought and won a costly war against a tyrannical monarch and his government. They understood the danger of trusting that the government would always be good and just. A well-armed law abiding citizenry helps to ensure constitutionally protected rights and freedoms. The use of legally owned firearms can provide personal protection in life or death situations, as well as provide owners hours of enjoyment hunting and target shooting. As the Second Amendment to the Constitution, the Framers made this right one of the bedrocks of individual liberty and freedom. Together, we must guard and preserve it against the continuing efforts to undermine and eliminate it.
We all want the best education possible for our children because we love them and want the best for them and the state’s future. I believe the record shows that the best thing we can do for public education is to promote school choice, including private schools, home schooling, technical and trade schools. In almost every area of life, we know that competition stimulates innovation, higher standards and better overall performance. Supporting school choice will provide the incentives to make all schools better.
Our police, fire fighters and emergency medical providers are the backbone of our communities. They are our neighbors and are deserving of our respect, cooperation and appreciation. Their work is demanding and frequently highly stressful, especially when they are putting their lives on the line for us. We need to be sure they receive our full support.
Adopted in 1776 by representatives from each of the 13 North American colonies of Great Britain, our Declaration of Independence affirms: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
I wholeheartedly, enthusiastically and unreservedly stand with the Founders of our nation. I believe as well that every human life is a precious gift from God and should be given every opportunity to enjoy his or her unalienable Right to Life.
Through the years I have been a supporter of Presbyterians Pro-Life, Bethany Christian Services, Students for Life and Care Net-RI. I made possible a matching grant campaign that resulted in Care Net being able to purchase, rather than continue making more costly lease payments for, a state of the art ultra-sound imaging device.
Building strong families is not the responsibility of Government, but Government can and must partner with individuals and organizations who are dedicated to promoting strong, vibrant and loving families—the essential foundation of our communities and nation.
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Alton, NH – Today, Paul Terry filed to represent Alton and Gilmanton in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Paul released the following statement:
“I am delighted to announce that I am running along with current New Hampshire State Representative Peter R. Varney to fill the two seats in Belknap County’s District 5. Serving in Concord the people of this beautiful area of our state will be a great honor. We have a lot of work to do in the wake of COVID-19 to get New Hampshire moving again and ensure our status in New England as the preeminent place in which to live and work. My election in November, along with a restored Republican majority in the House, will make this a reality after two years of disastrous legislative actions by the Democrat majority.”
Paul Terry makes his home in Alton, following thirty-nine years of service to several congregations as an ordained Presbyterian minister. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Union College (NY), where he was graduated cum laude with departmental honors. He studied Public Administration at the State University of New York at Albany while on the staff of the New York State Assembly Speaker, and later received a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. Additionally, his community service record includes work on a hospital board of directors and a school board, and three terms as chairperson of his presbytery’s board of trustees.
“My friend, Paul Terry, is running for the NH House Belknap County District 5. I will not be seeking another term. I encouraged him to run and promised to endorse him. Like myself, he is against any effort to enact an income tax. He opposes business tax increases. He strongly supports our right to keep and bear arms, he is in favor of school choice and he will support and promote respect for first responders. I am proud to support and endorse Paul Terry for NH State Rep!” – Representative George Feeney, Alton
My name is Peter Varney. I have been your state representative in Belknap District 5 for the past 3 terms. I am most proud of my first 2 terms as my fellow Republican and I held off tax and fee increases, along with creating a budget surplus. This last term has been the most frustrating as we have not been able to prevent some of the worst legislation I have seen in my 6 years of service, consuming any surplus and accumulating debt that will fall on the backs of taxpayers and our small businesses.
I want to go on record as endorsing Paul Terry for State Representative Belknap District 5. I would like the opportunity to work with Paul in the upcoming legislative session. We can make a difference by reducing taxes and fees on small business, promoting growth and attracting both small and large business that will invest private money into the local economy, reducing individual tax burdens and expanding the opportunities for the residents of our district. Once we have achieved a strong and vibrant economy, we can focus on generating revenue on infrastructure and needed services, as we Republicans did in my first two terms.
I am proud to stand with Paul Terry, a strong conservative, as we seek your support and vote for both of us in filling the two Belknap District 5 representative seats in the upcoming elections.
“Our State and Country need men and women of personal integrity, and who when they become our Representatives will have a genuine commitment to the Constitution of the United States and the founding Christian principles that established the greatest country the world has ever known. Our decision this fall will determine our destiny! A vote for Paul Terry will honor the past and secure our future.”
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Thomas Paine wrote in 1776, “These are times that try men’s soul. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
Today we face a similar crisis that threatens our nation and state. But just as in 1776, I believe there are many patriots among us—and we, too, can be triumphant as were our courageous Founders.
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