New Hampshire voters in Auburn, Chester, and Sandown (Rockingham County district 4) will go to the polls tomorrow, September 26, for a special election to fill a state representative seat. Among the candidates is former state representative Jim Headd. An alert Leaven for the Loaf reader reminded me of an event I covered three years ago, at which Mr. Headd was a speaker.
At that time, Mr. Headd said this: “God gave us life from the moment of conception until the time of natural death, and I vow to you that’s how I will vote.”
I have not spoken to Mr. Headd since that time, and I have not interviewed either of his 2017 opponents. I offer his 2014 remark for what it’s worth. My thanks to the faithful reader who recalled the post from three years ago.
[Update: Mr. Headd did not prevail in the September 2017 race, losing 901-862 to a Democratic challenger, with 41 votes going to a Libertarian candidate according to preliminary returns.]
Candidates gathered on State House plaza in Concord Sunday afternoon to make their pitches to pro-life voters. Here’s a selection of the speakers. Thumbs up to Women for Bob Smith, who organized the event and managed to bring together a wide variety of candidates.
Sue DeLemus, former state representative running to represent Rochester once again: “I have a very personal connection with the right to life, because I had an abortion. I fight like mad every single bill that’s against life that comes through this House. There is no one in this House who can testify the way I can.”
Kevin Avard, former state representative from Nashua now running for state senate district 12: “What is the first unalienable right? Life. I’m a fighter, and I need your support. Please help me put on the gloves, or take ’em off, one or the other.”
Former state representative and senator Joe Krasucki of Nashua, running for re-election to the NH House: “We’ve got to stand up for life. Without that, nothing else matters.”
Rep. David Murotake, Nashua ward 5: “I will definitely either support or co-sponsor legislation that is pro-life. I supported things like repeal of the death penalty. It’s not just about abortion.”
Katherine Prudhomme O’Brien, candidate for state representative, Derry: “I want to thank Susan [DeLemus] for telling her story. Since the days when I was attending a support group for rape and sexual assault survivors, I haven’t heard those honest stories being told.”
Jim Headd, former state representative running for re-election in a district covering Auburn, Chester and Sandown: “God gave us life from the moment of conception until the time of natural death, and I vow to you that’s how I will vote.”
Linda Gould, state representative candidate from Bedford: “I’m pro-life, and that says it all.”
Karen Testerman: “Life is not an issue; it’s a fundamental principle. There should be no question about it.”
Jennifer Logan reading a message from Jim Lawrence, candidate for Second Congressional District