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State Sen. Dan Feltes greets voters outside Concord's Ward 8 polling place on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

State Sen. Dan Feltes greets voters outside Concord’s Ward 8 polling place on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

The below is excerpted from Dan’s letter announcing he was running for reelection in 2016 and the issues he is focusing on:

Dear Friends,

I am excited to write to you and let you know I am running for reelection to the State Senate!

As a legal aid lawyer for the better part of a decade, I had the honor of standing up & advocating for thousands of low-income folks struggling to get by. Now, as a state Senator, I’ve had the honor of serving Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton & Warner, working tirelessly to help expand opportunity for everyone, not simply the well-connected few.
When Erin & I first decided two years ago that I would run for the state Senate – signing the papers on a rainy Friday the 13th in June with a couple hours to spare – we did so on one value & one principle: Public service & that in order to move New Hampshire forward, we cannot afford to leave anyone behind. In our democracy: Everyone counts. From the organic farmer in Warner, to the Engine 4 firefighter in the South End, to the refugee family living on the Heights, everyone deserves a voice.

Working together with Democrats & Republicans, we’ve made progress on a wide array of issues, from helping combat the heroin &·opioid public health crisis, to promoting lower energy prices & renewable energy, to helping protect children from lead poisoning, to empowering flexible work arrangements for working families, to consumer protections for veterans, to affordable housing opportunities for working families & seniors, to beating back attacks on women’s health care, to reauthorizing Medicaid health insurance for about 50,000 low-income Granite Staters.

But, there is much more work to do.  There is much more work to do, including raising our minimum wage, bolstering job training, finally moving forward with full-day kindergarten, promoting paid family leave, making child care more affordable, enhancing our campaign finance laws, treating our retired state & local workers with the respect they deserve, & closing tax loopholes that disproportionately benefit the wealthiest one percent at the expense of the middle class.  With your help, we can build our grassroots campaign, win reelection in 2016, and continue to move New Hampshire forward, for everyone.

Thanks very much!

Dan