September 17th, 2016

In quite a few of the primary races in Moultonboro this past Tuesday, contested and uncontested, there were large amounts of " blanks", races where either no votes were cast, or where if there were two seats up for election, only one received a vote.
I can understand a few possibilities such as when no candidate is on the ballot and you don't have a write in. Or, when you have a preference for only one candidate an take the " silver bullet" approach and vote for only your preferred candidate.  Another is that some down ballot or lesser known races are just skipped over.
The Democrat Governor race had only 9 blanks. Go further down the ticket and there were 173 blanks in an uncontested Democrat NH House race. On the Republican side, there were 13 blanks for Governor, but a whopping 619 blanks in a contested Republican NH House race.

We are now headed to the November 8th General Election and it is an important one, but not only for the top of the ticket, but also way down the ticket where you will elect your local representation in the NH House, Senate and County. Ignoring these races would be unfortunate, as they can have the greatest impact on our day to day lives.

Over the coming weeks, as I seek your vote to represent you in the NH House, I will attempt to differentiate myself from the incumbents on the many issues we need to address in New Hampshire, Whether it be via this blog, Facebook, my campaign website , door to door canvasing or public venues, I am committed to reaching out to as many people as I can in all three towns to make my case.
Lastly, if you are planning on being out of town for the general election, please get an absentee ballot and vote.

October 3rd 2016

I am running for the NH House to represent Carroll County District 04 ( Moultonborough, Sandwich and Tuftonboro). It is important when considering candidate choices, especially local candidates, to know who they are, where they stand on issues and where they differ. Local offices after all can have the greatest impact on our day to day lives.
I have been an elected official in Moultonborough for nearly 5 years, 2 years on the Planning Board and currently serve as a Selectman. I am a Respiratory Care Practitioner still practicing here in NH. More details on my background can be found on my website: PaulPunturieri.Com.
We have a lot of work to do in NH, but I refuse to be taken in by the doom and gloom crowd who always see the glass as half empty and rarely celebrate any of the positive accomplishments we see in our great state. That is because their priorities have more to do with political ideology rather than representing the people that elected them to serve.
First and foremost, I will always put the needs of citizens and constituents ahead of political ideology. I know that we must and can do better. My one and only agenda will be the citizens I was elected to represent.
Living here in the Lakes region, our lakes are our lifeblood. I fully support efforts to protect them and keep them clean and beautiful for generations to come.
Continuing to focus on the positive, NH has a very low rate of unemployment, but employers are having a great deal of trouble finding skilled workers. We need to invest in our citizens and provide opportunities and incentives so that they can receive the education and training they need to fill those vacant jobs.
Working closely and collaboratively with the County as a member of the delegation, I will work to resolve issues and end the disharmony and acrimony. That won’t happen without a changing of the guard. Some members of our current delegation have lost sight of the basic fact that they work for the citizens and taxpayers of Carroll County. In 2016 our three District 04 towns will pay 34% of the county property tax levy. A good incentive to work together.
I believe in our public schools and will not support efforts to defund, dilute or divert funds from them. We need to continue to invest in improving our public education system, not spending your tax dollars finding an alternative.
The defunding of the Carroll County farm led by Rep. Cordelli, was wrong. I support a responsible plan for the future of that 153 year old facility and one that will allow it to continue to be owned by the citizens of Carroll County. Defunding the operation of the farm before a plan for the future was even thought of is very poor leadership. Carroll County deserves better.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to email me at ppunturieri@yahoo.com.
I hope you will consider voting for me on November 8th so that we can keep NH moving forward.
Paul Punturieri
Moultonborough, NH

September 23rd 2016

I support our excellent public school system

Our public education system is funded by the public, and it benefits the public. In essence, it exemplifies the principles of democracy and freedom that are the cornerstones of our society.
Some people want to create a system that weakens the quality of public schooling our children receive. Students would attend private schools partly funded by tax dollars or diverted revenue and they would cut much needed resources to teach children in our public schools.
The Koch brothers funded Americans for Prosperity is leading this assault on public education. That organization has even inserted itself into local school board races around the country to advance its extreme agenda aimed at dismantling public education.
Incumbent and seeking re-election, Glenn Cordelli is on board with the Koch brothers extreme agenda and is supported by and champions this organization's goals. He received an A+ rating from this group and was quoted on a local blog saying “I am very proud of the recent A+ rating from Americans for Prosperity for 2016.”
As a candidate for the NH House representing Carroll County District 04, Moultonborough, Tuftonboro and Sandwich, I will oppose any effort to dismantle our public education system. I will reject outside groups that try to inject their ideology into our local government and school systems. I will fully support our locally controlled public schools.
All three towns that comprise our NH House District have excellent school systems. I would urge any concerned citizen to seek out members of their school administration and local school board members, and ask them what their schools under our local control and funded by our tax dollars are doing to continually improve the quality of our children’s education. The answer I am sure will be quite a lot and that they will hold up their work to that of any private school. They deserve our full support.
Any funding diverted from our schools will impact each and every taxpayer on their tax bill. NH has had their hands in our pockets in the not too distant past, (remember donor towns?) using our hard earned tax dollars to pay for the education of students in other parts of the state. That is wrong and I will strongly oppose any efforts to divert any of our tax dollars away from our local schools and our local control.

Paul T. Punturieri
Candidate for NH House
Representing Moultonborough, Sandwich and Tuftonboro.
Moultonborough , NH
603-455-3023

September 17th, 2016

In quite a few of the primary races in Moultonboro this past Tuesday, contested and uncontested, there were large amounts of " blanks", races where either no votes were cast, or where if there were two seats up for election, only one received a vote.
I can understand a few possibilities such as when no candidate is on the ballot and you don't have a write in. Or, when you have a preference for only one candidate an take the " silver bullet" approach and vote for only your preferred candidate.  Another is that some down ballot or lesser known races are just skipped over.
The Democrat Governor race had only 9 blanks. Go further down the ticket and there were 173 blanks in an uncontested Democrat NH House race. On the Republican side, there were 13 blanks for Governor, but a whopping 619 blanks in a contested Republican NH House race.

We are now headed to the November 8th General Election and it is an important one, but not only for the top of the ticket, but also way down the ticket where you will elect your local representation in the NH House, Senate and County. Ignoring these races would be unfortunate, as they can have the greatest impact on our day to day lives.

Over the coming weeks, as I seek your vote to represent you in the NH House, I will attempt to differentiate myself from the incumbents on the many issues we need to address in New Hampshire, Whether it be via this blog, Facebook, my campaign website , door to door canvasing or public venues, I am committed to reaching out to as many people as I can in all three towns to make my case.
Lastly, if you are planning on being out of town for the general election, please get an absentee ballot and vote.

Email: PPunturieri@yahoo.com

Cell: 603-455-3023

As a New Hampshire Democrat, I stand for policies that ensure a strong economy, healthy communities, strong families, justice and fairness. 

Paul Punturieri for NH House Representative Carroll County District 04: Moultonborough, Tuftonboro and Sandwich