Dover Mayors Support Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Between the six of us, we’ve served the citizens of Dover as City Councilors and Mayors for a combined thirty years and over that span we have seen six Presidents of the United States, 10 Governors of New Hampshire and 13 Managers for the Red Sox. We have also seen 9 U.S. Senators represent our State, so we know what it looks like when New Hampshire and the Seacoast have someone fighting for us both in New Hampshire and in Washington, DC. With Jeanne Shaheen, we have the real deal, a Senator who represents everyone in the State, Democrats, Independents and Republicans alike.
For most people who are going to work every day, raising a family, and dealing with life’s demands, it is not always easy to follow exactly what our elected officials are doing for us in Congress, but as former Mayors, we know better than most what it means to have a Senator who can get things done for their communities back home.
Throughout her career as a State Senator, as Governor and now as a U.S. Senator, we have worked very closely with Jeanne Shaheen to deliver for the people of Dover and New Hampshire, and time and again, she has come through for us when it mattered most. What is most impressive about Senator Shaheen is that she knows New Hampshire. She listens to citizens, she is a problem solver, she works across the aisle in the Senate and she simply gets things done.
Oftentimes, we have needed Senator Shaheen to take our issues to the very top. For example, when the Obama Administration was preparing another round of base closures that could have closed the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, cut jobs for people in Dover and communities along the Seacoast, Jeanne Shaheen stood up to her own party and stopped the closure. Jeanne Shaheen saved the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, for the citizens of Dover and the Seacoast, and that meant saving quality jobs with high quality benefits. She also led the fight to make the nearby Pease Air National Guard Base the first in the United States to be awarded the new KC-46A refueling tanker that will also create excellent, high paying, long term wages for the Seacoast region.
But Senator Shaheen has always recognized that smaller projects can make a big difference for communities like ours. In 2009, when the City of Dover needed federal funding to finish the third and final stage of the Cocheco River dredging project, we knew we could count on her. This was at a time when the project had stalled and quite literally was dead in the water. Senator Shaheen worked with her colleagues on both sides of the aisle and made sure we got the funding we needed, and now, the increased safety and navigability of the river are helping Dover develop our downtown riverfront and connect with other deep water ports along the Seacoast.
Senator Shaheen has also worked to help the hundreds of businesses of all sizes that call Dover and the Seacoast home. One great example is the story of a small Dover company called EcoTouch, which makes high quality, environmentally friendly auto care products. Just a few years ago, EcoTouch was operates out of a family garage, still struggling to find a foothold, but with Senator Shaheen’s help, the company was able to obtain a federal grant to help promote its products. Thanks to that grant, EcoTouch now has clients around the country and around the globe, and continues to hire employees right here in New Hampshire.
Between the six of us, there is no shortage of examples of Senator Shaheen delivering for Dover. When regulations were hurting New Hampshire lobster crews, she fought for $33 million in funding for Northeast fisheries. When veterans needed better access to care, she worked to ensure they could visit facilities closer to their homes along the Seacoast. And when the Memorial Bridge, our region’s most critical piece of transportation infrastructure, needed to be replaced, you can probably guess who we counted on to get it done.
Whether it is City Hall, the State House or the United States Senate, Dover and New Hampshire want representatives who will fight for us, and in Washington, DC, that is exactly what Jeanne Shaheen has done and will continue to do.
Here in Dover we are proud to call her our own. In the election we have the chance to send someone back to Washington who understands the needs of our own country, the State and the Seacoast and that we proudly support the re-election of Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
Mayor Karen Weston
Former Mayor William E. Boc
Former Mayor Jack Buckley
Former Mayor George Maglaras
Former Mayor Alex Nossiff
Former Mayor Howard Williams