Just in case anyone is still
wondering, yes I did win the 2010 election, and I was sworn in on
December 1, 2010. This was a 6-person district, and I finished 6thhighest out of 9 candidates. Not every voter used all 6 votes. In
fact, the district-wide average was only about 4.5 votes per ballot
(including people who didn't vote for any state rep candidates at
all.) The percentages are based on the total number of ballots cast:
Re-Elect Timothy Horrigan
NH House of
Representatives; Strafford County District #7
Election: Tuesday; November 2, 2010
Representing the people of Durham, Lee and Madbury
since December 2008 has been one of the greatest honors of my
life, and I hope to return. I served on the House Election Law
Committee as well as on the Revenue Committee of the Strafford
County Conference. (I also served briefly as a temporary
substitute on the House Labor Committee.)
I grew up in Durham and attended the Oyster River Schools before
graduating from the Northfield Mount Hermon School Columbia
University, and the University of Southern California. I have
three decades of experience as an information-technology
specialist and a writer.
My legislative priorities have included and will always
Preserving both the federal and state constitutions
Free, fair and open elections, using accurately-counted paper
Protecting the personal freedoms of all New Hampshire citizens
Protecting the rights of all families, conventional or
Protecting gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual people
Preserving the environment
Making sure UNH continues to be
one of the top state universities in America
During my first term, 2009-2010, I sponsored or cosponsored
five bills which became law:
New Hampshire's current tax system, which relies heavily on
business taxes and property taxes, is unworkable. It is also
unfair and regressive. Any attempt to reform the tax system will
involve creating new taxes and/or increasing some existing taxes.
I will not take "The Pledge" to oppose a "broad-based"
tax. However, I am opposed to a broad-based sales tax at this
time, primarily for technical reasons. (Basically, there is no
standard nationwide scheme for classifying goods and services.)
What about Gambling?
Casinos and the like are not an alternative to taxes. Those
facilities, if we had them in New Hampshire, would be taxed— and
taxed heavily. The various proposals which came before the
legislature in 2009 and 2010 were not worth pursuing: the costs
would have vastly outweighed the benefits.
What about Spending Cuts?
I favor efficient, small and unobtrusive government. We already
have that in New Hampshire, though there is room for improvement.
Massive short-term spending cuts are both unwise and impossible.
Moreover, spending cuts are not a substitute for tax reform.
When & Where to Vote:
All voting in New Hampshire is done with paper
ballots. The initial count will be done by machine, but a hand
count can— and will— be carried out if necessary.
Hours: 7am-7pm in Durham; 8am-7pm in Lee &
absentee ballots must arrive at the polling place
before the polls close on election day
students & other local residents with multiple homesmay register to vote in Durham,
Lee or Madbury— as long as they have a residence in one of those
towns and won't be voting anywhere else during the 2010 election
cycle. UNH's dorms are residences just like all other housing
units in Durham, and the students living on-campus in April 2010
were counted as part of Durham's population during the Decennial
General Election; Tuesday, November 2, 2010 You
can register at your polling place—or at your town hall on or
before October 23, 2010.
a letter to the editor which I wrote on October 22, 2010. Only the
Dover, NH Foster's Daily Democrat ran it.
I have been campaigning hard this fall to return to the New
Hampshire House, even though I made the mistake of
resigning my seat in August. My resignation was made in haste
after I made some comments about Sarah
Palin which were widely misconstrued. I bear no personal
animosity to Ms Palin, and I hope she comes here to New Hampshire
and gets to know us. All the other 2012 Presidential hopefuls,
including President Obama, are working hard in New Hampshire to
lay the groundwork for our upcoming Presidential Primary. The
other candidates realize that we Granite Staters know how to sort
out the serious candidates from the pretenders.
The Presidential Primary is over a year away. The General Election
is a few days away. I would like to ask each and very one of you
in Durham, Lee and Madbury for one of your six state-rep votes on
November 2nd, 2010.
Protecting our "First in the Nation" Presidential
Primary will be one of my legislative priorities. I also plan to
work hard to preserve the integrity of our elections, to protect
our personal freedoms, to bring more fiscal sanity to the state
budget, and to make sure UNH continues to be one of America's
great state universities. Along with my district-mate Janet Wall,
I was one of only 38 state representatives out of 400 who made
every roll call and attended every session day during the last two
annual sessions. I cannot guarantee a 100% attendance record next
biennium, but I can guarantee that I will keep working hard for
all of you.
Timothy Horrigan (in black) with State Rep. Gina
Hutchinson Manchester, NH; October 12, 2010 photo courtesy of
: Jerry Sneirson
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