I met Andy as he was leaving the Senate chambers for the very first time. I walked up to him, stuck out my hand and said “Senator, not only am I a lobbyist for NH cities and towns but I am one of your constituents as well.” He stopped, took my hand, looked me straight in the eyes and said “I want to learn as much as I can about how municipal governments work and how I can best serve the towns in my district. How soon can we meet?”
Less than two weeks later, he and his wife Laurie, then a freshman representative, came to my office and sat down for an un-interrupted couple of hours. He, and she, listened, asked questions and even had questions prepared in advance to ask in case they didn’t get covered. From that day, there was never a time when Senator Sanborn didn’t make the time to sit down and listen to the ideas and positions of NH cities and towns or, for that matter, to listen to me as a constituent.
Sadly, my town is not in Andy’s new district but, given the opportunity, I would tell each resident of Senate District 9 that Andy Sanborn listens, he does his homework, he means what he says and even when his idea might differ, he tells you why and how he came to that decision. NH residents could hardly ask more of their elected representatives and I urge those voters in Senate District 9 to return Andy Sanborn to the NH Senate.