A Letter to the Editor – Maryann and Tom Newman

To the editor:

As Salisbury small business owners, we are faced with great challenges from both out-of-state competition and increasing regulations. It is refreshing to have a candidate for state representative, Jim Kelcourse, who understands our challenges and is committed to be an advocate for economic development and jobs.

Often, customers ask us how we compete with businesses in New Hampshire that have no state sales tax. We’re also asked about increasing health care regulations that add to our cost of doing business. We tell them we survive by keeping our prices competitive and providing excellent customer service, but raising costs are a continuous challenge.

Our goal is to grow a quality, profit-making business for our customers, our employees, ourselves and our children as well as to generously support the needs of our surrounding community. This growth has positive consequences of creating good jobs and generating more taxes for the community. This should be a win-win solution for everyone. However, some of the current policies seem to ignore these issues. Perhaps it is time that Salisbury, Newburyport and Amesbury elect more candidates like Jim Kelcourse who have grown up in the area and have a small business background.

Jim went to high school in Amesbury and put himself through college on a full athletic scholarship to Villanova University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in business administration. He is truly “self-made.” Jim is a small businessman with a legal practice in Newburyport. He is active in the Chambers of Commence in Salisbury, Newburyport and Amesbury. Jim is also vice president of the Newburyport Rotary Club, an organization committed to “service above self.” We are excited that he has deservedly been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business, a nonpartisan organization that represents over one million employers and their employees in Massachusetts.

One of Jim’s major issues is “economic development and jobs.”

As our state representative, we believe that Jim will weigh the implications that proposed legislation will have on the business community.

We will vote for him, and ask all our great customers and friends to vote for him too.

Maryann and Tom Newman

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