July News

July News

Over 30+ years I’ve spent time in Europe connecting with people in German towns and cities that see my family as part of their land. In spite of the complexities in German-Jewish-American relationships with Europe, our interactions generally produce a sense of global kinship.

June Newsletter

June Newsletter

The most noticeable point of contention is revenue. Republicans decided to cut business taxes rather than supporting workforce retention and training and property tax reductions, both of which are overwhelmingly the preference of Cheshire County businesses and residents. Small businesses benefit little from the tax cuts, and nobody benefits from the lack of workforce development initiatives. The tax cuts took $22 million out of the budget for FY19 and maybe up to $200 million out of the FY21 budget.  It will force the state to continue

April News

April News

The end of April newsletter has some upbeat notes. I find that there is much gained from the transfer of state legislation from one chamber to the next.  The first chamber establishes a record upon which the second chamber can build, often resulting in clarifying or altering amendments.

March News

March News

This past week was crossover week, where a lot of legislation had to pass from the Senate to the House or at least be passed and tabled for future consideration, particularly bills that have some funding impact. In summary, there were some gains and more setbacks that deserve your continued attention.

February News

Another month into the legislative session and a number of things are moving.  Up this week is Senate Bill 137 relative to licensure by endorsement granted by the Board of Nursing.  I proposed this bill based on the Governors Commission on Healthcare report that recommends among other things accelerated licensure of out-of-state nurses wishing to work in NH. Read more…

January News

January may have 31 days, but the month has flown. It’s the month to finalize Senate legislation, sign-up co-sponsors, convene committees, deliver testimony, write opinion editorials, and recruit experts to testify in committee hearings. It’s also a critical time to develop a work pace that enables me to spend equal time with Cheshire County groups that inspire the case for our region

Thank You!

I am very grateful to the voters of Cheshire County and Senate District 10 for electing me as their next State Senator to succeed Sen. Molly Kelly; winning with 64% of the vote is a convincing margin. Your support, letters to the editor, and contributions were most helpful. I began this election with a commitment to make a difference in the lives of people in Cheshire County. I said I would bring my optimism, energy and determination to get things done and that mine would be a positive campaign about the future of our region and state. These commitments and your support helped me gain votes across party lines and across advocacy groups.

While I was hopeful for other outcomes from the general election, we all need to move forward and work to improve the the lives of those we serve. As I look ahead, I have a few below-the-headline observations:

  • Our NH Congressional representatives will be all Democrats and all women, and they are all strong advocates for education, healthcare, mental health and workforce development; In contrast, the nation’s president will be a Republican working with a Republican-led congress. Our congressional delegation will face some partisan challenges in the coming 115th session.
  • The election of a new Republican Governor, together with roughly the same party make-up in the State Senate, House of Representative and Executive Council, puts Republicans in leadership of State Government.
  • The statewide elected officials are all from the southeastern part of the state, with the exception of Cong. Kuster, who is from Concord, which illustrates the geographic, economic and political pull of the state.

My challenge is to navigate these changing dynamics to accomplish the goals I set forward during the election and gain some wins for Cheshire County and the state. I will work across the aisles to get things done, which is exactly what I pledged when announcing my candidacy.

I want to congratulate newly elected state officials: US Senator-elect Maggie Hassan, Congresswomen Kuster, Governor-elect Sununu, Executive Councilor-elect Andru Volinsky and the newly elected and reelected state representatives and county officers. I look forward to working with each of them.

And I want to thank the many people who ran for office, who worked and volunteered for candidates, who met voters, and who worked inside and outside the polling places. Your participation is an important contribution to our electoral process. I greatly appreciate your efforts!

Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC Endorses Jay Kahn

On Thursday, October 6, the Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action PAC announced endorsements for the Fall 2016 General Election, and the organization chose Jay Kahn as its choice to represent the citizens of State Senate District 10. “Health care access for New Hampshire women and families is under attack and we cannot take it for granted in this election. In the past two years, 20 bills came before the state legislature which aimed to restrict reproductive care in New Hampshire. We need champions like Jay Kahn to be a voice for the health and safety of NH women and families in the state senate. Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC is proud to endorse  Jay Kahn because he will be a leader for the health of New Hampshire’s women and families,” said Jennifer Frizzell, Chair of the Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC.

The following statement is Jay's response to this endorsement:  "I am very pleased to receive the endorsement of Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC.  Planned Parenthood is an important part of New Hampshire’s healthcare delivery system.  We share a commitment to shaping the health, well-being, and economic security of Granite State women and families.   As a senator I will fight to retain Medicaid expansion, Planned Parenthood funding, and a women's right to make her own healthcare decisions and select the healthcare provider of her choice. "


Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund (PPNHAF) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in New Hampshire. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy. The Action Fund makes independent expenditures on behalf of or in opposition to targeted candidates for public office. PPNHAF maintains a separate, segregated political committee to make direct endorsements (the PAC).


Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC is the political committee operated within PPNHAF which makes candidate endorsements and financial contributions directly to candidates.

Endorsements – GOTV

By Mike Hoefer on September 8, 2016 in Commentary

In these final days before the primary, I want to take a minute to tell you how proud I am of the endorsements that Jay has received in his bid to become our next State Senator. The people and organizations listed below will need to work everyday with the person we elect; their choice and preference is clear- They want to work with Jay.

Elected Officials
Congresswoman Annie Kuster. State Senator Molly Kelly.Cheshire State Representatives: Michael D. Abbott, Dick Ames, Paul Berch, John Bordenet, Cyndy Chase, Dan Eaton, Gladys Johnsen, Doug Ley, John Mann, Tara Sad, Marge Shepardson, Bruce Tatro, Lucy McVitty Weber, Larry Phillips.County Commissioners: Chuck Weed and Stillman Rogers. Keene Mayor Kendall Lane. Former Keene Mayors: Dale Pregent and Aaron Lipsky. Keene City Councilors: Terry Clark, Randy Filiault, Mitchell Greenwald, Stephen Hooper, Carl Jacobs, Philip Jones, Gary Lamoureux, Janis Manwaring, Robert O’Connor, Tom Powers, and David Richards. Roxbury Town Selectman: Jim Rousmaniere, Jr. Winchester Town Clerk Jim Tetreault. Cheshire County Register of Deeds: Anna Tilton

National Education Association – New Hampshire (NEA-NH) and the American Federation of Teachers – New Hampshire (AFT-NH) understand that Jay is the candidate to support our teachers and the education our students need to thrive in life.

The State Employees Association of New Hampshire (SEA/SEIU Local 1984) chose Jay as the candidate in the race that will best support their members in our district and across our state.

Citizens of District 10
People have gotten to know Jay by meeting him at a dozen house parties held across our district; his visits to the manufacturers and businesses; and healthcare, mental health, and social service providers.  They have shared that support in at least 16 letters to the editor in the Keene Sentinel and nearly 400 volunteer supporters.

Jay has dedicated himself to meeting people and learning about the issues facing our region and state. Jay attended several of the Maplewood Nursing Home hearings this past summer; Kris Roberts attended none. Jay is the only candidate who attended the NH Democratic Convention, and he was the only candidate from the district to attend the Democratic State Senate Policy Briefing, events open to all candidates running for senate to help prepare them for issues likely to confront the Senate next year.

The time for action is now!
I am confident that the candidate that wins the primary next Tuesday will be the next Senator from District 10. If you want, like I do, for that person to be Jay Kahn we need a few hours of your time over the next few days.

Please contact our Campaign Manager David Lamando at dlamando@nhdp.org.
Volunteer opportunities include canvassing, calling likely primary voters, and poll visibility.

A couple of hours of your time this weekend will help make sure Jay Kahn is the next State Senator from District 10.

Thank you for your support!

Michael Hoefer
Chairman Friends of Jay Kahn

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  2.  Post on your Facebook page or send one of the following messages to your email contacts:
    1. Education is important to me so next Tuesday I will be voting for Jay Kahn for State Senate. He’s had a career in Higher Education (an important issue in our state) and has been endorsed by both the American Federation of Teachers – New Hampshire (AFT-NH and National Education Association – New Hampshire (NEA-NH)
    2. Listening to others and collaboration is an important part of the way we get things done in New Hampshire. Jay has demonstrated these qualities throughout his career. The Keene Sentinel said of Jay: “His deliberate, consensus-building approach to getting things done has long been felt behind the scenes in this region.” Maybe that is why he has been endorsed by 33 current Cheshire County elected officials from across the region and up and down the ballot. Please join me in voting for Jay Kahn Tuesday September 13th.
    3. Economic development is critical to move our region forward. Jay has experience working with government agencies, private sector and non-profit organizations to build coalitions and solve real world problems. I believe he will be the strongest advocate for our region. Please join me in voting for Jay Kahn on Tuesday September 13th.

A Letter from Jay

Dear Voters,

I am Jay Kahn, candidate in the September 13th Primary Election for the Democratic nomination for State Senator in District 10, which includes Keene and 14 surrounding towns in Cheshire County. My leadership experience in our region and nationally has prepared me well for the State Senate: Keene State College as VP for Finance and Planning for 27 years and Interim President for 2012-2013, leading regional organizations, and helping start-up many initiatives to support the Monadnock region.

The passion with which I have advocated on behalf of Keene State College and the Monadnock region across the state is the same passion I will bring to the State Senate in representing Cheshire County citizens, students, institutions, and businesses. I’m proud of my accomplishments, for which I have been awarded honorary alumnus by the KSC Alumni Association and lifetime honorary membership by NH architects.

The way we improved KSC’s learning environment is through inclusive processes, hearing the preferences of how faculty most effectively teach and how students most effectively learn. It’s the same kind of legislator I will be--one who leads on issues, listens to voters, and incorporates ideas of others to achieve legislation that creates the greatest value.

Important to me is workforce development and educational opportunity that will spur economic growth, retain high school and college graduates in NH, help retain and grow current businesses, and have the capacity to encourage innovation in NH. This goal requires that NH holds down the price of education and establishes partnerships that help students pay down education debt. The state also needs more certificate programs that translate directly to workforce needs in fields such as manufacturing, information technology, healthcare, mental health services, child care, and construction trades. There are too many good paying, entry-level jobs in the Monadnock region that are going unfilled.

Schools and teachers need to be engaged in the process of helping link grade-level competencies to workforce skills at earlier ages. We wait until students near high school graduation to make them aware of available workplaces locally. And we need to adjust the amount of standardized testing done in schools and rely more on how teachers inspire students.

Sustaining equal opportunity requires more proactive policies for child care and child development (0-5 yrs.) access to healthcare, early assessment of learning and physical disabilities, parenting information on developmental skills that lead to school readiness, more childcare capacity, and family medical leave policies in the workplace.

We also need to assure access to healthcare and mental health services. I support Medicaid expansion and Planned Parenthood funding. I will support policy changes that ensure greater access to treatment of substance use disorders – expand the mental healthcare workforce by accelerating licensure procedures, including out-of-state reciprocity, and more licensed drug and alcohol recovery coaching programs. We need to support human services clients, workers, and emergency responders with better information systems to link people with needs to existing treatment and services for which they qualify.

Our state needs to expand renewable energy supply (wind, solar, and water) and encourage conservation investments by using existing Regional Greenhouse Gases (RGGI) revenues. We can grow small businesses with good paying jobs to fill a regional need and avoid gas pipelines, which this region doesn’t support. We also need to make progress on other infrastructure needs like broadband, road repairs, and bridge replacements.

Among the three candidates running, I have been endorsed by retiring State Senator Molly Kelly, Congresswomen Annie Kuster, 14 current Cheshire Co. State Representatives, three elected Cheshire County officials, 11 Keene City Councilors and Mayor Lane, and teachers and state employee unions. As Sen. Kelly stated in her endorsement, “Jay Kahn is a finance and business expert and has the exact skill set we need in the State Senate.” I will be the strongest advocate for you and the Monadnock region in the state legislature. I hope you agree and vote for me in the Democratic primary election on September 13th.

Jay Kahn

135 Darling Road

Keene, NH


Letters to the Editor

The collection of 18 Letters to the Keene Sentinel in support of Jay Kahn for Senate:

Kahn has shown his value as a city councilor, by Mitchell Greenwald - 9/11/16

Finally, the New Hampshire Democratic primary draws near!

The race for the District 10 Senate seat has allowed the candidates the opportunity to meet with the residents, participate in public forums and elaborate on their positions in the newspaper.

As a Keene city councilor, and chairman of the finance committee, I have had the unique opportunity to work closely with two of the candidates, Jay Kahn and Kris Roberts, both of whom are/were on my committee.

What sets Jay Kahn apart is his incredible ability to analyze concepts, numbers, budgets and come up with very creative approaches that accomplish goals, while saving the taxpayers money. This is far more than just remembering numbers and being able to add quickly.

Jay is a very fast learner. Other councilors and I have been amazed by Jay as we worked through the city budget. He understands complex financial statements, has the ability to converse with the accounting staff and translate the concepts for the other city councilors. He then worked with his fellow councilors to reach consensus. Jay has shown that he is not afraid to stand alone and present a different approach. This does not mean that he is rigid, and will not listen to differing ideas.

As much as I am thrilled to endorse Jay Kahn for state Senate, I will miss his valuable contributions to Keene City Council. I look forward to this region receiving the diligent, effective representation that we deserve when Jay is in the state Senate.

Please remember to vote for Jay Kahn for N.H. Senate in the Democratic primary on Sept. 13.


98 Peg Shop Road



Kahn's experience makes him my Senate choice, by Marge Shepardson - 9/10/16

Jay Kahn has the background and experience to be a great senator from District 10. He will be a strong advocate for public education, business, health care and improved infrastructure.

For years Jay has worked to strengthen educational opportunities from pre-school to college. He has been involved in programs such as SPARK–NH (early childhood education) and helped set up after-school programs in Marlborough and Winchester. He worked at Keene State College for 28 years, as vice president of finance and one year as interim president. He knows the challenges families face in financing a college education. Also, through his work there he has seen the need for innovative and relevant workforce training.

Jay has a strong background in business, not only from his years at KSC but also through his involvement on several community organizations: the N.H. Coalition for Business and Education, the N.H. Workforce Investment and Opportunity Board, the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, and the Monadnock Economic Development Corp. He will help grow business and foster innovation in New Hampshire.

Part of what businesses need is better broadband. Jay helped create MonadNet, the first Internet service provider in the Monadnock Region. As senator he can advocate for ways to improve Internet speed and coverage in our state. Jay also understands that businesses need a modernized energy system statewide, one that includes more support of energy efficiency and the development of more renewable energy.

In the field of health care Jay supports Medicaid expansion, Planned Parenthood and better ways to help those struggling with substance abuse. He has specific ideas for how to make the system work more smoothly and for us to offer alternatives to incarceration for drug abuse.

Jay Kahn will be a great advocate for us in the New Hampshire Senate and that is why I endorse him for Senate District 10.


94 Pleasant St.



Kahn is well-suited to serve in Senate, by Caroll L. Lothrop - 9/9/16

This letter is to urge your support of Jay Kahn for the state Senate in District 10.

I have known and worked with Jay for over 20 years. As the vice president of finance and planning at Keene State for almost 30 years, he led the renovation and building effort for the college, and did so in a fiscally responsible way. If you appreciate the unified, beautiful campus as I do, thank Jay.

When the Legislature cut the University System budget appropriation nearly in half several years ago, Keene State was in the best position of the four units in the system to weather this nationally unprecedented event. This was due to Jay’s careful budget management.

Jay listens carefully to citizen concerns, researches as needed, and responds with sensitivity, empathy and action plans. Please vote for Jay in the Democratic primary.


19 Merriam Brook Road



Kahn's careful approach to problems will benefit state, by Eric Anderson - 9/8/16

It has been my experience that the best opportunity for success is the result of collaboration. Rarely is there only one individual that “makes it happen.” In fact, the individual that states “I have the answer” is the one I want to avoid as most endeavors have multiple paths to success.

Jay Kahn has always impressed me as a person interested in hearing about the various avenues to solving a problem. The Keene Sentinel article by Ethan Dewitt contained a quote that could easily symbolize Jay’s preferred governance style: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” This is the type of leadership I want to see; this is the type of leadership we need.

There are innumerable examples of political leaders stating they have the answer and it is my way or no way. The results of that style seldom serve the community in a positive manner. That is not Jay’s approach. He values the viewpoints of others, the opportunity for discussion, taking the time to weigh the pros and cons of each path to an end, and making an educated choice based on the facts presented.

His position regarding education rings true for me. As an educator with 38 years of experience, I strongly believe in the power of education to solve problems. Many view education as an expense, but I see it as an investment that definitely will contribute to both the local and statewide community; sometimes hard to measure but without a doubt a reflection of our values. It is obvious that Jay shares this regard for education.

I appreciate that when asked how he would solve a problem or address a need, he may decline to present a specific, neatly packaged answer. Some may ask why he might hesitate. Others recognize his wisdom. It is his desire to develop a thorough understanding of the situation and to work with others for the solution. It is cooperation. It is collaboration. It is what New Hampshire needs.

Jay has a wealth of experience to share with our communities. I encourage all District 10 residents to join me in supporting Jay Kahn by voting for him in the upcoming election.


192 Darling Road



Kahn is a concensus-builder, by Wayne Hartz - 9/7/16

Sept. 13, I will be voting for Jay Kahn, Democratic candidate for the New Hampshire state Senate in District 10.

Jay’s attributes include a propensity to immerse himself in a topic, learning directly through research and the people involved. His record of strategic planning and implementation at Keene State College is remarkable. I came to truly appreciate Jay when we worked together on the TDS Center design team, which Jay led in his role as director of finance at Keene State.

In 2010, Jay invited faculty from Adams and Butterflied Halls to form a building design team in order to select an architect and then create a “shovel ready” building design to present to the USNH Trustees. Jay wisely explained to the design team, while there were no guarantees a building would be approved by the trustees, our only chance was to have a design ready. This proposed project would house our significantly growing programs of technology, innovative building design and safety, and provide teaching labs and classrooms for a wide variety of science and social science courses.

Jay’s success led to our success. The college creatively self-funded the $16 million dollar project and raised the funds to install equipment for state-of-the-art labs and an impressive demonstration solar array, one of the largest in New Hampshire. Through the building design and facilities, the college took a critical step toward meeting the region’s need for more manufacturing and construction industry professionals.

The TDS Center is the first “LEED Platinum” (An EPA designation for energy conservation) building in Cheshire County and in the University System of New Hampshire. We also established a Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing to sustain the business, industry, education, government, and not-for-profit partnerships created during the design and fundraising processes.

Jay spent countless hours leading the design team, listening to faculty and responding to the needs of other stakeholders. Not only did this result in an on-time and on-budget state-of-the-art facility to benefit our Keene State students, but the entire Monadnock Region has been enriched in the process. That's the kind of creativity, collaboration and hands-on experience Jay will bring to state government.

Respectfully submitted,


Associate Professor, Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences, Keene State College

65 Village Road



Several candidates for state office are exciting choices, by Chuck Weed - 9/6/16

I am delighted to serve Keene and Cheshire County as a commissioner, and hope to serve for four more years.

Quite different from my last 10 years as a member of the N.H. House of Representatives, the people I work with are problem solvers, and not servants to their party. The role of county government is appreciated and respected. I think it is more than good luck that our county employees and administrators are exceptional, talented and committed to public service.

However, for the first time in a decade, I am so excited about the quality and energy of candidates running for state office, in some ways I wish I were returning to Concord.

Jay Kahn, running for Molly Kelly’s state Senate seat, is so talented, experienced and articulate, that filling her boots will be easy and beneficial for District 10 and higher education in New Hampshire.

These exciting times in politics, often based on bluster, bigotry and misinformation at the federal level are counterbalanced by highly qualified and responsible candidates for state offices.


28 Damon Court



Kahn has earned support on employment, by William Rymes - 8/31/16

As a master plumber in the state of New Hampshire and a plumbing apprenticeship instructor for Keene Community Education, I share the optimistic views of Jay Kahn on good-paying work opportunities in the state.

Jay’s support for workers and local businesses has been evident during his tenure at Keene State College and the endorsement from SEA/SEIU Local 1984.

Providing opportunities to a younger workforce is critical to keeping skilled workers within our communities, making it a positive place to raise a family.

During the past 10 years of instructing, I have seen a number of young students go on to become successful employees and businessmen in their communities. Jay Kahn’s support is needed for businesses to thrive and provide opportunities for younger employees and their families. I stand with Jay Kahn in his bid for the state Senate.



42 Arch St.



Kahn's record of service makes him right for Senate, by Tara Sad - 8/31/16

I am writing in strong support of Jay Kahn for state Senate.

When I first heard that Jay was running to fill Molly Kelly’s vacant senate seat, I was surprised but delighted. I was surprised because I know that Jay had recently retired from Keene State College after 28 years of stellar service, and I thought he would want to sit back and relax in retirement, tending his gardens and playing with his grandchildren.

Well, I should have known better! Jay has always devoted his free time to helping the people in his community, by serving as city councilor, chair of the chamber of commerce and Cheshire Medical Center, just to name a few. It is no surprise that he would opt to forego the rocking chair for a seat in the Senate.

Jay’s forte is planning for the future and figuring out how to pay for it, and the incredible transformation of the Keene State campus is a testament to his efforts. I look forward to seeing what his vision will bring to Concord and the state of New Hampshire.

I am delighted that Jay is willing to bring his considerable talents to the N.H. state Senate. I can think of no better person for the job. I ask that you vote for Jay Kahn on Sept. 13.


82 North Road


(Note: This writer represents Cheshire District 1 in the N.H. House.)


Kahn is suited to replace Kelly, by Judith Putzel - 8/30/16

I am writing in support of Jay Kahn for state Senate in District 10.

Jay has helped to promote and preserve the quality of life in New Hampshire and the Monadnock Region. He has supported educational opportunities for all ages from early childhood, to public schools, affordable colleges and workforce training. He supports access to health care and mental-health services, Medicaid expansion and Planned Parenthood. He is in favor of drug education and drug treatment.

It will be hard to fill Sen. Molly Kelly’s shoes, but I know Jay will do his best to carry on her efforts in working across the aisle and working to make New Hampshire attractive for young and old alike to grow and thrive.


206 Lead Mine Road



Kahn is a solid leader with experience, by James B. Draper 3rd - 8/29/16

Like many of you these days, I find myself turning down the sound of political ads on TV. I am forced to screen my phone calls. It is all too much. It is all distortion and lies.

Well folks, you can tune into the District 10 state Senate Race candidate Jay Kahn to get a look at what an honest, hardworking and experienced leader looks like. It is refreshing to read about his successful career, his years of strong leadership within the University System of New Hampshire and his unique ability to actually listen to both sides before he forms an educated and informed opinion.

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Kahn for more than 25 years at Keene State College. During his tenure, the college has grown in stature and reputation while surviving economic downturns, fluctuating enrollment and severe funding cuts from the state of New Hampshire.

Jay’s strengths lie in his ability to diligently research the problem, to listen to ALL sides of the issue, to seek advice from his peers and then to effectively enact a plan for a successful solution.

I have seen Dr. Kahn walk into meetings of the highest levels of USNH administration and state government with well thought out plans. The budget-cutting mood for many of these sessions strictly limited any future requests. More times than not, because he did his homework, because he put in the time and effort to study the issues and propose a solid plan, Jay was able to get the funding needed.

Jay Kahn is well respected by those who worked for him, his peers — his friends and the many, many organizations he has served. He has worked tirelessly for Keene State College, for the Keene community and the state of New Hampshire. He will continue these efforts when elected this fall.

Jay Kahn is a solid choice for your vote — he is a strong and experienced leader New Hampshire needs to move us forward.


P.O. Box 146



Kahn is the choice for state Senate, by Susan and Steve Fortier - 8/26/16

As co-directors of a YMCA, our focus is on promoting and developing the four Y core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. It is not only what the YMCA movement believes, it is who we are and how we work with others. We personally feel that people of all ages and backgrounds relating to one another based on these core values in workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, communities and all other settings strengthens the foundations of community. It also strengthens our democracy.

In our many years of working with Jay Kahn as alumni and parent volunteers at Keene State College, we feel that, among his many gifts and talents, his character is his key asset. As a member of a small body of decision-makers whose policies have a profound impact on the lives of all New Hampshire citizens, we feel that it is critical for our senators to possess the ability to work with others — colleagues and constituents — in caring, respectful, honest and responsible ways. Jay did this day-in and day-out during his long and distinguished career at Keene State College. We know he will do this in the Senate as well. It’s who he is. It’s how he works with others.

Jay’s masterful skills in planning will also serve us well. As vice president for finance and planning at Keene State College, Jay led inclusive processes that ensured that the college had the resources it needed to support student success. He saw the facilities and staff as investments that produced professionals and citizens with the skills to strengthen New Hampshire’s economy and civic life.

Jay will bring this same perspective to Concord. He’ll not view the state budget simply as a bunch of expenses but, rather, a set of investments that need to be analyzed in terms of the return they will produce for the citizens, businesses and communities of our great state.

We look forward to the opportunity to vote for Jay Kahn on Sept. 13 and again on Nov. 8. We are excited to have Jay bring our voices — and our values — to the N.H. Senate when the new legislative session begins.


76 River St.



Kahn is well-equipped to fill Senate seat, by Bud Winsor - 8/20/16

I have had the pleasure to work with Jay Kahn for well over the past 20 years.

In that time his leadership style has consistently been based on gathering stakeholder consensus, whether that be from students, faculty, staff or legislators. Everyone’s opinion was valued before any important decision was implemented.

At the same time, Jay is also a great consensus builder, able to bring diverse groups together to accomplish beneficial goals with positive outcomes. I have no reason to believe these processes would be any different as a state senator. All constituents would be listened to, any worthwhile solution would be explored and no one would feel ignored regardless of social standing or political affiliation.

Jay’s work ethic is well respected within the community and I know he would work tirelessly for the people that he represents.

Please consider taking a few minutes to meet with Jay to share your concerns as he continues to visit the local communities in District 10.

It will be time well spent.



28 West Shore Road



Kahn has what it takes for state Senate, by Gladys Johnsen - 8/19/16

It gives me great pleasure to support Jay Kahn’s candidacy for state senator in Cheshire County (District 10). I am one of many endorsers including, but not limited to retiring Sen. Molly Kelly, Congresswoman Annie Kuster, 13 state representatives, 12 city counselors, and three county officials.

Jay served for 28 years as the vice-president of finance and design and one year as interim president at Keene State College. He holds a Ph.D. in public policy analysis and is locally and nationally recognized as a leader whose specialty is advanced manufacturing and partnerships between education and business.

Jay brings an enthusiasm to our local citizens, a strong work ethic and a plethora of knowledge and skills to this Senate seat. His work at the college required constant collaboration and compromise which transfers to the Senate floor.

Kahn understands that New Hampshire has an older population and yet we continue to lose our youth to other states. They graduate from high school and/or college, then they leave. They need good-paying jobs and affordable housing, which they don’t have in our area. Jay knows how to bring more new business and, therefore, more young families to our area. At Keene State, he helped to create the Technology, Design and Safety Center. He believes that if young graduates could find early employment opportunities, they would stay. He envisions bringing our high schools, colleges and vocational schools together with businesses. Students could work as employed assistants and while getting “hands-on” experiences which could then develop into long-term employment opportunities.

Jay is a community and statewide volunteer. For example, he is a member of the N.H. Workforce Investment and Opportunity board and a member of the N.H. Coalition for Business and Education board. He is a past board chairman of the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, Cheshire Medical Center and the Monadnock Economic Development Corp.; he organized and facilitated the CASA program (for needy and/or abused children) in Keene; he helped establish the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing with the Greater Keene Chamber; and he’s presently a Keene city councilor.

Kahn supports New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion; Planned Parenthood; and education opportunities for all ages — including early childhood, elementary, secondary, and affordable college.

He wants to find solutions to help with the drug crisis in the state, such as drug education opportunities, treatment facilities for heroin/opioid users and long-term-care services; He also wants better gun control laws; and more jobs within the environmental and conservational efforts of the state. He is more than ready to join the discussion for alternative taxation within our state because He wants to help relieve the tax burden on our local homeowners.

Jay is a passionate, caring, and dedicated person who will work for his constituents. He is goal-oriented and has the education and experience to get things done. I strongly encourage you to vote for Jay Kahn in the Tuesday, Sept. 13, primary and in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election. He brings a new prospective and ideas to the Senate and he will be your voice in Concord.


417 Pako Ave.


Note: This writer represents Keene’s Ward 4 in the N.H. House.


Jay Kahn for state Senate in District 10, by Robert M. Rooney Sr. - 8/12/16

When I learned that Molly Kelly was not re-running for the 10th District Senate seat, I was disappointed. Sen. Kelly has done such a wonderful job representing her residents, and, in fact, has served as the model of what a public official should be.

Then, I learned that Jay Kahn was planning to run. For 20 years I have known Jay professionally, and have found him to be intelligent and thoughtful in his problem-solving approach. He is an excellent listener and displays very good business and fiscal acumen. He is also a very caring person who takes a deep interest in the people of this community and our needs.

Last week I attended the Cheshire County Democrats’ public forum for District 9 and 10 Senate candidates, because I wanted to see and hear how Jay, and other Democratic candidates, would present their platform. And while each candidate seemed worthy of consideration, I left the forum convinced Kahn is by far the best candidate for District 10. Jay presents well, and was clearly informed on the important issues.

This district, at this specific time — as our young people are moving away and many local businesses continue to fold or relocate — needs a senator who has proven business understanding, recognizes the social service needs of the Monadnock Region, and who understands the importance of making our public educational system more sound. Jay has the education, experience, character and passion to represent the citizens of District 10.

In the Sept. 13 primary, I plan to vote for Jay Kahn for the District 10 Senate seat. I hope that you will consider doing the same.


22 Peg Shop Road



Jay Kahn understands New Hampshire issues, by Laurie Tigan - 7/27/16

I had the opportunity to hear Jay Kahn speak at a house party in Winchester. Jay is running to fill Sen. Molly Kelly’s seat.

Molly Kelly was also at the event and praised Jay for his advocacy and actions to attract and retain a work force that will promote economic development, and, as a lifelong educator, promote affordable colleges, and work force training and development.

In this political climate of irrational solutions to real problems, it was so refreshing to hear a candidate who understands the needs of New Hampshire and can offer practical cost-effective solutions. You won’t want to pass up an opportunity to hear Jay speak.


391 Scofield Mountain Road



Kahn will best replace Kelly in state Senate, by Mike Hoefer - 7/12/16

When Molly Kelly decided to run for state Senate 11 years ago, I was one of her early supporters. In the 10 years she has served as our state senator she as been a model example of the New Hampshire tradition of a “citizen legislator.”

In her retirement we are lucky to have another district citizen with the background, experience and skills of Jay Kahn to continue the progress and focus on workforce development and education that Sen. Kelly has championed during her time in the Senate.

I first got to know Jay through an effort he led called KSC Advocates, which rallied students, staff and alumni of Keene State College to advocate for strong public higher education in New Hampshire. This initiative was a vital part of the successful effort to secure more funds for our state colleges and universities, and to temporarily freeze tuition to make higher education more affordable for New Hampshire families.

Jay’s qualifications and message to move forward on workforce development and educational opportunity to bring economic development and population growth in Cheshire County is resonating with voters and community leaders across the district.

Not only has he gained the support of most of his fellow city councilors, but he has also garnered support and endorsements from the following Cheshire County state legislators: Reps. Michael D. Abbott, Lucy McVitty Weber, Tara Sad, Paul Berch, John Mann, Dick Ames, Marge Shepardson, Bruce Tatro, John Bordenet, Gladys Johnsen, Cynthia Chase and Larry Phillips.

It’s clear to me who they would like to have in the state Senate to help solve the real problems that face their friends, neighbors and constituents. Please join me in supporting Jay Kahn’s campaign for state Senate.


Chairman, Friends of Jay Kahn Committee

618 West St.

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Kahn is an independent voice for the region - 6/23/16

As an independent voter all my life, I have been proud to support men and women from the Republican and Democratic parties, and I have seldom been disappointed with my choices. I look for people who mean what they say, and say what they mean; people who will serve the best interests of everyone, and have the courage to stand up and be counted; people who will persevere in fighting the good fight and not just go along to get along. That is why I am endorsing Jay Kahn for state Senate.

Jay is a true friend in the Monadnock Region. Jay has built his career on accomplishment and attention to detail He has repeatedly demonstrated patience and intellect as he helped to lead Keene State College to become the success it is today.

Serving five Keene State presidents over his 28 years and having served one year as interim president, Jay has demonstrated the art of listening, not only to them, but to the broader campus community as they gave voice to what was important.

And having worked with Jay on town/gown matters, I experienced, first-hand, his creative aptitude in finding solutions to difficult problems.

And lastly, I know that Jay will put in the hard work and long hours necessary to represent all of us in Concord.

Please join me in voting for Jay Kahn for state senator.


29A Windsor Court

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Kahn's vision, energy stand out, by Susan Peery - 6/13/16

In a time when political rhetoric seems to fill a narrow range from alarming to bizarre, it is a great feeling to be able to endorse a candidate who inspires confidence and respect. Dr. Jay V. Kahn, who recently announced his candidacy for the N.H. Senate in District 10, is a perfect fit for the job.

Jay has the expertise, experience, vision and optimism to be an effective leader in addressing the issues we face in New Hampshire. He will make our district and our state a better place in which to live and work.

As the recently retired vice president for finance and planning at Keene State College, Jay helped transform the campus into the beautiful educational institution it is today, developing a master plan while keeping a close eye on every dollar. His impact on the college was immense. I worked for KSC from 2004 to 2014, and witnessed his unflagging energy, positive personality and impressive work ethic.

Jay understands the close relationship between workforce development, public education, and our economy, and will work to create jobs and retain the educated workers to fill them. He shares our concerns about healthcare access, infrastructure needs, and other issues that must be factored in.

It is rare to find someone who has the vision and energy to set high goals, and at the same time the ability to drill down to the details of policies and budgets. Jay is able to collaborate across diverse interests. He will advocate for our beautiful corner of New Hampshire.

Please join me and my husband, Gordon, in supporting his candidacy.

Susan Peery

409 Old Stoddard Road


Jay Kahn Receives Two Big Education Endorsements

Jay Kahn, Democratic candidate for the New Hampshire State Senate in District 10, is a higher education administrative professional for 43 years, 28 of them spent in the Monadnock region at Keene State College.  For that reason, he feels extra proud to announce his candidacy has earned the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers-New Hampshire (AFT-NH) and the recommendation of the National Education Association of New Hampshire (NEA-NH). The American Federation of Teachers-New Hampshire is the largest affiliate of NH AFL-CIO and represents a broad cross-section of teachers, paraprofessionals, police, public employees, and higher education faculty.  Like AFT on the national level, AFT-NH champions “fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities.”

According to AFT-NH President Douglas Ley, Jay Kahn is the strongest candidate in the Democratic primary for State Senate District 10.  “Jay Kahn is the candidate best poised to carry forward the work of retiring Senator Molly Kelly, continuing her tradition of firm advocacy for working people and working families in New Hampshire.”

NEA-New Hampshire, the state’s largest public sector union, announced their recommendation of Jay Kahn for Senate District 10 today. A recommendation is the fullest and most complete level of support NEA-NH can give a candidate.

“I am honored to earn the recommendation of NEA-NH for the state senate seat in District 10.  Over my 43 years in higher education, I have dedicated myself to working with faculty and staff to transform the lives of students.  Now I pledge to stand together with NEA and businesses across the state to fortify the pipeline of qualified students into our NH workforce,” said Kahn.  “Retaining high school and college graduates in the state is crucial to our workforce and economic goals.  This includes retaining and attracting teachers and support staff, and giving them the support needed to inspire students and develop creative approaches to teaching and learning.” 

“We know Jay is looking out for students and families from his focus on creating more paid internships to encourage students to stay in NH, and a public higher education tuition freeze for two years, so prospective students can better budget,” said Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President. 

Save the Children Action Network Questionnaire

Save the Children Action Network Questionnaire

August 2016

Q:  What role should state government play in improving the lives of children in New Hampshire aged 5 and younger?

A:  Supporting family and medical leave programs, setting a state minimum wage; authorizing greater access to early childhood education programs; assuring assessment of children in 0-3 years—health and dietary wellness, physical and cognitive abilities; implementing recommendations of Spark-NH, the Governor’s task force on early child care. Q:  Tell us about your experience with early learning programs.  Is there something from your personal life or public record that demonstrates your belief in and commitment to early childhood education?

A:  I served on Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Board for 6 yrs. and led establishing regional CASA in Keene to support abused and neglected children in and recruit CASA's for Cheshire and Sullivan Cos.  Helped Keene State College Education programs establish after-school programs in Winchester and Marlborough Schools.  I was awarded honorary membership in Kappa Delta Pi education honors society.  I am an advocate for Impact Monadnock and a Reading Day volunteer.  My parents were immigrants and I needed language development services and received those after entering kindergarten.


Q:  During your campaign for senator, will you express support for state funding of early childhood education?  If so, please list three points that will be part of your early childhood education platform or messaging.

A:  Yes.  Family education programs on improving children's cognitive and social growth are needed to reduce differentials in child development; extending Medicaid Expansion which is helping screen children for learning and physical disabilities, and language and speech impairments; articulating pre-school and kindergarten programs so children are prepared equitably for school.  Supporting B-Corps (Benefit Corporations that are socially responsible) to set an example for family friendly workplaces.  These are low hanging fruit that can be easily implemented.


Q:  As State Senator, will you support expanding quality pre-K programs in New Hampshire? If yes, will you support funding and relevant amendments to the state budget during the 2017 legislative session that will enable the expansion of quality pre-K programs?

A:  I probably would.  My career as a higher education chief financial officer has taught me to be cautious about over-committing resources when revenues are insufficient.  We have a revenue problem in NH state government and that also needs to be addressed so we can provide incentives for pre-K programs. Q:  During the 2016 legislative session Save the Children Action Network worked with a bipartisan group of legislators to introduce Senate Bill 503, relative to funding pre-kindergarten education using Pay for Success financing. This innovative finance method enables private groups to provide the upfront investment to pre-kindergarten programs. The investors are only paid back from the savings to the state if the programs they fund achieve predetermined standards. If elected, will you vote in support of programs like Pay for Success to fund expanding quality pre-K in New Hampshire? Why or why not?

A:  I would probably support such a program because it opens a door to the State’s support of early childhood education.  However, I am skeptical of its effectiveness.  The bill recommends a  Commission that would have to develop a compelling set of guidelines for private investment, such as the value to the state of better educated 3rd graders. The bureaucracy of having each school’s contract authorized by the Executive Council is probably necessary, but adds risk to the investors.  Availability of funds is difficult to determine when funds are not set aside in advance and savings could be absorbed into other underfunded programs, such as special education reimbursement rate increases, new charter school payments and full-day kindergarten.  I am concerned about private investment turning into a reduction in business profits taxes.


Q:  In your own words, please tell us why high quality publicly funded early childhood education is critical to the future of New Hampshire and the nation as a whole. A:  Every child needs an equal opportunity to succeed.  If we don't meet this civic responsibility in early childhood, children face learning disadvantages throughout their school years.  The future social costs of low-educated adults is a risk our state governments and our economy can't continue absorbing.  Our nation will fall further behind other countries in competitiveness and faces greater gaps in income inequality.

Human Services and Mental Health

As we recognized the 2nd anniversary of enacting statewide Medicaid expansion, which provides coverage to 3,000 people in Cheshire County, it is important also to recognize that we still have important health and mental health care issues needing attention. Keene Sentinel articles have informed us of people falling through our health care, mental health and human services systems.  Additional perspectives come from Cheshire County professionals about how we can improve mental health and human services in NH.  

We currently spend a lot of money putting band aids on symptoms without dealing with the root causes of income, home, and food insecurities.  Frequently, these symptoms are connected to a substance use disorders, mental illness, abusive relationships, learning disabilities and disrupted education and often they co-exist.  We need to go beyond patching the symptoms and to a more systematic approach to helping people overcome the pain from root causes; it’s not a dash to the finish line it’s about restoring belief in oneself and that change is possible.


As the problem of substance use disorders increases it becomes more evident there is a shortage of people trained to work on these issues. Staffing levels are affected by:

  • low earnings,
  • high burn-out rates from unrealistic workloads, and
  • a lack of certification and degree programs to fill current openings.

Area mental health, healthcare, corrections and human service professionals provide some valuable ideas for us to consider:


1) Review NH's licensing requirements for healthcare and substance use disorder counselors, and accept reciprocity of licensure/certification from other states. Professionals in the field believe NH takes too long, and newly qualified personnel are going elsewhere for work.


2)  Create more in-state educational opportunities for certificate and degree programs that provide health-care, mental health and human services personnel.  

3) Expand model programs, like Southwestern Community Services’ Coordinated Access Provider Program (CAPP), a 24/7 hotline providing Trained Recovery Coaches within one hour of emergency responders coming to assist users.


4) Begin Substance Use Education at earlier ages and reach out to family’s of youngsters who experience the stress of a household in need of help.


5) Offer alternatives to incarceration, such as drug court programs, transitions to work and more health-trained professionals to prescribe treatment for substance use disorders.


6) Increase screening of 0-5 year-old children for learning, physical, and behavioral disabilities and expand treatment options.


7) Integrate information systems and services.  So often people who need housing assistance also need food, education, employment experience, energy assistance, or child care, and each service request is treated like a first (or separate) occurrence.  We make it difficult to for people applying for services that are co-related but separated by  funding silos.


8) Provide better information technology to state employees.  State and non-profit caseworkers are overloaded and need better technology to do their work.


We are spending a lot of volunteer and salaried resources on stand-alone programs and can strengthen the safety net in NH and the nation by coordinating needs and services.  Most of the ideas above are inexpensive and within our ability to implement quickly.  Cheshire County professionals, coaches, families and individuals dealing with recovery have much to offer to policy makers.  The responsibility of area legislators is to ensure that local ideas drive policy and funding, not just follow.


Jay Kahn

Jay Kahn for Senate Endorsed by SEA/SEIU Local 1984

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 is New Hampshire’s largest public sector union, representing 11,000 public servants across the state.  Yesterday, August 29th, 2016, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 announced their endorsement of Jay Kahn for New Hampshire State Senate, District 10. The Local 1984 press release writes that his "background in education as well as his leadership and development experience have prepared him well for the job, and his focus on economic development and innovation shows he knows what is needed to keep New Hampshire moving forward." “Jay Kahn is with us on many important issues including increasing access to education and health care, investing in our infrastructure and combatting the opioid epidemic,” said Leneille Howe, of Swanzey, the Local 1984 member cited in the press release. “What really struck me was how attentive he was to the concerns we brought forward, and how deeply those concerns seemed to resonate with him. It’s important that a candidate is right on the issues, but more so that they’re able to really understand the concerns of the people they represent.” Jay Kahn was an administrative professional for 43 years, 28 of them spent in the Monadnock region at Keene State College, both as the Vice President of Finance and Planning and as Interim President.  He has chaired the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, Cheshire Medical Center, and the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation.

Jay Kahn responded to this endorsement with the statement: "This endorsement means a lot to me. I appreciate what the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 membership does for the people of New Hampshire. I’m working hard to represent District 10 in the next legislative session, and having SEA/SEIU's support is a valuable piece of that effort. Thank you."

Local 1984's support follows the Kahn Campaign picking up support from the American Federation of Teachers-New Hampshire (AFT-NH), the New Hampshire branch of the National Educational Association (NEA-NH), District 10 Congresswoman Annie Kuster, and outgoing State Senator Molly Kelly, along with 31 other current, in-district elected officials.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 represents over 10,000 public and private-sector employees across the Granite State.  First formed in 1940 as a social organization, the SEA won passage of New Hampshire’s Public Employee Labor Relations Law in 1975.  Since then, the union has negotiated hundreds of contracts with state, county, municipal and private-sector employers.  The SEA affiliated with the Service Employees’ International Union in 1984.  With two million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas.

AFT-NH announces support for Jay Kahn for Senate

Jay Kahn, Democratic candidate for the New Hampshire State Senate in District 10, is a higher education administrative professional for 43 years, 28 of them spent in the Monadnock region at Keene State College.  For that reason, he feels extra proud today to announce his candidacy has earned the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers-New Hampshire. The American Federation of Teachers-New Hampshire is the largest affiliate of NH AFL-CIO and represents a broad cross-section of teachers, paraprofessionals, police, public employees, and higher education faculty.  Like AFT on the national level, AFT-NH champions “fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities.”

According to AFT-NH President Douglas Ley, Jay Kahn is the strongest candidate in the Democratic primary for State Senate District 10.  “Jay Kahn is the candidate best poised to carry forward the work of retiring Senator Molly Kelly, continuing her tradition of firm advocacy for working people and working families in New Hampshire.” Kahn stated “I am proud to receive the endorsement of AFT-NH.  We share an interest in supporting teachers, students and public employees, and in improving the quality of education.”

Congresswoman Annie Kuster Endorses Jay Kahn for State Senate

Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) endorsed Keene City Councilor Jay Kahn's campaign for the New Hampshire State Senate.  Congresswoman Kuster made the following comments in support of his candidacy: Kuster - Edited


"I'm very pleased to endorse Jay Kahn in his campaign for the State Senate.  Jay's distinguished record as a leader in both the business community and higher education makes him the best choice to represent the 10th District in Concord.

"I have had the privilege to work with Jay on a number of important initiatives that will increase economic opportunities and help students gain the skills they need for good-paying jobs right here in New Hampshire.  His innovative work creating KSC’s Technology, Design, and Safety Center is helping prepare students to fill valuable manufacturing, construction, and design positions.  His work to establish the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing with the Greater Keene Chamber, Keene State College, River Valley Community College, and the Cheshire Vocational Center and area businesses is a model for workforce development collaboration.

"Jay is smart and compassionate, and I know he will fight every day for his constituents. I look forward to working with him to get results for New Hampshire in the years to come."


This endorsement follows Jay Kahn's support from State Senator Molly Kelly and State House Representatives Michael D. Abbott, Dick Ames, Paul Berch, John Bordenet, Cynthia Chase, Gladys Johnsen, John Mann, Larry Phillips, Tara Sad, Marge Shepardson, Bruce Tatro, and Lucy Weber, all of whom are current Cheshire County elected officials. Congresswoman Annie Kuster has represented New Hampshire's Second Congressional District since 2013.  She has established a record of putting aside party politics to focus on the issues that matter most to Granite Staters, and is seeking a third term in November.

State Senate District 10 Candidate Jay Kahn Earns Endorsement of Molly Kelly

Last night, outgoing State Senator Molly Kelly endorsed Jay Kahn as her successor at a Kahn for Senate house party in Winchester. Senator Kelly’s endorsement announcement focused on Kahn’s background in higher education, namely his 28-year post as Keene State College’s Vice-President of Finance and Planning.

“Throughout my time in the Senate, my highest priority was to increase our state’s investment in education, as it is the most effective and efficient way to building and sustaining a strong economy. Jay’s continued advocacy and support of higher education as well as his understanding of advanced manufacturing and partnerships between business and education will continue the work I have done and ensure that we expand opportunity for everyone in our community,” said Kelly.

In response to Senator Kelly’s support, Kahn said “I am grateful to receive Sen. Molly Kelly’s endorsement; it carries a lot of weight with many people in Cheshire County.  She has set an expectation of constituency advocacy throughout Senate District 10, which I will work tirelessly to continue.” This is Kahn’s 29th endorsement from a current Cheshire County elected official.  Senator Kelly’s endorsement follows the support of twelve State House members. All of District 10’s House members who have endorsed a candidate in the State Senate primary have endorsed Kahn; that is notable since both of his primary opponents currently serve as their colleagues in the House.  Present for Senator Kelly’s endorsement were House members who represent towns near Winchester, Representatives Michael Abbott, Lucy McVitty Weber, as well as the County Register of Deeds Anna Tilton.

Jay Kahn Announcement Remarks

announcementDear Voters of NH Senate District 10,

The response to my candidacy has been great. People throughout Senate District 10 are excited and relieved to have a person of my background running to succeed Senator Kelly. (See endorsements)

With 43 years of public finance experience, executive and leadership experience, and a Ph.D. in Political Science--Policy Studies, I am well-prepared to address the challenges faced by our state. I have the energy and stamina to vigorously advocate for the citizens and institutions of Cheshire County.

I have an optimistic outlook for our state, founded on growing our population and economy through good paying work opportunities. We should be proud of NH’s 2.6% unemployment rate, 2.3% in the greater Keene area. However, these low unemployment rates also signal a shrinking workforce availability, something that could hamper economic growth and make it difficult for businesses and organizations to replace retiring workers. Building a workforce and expanding our state’s economy will take a coordinated, well thought out set of values and directions for our state.

  • My highest priority is to preserve and promote the quality of life in NH, to grow businesses, foster innovation, and retain young people in this region. Innovative people are attracted to areas where people are innovating. Our state government, in concert with business, not-for-profits, and local governments, needs to promote Cheshire County as a progressive, well educated, beautiful region to live and work.

    Here my track record is deep. I helped create MonadNet, the first Internet service provider in the Monadnock region. I helped create a business and education intersection through the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing, RCAM; helped establish a CASA program in Keene to support abused and neglected kids in SW NH; led establishing the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce Workforce Coordinator; and helped leverage business incentives to bring jobs into this region when I led the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.

  • My second priority is assuring educational opportunities at all ages: early childhood, public schools, affordable colleges, and innovative and relevant workforce training and development. I recognize the value of education, not just as a means to a more fulfilling life, but as an essential element of a democratic society.
  • A third essential element for attracting and retaining workforce, families, and retirees in our region is health care access and quality. I will support Medicaid expansion as a critical means for assuring access to health care. I will support Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to choose her desired health care and where she wishes to obtain it.
  • A fourth priority is keeping our communities and citizens safe through attention to economic security; drug education, enforcement and treatment; and well trained emergency response personnel. We need to continue the work started with the leadership of Sen. Kelly through state funding for the Coordinated Access Program, CAP, which links together SW Community Services, emergency responders, healthcare and mental health providers, and recovery coaches to fight the drug use epidemic in this region.
  • Fifth, I will actively advocate for safe highways and bridges for this region, particularly those that are gateways to the region. I will advocate for better broadband access and speeds needed to support the economy and workforce in this region. Broadband access is expensive and inadequate in this part of the state, and firms can move faster by relocating than by waiting for improved services.And I will also be an advocate to expand renewable energy production and conservation efforts in the state. Putting caps on alternative electricity generation is not in the long-term interest of this state.

I am engaged in this campaign to win, to move forward with initiatives to advance the Monadnock region and the State of New Hampshire. We live in a region that defines its politics more by the character of a person than by the political party they join. I look forward to representing the interests of District 10, Cheshire County, and its citizens.

Thank you for joining me in this effort. I look forward to representing YOU in the NH State Senate.

- Jay Kahn

Jay Kahn forms Exploratory Committee for District 10 State Senate Seat

Keene City Council Member Jay Kahn announced that he will form a political committee with the NH Secretary of State to explore a run for the NH State Senate. Jay Kahn released the following statements:

 “Sen. Molly Kelly has served our state and region with distinction during her 10 years in the State Senate and I thank her for her dedicated service to people and organizations of the Monadnock Region.”

 “With Sen. Kelly’s recent announcement, I’ve been encouraged by friends and community leaders to consider a run for the democratic nomination for the District 10 State Senate seat. I’m looking forward to expanding those discussions to a wider group of people over the weeks ahead.”

Jay Kahn was elected to the Keene City Council in November after receiving the most votes of any candidate with strong support across the city.

In addition to his service on the Keene City Council Jay Kahn has served the Monadnock region as Chairman of the Cheshire Medical Center, Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, and Monadnock Economic Development Corporation.

Kahn recently retired from top administrative leadership roles Keene State College where he served with distinction for 27 years as the Vice President of Finance and Planning. In 2012 -2013 Kahn served as Interim President at the College. Kahn has a doctorate degree in Political Science, Policy Studies, and 43 years of experience in public finance.

Kahn also announced that Mike Hoefer of Keene would serve as chairman of the Kahn for Senate committee. In this role Mike will provide strategic advice and build a district wide Campaign Committee. Hoefer has has been involved with NH political campaigns since 2004 and served as Senator Kelly’s Campaign Manager in 2010 and 2012.

Jay Kahn will attend the Cheshire County Democrats Spaghetti Dinner this Saturday night and is looking forward to talking Democrats from across the district at that event.

Interested parties may contact the campaign at kahnforstatesenate@gmail.com. Kahn anticipates spending the next few months assessing priorities of area residents for the next NH legislative session.