RELEASE: TWO HUNDRED HOUSE DEMOCRATS IMPLORE GOVERNOR SUNUNU TO ISSUE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

March 25, 2020

 

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE –Today, 200 Democrats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives sent Governor Sununu a letter imploring him to issue a “stay-at-home" order and close non-essential businesses to fight the spread of COVID-19.  This request comes as states across America, including border states Massachusetts and Vermont, move to “stay-at-home" orders under the guidance of public health professionals. The letter from House Democrats to Governor Sununu is reprinted below. 

 

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Governor Sununu,

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We, the undersigned Democrats in the New Hampshire House, implore you to immediately issue a “stay-at-home” order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in New Hampshire. As our hospitals and the mayors of our largest cities have noted, every day that passes without a stayat-home directive brings exponential growth to the health risks faced by Granite Staters, and unsustainable pressure on New Hampshire’s healthcare services which will lead to unnecessary loss of life. As you have acknowledged, we likely remain far from the peak of COVID-19 infections in New Hampshire.   ​

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Many of us own or work at small businesses and understand that ordering non-essential businesses to close is a drastic step that will exacerbate the disruption COVID-19 has already brought to everyday life. However, as we have seen in other countries and other states, taking decisive action will slow the spread of the virus, save lives and allow our economy to rebound stronger and faster. The steps we have taken so far, which include telling people to keep their social gatherings to under 10 people, are simply not enough. ​

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Monday’s announcement of the first death from COVID-19 in New Hampshire emphasizes the urgency in our communities to take decisive steps to combat this deadly virus. Closing nonessential businesses and ordering people to stay at home are bold steps critical to that effort. Please join the states across America, including our neighbors Massachusetts and Vermont, that have taken these critical steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. ​

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Signed, ​

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Majority Leader Douglas Ley - Cheshire District 9

Deputy Majority Leader Marjorie Porter - Hillsborough District 1

Representative Richard Abel - Grafton District 13

Representative Josh Adjutant - Grafton District 17

Representative Susan Almy - Grafton District 13

Representative Debra Altschiller - Rockingham District 19

Representative Dick Ames - Cheshire District 9

Representative Robert Backus - Hillsborough District 19

Representative Chris Balch - Hillsborough District 38

Representative Ben Baroody - Hillsborough District 43

Representative Christy Bartlett - Merrimack District 19

Representative Jane Beaulieu - Hillsborough District 45

Representative Paul Berch - Cheshire District 1

Representative Paul Bergeron - Hillsborough District 29

Representative Jennifer Bernet - Hillsborough District 4

Representative Skip Berrien, MD - Rockingham District 18

Representative Peter Bixby - Strafford District 17

Representative John Bordenet - Cheshire District 5

Representative Bill Bordy - Hillsborough District 28

Representative Jim Bosman - Hillsborough District 38

Representative Don Bouchard - Hillsborough District 11

Representative Amanda Bouldin - Hillsborough District 12

Representative Andrew Bouldin - Hillsborough District 12

Representative Ryan Buchanan - Merrimack District 15

Representative Anita Burroughs - Carroll District 1

Representative Pat Bushway - Rockingham District 21

Representative Ed Butler - Carroll District 7

Representative Jacqueline Cali-Pitts - Rockingham District 30

Representative Polly Campion - Grafton District 12

Representative Gerri Cannon - Strafford District 18

Representative Clyde Carson - Merrimack District 7

Representative Wendy Chase - Strafford District 18

Representative Jackie Chretien - Hillsborough District 42

Representative Skip Cleaver - Hillsborough District 35

Representative John Cloutier - Sullivan District 10

Representative Bruce Cohen - Hillsborough District 28

Representative Casey Conley - Strafford District 13

Representative Patricia Cornell - Hillsborough District 18

Representative David Cote - Hillsborough District 31

Representative David Coursin, MD - Rockingham District 1

Representative Renny Cushing - Rockingham District 21

Representative Paul Dargie - Hillsborough District 23

Representative Fred Davis - Hillsborough District 31

Representative Kathy Desjardin - Hillsborough District 13

Representative Edith DesMarais - Carroll District 6

Representative Francesca Diggs - Grafton District 16

Representative Charlotte DiLorenzo - Rockingham District 17

Representative David Doherty - Merrimack District 20

Representative Roger Dontonville - Grafton District 10

Representative Sherry Dutzy - Hillsborough District 30

Representative Karen Ebel - Merrimack District 5

Representative Michael Edgar - Rockingham District 21

Representative Tim Egan - Grafton District 2

Representative Donna Ellis - Strafford District 8

Representative Art Ellison - Merrimack District 27

Representative Manny Espitia - Hillsborough District 31

Representative Kristina Fargo - Strafford District 14

Representative Barry Faulkner - Cheshire District 12

Representative Donovan Fenton - Cheshire District 8

Representative Sue Ford - Grafton District 3

Representative Samantha Fox - Merrimack District 23

Representative Mary Freitas - Hillsborough District 14

Representative Elaine French - Grafton District 14

Representative Sherry Frost - Strafford District 16

Representative Joyce Fulweiler - Merrimack District 3

Representative Kenneth Gidge - Hillsborough District 33

Representative Julie Gilman - Rockingham District 18

Representative Chuck Grassie - Strafford District 11

Representative Willis Griffith - Hillsborough District 18

Representative Gabby Grossman - Rockingham District 18

Representative Jaci Grote - Rockingham District 24

Representative Brett Hall - Hillsborough District 26

Representative Heidi Hamer - Hillsborough District 17

Representative Linda Harriott-Gathright - Hillsborough District 36

Representative Bill Hatch - Coos District 6

Representative Mary Heath - Hillsborough District 14

Representative Peg Higgins - Strafford District 22

Representative Timothy Horrigan - Strafford District 6

Representative David Huot - Belknap District 3

Representative Greg Indruk - Hillsborough District 34

Representative Jean Jeudy - Hillsborough District 10

Representative Timothy Josephson - Grafton District 11

Representative David Karrick - Merrimack District 25

Representative Cam Kenney - Strafford District 6

Representative Mark King - Hillsborough District 33

Representative Patricia Klee - Hillsborough District 30

Representative Nicole Klein - Hillsborough District 11

Representative Jerry Knirk - Carroll District 3

Representative Richard Komi - Hillsborough District 43

Representative Connie Lane - Merrimack District 12

Representative Diane Langley - Hillsborough District 8

Representative Tamara Le - Rockingham District 31

Representative Peter Leishman - Hillsborough District 24

Representative Cassandra Levesque - Strafford District 4

Representative Patrick Long - Hillsborough District 10

Representative Tom Loughman - Rockingham District 21

Representative Patricia Lovejoy - Rockingham District 36

Representative David Luneau - Merrimack District 10

Representative Jim MacKay - Merrimack District 14

Representative Kevin Maes - Grafton District 6

Representative Jim Maggiore - Rockingham District 22

Representative Dennis Malloy - Rockingham District 23

Representative Latha Mangipudi - Hillsborough District 35

Representative John Mann - Cheshire District 2

Representative Joelle Martin - Hillsborough District 23

Representative Linda Massimilla - Grafton District 1

Representative Becky McBeath - Rockingham District 26

Representative Liz McConnell - Rockingham District 11

Representative Kat McGhee - Hillsborough District 40

Representative Rebecca McWilliams - Merrimack District 27

Representative David Meuse - Rockingham District 29

Representative Howard Moffett - Merrimack District 9

Representative Donna Mombourquette - Hillsborough District 5

Representative David Morrill - Cheshire District 4

Representative Sue Mullen - Hillsborough District 7

Representative Mary Jane Mulligan - Grafton District 12

Representative Nancy Murphy - Hillsborough District 21

Representative Kate Murray - Rockingham District 24

Representative Megan Murray - Hillsborough District 22

Representative Garrett Muscatel - Grafton District 12

Representative Mel Myler - Merrimack District 10

Representative Ray Newman - Hillsborough District 29

Representative Sue Newman - Hillsborough District 29

Representative Sharon Nordgren - Grafton District 12

Representative Fran Nutter-Upham - Hillsborough District 33

Representative Allison Nutting-Wong - Hillsborough District 32

Representative Michael O'Brien - Hillsborough District 36

Representative Linn Opderbecke - Strafford District 15

Representative Dick Osborne - Grafton District 7

Representative Lee Oxenham - Sullivan District 1

Representative Laura Pantelakos - Rockingham District 25

Representative Henry Parkhurst - Cheshire District 13

Representative Will Pearson - Cheshire District 16

Representative Michael Pedersen - Hillsborough District 32

Representative Peter Petrigno - Hillsborough District 23

Representative Dan Pickering - Hillsborough District 3

Representative Israel Piedra - Hillsborough District 9

Representative Josh Query - Hillsborough District 16

Representative Julie Radhakrishnan - Hillsborough District 22

Representative Ellen Read - Rockingham District 17

Representative Cecilia Rich - Strafford District 18

Representative Beth Richards - Merrimack District 13

Representative Cole Riel - Hillsborough District 6

Representative Beth Rodd - Merrimack District 6

Representative Rosemarie Rung - Hillsborough District 21

Representative Denny Ruprecht - Grafton District 15

Representative Jeffrey Salloway - Strafford District 5

Representative Catt Sandler - Strafford District 21

Representative George Saunderson - Merrimack District 9

Representative Joe Schapiro - Cheshire District 16

Representative Janice Schmidt - Hillsborough District 28

Representative Peter Schmidt - Strafford District 19

Representative Dianne Schuett - Merrimack District 20

Representative Kristina Schultz - Merrimack District 18

Representative Suzanne Smith - Grafton District 8

Representative Timothy Smith - Hillsborough District 17

Representative Ken Snow - Hillsborough District 19

Representative Catherine Sofikitis - Hillsborough District 34

Representative Peter Somssich - Rockingham District 27

Representative Thomas Southworth - Strafford District 20

Representative Judith Spang - Strafford District 6

Representative Charlie St. Clair - Belknap District 9

Representative Michelle St. John - Hillsborough District 27

Representative Kathryn Stack - Hillsborough District 21

Representative Laurel Stavis - Grafton District 13

Representative Deb Stevens - Hillsborough District 34

Representative Jerry Stringham - Grafton District 5

Representative Brian Sullivan - Sullivan District 1

Representative Sandy Swinburne - Cheshire District 10

Representative George Sykes - Grafton District 13

Representative Linda Tanner - Sullivan District 9

Representative Bruce Tatro - Cheshire District 15

Representative Laura Telerski - Hillsborough District 35

Representative Wendy Thomas - Hillsborough District 21

Representative Yvonne Thomas - Coos District 3

Representative Craig Thompson - Cheshire District 14

Representative Dan Toomey - Hillsborough District 32

Representative Matt Towne - Strafford District 4

Representative Susan Treleaven - Strafford District 17

Representative Alan Turcotte - Merrimack District 22

Representative Sue Vail - Hillsborough District 30

Representative Mark Vallone - Rockingham District 9

Representative Connie Van Houten - Hillsborough District 45

Representative Ivy Vann - Hillsborough District 24

Representative Kenneth Vincent - Strafford District 17

Representative Sparky Von Plinsky - Cheshire District 7

Representative Janet Wall - Strafford District 6

Representative Mary Jane Wallner - Merrimack District 10

Representative Mary Beth Walz - Merrimack District 23

Representative Gerald Ward - Rockingham District 28

Representative Annie Warner - Rockingham District 5

Representative Safiya Wazir - Merrimack District 17

Representative Lucy Weber - Cheshire District 1

Representative Ken Wells - Merrimack District 1

Representative Joyce Weston - Grafton District 8

Representative Matt Wilhelm - Hillsborough District 42

Representative Kermit Williams - Hillsborough District 4

Representative David Woodbury - Hillsborough District 5

Representative Steve Woodcock - Carroll District 2

Representative Gary Woods, MD - Merrimack District 23

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