Letter: Horch for Brunswick state rep

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I am writing in support of Fred Horch for state representative. Fred is a friend, and I sincerely respect him and his wonderful family. But that is not why I will be voting for him. Rather, I will be voting for Fred because he truly is the best choice to represent Brunswick.

When I first met Fred nearly eight years ago, he was in the due diligence phase of opening a new venture – the business that is now F.W. Horch Sustainable Goods. Since 2006, F.W. Horch has been a fixture in downtown Brunswick and our community generally. That reality – particularly in these uniquely trying economic times – is no accident. Rather, F.W. Horch’s ongoing success is a reflection of the fact that, as a businessman, Fred embodies a level of pragmatism, entrepreneurism, wisdom and measured fiscal prudence that will serve him (and us) well in Augusta.

While some voters might reflexively assume that Fred is a “fringe” candidate with a narrow agenda simply because of his Green Party affiliation, that assumption is absolutely incorrect. Indeed, anyone who peruses Fred’s website will recognize that Fred is conversant on a broad array of key issues affecting Maine, and has the intellect, work ethic and advocacy skills that we should expect from all elected officials. Fred’s demonstrated acumen on both business/economic and social issues easily distinguishes him from his rivals, and I will be proud to place my trust in him on Nov. 2.

Jeffrey Piampiano