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Jan 21, 2015 2:46 PM

Guinta to hold first town hall this year; Shaheen to hold office hours


CONCORD - Rep. Frank Guinta's heading to the Seacoast this weekend, to host his first town hall of the year.

The Republican lawmaker, who represents New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District, will talk with residents Saturday from 1pm to 2pm at the Hampton Police Department's Community Room, his office announced Wednesday.

According to Guinta's office, the congressman will "also unveil and discuss his new initiative - Operation To AX Persistent Abuse of Your Earned Revenue, or Operation TAXPAYER - to save billions in taxpayer dollars by identifying and ending frivolous and duplicative government programs and projects."

Guinta's office says the congressman held 20 town halls during his first term, from the start of 2011 through 2012.

Guinta, a former Manchester mayor, defeated Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in 2010. But Shea-Porter returned the favor in 2012, defeating Guinta as he was bidding for re-election. He beat Shea-Porter in November, ousting her from office for the second time. During the last campaign, Guinta criticized Shea-Porter's record on holding town halls.

"No state better understands the importance of these townhalls than the Granite State. As your representative to Washington, I look forward to listening to your concerns, receiving your feedback and collaborating with you to create common-sense solutions to address the issues preventing job and economic growth in the Granite State," said Guinta, in a statement.

"During my first townhall, I'll also unveil my new initiative to save billions in wasted taxpayer dollars currently spent on creating duplicative and frivolous government programs. I look forward to seeing you Saturday."

Shaheen's staff to hold office hours

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's office announced Wednesday that the Democratic senator's staff will hold office hours over the next two weeks in Peterborough, Laconia, Conway, Salem, Portsmouth and Hanover.

According to her office, "staff will be available to speak one-on-one with area residents who are seeking help with federal agencies on issues such as veterans' benefits, federal taxes, housing, immigration and Social Security."

Here is the schedule

Thursday, January 29 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Peterborough
Friday, January 30 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in Laconia
Monday, February 2 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Conway
Tuesday, February 3 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Salem
Tuesday, February 3 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Portsmouth
Wednesday, February 4 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Hanover


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