For Immediate Release

MANCHESTER, NH July 16, 2021 – Former State Representative Kathleen Souza has endorsed the Manchester mayoral campaign of Richard Girard. Souza, who served eight terms representing both Ward 4 and the floterial district that includes wards 4, 5, 6 & 7 has been a staunch supporter of the Right to Life, serving in various leadership positions with NH to Life for several decades. A former teacher, she is the author of the state’s parental notification law and was very involved in the Save CMC efforts to prevent Catholic Medical Center’s takeover by the Elliot Hospital and Dartmouth Hitchcock Health.

Girard said he was honored by the endorsement. “Kathy distinguished herself in the legislature, not just on the issue of Life, but also on matters of election law as a member of the Election Law Committee and many others. She is dedicated to her causes and tireless in her work. Its an honor to have her join our fight to fix what’s wrong with our city.”

Sousa joins, State Rep. and Right to Life advocate Barbara Hagan, US Senator Bob Smith, state Senator Jim Rubens and US Senate candidate Gen. Don Bolduc in backing Girard’s candidacy.

Below, please find the complete text of Souza’s endorsement as sent to the Girard for Mayor campaign on July 16, 2021

I would like to add my name to the list of Rich Girard supporters. We need a mayor who is willing to put forward plans, argue for them and listen to what others think of them. Rich has shown this ability over the years and in many public capacities. Currently, he has proposed solutions for our myriad local school problems, city zoning issues, tax challenges, homelessness, and others. He has put these out for the public to see and evaluate – on his television show, on his web page, and in the newspapers. His passion to make Manchester the best city it can be, for the sake of its citizens, is apparent. Whether it is for the best education for all Manchester students, the effort to ease tax burdens by reducing wasteful spending, advocating for ways to make other N.H. towns assume their fair share of the challenges of homelessness, the quest to keep our Catholic hospital a thriving, independent, pro-life institution long cherished by our citizens, etc. In all these areas Rich has shown true leadership – putting his ideas and plans before the voters and before the election.