When getting your message out is enough
While they may not have prevailed in their uphill struggle, two candidates who challenged big-name politicians at least felt their message was heard. Overall, Raymond Stebbins felt pleased with his showing in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. His opponent was a party heavyweight: Jeanne Shaheen, a former three-term governor. Stebbins also felt he delivered his message that government isn't doing enough to alleviate the energy crisis. "If you have money, you'll be OK," Stebbens said. But he worries people of moderate or fixed incomes are suffering and will suffer more. Stebbens, a Nashua building owner, said the U.S. should take a broad approach to losing its dependence on foreign oil. He favors exploring solar and wind power and harnessing the tides in the Bay of Fundy as an energy source. The bay borders Maine and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Its differential between low and high tide is the greatest on Earth. Likewise, retired school teacher Kathryn "Katy'' Forry, 67, of Jaffrey, thought in her campaign she made her points about the unfairness of using the local property tax to run state government. In the Democratic primary, Forry opposed incumbent Gov. John Lynch. "It is not based on the ability to pay. Therefore, it is not fair," Forry said of the state's reliance on property taxes as opposed to other broad-based taxes. Forry campaigned largely by handing out postcards proclaiming her message. One was a cartoon from a book she authored in 1976 - about the unfairness of property taxes. She said "an older gentleman" called her to thank her for running and to say he thought her message "was right on target," Forry said. She appreciated the feedback she received from him and from other supporters. In another uphill, if not quixotic stab at office, former state Rep. Tom Alciere, 49, opposed incumbent U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu in the Republican primary. Alciere is a computer programmer who's run for numerous federal and state offices. He resigned from a state House seat in January 2001 over his support for killing cops that crack down on suspected illegal drug users.