District 6 - Gilford / Gilmanton / Laconia Ward 2
Dr. Nagel is a candidate for State Rep.
To my neighbors in Gilmanton, Gilford and Ward 2 of Laconia, I have chosen to seek election to represent you, the people of Belknap County District 6, in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
I have lived in New Hampshire for 37 years, the past 27 in Gilmanton. I began my career as the Medical Director of Easter Seals and then Concord Orthopaedics where I am about to celebrate my 32 nd anniversary.
What I love about New Hampshire is that it is so easy to get involved, to make a
difference. Through my activities, I have come to find that what we accomplish here,
has the potential to resonate throughout the country, and, sometimes beyond.
It has been my honor to serve our community locally, regionally, and nationally in
many regards. In my roles as physician, policy maker, author, volunteer, and
benefactor, I have served the needs of the stigmatized, particularly those who suffer
from pain, addiction, and mental health disorders. My book Needless Suffering, sold on
4 continents, has been described as a “self help book for society” and a blueprint for
public policy in creating a balance between the social and public health crises these
I have created a number of advocacy groups locally and nationally to
advance these causes and have co-authored and passed creative, first in the nation
legislation to both support those who suffer, and to empower them and their families.
In all I do, I believe my role is to bring people together. While I endorse long
held Republican beliefs of personal responsibility, hard work, self-sufficiency, fiscal
responsibility, family integrity, mentorship, faith, and charity, I also believe that the
complex social problems we face require complex solutions that can only be achieved
through thoughtful discussion. All opinions have value and should be respected and
listened to. Sometimes solutions come from surprising sources. I have also come to
understand that when some voices are not heard, the outcome of policy decisions can
be disastrous…sometimes even deadly.
I am very proud that in all my advocacy and legislative work I have been able to
function in a bi-partisan manner, and I am proud that in my endeavor to serve you as
your representative, I have bipartisan support.
It is my concern that partisan politics has created an adversarial environment in
Concord that unnecessarily divides us and has the potential to harm those most
vulnerable. The recent events relating to Gunstock Mountain Resort represent the tip
of a legislative iceberg that needs to change, and I intend to be a part of that change.
I ask your support in helping me return sensibility to Concord and our political
Please check out my website, www.drnagelfornh.com to learn more about my
priorities for New Hampshire.
David Nagel, MD