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Executive Council candidate Dan Weeks (D-Nashua) today rode his bike nearly 50 miles across District 5, stopping at high schools and colleges to raise awareness about clean energy and encourage young people to vote. The ride from Nashua to Rindge included visits to Nashua Community College, Franklin Pierce University, Souhegan HS, Milford MS, and ConVal MS, as well as a tour of the state's largest solar array in Peterborough with town leaders. Dan addressed hundreds of students and left nonpartisan voter information cards at schools.

"As a father and 12th-generation Granite Stater, I am deeply concerned about the effects of climate change on our agriculture, wildlife, and economy – not to mention the health of our planet for future generations,” Weeks said. "Today's ride was another step in my journey to address the most important issues confronting our state on the Executive Councilor. Contrary to my opponent, who has voted to block NH towns from implementing cost-saving solar projects, I will ensure New Hampshire moves forward on clean renewable energy and the thousands of good green jobs it can bring."

Weeks' Ride for Clean Energy across District 5 was made more challenging by heavy rains – including freezing rain in Jaffrey – and wind gusts up to 40 MPH. During the first 20 miles of the ride when rains were at their heaviest, Weeks also got three flat tires, a chance to get his hands dirty changing tires. Weeks was joined on the ride by a leading NH educator, Bill Gillett, the former Business School Dean at Southern NH University, and by local supporters in towns along the way.

“At a time when so many Americans are disgusted by the negativity of our national election, I believe it is incumbent on politicians to walk the talk in support of their core beliefs – or ‘ride’ the talk, as the case may be. I believe in growing our economy and diversifying our transportation infrastructure to include commuter rail, expanded bus service, and more bike-friendly roads and bike trails that will encourage more young people 'get moving’ and improve their health. Traveling across my district by bike, in spite of the weather, was a chance to live that out and reach countless voters in the process."

The Ride for Clean Energy was in keeping with Weeks’ focus throughout the campaign on high-energy grassroots campaigning as a way to reach disaffected voters, including a 250-mile “Handshake Day” tour of all thirty-three towns in District 5 in a single day, and numerous service projects and charitable running events. It was also in keeping with Weeks' prior role as Executive Director of Open Democracy and the NH Rebellion, which won national and international attention for a series of below-freezing winter walks across New Hampshire to draw attention to the corrupting influence of big money in politics. 

If elected Executive Councilor, Weeks pledges to continue investing his full energy in reach citizens, through both conventional and unconventional means, to ensure that every voice is heard in the democratic process.