Rep. Peter Leishman, 56, candidate for reelection for state representative in Hillsborough District 24, moved to New Hampshire from Massachusetts 51 years ago while he was in a private kindergarten. (Public kindergartens were to arrive later in NH.) He graduated from the Milford Area Senior High School in 1976, the same year he achieved the highly regarded award of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America. He went to Unity College in Unity, Maine where he earned an A. A. in General Studies. He was an honors graduate. While at Unity he was the freshman class senator and then the student government treasurer. He interned with the Center for Environmental Education in Washington, DC.

He lived in Milford where he was on the Board of Selectman for 14 years. He was elected a state representative as a Republican from Milford in 1996, but being an independent thinker who resented being told how to vote and often disagreeing with the House leadership on hewing to its ideological line, he left the Republican party in 2002.  In 2006, however, he ran as a Democrat where he could be his own man. He represented Milford/Amherst district from 2006-2008. Altogether, he has served 5 terms.

Because his fiancee, Cheryl Seifert, lives in Peterborough, Peter moved here in time to file for state representative in 2008. We Democrats backed him then and ever since.

Peter has been the owner/operator of the Milford-Bennington Railroad Co., Inc. since 1987. He is responsible for the day-to-day operation of a freight only railroad that operates in the Wilton-Milford area of southern New Hampshire and for railroad construction/maintenance of railroad sidings in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Peter understands the issues that confront business.

Since moving to Peterborough, Peter has become a trustee of the Peterborough Players, a member of the Peterborough Zoning Board of Adjustment, a member of the Peterborough Lions Club. He served on the Finance Committee in the State Legislature in 2006 and became the chair of Division 1 in 2008. Presently Peter is the chair of Division 1 and a member of the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee.  In his earlier years there, he served on the Environment and Agricultural Committee and then the Judiciary Committee. In 2010, Peter received the Civil Justice Award from the NH Association of Justice. In short, this award recognizes outstanding commitment to the improvement and preservation of the American civil justice system.

When he lived in Milford, besides being a selectman he was Director of Greater Nashua for United Way for six years and Bail Commissioner for Milford District Court for twenty years. These are a portion of his awards and honors over the years. Since his youth he has given back to the community; service to others is in his DNA.

Rep. Peter R. Leishman is a good man, a good scout and worthy of your support and your vote on September 9th. He has a deep love of community and deep roots in New Hampshire. He has the character and the perseverance to do the right thing.