Political Candidate Cuts Campaign Short To Help Hurricane Victims

One political candidate will miss his own election next week as he aids Hurricane Sandy victims.

One candidate running for the Portsmouth Town Council will miss next week's General Election — and opportunities to campaign days before — in order to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. 

Robert "Bob" Church, a Democratic candidate for the Portsmouth Town Council, was activated as a FEMA responder on Tuesday following Hurricane Sandy. He was called in to respond with the National Disaster Medical System. 

"We were originally headed for New Jersey, but diverted to New York for now," Church wrote in e-mail. His cell phone service is "spotty" in New York City, he said. 

"Have spent a day in Queens before being sent to Brooklyn. We are assisting local assets with shelters and shelter needs medical," he wrote.  

Church, who retired as deputy fire chief for the Portsmouth Fire Department, says the deployment could last until Nov. 10 or later, leaving him out of state for the upcoming General Election. 

"I knew this deployment would mean missing the elections, but I feel the need to help those who have been so seriously effected a priority," Church wrote. 

This is not Church's first time being called to a national disaster — or even a hurricane.

Church, a member of RI-1 DMAT, a disaster team, responded to the World Trade Center following the 9/11 attacks. He helped victims of 9/11 and stayed in New York City through Sept. 26, 2011. 

He was called again years later after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. Church, along with his team, responded to the New Orleans Super-dome from Aug. 28 to Sept. 11, 2005. 

Portsmouth Citizen November 02, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Mr. Church: Thank you for what you and your fellow first responders do and thank you for your dedication to public service. I hope for you soon to return to Portsmouth safe and sound.
old timer November 02, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Mr. Church, you have my vote. Thank you.
Keith Hamilton November 02, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Bob, thank you for your service. Be safe.
Islander One November 03, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Bob a real pleasure to be associated with a good hearted Democrat such as yourself.
Tom Lawrence November 06, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Not only did Bob drop everything to respond, but lost his opportunity to vote in this election because the deployment came after the chance to vote absentee...There can't be any doubt Portmouth who deserves your vote there...Bob Church and Barack Obsma...Thank You Bob....


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