A Message from the Candidate
I’m running for re-election to one of two House seats in Merrimack District 9 (Loudon and Canterbury) because I want to protect the gains made for New Hampshire’s working families during the last session of the Legislature, and keep the state moving forward, not back.
After the bitter divisiveness of a highly partisan legislative session under former Speaker Bill O’Brien in 2011-12, this past session has been marked by civility, respect for differences, and bi-partisan legislative accomplishments. A Democratic majority in the House, working with a Republican-majority Senate, passed several measures that will make life better for all Granite Staters, including:
- The first bi-partisan Budget in memory, which restored the most damaging of the O’Brien cuts to public education, basic health services for women, children, and the developmentally disabled, and LCHIP;
- A doubling of the R&D tax credit for New Hampshire businesses, which will translate into more and higher-paying manufacturing jobs;
- Medicaid expansion, which will extend basic health insurance to 50,000 low-income New Hampshire residents, reduce insurance premiums for the rest of us, and create over 700 new health care jobs;
- Reform of the Site Evaluation Committee process, providing for more public participation and greater transparency in the siting of major energy projects like high-voltage electric transmission lines and wind farms;
- Joshua’s Law, which will allow for more coordinated and aggressive prosecution of domestic violence and crimes against children;
- A medical marijuana program regulated by the state;
- New funding to repair our deteriorating roads and bridges and create hundreds of highway construction jobs (the 4.2¢/gallon increase in the gas tax went into effect on July 1 without raising the price at the pump; the price of gas actually went down the following week);
- The Paycheck Fairness Act, which allows wages to be discussed in the workplace and prohibits wage discrimination based on gender—a major step forward for New Hampshire women.
So I’m running again, as a moderate Democrat, to preserve these gains.
But I’m also running again because there is more to do. I believe the biggest problem we have in American society at this point in the 21st century is the growing income gap between working families and the super-rich. Although the productivity of American workers has increased many times over since 1980, virtually all of the resulting income gains have gone to those in the top 1% of the income scale, while average working Americans have seen their real (inflation-adjusted) earnings decline during that period. Something is wrong with this picture. If re-elected, I will support efforts to establish a meaningful state minimum wage law, building on the one that cleared the House in this past session but failed by two votes in the Republican-led State Senate. (For more, see the “Issues” page on this web-site.)
My core values haven’t changed since I ran in 2012. I still believe we need to strengthen our economy by creating good jobs at good wages; give divisive social issues a rest for a while; think carefully and talk respectfully with each other about what services we need and expect from state government, and how to pay for them; protect access to basic health services for women, children, and families; support public education from kindergarten to the state university system as an investment in our children and our state’s future; and honor those in uniform—our troops, veterans, police, and firefighters—those who put their lives on the line to protect and defend us every day.
Whether you’re a Democrat, Independent, or Republican, I’m asking for your vote, and I’ll very much appreciate your support.