Candidate Profiles: State Senate

Published: 10/27/2020 1:29:48 PM

Candidates for office. *denotes incumbent

State Senate, District 8

(Bennington, Francestown, Croydon, Newport, Unity, Acworth, Stoddard, Antrim, Deering, Weare, Bradford, Sutton, Newbury, Springfield, New London, Sunapee, Goshen, Grantham, Lempster, Washington, Marlow, Hillsboro, Langdon, Windsor)

Republican Candidate: Ruth Ward*, Stoddard

Experience: Senator, NH Senate (2016 - present); former member, Stoddard Planning Board and Zoning Board; Retired Nurse Practitioner

Should New Hampshire allocate tax revenues for private and home schooling costs?

“I support taking a comprehensive review at school funding, I believe there is a task force currently in place to specifically look at school funding. I believe the funding should follow the child. More and more parents are looking at public charter schools, private schools and homeschooling.”

Should New Hampshire increase subsidies and tax credits for business investment?

“I generally do not support businesses subsidies unless there is a dire or emergency situation like the current pandemic we find ourselves in.”

Should New Hampshire pass stricter gun control laws?

“I support our 2A rights.”

Does not support New Hampshire legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

Does not support New Hampshire continuing to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which requires utilities to purchase allowances for every ton of carbon they emit.

Democratic Candidate: Jenn Alford-Teaster, Bradford

Experience: Geospatial Research Project Director, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College

Should New Hampshire allocate tax revenues for private and home schooling costs?

“I oppose allocating tax revenues for private and/or home schooling costs.”

Should New Hampshire increase subsidies and tax credits for business investment?

“New Hampshire should not increase subsidies and tax credits for business investment.”

Should New Hampshire pass stricter gun control laws?

“As a gun owner, I believe that we as a society can protect both our freedom and public safety through limited gun regulation.”

Should New Hampshire legalize the recreational use of marijuana?

“I support marijuana decriminalization, but I am undecided on legalization.”

Should New Hampshire continue to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which requires utilities to purchase allowances for every ton of carbon they emit?

“I support New Hampshire’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.”

State Senate, District 9

(Dublin, Greenfield, Hancock, Jaffrey, Lyndeborough, Temple, Bedford, New Boston, Fitzwilliam, Mont Vernon, Richmond, Troy)

Democratic Candidate: Jeanne Dietsch*, Peterborough

Experience: Senator, NH Senate (2018 - present); Member, Conval School Board; Chair, Peterborough Economic Development Authority’s Strategic Planning Board; Chair, Peterborough Broadband Committee; Board Member, Community Conservations; Board Member, Monadnock Center for History & Culture; Monadnock Valley Patriots; adult Special Olympics; IEEE Robotics & Automation Society; economic development, tech entrepreneur, educational software designer

Should New Hampshire allocate tax revenues for private and home schooling costs?

“I oppose allocating tax revenues for private and/or home schooling costs.”

Should New Hampshire increase the size of solar panel installations that may participate in net energy metering?

“We voted for this; the governor vetoed it and the Senate overrode his veto 17-7. All we need is for the House to do the same!”

Should New Hampshire pass stricter gun control laws?

“I voted for comprehensive background checks, no guns on playgrounds and extreme risk protection order.”

Should New Hampshire legalize the recreational use of marijuana?

“I believe that cannabis should be a controlled substance, sold in liquor stores, like alcohol.”

Do you support Gov. Sununu’s proposal to allow employers and employees to opt-in to a private, paid family and medical leave insurance plan, based on a pool of state employees, excluding coverage for personal illness?

“This program would help very few people and would not be financially sustainable.”

Supports increasing public access to reports of police misconduct.

Republican Candidate: Denise Ricciardi, Bedford

Experience: Vice Chairman, Bedford Town Council; founder, Bedford Cares; volunteered in over 20 non-profit and community groups

Should New Hampshire allocate tax revenues for private and home schooling costs?

“I believe education funding should follow the child. Parents should have the ability to make choices on what educational environment will work best for their children, whether it is public school, a public charter school, homeschooling or parochial schools.”

Should New Hampshire increase the size of solar panel installations that may participate in net energy metering?

“I support SB 166 which the Governor signed into law which adds municipal and county aggregators to the current net metering statutes.”

Do you support Gov. Sununu’s proposal to allow employers and employees to opt-in to a private, paid family and medical leave insurance plan, based on a pool of state employees, excluding coverage for personal illness?

“As long as it does not require an income tax to pay for it.”

Should New Hampshire increase public access to reports of police misconduct?

“Police misconduct is unacceptable. We need to do everything we can to stop it from happening. We also need to make sure that our Law Enforcement community has the training and resources they need to do their job.”

Does not support New Hampshire passing stricter gun control laws.

Does not support New Hampshire legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

Does not support New Hampshire adding an income tax on earned income.

State Senate, District 11

(Wilton, Milford, Amherst, Merrimack)

Democratic Candidate: Shannon Chandley*, Amherst

Experience: Senator, NH Senate (2018 - present); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2016 - 2018, 2012 - 2014, 2008 - 2010)

Should New Hampshire pass stricter gun control laws?

Voted for HB 109 (expanding firearm background checks), HB 514 (establishing a waiting period for firearm purchases), HB 564 (banning firearms on school grounds), and HB 687 (establishing extreme risk protection orders, similar to a red flag law).

Should New Hampshire raise the minimum wage?

Voted for three bills that would have gradually raised the minimum wage to $12/hour: SB 410, HB 731, and SB 10

Should New Hampshire allocate tax revenues for private and home schooling costs?

Voted against the “education freedom savings account program” (SB 193)

Republican Candidate: Gary Daniels, Milford

Experience: Senator, NH State Senate (2014 - 2018); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2006-2014, 1996-2000); Member, Milford Republican Committee; Member, Legislators for Limited Spending (1990-1994); Member, Labor and Business Task Force American Legislative Exchange Council (1990-1994); Coordinator, Community Assistance Program - Milford Area (1985-1994); Veteran, New Hampshire National Guard (1976-1988); Software Quality Engineer; Veteran, US Army

Should New Hampshire pass stricter gun control laws?

“Preserve our Second Amendment rights.”

Should New Hampshire raise the minimum wage?

Voted against raising the minimum wage (SB 83 and SB 554).

Should New Hampshire allocate tax revenues for private and home schooling costs?

Voted for the “education freedom savings account program” (SB 193).

State Senate, District 12

(Greenville, Mason, New Ipswich, Rindge, Brookline, Nashua, Hollis)

Democratic Candidate: Melanie Levesque*, Brookline

Experience: Senator, NH Senate (2018 - present); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2006 - 2010, 2012 - 2014); Secretary, Nashua Ethnic Awareness Committee (2005); Vice President, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (2004); President, TCS of American Enterprises LLC; telecommunications consultant

Should New Hampshire add a broad-based sales tax?

“I don’t feel NH will tolerate a broad based tax of any kind. There are as many people for as against.”

Should New Hampshire raise the minimum wage?

“The pandemic has shown us the importance of our front line workers who are often minimum wage employees. It is time to raise the minimum wage to a living wage.”

Supports New Hampshire continuing to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which requires utilities to purchase allowances for every ton of carbon they emit.

Supports New Hampshire passing stricter gun control laws.

Does not support allocating tax revenues for private and home schooling costs.

Republican Candidate: Kevin Avard, Nashua

Experience: Senator, NH Senate (2014 - 2018); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2010 - 2012); Contractor

Should New Hampshire allocate tax revenues for private and home schooling costs?

Voted for the “education freedom savings account program” (SB 193).

Should New Hampshire add a broad-based sales tax?

“I am opposed to any new or increased taxes – we should just control our spending.”

Should New Hampshire continue to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which requires utilities to purchase allowances for every ton of carbon they emit?

“New Hampshire should withdraw from RGGI and structure its own energy strategy.”

Should New Hampshire pass stricter gun control laws?

“I oppose any limits on assault weapons.”

Should New Hampshire raise the minimum wage?

Voted against raising the minimum wage (SB 83 and SB 554).


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