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Step one for candidates: get people to vote

  • Democratic candidates for the state House and Senate speak at a Dublin Democrats meeting on Thursday at the Dublin library. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Democratic candidate Craig Thompson speaks to Dublin Democrats during their meeting on Thursday at the Dublin library. Staff photo by Ashley SaarI

  • Democratic candidates for the state House and Senate speak at a Dublin Democrats meeting on Thursday at the Dublin library. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 6/19/2018 4:59:37 PM

With a non-presidential election this year, Democrats should be focused on increasing the numbers of those that go to the polls, and focus on increasing seats in the House of Representatives, several democratic candidates urged, as they spoke at the Dublin Democrats monthly meeting on Thursday.

“The first order of business is reaching out to everybody and encouraging them to vote,” said Dick Ames, the incumbent state rep. of Cheshire District 9, who is running again for the position. 

Democrats are in the minority at all levels in New Hampshire government, currently, including the state house, senate, governor’s council, with a Republican governor. One of the goals of the party should be to rally enough support to take back the House of Representatives, which Ames said is a reachable goal with this year’s upcoming election.

“At every level, we need a counterbalance,” said Ames.

Mark Fernald, one of three democratic candidates for the New Hampshire state senate, said he is troubled by several trends in the state, including increase in property tax, decrease in state aid for colleges, and decreases in the state’s general fund revenue. 

“These are troubling trends, and we need to change them,” said Fernald.

Fernald is running along with Jeanne Dietsch and Bruce Fox for the Democratic nomination for the senate seat currently occupied by Republican Andy Sanborn, who is running for Congress this year.

Craig Thompson, who is running for the House in New Hampshire Cheshire District 14, currently held by Republican Franklin Sterling of Jaffrey, said that he had a platform of increasing the state’s subsidization of green energy, lowering in-state tution, and creating a living wage.

“I will not support anything that will continue investing in fossil fuels,” said Thompson, when asked about his stance on green energy. “It’s like investing in horse and buggys. It makes not sense.”

New Hampshire primaries will be held on Sept. 11 and the general elections on Nov. 6. Check your individual towns for polling locations.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaarMLT. 


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