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Candidates forum features local state rep. races

  • Republican state rep. candidate Tim Lord answers a question. Lord is vying for a Hillsborough District 3 seat.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Democrat state rep. candidate Richard McNamara answers a question. McNamara is vying for for one of two Hillsborough District 1 seats.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Democrat state rep. candidate Dan Pickering answers a question. Pickering is vying for a Hillsborough District 3 seat.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Candidates for two Hillsborough County state representative seats gathered Wednesday at the Antrim Town Hall to showcase their stances on a number of issues before the November election. Nov. 3, 2018. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Incumbent Democrat state rep. candidate Marjorie Porter answers a question. Porter is vying for one of two Hillsborough District 1 seats.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Incumbent Republican state rep. candidate Jim Feldolfi answers a question. Fedolfi is vying for one of two Hillsborough District 1 seat.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 11:3AM

Candidates for three Hillsborough County state representative seats gathered on Wednesday of last week at the Antrim Town Hall to showcase their stances on a number of issues before the November election.

In District 1, incumbent Democrat Marjorie Porter and incumbent Republican Jim Fedolfi are squaring off against Democrat Richard McNamara – who currently serves as a state rep for Hillsborough District 38 – for two seats. Libertarian candidate Keith Cobbett is also running for one of the seats, but was unable to make the event.

Fedolfi described himself as a “slightly right of center Republican” and an “old time conservative” who sees the job as an opportunity to help his constituents deal with state and local government.

“That’s the real part of the job… helping the people of my district deal with the government, not to make the government bigger,” Fedolfi said. “I also don’t like to waste money. I don’t waste my money, and I don’t waste anyone else’s. My signs are from two years ago… my fliers are from three years ago.”

McNamara said he decided to transition from the larger, overlapping District 38 to focus on the smaller District 1 and will continue to focus on public education among other issues if elected.

“I don’t care who has proposed a bill, or the content of the bill, if it’s a good bill and I think it’s something that will be a good law and something that is good for all of New Hampshire, I’m certainly willing to listen to that, debate and participate, and hope that it gets passed,” McNamara said.

Porter, who is running for her fifth term in the house, said she is a “big supporter of public schools” but also supports school choice. She said she has served on a number of committees and said issues like over-reliance on property taxes, the state’s school funding formula, and affordable healthcare are holding the state back.

“There are many wonderful things about the state of New Hampshire… and I’m proud of being a resident of New Hampshire, but there are some issues that have been plaguing us forever and they need to be addressed,” Porter said.

Hillsborough District 1 represents Antrim, Hillsborough, and Windsor.

In District 3, Democrat Dan Pickering and Republican Tim Lord are vying for the seat previously held by incumbent Jonathan Manley Sr.

Lord said this is his first time running for public office and said his background in banking, business – he currently manages timberlands for his family business – and as an economist would enable him to tackle the problems seen in the district.

“First, I believe in personal liberties matched by personal responsibility,” Lord said when going over his three guiding principals. “Second, I believe in a rule of law and the presumption of innocence until evidence proves you guilty. Third, I believe in capitalism, free markets, and open competition.”

Pickering said he would use lessons learned from his background in education if elected, things like caring about individuals, being fair to all constituents, and creating a sense that everyone is together as a group.

“That’s really the theme of what I have to say,” Pickering said. “… Being in public education, you realize the power of when we as a group care about each other and look for solutions that do the most good for the most people.”

Hillsborough District 3 represents Bennington, Greenfield, and Hancock.

The next Antrim-Bennington Lions Club candidates night will take place on Oct. 10 and feature candidates for Hillsborough state rep in District 38.

The candidates night will take place at Antrim Town Hall and begin at 6:30 p.m. with a meet and greet. Starting at 7 p.m., candidates will introduce themselves and then be asked audience-provided questions by a moderator.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com.