"We need clear, issues oriented, and independent leadership. That's not what we've had, but it's what I hope to provide"
The year is 2018. As we begin to get ready for elections locally in New Hampshire, we have to ask ourselves how we want to enter the next decade. Forward and prepared, or backwards and set up to fail? Most recently, thankfully, the Site Evaluation Committee killed the Northern Pass project as it should. Northern Pass was one of the “backward” proposals. An environmentally unfriendly project that would have provided jobs to out of state workers, would have kept our electric rates the same, and by all metrics, would have done more harm than good. As we speak, states like Oregon and New Mexico are investing heavily in renewable energy, RE that will create good paying jobs, will lower utility rates, and make their states more attractive to young families who are looking for a place to raise their children, and who will benefit their state. This is “forward and prepared”. New Hampshire has the opportunity to be the best state in the country to raise a family and create jobs, but it takes legislators who will tell the lobbyists where they can go, and who have a plan as to how to make New Hampshire the economic powerhouse that it has the potential to be while preserving the beautiful environment that makes New Hampshire what it is. Beyond the economic issues, it will take legislators who are willing to go to bat to save their constituents Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. It means no more big tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires while interstate 93 continues to break down, and our bridges remain in critical condition. It means reforming property taxes in New Hampshire and no longer ignoring the ruling of Claremont v Governor of New Hampshire, and funding our schools legally to ensure a kid in Grafton gets the same education as a kid in Gilford.
We have a lot of work to do, and I plan on spending every day I can to get out, talk to folks, and ensure that when voters in District 17 go to the polls on November 6th, they know who’s got their back as they walk forward into the next decade and who is holding them back.