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State Rep. races: Belknap County District 2 (Gilford, Meredith)

  • Norman Silber


Gilford, Meredith (four seats)
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Belknap County District 2

Republican incumbents Glen Aldrich and Herb Vadney are joined by Marc Abear and Norman Silber on the GOP ticket, and they are up against Democrats Johan Andersen, Lisa DiMartino, Nancy Frost and Dorothy Piquado.

Johan Andersen

Lisa DiMartino

Nancy Frost

Dorothy Piquado

 

Marc Abear

 

Glen Aldrich

Party: Republican

Age: 58

Town of residence: Gilford

Occupation: Contractor

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: 1

Do you support commuter rail funding? No. The money that would be wasted on bringing rail to N.H. would be better spent on fixing our failing roads and bridges.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education? No. Not with the way I have seen some of the higher institutions waste money, on things like an electronic table and a million (dollars) for a scoreboard. They need to tighten their belts first, just like the taxpayers have had to do.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? Yes. I am a life member of the NRA with an A+ rating as a legislator.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? No. Taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for the health care of folks that are able bodied but don’t have a job or work part time.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? No. You should be free to contract for yourself. I only made minimum wage when I had minimum skills.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? Yes. I would like to see it taxed like alcohol with 100 percent of the proceeds going to property tax relief.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? I believe you know better how to spend your money than the government, so I will vote against any new taxes or fees, just like I did in my first term.

Norman Silber

Party: Republican

Age: 71

Town of Residence: Gilford

Occupation: Attorney (semi-retired)

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: No

Do you support commuter rail funding?: No. This should be left to private enterprise.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education?: No. The money already allocated from the taxpayers does not produce a proper return, and higher education needs to get its own house in order before expecting more taxpayer funding.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry?: Yes. I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and am a life member of, and endorsed by, the NRA and the N.H. Liberty Alliance, among others.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion?: No. Medicaid should be eliminated in its entirety. Government needs to get out of the health care business.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage?: No. Even the late Nobel Price winner, Paul Samuelson, pointed out that a minimum wage hurts entry level workers, and it should be eliminated entirely.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization?: No. I know from family experience that it is a gateway drug and definitely can lead to dependency in some people, much like alcohol dependency.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities?: I believe in traditional American values, small government that stays out of our lives, and fiscal responsibility. Government needs to leave us alone. Government is not the solution to most problems in our society; it is often their root cause or at the least a major contributing factor.

Herb Vadney