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State Rep. races: Belknap County District 6 (Belmont)

  • Diana Lacey


Belmont (two seats)
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Belknap County District 6

Incumbent Mike Sylvia is joined by John Plumer on the Republican ticket, and they face Democrats George Condodemetraky and Diana Lacey.

George Condodemetraky

Party: Democrat

Age: 80

Town of Residence: Belmont

Occupation: Retired Engineer

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: -

Do you support commuter rail funding?: Yes

Do you support providing more state money for higher education?: Yes

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? : No

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion?: Yes

Do you support increasing the minimum wage?: Yes

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization?: Decriminalization

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities?: There are not enough words allowed to go into my philosophy. I am a practical person who looks at life as a progression of constant change, and you have to change with the what is happening now.

Diana Lacey

Party: Democrat

Age: 52

Town of Residence: Belmont

Occupation: Program Planning and Review

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: -

Do you support commuter rail funding?: Yes. I have met many residents that support this possibility.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education?: It depends on our full economic and financial assessment at the given time, and in expressed and demonstrated needs per institution, as well as competing needs. In general, however, yes we need to do more to support higher ed.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry?: Most voters I talk with are concerned about gun safety and ensuring we close loopholes that have let unsafe individuals purchase weapons when they couldn't even be cleared for air travel. This seems like a reasonable starting place to improve our current laws and still be mindful to respect the Second Amendment.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion?: Yes. I have met many voters who see the benefit and need to continue this program. 

Do you support increasing the minimum wage?: Yes. I have met many voters that are supportive of raising the minimum wage, and who see it as a means to bring balance in the economy to reduce corporate welfare (using tax dollars to keep the lowest wage workers afloat when businesses don't provide a living wage). They look at it this way . . . we pay the full cost on products and services we buy, so should corporations. 

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization?: I really don't have a sense of what voters feel about this topic at this time. Generally, I think the focus should be under which scenario would we legalize marijuana use, for whom, etc. and in which would we not. For now, the question is too broad. 

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities?: Democracy is precious; it is not a gift – it is a responsibility that should be honored. I am running for office because leadership should be about us, not politics. I believe we are stronger than we know and we can come together for the greater good. That's what we deserve.

John R. Plumer

 

Mike Sylvia