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State Rep. Races: Hillsborough County District 1 (Antrim, Hillsboro, Windsor)

  • Fedolfi

  • Levesque

  • Porter Picasa—

  • Shattuck


Antrim, Hillsboro, Windsor (two seats)
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Hillsborough County District 1

Democratic incumbents Marjorie Porter and Gilman Shattuck face Republicans Jim Fedolfi and Charles Levesque.

 

Jim Fedolfi

Party: Republican

Age: 74

Town of residence: Hillsboro

Occupation: Retired businessman

Incumbent? No

Do you support commuter rail funding? We are still a society in love with our automobile. Our economic system is based on the automobile, with stores restaurants, and workplaces spread out over the countryside. commuter rail has been an economic failure everywhere. We still pump $1 billion a year into Amtrak. Not one thin dime of state money should be expended in that direction.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education? Yes and no. No to most colleges, and yes to vocational and technical schools.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? Unnecessary. I can’t believe that the Constitution is quite clear. “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” What part of “shall not be infringed” don’t people understand?

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? Only for very short periods of time, one to two years, until we undo the mess caused by Obamacare and welfare restrictions that prevent supplemental payments for the working poor instead of welfare. We need all able-bodied welfare recipients working with supplemental help.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? Minimum wage was created to give entry level workers, those with no skills or low skills a chance to get a job. Unfortunately politicians have messed up our economy so badly that skilled people are forced to compete for these jobs. My answer is no. My answer is to elect Republicans to get this economy growing again

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? No I still believe it to be a gateway drug much like alcohol.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? I consider myself to be an old time traditional conservative Republican, right of center on most issues but willing to listen to compromises on legislation that does not weaken or alter the overall thrust of legislation. I believe all who serve in our House of Representatives of both parties are well meaning people with differing views on how best to serve our constituents. I feel that the elderly in this state are not getting a fair shake from our government. Please go to jimfedolfi.com.

Charles Levesque

Party: Republican

Age: 59

Town of residence: Antrim

Occupation: small business owner, forester

Incumbent? No

Do you support commuter rail funding? Possibly

Do you support providing more state money for higher education? Possibly; it depends on how much and in what way.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? Possibly; depends on the details of the legislation.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? Possibly; depends on details and funding source(s).

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? This should be dealt with at the federal level.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? Possibly; depends on the details of the legislation.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? I don’t like making promises without knowing the details of the proposal or legislation. I keep an open mind and am not wed to ideology. I am a careful decision maker and want to have facts at hand before making a decision/casting a vote. I am a moderate in my views if we must use labels. I am a good listener and will listen to my constituents about the issues important to them. What I have learned in my work around the country is that New Hampshire’s small, efficient government – which is close to the people and very accessible – works very well compared with other states. I want to work to keep it that way.

Marjorie Porter

Party: Democratic

Age: 67

Town of Residence: Hillsboro

Occupation: Retired teacher

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: 3

Do you support commuter rail funding?: Yes, I do. I believe it will serve to invigorate the state's economy.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education?: Yes. Our public college costs are the highest in the nation, and our young people graduate with very high levels of debt. Our young folks are leaving the state; we need to encourage them to stay.

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?: I support decriminalization.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? : N.H. has made it through the hard years. Our unemployment rate is low, our revenues are coming in much higher than expected, and our rainy day fund is comfortably full. It's time to once again invest in our state and in its people. We need to attend to our infrastructure, our schools, and services for our most vulnerable; too many of our working families are struggling with the high cost of housing, child care, and health care. Together we can find solutions that will move N.H. forward.

Gilman Shattuck

Party: Democratic

Age: 89

Town of Residence: Hillsboro

Occupation: Retired – sort of

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: 5

Do you support commuter rail funding?: Absolutely. I have seen how well it works: convenience, lessened air pollution, lessened traffic congestion.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education?: Absolutely – N.H. should not have the highest cost in the country

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry?: Present legislation is probably adequate – several loopholes need to be fixed.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion?: Absolutely

Do you support increasing the minimum wage?: Absolutely

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization?: Probably – once there is more experience elsewhere

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? : “In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all regardless of station, race, or creed. Among these are: The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation; The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation; The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living; The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad; The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health; The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment; The right to a good education. All of these rights spell security. . . . we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being. America's own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens. For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.” Franklin Roosevelt – State of the Union, January 1944