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Primary survey: 3 GOP House incumbents face two challengers in Weare, Deering

  • Kurk

  • Recupero

  • Hopper

  • Whitlock


Three seats are up for grabs in this district, which includes Deering and Weare. Incumbent Republicans Dan Donovan, Gary Hopper and Neal Kurk face primary challengers Jonathan Recupero and Matt Whitlock. Donovan did not have time to respond.
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Gary Hopper

Party: Republican

Age: 59

Town of residence: Weare

Occupation: grandfather

Incumbent? If so, how many terms? 6+

Do you support . . .

Commuter rail funding? No

Providing more state money for higher education? No

Pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? Yes

Reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? No

Increasing the minimum wage? No

Marijuana legalization or decriminalization? Yes

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? We need to remember the principle laid out in Article 6 of the N.H. Constitution, that a society that is self discipline requires little government and affords much liberty.

Neal M. Kurk

Party: Republican

Town of residence: Weare

Occupation: professor emeritus

Incumbent? Yes

If so, how many terms? 15, five of those as chairman of the House Finance Committee.

Do you support . . .

Commuter rail funding? Not by the state, but by the communities, such as Nashua and Manchester, whose taxpayers may benefit from increased assessed property valuation and a lower tax rate. It’s unfair for the state to force taxpayers in other communities, such as Weare and Deering, to subsidize them.

Providing more state money for higher education? Yes, if it results in more students remaining in our state and contributing to its economy than would otherwise be the case.

Pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? Yes

Reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? No, unless it’s reformed in ways that pressure participants, health care providers and insurers to keep costs down.

Increasing the minimum wage? No. Any increase is likely to result in people losing their jobs as businesses find it more cost-effective to automate. Prices will increase for all of us. That “cost” exceeds the “benefit” of higher wages to relatively few employees.

Marijuana legalization or decriminalization? Yes to decriminalization.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? I’m a fiscal conservative who believes in personal responsibility and limited government. I volunteer in our community, helping out with the historical society, the planning board and the finance committee. In the Legislature, I’ve worked hard to protect your privacy from government intrusion. Over the long-term, the most significant issue facing our state is our aging population. We need to determine if there are ways to increase our working-age population and if there’s a role for government to play.

Contact information: rep03281@aol.com

Jonathan M. Recupero

Party: Republican

Age: 23

Town of residence: Weare

Occupation: replenishment driver

Incumbent? No

Do you support . . .

Commuter rail funding? No

Providing more state money for higher education? UNH has spent $17,000 for one table. The university system needs to demonstrate more responsibility with the money they already receive from the taxpayers.

Pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? Yes

Reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? No

Increasing the minimum wage? No

Marijuana legalization or decriminalization? Yes

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? The Hippocratic Oath says "First, do no harm." I believe that is the best policy for a legislator to follow. I will endeavor to keep taxes low and avoid reckless spending. "My goal is to make Concord work for the people."

Contact information: 401-8534 / electjrecu@gmail.com

Matt Whitlock

Party: Republican

Age: 32

Town of residence: Weare

Occupation: software engineer

Incumbent? No

Do you support . . .

Commuter rail funding? Not by taxpayers. If commuter rail is truly economically sustainable, then a rail development project will have no trouble raising venture capital from private investors.

Providing more state money for higher education? Education is a service, not a right. Besides, subsidizing colleges with taxpayers’ money only causes tuition to rise and does not improve quality of education.

Pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? Absolutely, yes. The right to self-defense is as fundamental as the right to life.

Reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? No

Increasing the minimum wage? Minimum wage laws violate the constitutional right to freedom of association. Employers and employees have the right to arrange whatever employment terms are mutually agreeable to them. Government must not interfere in voluntary associations.

Marijuana legalization or decriminalization? Full legalization. What you choose to put in your body is solely your prerogative.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? “A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson