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State Rep. races: Hillsborough County District 2 (Weare, Deering)

  • Kurk

  • Hopper


Weare, Deering (three seats)
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Hillsborough County District 2

Incumbent Republicans Dan Donovan, Gary Hopper and Neal Kurk face Democrats Aaron Gill, Arnold Rocklin-Weare and Ellen Dokton.

Dan Donovan

Party: Republican

Age: 81

Town of residence: Deering

Occupation: retired

Incumbent? If so, how many terms? 2 terms

Do you support commuter rail funding? No

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? Yes

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? No

Gary Hopper

Party: Republican

Age: 59

Town of residence: Weare

Incumbent? If so, how many terms? 6+

Do you support commuter rail funding? No

Do you support providing more state money for higher education? No

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? Yes

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? No

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? No

Do you support 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 disciplined requires little government and affords much liberty.

Neal M. Kurk

Party: Republican

Town of residence: Weare

Occupation: professor emeritus

Incumbent? If so, how many terms? Yes; 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.

Do you support 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.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? Yes

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

Do you support 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.

Do you support 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.

 

Aaron Gill

Party: Democrat

Age: 40

Town of residence: Deering

Occupation: Community banker

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: No

Do you support commuter rail funding? Yes, as part of an overall strategy to increase workforce mobility and reduce the “Graying” of N.H..

Do you support providing more state money for higher education? Yes. N.H. has been last among the states in state support for higher education for decades. This should include technical schools and community colleges.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? No change to existing laws

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? Yes

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? Yes, but to be clear, N.H. currently does not have a minimum wage law.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? Yes to both. N.H. can learn from other states who’ve already taken this step. Like alcohol, N.H. can tax and regulate marijuana, providing a much-needed revenue source.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? As a Deering selectman, I’ve worked to increase our access to quality data from which to make better decisions. I’ve always been focused on the long-term, like the small business owners I work with every day. They know the state needs to invest in workers and infrastructure so they can grow their businesses. That’s called smart investment. I will apply this logic in the decisions I make if you elect me as one of your state reps.

Arnold Rocklin-Weare

Ellen Dokton