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State Rep. races: Hillsborough County District 38 (Hillsborough)

  • Bob Vaugh—


Antrim, Bennington, Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hancock, Hillsboro, Lyndeborough, Wilton, Windsor (two seats)
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Hillsborough County District 38

Richard McNamara

Party: Democrat

Age: 71

Town of residence: Hillsboro

Occupation: Retired

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: 2 terms

Do you support commuter rail funding? I support having a detailed study done to determine the efficacy of commuter rail for N.H. If the result is positive, I would support a team approach for funding with the help of business, state and the Feds.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education? The State of N.H. should be providing more money for grades K through college. N.H. ranks last in the nation in support of education but seventh in median income. The burden for funding education should not be based solely on real estate taxes and college tuitions.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? I support the Second Amendment with the understanding that all weapons purchased require a federal background check.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? Yes. This program has been very successful with limited infusion of state funds considering the thousands of N.H. citizens that have access to the program. Medicaid expansion has also made mental health benefits available to those individuals who otherwise would not be able to afford counseling.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? Yes. No one can make a living working 40 hours a week at $7.25. This low wage then forces the state and federal governments to provide services to these individuals and their families who exist on welfare.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? I support legalization of marijuana. One only has to look back in history to see the parallels this country faces with not having alcohol legalized. Probation was a complete failure that only helped the criminals and went untaxed and unregulated.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? I understand that individuals have differences of opinions but one of my priorities as an elected official is to work with others in a bipartisan way. I am seeing a trend in Concord of people running for office who do not believe in government and do not like other people. More than ever we all have to work together for the good of all N.H. citizens.

Bianca Acebron Peco

Party: Democratic

Age: 24

Town of residence: Bennington

Occupation: Assistant director of admissions

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: No

Do you support commuter rail funding? Yes

Do you support providing more state money for higher education? Absolutely!

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? I believe in background checks and working to keep the use of guns safe. I also believe that many people rely on guns for safety and enjoy them for sport and hunting. I believe gun practices that are safe make not only gun owners safe, but those who don't want guns, to also feel safe.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? Yes, I fully support Medicaid expansion, and any bill to help with getting N.H. residents health insurance.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? Yes. I believe N.H. needs its own minimum wage and shouldn't just follow the federal government.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? I support the decriminalization of marijuana. For the legalization of marijuana I believe there still needs to be more research. I plan to look at other states that have legalized and track their successes and their negative effects.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? I believe N.H. needs to better meet the needs of the working and millennial generation. To help, I believe their needs to be more represented in Concord to benefit the retiring community.

 

Jim Valera

 

John Kofalt

Party: Republican

Age: 49

Town of residence: Wilton

Occupation: Software executive

Incumbent? No

Do you support commuter rail funding? No. Commuter rail would require substantial subsidies from N.H. taxpayers, including many who will not use the service. Similar projects in other states have invariably required taxpayer bailouts because they are not economically viable.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education? No. Earlier this year it was revealed that the University of New Hampshire spent over $17,000 on a single table for one of its dining halls. This is an egregious example of the spendthrift attitude that exists in our state’s colleges and universities. Institutions of higher education need to demonstrate greater financial discipline and focus on providing increased value to their students.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? Yes. I strongly support the Second Amendment. This includes supporting constitutional carry, which has worked very well in Vermont. Restrictive gun laws have proven ineffective, punishing law-abiding citizens while doing nothing to prevent violent crime.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? No. I oppose all parts of Obamacare, including the Medicaid welfare expansion.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? No. Minimum wage destroys economic opportunity for lower-skilled workers and makes it harder for many small businesses to operate at a profit.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? I support some degree of decriminalization, although I oppose outright full legalization.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? I prefer limited government, personal freedoms and local decision-making. I believe in low taxes, school choice, personal freedoms, and the rights of all people to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. My top priority would be job-creation. N.H. needs to attract more job-creating businesses by reducing our high business taxes and cutting burdensome regulations, and by lowering energy and health care costs.