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Primary survey: Goddard joins incumbent Democrats in four-way race for Hopkinton, Ward 5 seats

  • Luneau

  • Myler

  • Wallner

  • Goddard


This district, which covers Concord Ward 5 and Hopkinton, has three seats. Democratic incumbents David Luneau, Mel Myler and Mary Jane Wallner are joined by Denis Goddard in the primary contest. On the Republican side, Luke Diamond and John French VI are running uncontested.
Thursday, September 08, 2016

Denis Goddard

Party: Democrat

Age: 46

Town of residence: Hopkinton

Occupation: director of software engineering

Incumbent? No

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? Yes

Increasing the minimum wage? No

Marijuana legalization or decriminalization? Yes

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? Society and economics are like ecosystems: complex and interconnected. They require diversity in order to be healthy. Monopoly, like monoculture, results in brittle systems that fail easily.

Contact information: Denis.Goddard@gmail.com

David Luneau

Party: Democrat

Age: 51

Town of residence: Hopkinton

Occupation: engineer

Incumbent? Yes

If so, how many terms? One term

Do you support . . .

Commuter rail funding? Yes, rail has contributed to economic expansion along the I-95 and I-91 corridors.

Providing more state money for higher education? Yes, New Hampshire’s students should not be saddled with the highest college debt in the country and the high cost of tuition pushes many students to pursue higher education elsewhere.

Pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? I support responsible gun ownership, but I do not support legislation such as constitutional carry.

Reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? Yes. Medicaid expansion enables all residents to have access to affordable health care and brings federal dollars back to the state. Without this, uncompensated emergency room visits would be paid for by all of us through higher insurance rates and lost economic activity.

Increasing the minimum wage? Yes

Marijuana legalization or decriminalization? Yes to decriminalization.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? Strengthen and improve public education, the university system and community colleges, and fund public full-day kindergarten the same way the state funds grades 1-12; develop and support policies that promote entrepreneurship and new business creation; work collaboratively to find solutions to the state’s revenue problem and enable the state to meet its obligations, and provide meaningful property tax relief by increasing the state’s financial support to municipalities and school districts.

Mel Myler

Party: Democrat

Age: 72

Town of residence: Contoocook

Occupation: retired educator

Incumbent? If so, how many terms? Incumbent seeking my third term, currently serving on the House Education Committee.

Do you support . . .

Commuter rail funding? Yes. Commuter rail will bring jobs and economic opportunity to our state. It is time to seriously study the impact of computer rail on our state and the move forward accordingly to the findings.

Providing more state money for higher education? Absolutely, yes. We have the highest student debt in the nation. We need to stop the out migration of our young adults due to the increasing cost of higher education. Enabling our students to attend a state college at an affordable cost will keep them in state and increase the quality of our work force.

Pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? We need to reduce gun violence. Every three days, someone dies in New Hampshire of a gun-related incident. We need common sense solutions. I am concerned about the power of the corporate gun lobby.

Reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? Yes. 50,000 N.H. citizens now have health care which positively impacts the cost of health of those who have private insurance. Rather than using emergency health care services, which is much more expensive, these folks can now use primary care services at a less expensive cost. Medicaid expansion brings our federal tax dollars back to our state to pay for the expansion.

Increasing the minimum wage? Yes. We have the lowest minimum wage in the nation. Increasing the minimum wage to $12 or $15 brings more buying power to the economy. In those places across the nation that have increased the minimum wage, there has been a positive impact on workers and the local economy.

Marijuana legalization or decriminalization? I do not favor the legalization of marijuana. With our current opioid crisis, legalization sends a wrong message. However, I do support the decriminalization of the possession of marijuana.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? We are elected to represent the interest of all citizens regardless of political party. Finding the common ground in a civil discourse is the key to an effective legislative process. I have a commitment to seek solutions to problems and make sure that all voices are heard specifically those “voiceless” citizens who feel left out. Legislative priorities: Funding for full-day kindergarten, economic development to increase job opportunity, improve public education, reduce uncompensated health care costs, to name just a few issues.

Mary Jane Wallner

Party: Democrat

Age: 69

Town of residence: Concord

Occupation: director of Merrimack Valley Day Care Service

Incumbent? 18 terms

Commuter rail funding? Yes

Providing more state money for higher education? Yes

Pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? No. I will support legislation that reduces gun violence such as closing loop holes in our background check system.

Reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? Yes

Increasing the minimum wage? Yes

Marijuana legalization or decriminalization? I would support decriminalization.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? If I am re-elected, I would hope to serve on the House Finance Committee. I have been on the Finance Committee for several years and was the chairwoman during the 2013-2014 session. Working to help craft a responsible state budget would be my highest priority.