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State Rep. races: Merrimack County District 10 (Hopkinton, Concord Ward 5)

  • Luneau

  • Myler

  • Wallner

  • Luke Diamond


Concord Ward 5 and Hopkinton (three seats)
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Merrimack County District 10

Democratic incumbents David Luneau, Mel Myler and Mary Jane Wallner face Republicans Luke Diamond and John French VI.

David Luneau

Party: Democrat

Age: 51

Town of residence: Hopkinton

Occupation: Engineer

Incumbent? If so, how many terms? Yes; One term

Do you support commuter rail funding? Yes, rail has contributed to economic expansion along the I-95 and I-91 corridors.

Do you support 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.

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

Do you support 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.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? Yes

Do you support 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.

Do you support 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.

Do you support 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.

Do you support 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.

Do you support 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.

Do you support 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? Yes; 18 terms

Do you support commuter rail funding? Yes

Do you support providing more state money for higher education? Yes

Do you support 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.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? Yes

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? Yes

Do you support 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.

Luke Diamond

Party: Republican

Age: 56

Town of Residence: Concord

Occupation: Software Developer

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: No

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?: Reduce spending. Reduce regulations. Strengthen liberty. Strengthen property rights.

John French VI

Party: Republican

Age: 63

Town of residence: Hopkinton

Occupation: Real Estate agent – software engineer

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: No

Do you support commuter rail funding? I support ubiquitous broadband. Rail will bring workers to Massachusetts not jobs to N.H.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education? No. The more money that is available from the state the higher the cost of education will be.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? Yes. Right now anyone who has a legal right to own a firearm can carry it openly. Isn't it less alarming to conceal it?

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? No. We should investigate how much is actually spent on health care for Medicaid people and pay that directly with extra insurance for things like cancer.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? No. It is hard enough now for young people to get their first job without completely destroying the job market.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? I support decriminalization. I do not support using it. I do not support the state taxing or in any way embracing its use. I do not consider marijuana in any way a good thing and hope no one in my family ever uses it.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? I am a born again Christian. This country's motto is “In God We Trust,” signed into law by President Eisenhower in 1956. New Hampshire was settled by hard-working God-fearing people whose faith and determination allowed them to brave the wilderness and create a state. Entrepreneurship coupled with faith has been the economic engine of this state ever since those first settlers. We need to embrace that today.