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Primary survey: Two-term Democratic state rep in Concord Ward 10 faces challenger

  • Dolat Bartlett

  • Cronin


Incumbent Christy Dolat Bartlett, a Democrat, faces CJ Cronin in the primary for the one seat in Merrimack County District 19, which covers Concord Ward 10. There is no Republican running in this district.
Thursday, September 08, 2016

Christy Dolat Bartlett

Party: Democrat

Age: 65

Town of residence: Concord

Occupation: retired

Incumbent? If so, how many terms? Two terms

Do you support . . .

Commuter rail funding? I am leaning in favor but would like more information about the ongoing projected costs and benefits to the state.

Providing more state money for higher education? I particularly favor school building aid as many towns and regional school districts have aging buildings and do not have the tax base to support the renovation/reconstruction of their schools. We are a rich state and investing in our schools should be a priority for all.

Pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? I favor universal background checks for all gun sales, including personal, internet and gun show sales.

Reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? I feel strongly that we must find a permanent solution to support this important program that provides health care services for the working poor.

Increasing the minimum wage? I support a living wage for all workers. At this time, anyone trying to live on the federal minimum wage, as N.H. has no minimum wage, must seek public services to live. Everyone in New Hampshire, businesses included, are paying for those services through our taxes. Why not provide a living wage of $12-$15 per hour, so that they can support themselves and their families and not have to seek assistance?

Marijuana legalization or decriminalization? I have voted in favor of decriminalization as I believe that the “war on drugs,” which includes jail sentences for marijuana offenses, has not been effective and has ruined many young people’s lives. I have also voted in favor of legalization, not because I thought it would pass, as I knew it wouldn’t, but by lending my voice to a scientific discussion of the issue. I believe that the science shows that marijuana is not a “gateway” drug; millions use it for various purposes and some states bring in a great deal of revenue through the taxes.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? I have supported Medicaid expansion strongly; higher funding for alcohol and drug treatment, as I do not believe we can arrest our way through this crisis; and I have fought for a N.H. livable minimum wage. I have the time required to invest in this virtually volunteer job and would like to continue to represent the residents of Merrimack County District 19, Concord’s Ward 10 for another term. I’m thankful to all who have supported and encouraged me.

CJ Cronin

Party: Democrat

Age: 33

Town of residence: Concord

Occupation: real estate

Incumbent? No

Do you support . . .

Commuter rail funding? I support the NH Capitol Corridor rail expansion project. Expanding passenger rail service will not only reduce traffic congestion and benefit commuters and our environment, but also have extensive positive economic impacts for New Hampshire.

Providing more state money for higher education? In order to make New Hampshire’s public institutions of higher education more accessible and affordable for residents, I support increased investment of state money.

Pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? I support closing any loophole that allows handguns and semi-automatic rifles to be purchased in New Hampshire without the completion of a comprehensive background check.

Reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? Medicaid expansion subsidizes health care costs for people earning up to 138% of the Federal poverty line (about $16,000/year), and allows roughly 48,000 New Hampshire residents to keep their health care. I support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion as it strengthens the health and financial security of our citizens, strengthens our economy, and provides increased access to treatment for those battling addiction.

Increasing the minimum wage? I support raising the minimum wage and putting more money in the pocket of low-wage workers, as a full-time minimum wage worker in New Hampshire now earns $15,080 per year, which is slightly above the poverty line of $14,570 per year for a family of two. Additionally, raising the minimum wage will benefit our local economy as it will lead to a boost in demand for goods and services creating additional opportunities for small businesses.

Marijuana legalization or decriminalization? I support full legalization of medical cannabis and the legalization of recreational cannabis for adults over the age of 21. I believe recreational cannabis should be taxed at the final point of sale and that sellers should be licensed. In looking at the impact legalization and taxation has had in Colorado, I feel we can successfully implement similar policy here in New Hampshire. In 2015, Colorado collected $135 million in cannabis taxes and fees, and earmarked $35 million for school construction projects.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? As a community we face some hard choices. I believe that building the future we want requires us to work together, and that we all lose when politics is played as a zero-sum game. This election cycle has been incredibly contentious and I think our community is best served when we work together rather than tear each other apart. As a former small business owner and teacher, I know how to effectively communicate and work productively with others. In asking for your vote, I hope to have the opportunity to work with you and to represent our community in the Legislature.

Contact information: CJ4NHStateRep@gmail.com