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State Rep. races: Merrimack County District 2 (Franklin Wards 1-2, Hill)

  • Marsha VanderMey—Harper Point


Franklin Wards 1 and 2, Hill (two seats)
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Merrimack County District 2

 

Ruth Bowley

Party: Democrat

Age: 49

Town of residence: Franklin

Occupation: Author

Do you support commuter rail funding? Yes. It is important to the growth of small business. As well as providing New Hampshire citizens with a means in which to travel back and fro. Either for pleasure or business.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education? Of course. It is essential to be a strong force in the work force. Particularly, in the field of science, technology and innovation. This is an “almost” new century. We must remain competitive.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? I am not supportive of pro-gun. That being said, I believe that we live in a state that provides hunting as a way of recreation. Therefore, there must be some common ground found between the two forces: NRA and those who support extreme gun control.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? Yes

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? Yes. That should be a given. When asked by possible supporters, “Are you a Republican or Democrat?” My response is always, “I am human!” Common sense must prevail! What we pay now are “slave” wages.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? Yes. Marijuana has been a part of our culture for centuries. We place liquor stores the size of football fields on the highway! How is that not condoning, drinking and driving. Yet, alcohol is socially acceptable. It is time to make marijuana, and its uses, a household term. Something that is discussed at the kitchen table.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? I am an artist. I am a struggling artist, as they say. Therefore, I know firsthand what “living paycheck to paycheck” means. I am not certain that those who are career politicians are aware of those kind of circumstances.

Scott Burns

Party: Democrat

Age: 47

Town of residence: Franklin

Occupation: Event specialist

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: Served in 2013 and 2014

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? No

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? Absolutely

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? Absolutely

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? We do not have the infrastructure to legalize.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? We need to build bridges and work together to solve the tough issues of this state and one of those is fully funding education.

Werner D. Horn

Dave Testerman

Party: Republican

Town of residence: Franklin

Occupation: Retired (program manager and USAF pilot)

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? I support constitutional carry and the Second Amendment.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? No

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? No

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? No

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? I support minimum intrusion by government at all levels.