Merrimack County District 25
Democratic incumbent David Karrick is running against Republican Natalie Wells.David Karrick
Town of residence: Warner
Occupation: Retired financial adviser
Incumbent? If so, how many terms: Two terms
Do you support commuter rail funding? I support a federally paid study like the one offered last term and refused by the Legislature.
Do you support providing more state money for higher education? Yes, for lower college and university tuition and low interest rate student loans.
Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? No. Also think there should be background checks and no gun show exemption.
Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? Yes, otherwise 50,000 citizens will no longer have coverage and will be back in our emergency rooms for primary care.
Do you support increasing the minimum wage? In N.H. we now defer to the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. We should start with a minimum of $10 per hour.
Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? I support decriminalization with ready availability for medical uses.
What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? Government should provide essential services to our citizens including rule of law, public safety, health care, consumer protection, education, protecting the environment, maintenance of infrastructure for a robust economy and expansion of job opportunities. The state needs to return more money to our towns to reduce property taxes and make housing affordable for young families and our elderly citizens. We in the Legislature are long overdue for a conversation about fair and equal taxation
Natalie J. Wells
Town of Residence: Warner
Incumbent? If so, how many terms: No
Do you support commuter rail funding?: No, N.H., being a scenic-tourist state, has 790 bridges and 50 percent of our roads need our attention. It has been proven in other states, the operating and maintenance costs far exceed any profit. The last thing N.H. needs to do is waste more of the taxpayers’ dollars.
Do you support providing more state money for higher education?: Yes, but there needs to be more transparency on how the monies are being utilized. I'm in favor of finding ways to lower instate college tuition to N.H. students as that is not the case now. The Legislature needs to oversee where the taxpayer dollars are going. There needs to be more accountability by the administration with some of their purchases.
Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry?: Yes, and I'm against any federal agency that would come in during a state of emergency and want to confiscate our guns.
Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion?: No. I am as passionate as the next person to make sure everyone has health care, but this Obamacare Medicaid Expansion, federally-mandated program is not the answer. It has no work requirements, no asset requirements and a person doesn't even have to be sick. A person who works a 40-hour minimum wage week cannot qualify for this program. These are childless, able-bodied people. We need to have insurance across state lines that creates competition, and therefore, drives the cost down.
Do you support increasing the minimum wage?: No. As a former business owner, the choice to employ an inexperienced person vs. the skilled is obvious whom we would hire. Therefore, it hurts the young person applying for their first job. The employer is responsible for matching taxes and possibly health care for that person. Businesses cannot afford to stay in business or employ more workers with this increase. And as we know, their expenses go up, so does the product to the consumer. It's not a win-win situation.
Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization?: I support decriminalization. I would rather see law enforcement being able to put their energies in going after and prosecuting the drug dealers with our opioid crisis.
What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? : I stepped up to run because I want to be a part of the process to grow N.H. Seniors worry about their fixed incomes and rising taxes. I want to promote school choice, not Common Core. I oppose any N.H. sales-income tax. We need deregulations on businesses, incentives for new and present companies to help grow our economy. Keep N.H. living and working here, not across state lines. I will vote to protect the 2nd Amendment.