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State Rep. races: Merrimack County District 28 (Concord Wards 8-10)

  • MARK THOMSON—

  • Rogers


Concord Wards 8-10 (one seat)
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Merrimack County District 28

Democratic incumbent Katherine D. Rogers faces Republican Andrew Georgevits.

Katherine D. Rogers

Party: Democrat

Age: 61

Town of Residence: Concord

Occupation: Attorney

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: 2 terms

Do you support commuter rail funding?: Yes. Commuter rail is an important part of the N.H.’s future infrastructure. As our economy depends more and more on people being able to commute between the major cities in New England we need to move away from an auto-centered culture. This is a wise investment in our economic growth, it promotes conservation of energy with potentially fewer vehicles on our roads, and it is clearly attractive to younger professionals who seek mass transit in their search for a place to live, work and raise a family. 

Do you support providing more state money for higher education?: Yes. New Hampshire is nearly last in its investment in higher education for today’s high school graduates. They need our support or they will go elsewhere. Our businesses need an educated workforce. An investment in education is an investment in our future, both in the economy and in our citizens. If we want to keep our children in N.H. we need to have a higher education system that is affordable and is the highest quality available this requires the state to provide proper funding. I believe we need to monitor that funding to watch for waste but not to starve our universities and community college system. 

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry?: I don’t support legislation misnamed constitutional carry. I believe we need responsible gun laws. There’s a loophole in our laws that lets anyone buy a gun online or at a gun show without a background check, no questions asked. We need to close the loophole that lets felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerous mentally ill get their hands on guns – no questions asked. This is common sense legislation supported by the vast majority of New Hampshire. Where criminal background checks on all handgun sales are required, 46 percent fewer women are fatally shot by their partners, 48 percent fewer police are killed with handguns, and 64 percent fewer crime guns are trafficked out of state. We need to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. 

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion?: Yes. Health coverage has been expanded in NH to cover 50,000 more people who can now engage in preventative medicine thereby ultimately lowering the cost in the long run. Additionally, these people will lead more productive and healthy lives. This program is a proven success that is making a difference in the lives of families. 

Do you support increasing the minimum wage?: Yes. Every individual deserves to earn a “livable” wage. No one should be expected to work for wages that does not provide enough income to support themselves or a family. It is time for N.H. to adopt a minimum wage and set a standard for businesses to live up to in the treatment of their employees. 

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization?: I support decriminalization and moving towards legalization but with caution and strong planning for methods to protect against driving under the influence and underage use. 

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? : My priorities are public safety, equality, and fairness for all people. My principles are to gather all the facts, look at all the options, work with all the stake holders, and join together to find the best most complete solution to any and all problems. My philosophy is that all people can contribute and everyone matters.

Andrew Georgevits

Party: Republican

Age: 29

Town of residence: Concord

Occupation: Outside sales

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: No

Do you support commuter rail funding? The first question is who is going to pay for it if we had one? But the more underlying question is why do we need one? Let’s be honest. The main reason for a commuter rail would be to make it easier to commute to better jobs out of New Hampshire. Why can’t we have good jobs in New Hampshire and make a commuter rail question moot? By reducing regulation and simply making it easier for companies to do business here there would be no need to have a rail system to there.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education? The question, who is going to pay for it? I have spoken with people who have no children and they express concern about paying for everyone else’s children’s education. That being said, certainly a balance needs to be struck. The university system paid an out-of-state public relations firm over $ 100,000 to design a new UNH logo. Doesn’t UNH teach classes in this area? Why wasn’t this a student project? I’d have to be shown that the university system is wisely spending what the taxpayer already provides before I would sign up to provide more.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? I believe in the Second Amendment. My opponent has introduced a bill that would require New Hampshire gun owners have liability insurance (HB 1368). I don’t know how you could implement that as N.H. doesn’t even require gun registration. It is important to also note N.H. doesn’t even require drivers to have liability insurance on their cars and she wants to burden law-abiding citizens with that? There are hundreds of gun laws on the books already. No matter how hard you try to word it, you cannot legislate responsibility. Let’s enforce the laws already in place

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? I have spoken with insurance subject matter experts ( I am not one ). They have been to training and they don’t even understand all the nuances of the law. Yes, you could say more people are technically “covered” but, again, ask the next question, how is that working out for you? Overwhelmingly (not every), the response is: It is not what I thought it was going to be. I would actually have to read and consult with subject matter experts the details of any Medicaid expansion before I would commit to support it or not.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? The Declaration of Independence calls for Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That sounds good to me (especially what is stated first ). Nowhere does it call for a minimum “entitlement” income to all. But we, as consumers, generally look for the lowest price. If we want to pay $5 for a current 99 cent hamburger at McDonalds, then we can have a minimum wage as a “livable” wage. I suspect companies that supported that wouldn’t be in business very long. As a basic principle, I believe in letting the market dictate the cost.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? I said, I am not an insurance expert. I also say: I am not a doctor. I hope we can all agree, marijuana is a drug. As I have previously stated, we cannot legislate responsibility. I look to the experts: If a doctor says this “drug” will help a person and wants to “prescribe” it, then who am I to question it? However, I do not have enough data to jump in and say New Hampshire should become the next Colorado. Bottom line, too soon to call. Note: No matter what we do, it is still against federal law.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? My fear is that many people will vote straight party ticket. My hope is that voters will educate themselves on whom they are voting for. My hope is that they’ll put some effort into the process. My hope is, for each office, they will vote the person. My priorities are simple: Improving jobs and the economy, taking meaningful action on the drug crisis and reducing wasteful government spending. I will work with anyone on these issues regardless of what letter is next to their name.