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State Rep. races: Merrimack County District 3 (Franklin Ward 3, Northfield)

  • Longley

  • Wheeler


Franklin Ward 3 and Northfield (two seats)
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Merrimack County District 3

Democratic incumbent Deborah Wheeler and Republican Greg Hill are running for re-election. Hill is joined by Ryan Smith on the GOP ticket while Wheeler is joined by Carolee Longley on the Democratic ticket.

Deborah H. Wheeler

Party: Democrat

Age: 72

Town of residence: Northfield

Occupation: retired

Incumbent? Yes. Three terms; running for my fourth.

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? I would like to see the new legislation before I can commit. I have always hunted and fished all over N.H.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? Yes

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? Yes, increasing in increments until $15 is reached.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? I am open to the new legislation, which will come forward in January 2017.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? My philosophy and principles are to help as many as I can and, in doing so, to do no harm. My concerns and priorities are: the devastating impact opioid addiction is having in N.H.; to provide education and services to the children, ill, elderly and disabled in this state; and provide tax relief for seniors and disabled citizens.

Carolee Longley

Party: Democrat

Age: 52

Residence: Northfield

Occupation: Professional facilitator, community volunteer

Incumbent: No

Do you support commuter rail funding? Yes

Do you support providing more state funding for higher education? N.H. has among the highest rates in the nation for college costs. As a parent with a child in college right now in N.H., I know firsthand how expensive it is. This is also a workforce development issue. We need to work to retain our young people here in N.H. with good paying job opportunities when they graduate.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? I am pro Second Amendment.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? Yes. The Legislature worked very hard to reauthorize the bipartisan N.H. Health Protection Act, and 50,000 hard working residents were able to access health insurance.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? I do believe that we need to work towards this in N.H. People who work hard, often working two jobs, should not be living in poverty. The cost of child care for working families has now eclipsed rent as the largest expense. We need to work toward paying workers a living wage in N.H. 

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? I am pro-environment. Northern Pass should bury all or most of the lines. I am an advocate for education and believe that we need to do all we can to support our teachers. I also support our labor unions because they work to protect hard-working people. I am a longtime advocate for substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery. We need to work toward restoring the dedicated Alcohol Fund in N.H. In 2000, it was mandated that 5 percent of the sales from alcohol in N.H. would go toward prevention and treatment. It has been fully funded only once – in the first year. We should not be taking monies out of this fund and putting it in the general fund. This past biennium, only 1.7 percent of the Alcohol Fund went where it was supposed to – to prevention, treatment and recovery efforts. In the midst of the opioid crisis and high rates of alcoholism in our state, the 1.7 percent funding just doesn’t cut it. We need the full 5 percent. And we need it now.

Gregory Hill

 

Ryan D. Smith

Party: Republican

Age: 20

Town of residence: Northfield

Do you support commuter rail funding? If a private company wishes to pursue this development, then I see no problem. However, there is no reason for the taxpayers in the North Country to pick up the tab for Southern N.H. to go work out of state.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education? Rather than throw money at the problem, let's tackle wasteful spending. When a public university is left $4 million, I expect that money to go toward education, not football. If we really care about higher education, let's ensure our goal is education, not a new scoreboard.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? Yes. Every law-abiding citizen has a right to bear arms – it’s that simple.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? As the federal government cuts back on paying its share of this Washington program, it is the taxpayers of this state who are expected to take up the slack, and that's not how it should be.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? Increasing the minimum wage kills entry level jobs for students and young people; instead, let's focus on creating a business friendly environment to attract better paying jobs.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? Yes. The prohibition on marijuana has only served to create a dangerous black market. Legalization grants us more control over the market and is less costly as well.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? Young people are leaving this state in droves, and that presents a problem to the future of our economy and our communities. We need to enact policies that will encourage business to start here and attract families as well, such; pass right-to-work, lower taxes, and increase school choice. I am young, and that gives me a whole different perspective to bring to Concord – the problems of tomorrow are the problems of my future, and I want a say in how we solve them.