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State Rep. races: Merrimack County District 7 (Warner, Webster)

  • Joseph Mendola


Warner, Webster (one seat)
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Merrimack County District 7

Democratic incumbent Clyde Carson faces Republican Joe Mendola.

 

Clyde Carson

Party: Democrat

Age: 66

Town of residence: Warner

Occupation: Finance Director

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: 2

Do you support commuter rail funding? Business rankings consistently give N.H. low scores for its infrastructure. Keeping roads in good repair must be a high priority, but commuter rail should also be part of our infrastructure to better link N.H. regionally for economic growth. Employers strongly support commuter rail to attract employees commuting from the Boston area and to attract new residents to the state, who commute to Boston. Commuter rail could add up to 5,600 permanent N.H. jobs and $750 million in economic development by 2030.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education? N.H. ranks last in state funding for higher education, has one of the highest in-state tuitions and its graduates have the highest average college debt. The result is too many N.H. students choose to go elsewhere for college due to cost. I would increase state aid directly to N.H. students, targeting financial need and scholastic achievement, so that more of them choose to stay in N.H. Employer programs should also be encouraged, such as internships, college loan repayment and tuition reimbursement.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? I support the current law with regards to concealed carry, as do the majority of N.H. residents, as well as our state and local police officers.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? I voted in favor of reauthorizing the N.H. Health Protection Plan, which extends Medicaid coverage to nearly 50,000 persons, earning up to 138 percent of the poverty level. These are mostly low-income workers, who could not otherwise afford insurance. The program has the support of the N.H. Business and Industry Association because it is working as intended, leading to lower levels of uncompensated care and greater access to health care services. I support permanent authorization of this program.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? N.H. repealed its minimum wage in 2011 and defaults to the federal rate of $7.25 per hour, which is the lowest in New England. The living wage for a single adult in Merrimack County is $10.91; for a single parent with one child it is $23.88. Most of the roughly 13,000 minimum wage earners are not high schoolers – 75 percent are older than 20; 49 percent are older than 25. It’s time to do what our neighboring states have already done. I support reinstating the N.H. minimum wage and moving in steps toward a living wage.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? I voted in support of the N.H. medical marijuana law passed in 2013. I also support decriminalization for possession of small amounts of marijuana as the next step toward eventual legalization.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? It is an honor to represent the voters of Warner & Webster and I try my best to support the majority view of my constituents on issues. My commitment to voters is to 1) listen to and respect people on all sides of an issue, 2) legislate through consensus building and fact-based decision making, and 3) attend all house sessions and committee meetings.

Joseph Mendola

Party: Republican

Age: 68 68

Town of Residence: Warner

Occupation: Commercial Real Estate Broker

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: No

Do you support commuter rail funding?: No, it will only make it easier for our workers to work in Massachusetts when we need them here. Also, our taxpayers will be saddled with the maintenance cost of the line.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education?: Yes, only for scholarships and lower tuitions.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry?: Yes, I support the 2nd Amendment of our Bill of Rights

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion?: Only on a temporary basis and with a work requirement. The federal government is $20 trillion in debt. They will leave N.H. taxpayers with a bill we cannot afford to pay.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage?: The minimum wage was designed to give workers with little skills and no resume to develop those skills so they can get a higher paying job. We will lose those entry level jobs with a higher minimum wage.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization?: I support decriminalization but not legalization of marijuana.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities?: I want to restore parental rights in the decisions that are best for the education of their children and local control of our schools that the Hassan Administration and my opponent voted to take away.