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State Rep. races: Rockingham County District 2 (Candia, Deerfield, Nottingham)

  • Nasser

  • - Tom St.Martin—© 2013, Adaptive...

  • Christopher Roundy

  • Wes Golomb Wes Golomb—(c)2015 Bear Brook...


Candia, Deerfield, Nottingham (3 seats)
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

 

Rockingham County District 2

Republican incumbent Jim Spillane is joined by Jim Nasser and Kevin Verville on the GOP ticket, and they face off against Democrats Wes Golomb, Chris Roundy and Tom St. Martin.

Wesley A. Golomb

Party: Democratic

Age: 65

Town of Residence: Deerfield

Occupation: Retired Professor of Energy Services

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: No

Do you support commuter rail funding?: Yes

Do you support providing more state money for higher education?: Yes. I'm a tuition-paying parent of a sophomore at UNH. Since my older daughter looked at UNH in 2006, the in-state tuition at UNH has gone up by 50 percent, and UNH is now the highest in-state tuition of any state college in the nation! Similarly, the community college is the second highest cost system in the country. The NHCC system also has the distinction is the second lowest paying system in the nation. 

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry?: I support rational legislation to curb the epidemic of gun violence which is plaguing this country. 

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion?: Yes. In my home district, 283 people directly benefited from Medicaid Expansion. Caring for people with Medicaid is a more humane way to treat people, and repeated studies have shown that it is more expensive to treat uninsured people in the emergency room. Numbers of people covered by expanded Medicaid are Candia 91, Deerfield 98, Nottingham 94, District 2 total 283, N.H. total 48,706.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage?: I support policies which would help develop high skill-living wage job growth in areas such as sustainable energy, advanced manufacturing, medical technologies and medical services. If we also develop cutting edge workforce development programs, we can create many better-than-minimum-wage jobs, and yes we should increase the minimum wage, too. 

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization?: Yes

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities?: I believe that by enacting policies which promote high skill-living wage jobs and offer effective workforce development programs we can grow NH's economy and, as a result, revenues to the state. As a retired state employee, I believe we can make N.H. government more effective and efficient. Both of these offer significant sources of revenues for the state. I am not for cuts to the state budget which would impact the neediest among us or which would contribute to further increases in property taxes by downshifting expenses to the towns. For more information on my candidacy including two videos on the effects of downshifting on our district, visit wesfornh.org 

Christopher G. Roundy

Party: Democrat

Age: 39

Town of Residence: Nottingham, NH

Occupation: Attorney

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: No

Do you support commuter rail funding?: I support funding of public transportation in general, but would need more information on the best way to increase access and options.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education?: Yes. The state needs to do a better job funding the state college system and providing better access to education for our future workforce.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry?: I support the Second Amendment, but as the federal courts have decided, there is no constitutional right to concealed or open carry. N.H. needs responsible legislation around firearms, not a free for all.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion?: Yes, we need to provide health care to all of the people of N.H. so they can focus on being productive members of society and not worrying that a car accident will bankrupt them.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage?: Yes, while most larger employers are voluntarily increasing their minimum wages the state needs to set a proper livable minimum wage for the workers of our state.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization?: No, but we need to re-work the medicinal cannabis legislation to provide access for those with chronic pain and other conditions that are currently being treated with opiates.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities?: Our previous representatives have failed to provide appropriate customer service to our district. They run for office, go to Concord, and other than in the police logs, that has been the last we hear of them. Customer service (meaning regular communication and availability) would be a major tenant of my time in office 

 

Tom St. Martin

Party: Democratic

Age: 63

Town of residence: Candia

Occupation: Retired (electrical engineer)

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: One term former state rep 1993-94; not currently incumbent.

Do you support commuter rail funding? I support commuter and light rail and mass transit generally. However, I want to hear expert opinion and forecasts whether smart cars and smart trucks might impact the viability of rail. Smart vehicles may provide efficiencies that haven’t been considered, not only in terms of energy, but also in terms of using existing infrastructure.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education? Yes, if spent wisely. Education - particularly in the trades, high technology, biotech, many other fields – is the foundation of our future economy. The huge increase in access to higher education from the GI Bill was a major part of our nation’s emergence as a world leader. An educated workforce has been identified by businesses as a key issue in N.H. Making higher education affordable is crucial to attracting and growing business, and to encouraging young people to live in N.H.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? I support responsible gun ownership. I’m generally satisfied with the laws we currently have, but would like to see the background check loopholes closed. Not only do the loopholes provide a purchase route for N.H. people who should not have access to guns, they also make it possible for N.H. to be a net exporter of guns to places like New York City where they are harder to obtain locally. Guns go out, drugs come in. Not the sort of business we should support.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? Yes. Medicaid expansion is compassionate, providing coverage for 50,000 of our fellow citizens. But it’s also good economics. We pay for it, but it enables people to get treatment for a condition before it requires an emergency room visit – which we all pay for. It is also a key component of N.H.’s response to the opioid crisis, which is costing us money and lives.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? Yes. Part of keeping and attracting our young people in N.H. is making it affordable to live here. Part of keeping and attracting business is having a workforce that is educated and can afford to buy products. It has been demonstrated across the country that instead of costing jobs and loss of opportunity, raising the minimum wage is part of priming the economic pump and increasing prosperity.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? Yes. Regulated and taxed much like alcohol. I am open to being educated on this point, but at the present time, it seems that the greatest danger of marijuana usage – by adults – is 1) getting a criminal record and 2) having to associate with criminals who are likely involved in more serious drugs or other activity.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? Legislation must balance freedom, responsibility, and the public good. That requires judgment and flexibility. I take no PAC money, make no PAC pledges. But, I will not support a broad based sales or income tax, nor anti-working-family Right To Work legislation. I will listen respectfully, be open to learning and being persuaded based on what I learn, and do my best to represent my constituents’ will and interests. The opioid crisis is my priority – people are dying, lives being ruined.

 

Jim Nasser

Party: Republican

Age: 22

Town: Nottingham

Occupation: student attending UNH – graduating December 2016

Incumbent? No

Commuter rail funding? It is a potentially good idea for the future, but for now it will cost millions of dollars in taxpayer money, and that is something we cannot afford.

Providing more state money for higher education? With tuition costs rising every year, it would be a good idea for the government to finally start to pay a little attention to students. Any assistance, even if it is a small raise, will help lower the costs for them.

Pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, however, I do believe the permit system, that we currently have in place, is working for gun owners in New Hampshire.

Reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? Without it, almost 50,000 low-income adults would lose their health care coverage. That would be wrong.

Increasing the minimum wage? Increasing the minimum wage too much would create a barrier for small businesses, making them unable to hire. Instead we should lower business taxes and encourage merit-based pay, so we can start creating jobs again and the employees get the compensation they deserve.

Marijuana legalization or decriminalization? During this heroin and opioid crisis, I do not believe legalizing a known gateway drug is the answer.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? For years now, I have been studying the political issues of the country, state, and towns, and I believe I am ready to help the people in this district, and ultimately the state of New Hampshire. It is past time that we elected an intelligent, honest and ethical candidate who is willing to fight for what the people want. As an outsider, I believe I can do just that. I am a lifelong business conservative, and I truly believe that the economy runs better when the people have more money in their pocket, and I will make that my main concern. I also believe education should be much higher on the state’s priority list. New Hampshire already does well in that regard but we can always do more for the future generations of students. We also need to create more jobs in this state, and get the people back to work. I am looking forward to working with everyone, so we can have a better New Hampshire.