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State Rep. races: Rockingham County District 32 (Candia, Deerfield, Northwood, Nottingham)

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Candia, Deerfield, Northwood, Nottingham (one seat)
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Rockingham County District 32

Incumbent Republican Yvonne Dean-Bailey faces Democrat Hal Rafter.

Yvonne Dean-Bailey

Party: Republican

Age: 20

Town of residence: Northwood

Occupation: sales, Spectrum Marketing

Incumbent? If so, how many terms? Incumbent.

Do you support commuter rail funding? No. We need to keep jobs and workers in New Hampshire. Not send commuters on a taxpayer-funded train to Massachusetts.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education? I think we need to invest in bringing more technical colleges to our state – but when I see UNH purchase a luxurious outdoor swimming pool and a $17,000+ table, I can’t justify allocating taxpayer dollars to an institution that has not spent their money wisely in the past.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? I support constitutional carry, and I will stick up for law-abiding gun owners.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? I do not support the re-authorization of Medicaid expansion, and I was disappointed to see the work/volunteer requirement fail.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? I do not support increasing the minimum wage. We have low unemployment and a high amount of unfilled jobs in N.H., which will force employers to pay competitive rates.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? I support decriminalization. It will allow our law enforcement officers to focus on more heinous crimes and it will free up our jails. I do not support legalization.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? To the voters of Northwood, Nottingham, Deerfield and Candia – I will always work to keep more money in your wallet. Less is always better when it comes to government. I will continue to work to make N.H. more business friendly so we can bring more (and better) jobs for our friends and neighbors. 

Hal Rafter

Party: Democrat

Age: 64

Town of Residence: Nottingham

Occupation: Programmer/Analyst

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: No

Do you support commuter rail funding?: Yes. I believe a private/public partnership could develop a viable commuter rail infrastructure. The benefits would include energy savings and reduced congestion and depreciation of highways.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education?: N.H. students face tuition at UNH that is among the highest at state universities. As a result, they graduate with one of the highest debt burdens in the country. This discourages good students of limited means and is unfair to those who do attend. For the future of the state and our students, we should provide more support for higher education.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry?: I think current laws allow sufficient freedom regarding firearms.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion?: We need an assessment of the impact of the expansion. But if it has been as positive as it appears, then yes it should be re-authorized.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage?: The minimum wage has not kept up with inflation over the past 30 years and is not close to a living wage. So, yes I would support an increase.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization?: I support decriminalization. There is no justification for treating possession of small amounts as a criminal offense. And in addition, we know that the current law is not applied equally to all groups. Legalization should be considered, but we should assess the experience of other states first.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities?: We need to focus on solutions to the issues facing the citizens of N.H. I believe my experience in local government will be valuable in finding ways to address issues such as reducing the property tax burden and responding to the opioid epidemic. We need practical representatives who are not confined by their ideology. As a state representative, I will work to ensure we meet our responsibilities.