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State Rep Merrimack County District 13


Concord Ward 3 (one seat)
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Merrimack County District 13

Democrat Beth Richards is uncontested.

 

 

 

 

Beth Richards

Party: Democratic

Age: 48

Town of Residence: Concord

Occupation: Small business owner

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: -

Do you support commuter rail funding?: The commuter rail issue receives broad support from businesses in Nashua, Manchester and Concord for its importance in attracting employees and spurring economic development. The general public is strongly in favor of it as well. I support continued efforts to pursue public-private partnerships and to fund the project in a responsible manner that benefits all Granite Staters.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education?: Quality public education is critical to building bright individual and collective futures for the next generation. I am in support of reinstating School Building Aid funds and believe that high-quality early childhood educational opportunities are fundamental to our student’s long-term success. Specifically regarding higher education funding, I did not support the O’Brien legislature’s slash to the state university system budget and will look closely at opportunities to modernize the system, support our workforce needs and cut student debt.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry?: I am in support of common sense gun control including strengthening background checks and closing loopholes and will work to make our communities safer from gun violence while responsibly protecting gun rights. 

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion?: Medicaid expansion provides critical health care for hard-working, lower-income Granite Staters and is a key component in providing access to affordable substance abuse disorder treatments. I support permanent Medicaid expansion because without it New Hampshire’s most vulnerable citizens would not have access to critical treatment solutions as we face the opioid crisis in our state. 

Do you support increasing the minimum wage?: I support a living wage and will seek to raise the wage to support women and families. Nearly 65 percent of minimum wage earners are women, often singularly supporting their family. I will support policies that help to lift full-time workers out of poverty and help to ensure women’s economic security, such as paid sick leave and other proactive family leave policies.

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization?: I support marijuana decriminalization; I am not in support of legalization at this time.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities?: As a candidate for the N.H. House, I hope to represent the residents of Ward 3 and will work hard for the working families of our Concord neighborhood. I will take a thoughtful approach to the work as representative and do my best to improve the lives of all Granite Staters.