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Meet the Belknap County District 5 House candidates

The Monitor sent questionnaires to area House candidates. We asked the candidates to answer a checklist of questions about positions the most recent Legislature took on a range of issues. Although we asked for yes or no responses, many of the candidates went further. Rather than limit the responses, we provided as much leeway as space will allow. Each candidate was also given a chance to add information specific to their candidacies. Here’s what they said:

Belknap County 5

Alton, Gilmanton (2 seats)

STEPHEN HOLMES

Party: Republican

Age: 59

Town: Alton

Occupation: Handyman

Incumbent? No

Do you support . . .

Right-to-work legislation? Yes

Repealing gay marriage? Yes

Allowing guns on college campuses? Not sure

Legalizing medical marijuana? No

Allowing any employer to exempt contraception from insurance plans? Yes

Last year’s 50 percent cut in university funding? Not sure

A constitutional amendment giving the Legislature full authority over education funding? No

A business tax credit to fund scholarships? Yes

The efforts of the Committee on Redress of Grievances? Not sure

A constitutional amendment barring an income tax? Yes

Requiring voters to present a photo ID? Yes

Some form of expanded gambling? No

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? When I’ve tried to examine each issue from the various vantage points and a choice has to be made, I will make a decision that will be consistent with the conservative values that I have embraced. It is that conservatism that has motivated me to this venture, because our rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are slowly being eroded, and I want to join with other conservatives to stop the erosion.

More information: Stevedistrict5.Com

RICHARD BURCELL

Party: Republican

Town: Gilmanton

Incumbent? No

Did not respond to survey

DEBORAH CHASE

Party: Democrat

Age: 65

Town: Gilmanton

Occupation: Retired teacher

Incumbent? No

Do you support . . .

Right-to-work legislation? No

Repealing gay marriage? No

Allowing guns on college campuses? No

Legalizing medical marijuana? Yes, with medically controlled administration.

Allowing any employer to exempt contraception from insurance plans? No

Last year’s 50 percent cut in university funding? No

A constitutional amendment giving the Legislature full authority over education funding? No

A business tax credit to fund scholarships? No

The efforts of the Committee on Redress of Grievances? No

A constitutional amendment barring an income tax? No

Requiring voters to present a photo ID? No – current law is too cumbersome and confusing.

Some form of expanded gambling? Not sure – need more information

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? I am a moderate who believes that people of different political parties can work together for a common purpose. My priorities are jobs and economic growth, public education, health care and personal choice. I will communicate actively with my constituents, both to hear their views and let them know what’s going on in Concord.

More information: Contact me at debfchase@gmail.com

JEAN HENRY

Party: Democrat

Town: Gilmanton

Incumbent? No

Did not respond to survey

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