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Meet the Belknap County District 8 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 8

Alton, Barnstead, Gilmanton (1 seat)

JANE CORMIER

Party: Republican

Age: 52

Town: Alton

Occupation: Music educator

Incumbent? No

Do you support . . .

Right-to-work legislation? Yes

Repealing gay marriage? Yes

Allowing guns on college campuses? Yes

Legalizing medical marijuana? No

Allowing any employer to exempt contraception from insurance plans? Religious exemptions

Last year’s 50 percent cut in university funding? Yes

A constitutional amendment giving the Legislature full authority over education funding? Not sure

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? Not sure

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? I believe in fiscally conservative government, with limited government intervention, and no new taxes or fees. In order to meet challenges ahead, we need honest and open dialogue. A public servant is one who serves and does not deceive or abuse the office they have been offered by the citizenry. My philosophy for entering public service is to serve in integrity and truth in our citizen Legislature.

More information: jane4newhampshire.com

ROBERTA SMITH

Party: Democrat

Town: Barnstead

Incumbent? No

Did not respond to survey

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