Editorial: Boutin for Senate District 16

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Republican David Boutin, Democrat Kevin Cavanaugh and Libertarian Jason Dubrow face off Tuesday in a special election for the District 16 Senate seat formerly held by the late Scott McGilvray.

In a political climate desperately in need of bipartisanship and bridge-building, Boutin is the clear choice for the residents of Bow; Dunbarton; Candia; Hooksett; and Manchester Wards 1, 2 and 12.

Boutin, of Hooksett, is no stranger to the voters of District 16 or those who follow New Hampshire politics. He was a member of the House of Representatives for three terms and later served in the state Senate for District 16 from 2010 to 2016. He cited family responsibilities for his decision not to seek another term in 2016.

During his Senate tenure, Boutin frequently exhibited a willingness to cross the aisle and work with his Democratic colleagues – an important and increasingly rare quality.

We don’t agree with him on all the issues, but he is a man of high character and real compassion, and the people of New Hampshire would be fortunate to have him back in his old seat.

Boutin is a strong supporter of full-day kindergarten and believes it should be fully funded. He opposes right-to-work legislation, supports Medicaid expansion, and is adamant that the state’s “alcohol fund” should receive the full 5 percent of liquor profits that it was promised.

In 2015, he was elected to the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Hall of Fame for his work on “Joshua’s Law,” which established the crime of domestic violence, and his support for increased funding of domestic violence prevention programs.

To ensure “full transparency and accountability,” Boutin believes the Division for Children, Youth and Families should be broken off from the Department of Health and Human Services and become its own agency, with its own commissioner.

On July 25, Republicans should vote for Boutin because he is a true conservative with decades of experience in state politics. Democrats and independents should vote for him because of his compassion, honesty and demonstrated bipartisanship.

But above all else, we ask the voters of District 16 to take a moment out of their busy (or lazy) summer Tuesday and perform your civic duty: Get out there and vote.