Merrimack County District 19 NH

Concord Ward 10 (one seat)
Published: 11/2/2016 5:01:15 PM


Merrimack County District 19

Democratic incumbent Christy Dolat Bartlett faces Joe Alexander.



Christy Dolat Bartlett

Party: Democrat

Age: 65

Town of residence: Concord

Occupation: retired

Incumbent? If so, how many terms? Two terms

Do you support commuter rail funding? I am leaning in favor but would like more information about the ongoing projected costs and benefits to the state.

Do you support providing more state money for higher education? I particularly favor school building aid as many towns and regional school districts have aging buildings and do not have the tax base to support the renovation/reconstruction of their schools. We are a rich state and investing in our schools should be a priority for all.

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? I favor universal background checks for all gun sales, including personal, internet and gun show sales.

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion? I feel strongly that we must find a permanent solution to support this important program that provides health care services for the working poor.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage? I support a living wage for all workers. At this time, anyone trying to live on the federal minimum wage, as N.H. has no minimum wage, must seek public services to live. Everyone in New Hampshire, businesses included, are paying for those services through our taxes. Why not provide a living wage of $12-$15 per hour, so that they can support themselves and their families and not have to seek assistance?

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization? I have voted in favor of decriminalization as I believe that the “war on drugs,” which includes jail sentences for marijuana offenses, has not been effective and has ruined many young people’s lives. I have also voted in favor of legalization, not because I thought it would pass, as I knew it wouldn’t, but by lending my voice to a scientific discussion of the issue. I believe that the science shows that marijuana is not a “gateway” drug; millions use it for various purposes and some states bring in a great deal of revenue through the taxes.

What would you like voters to know about your philosophy, principles or priorities? I have supported Medicaid expansion strongly; higher funding for alcohol and drug treatment, as I do not believe we can arrest our way through this crisis; and I have fought for a N.H. livable minimum wage. I have the time required to invest in this virtually volunteer job and would like to continue to represent the residents of Merrimack County District 19, Concord’s Ward 10 for another term. I’m thankful to all who have supported and encouraged me.

Joseph Alexander

Party: Republican

Age: 21

Town of Residence: Concord

Occupation: Student

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: No

Do you support commuter rail funding?: I believe that a commuter rail project would become a significant burden to New Hampshire taxpayers. The benefit of the rail would not outweigh the costs of funding it. Our goal should be to provide the opportunity for growth and innovation within the Granite State by making it easier to start a business. Young people will flock to a state that provides opportunities for work. 

Do you support providing more state money for higher education?: As a recent high school senior, I found it more affordable for myself and my family to attend a private school than a school in the state university system. I believe all New Hampshire youth deserve the opportunity for a higher education without imposing an unnecessary burden on the taxpayers. The education of the next generation is critical when facing a 21st -century world. 

Do you support pro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry?: The Second Amendment clearly gives citizens the right to own and carry firearms. I would support gun legislation that allows for the carry of a weapon provided they have cleared a background check. Maintaining our fundamental Constitutional right while also protecting the public should be our top priorities. 

Do you support reauthorizing Medicaid expansion?: I believe that much of the work regarding Medicaid expansion has been accomplished in the previous session. I would have supported the bipartisan bill that was passed. Reigning in our spending is one of my top priorities; however, I also believe we should think about the thousands of citizens in our state that are unable to afford basic medical treatments.

Do you support increasing the minimum wage?: I would not support increasing the minimum wage. I believe it provides too much of a burden on New Hampshire businesses. Instead of raising the minimum wage, we should be providing the opportunity to New Hampshire citizens to earn an education that would allow them to pursue a career path and allow businesses to hire workers at affordable levels. 

Do you support marijuana legalization or decriminalization?: I would support a decriminalization of marijuana. There are too many people caught up in the prison system for nonviolent offenses such as this. New Hampshire has a serious drug problem and we should provide increased drug education as well as additional funding for drug treatment centers. Clogging up the prison system with nonviolent offenses that could otherwise be sent to treatment centers makes it impossible to break the cycle. No amount of spending is too much with regards to drug treatment. 

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