NH Senate District 8: Alford-Teaster and Ward

  • Ruth Ward —Courtesy

  • Jenn Alford-Teaster

Published: 10/16/2020 10:45:12 AM

New Hampshire Senate District 8 represents Acworth, Antrim, Bennigton, Bradford, Croydon, Deering, Francestown, Goshen, Grantham, Hillsborough, Langdon, Lempster, Marlow, Newbury, Newport, New London, Springfield, Stoddard, Sunapee, Sutton, Unity, Washington, Weare and Windsor.

Jenn Alford-Teaster

Party: Democrat

Age: 43

Town of Residence: Sutton

Occupation: Senior Research Scientist

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: No

What specific policy do you see as most vital? Investing in our public schools is our most vital policy. As someone who grew up without resources at home but in a well-funded public school district, that education I received made all the difference in who I am today. I am proof that there is a strong return on investment when we direct resources to our public schools. We need to invest in our children and ensure that every child, no matter their zip code, receives a well-funded public education.

How do you plan to address the significant budget challenges our state will face in the months ahead? One way to address our budget is to create more trades and apprenticeship opportunities. In New Hampshire, we have an aging workforce. We need to invest in our local economies to create more revenue. By supporting trades and apprenticeship opportunities, we create new jobs where you can get paid as you learn, while also creating new small businesses. In District 8, which is predominantly rural, trades and apprenticeship opportunities can encourage our young people to stay in district and invest in our rural towns.

Ruth Ward

Party: Republican

Town of Residence: Stoddard

Occupation: Retired Nurse Practitioner

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: Yes. 2 terms

What specific policy do you see as most vital? I think now more than ever it is vital that we protect the New Hampshire Advantage and that means no income tax and no sales tax. We need to work to rebuild our economy and help small businesses and working families that are struggling in this COVID-19 economy. As part of rebuilding our economy, I think we need to lower business taxes and lower property taxes, that has to be a priority. This past session I co-sponsored legislation to restore education stabilization grants for communities with a limited tax base in order to lower business taxes but that legislation was blocked by Democrats in the Senate. We also need to continue the expansion of broadband internet access to our rural communities. This is critically important to our businesses but also important to families that need access to the internet for remote learning. I have been working with Governor Sununu on this issue, we have made a lot of progress, but there is still more work that needs to be done and I will continue to make this a priority.

How do you plan to address the significant budget challenges our state will face in the months ahead? We are going to have to work together in a bipartisan way to craft a budget that will address the priorities and needs of our state without new taxes and without raising taxes. Small businesses and working families can’t afford any new taxes or tax increases so we are going to have to be as efficient as possible. We need to focus on getting people back to work, helping small businesses, and grow our economy.

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