Merrimack County District 2

  • David Testerman

  • Scott Burns

  • Terry Smith

Published: 10/16/2020 12:53:46 PM
DISTRICT 2

Merrimack County District 2 (2 seats) represents Franklin (Wards 1 and 2) and Hill.

Scott Burns

Party: Democrat

Age: 51

City of Residence: Franklin

Occupation: Event Specialist

What specific policy do you see as most vital? Funding education

How do you plan to address the significant budget challenges our state will face in the months ahead? We need to know what is priority after the COVID and fund those first.

Terry Smith

Party: Democrat

Age: 68

Town of Residence: Hill

Occupation: Director, N.H. DHHS, Division of Family Assistance, retired

What specific policy do you see as most vital? To begin ensuring cost-efficient and mission effective government by first requiring all government appointees meet minimum educational and experience standards set by the Department of Personnel, same as are set for civil service positions.

How do you plan to address the significant budget challenges our state will face in the months ahead? I am not for a state income or sales tax. Nor am I for burdening businesses with additional taxes. However, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont are receiving millions each in marijuana revenue. Coupling legal marijuana sales with state liquor stores would be a marketing bonanza. I have never been for legalized gambling, but am willing to reconsider depending on budget projections. Lastly, we might investigate some sort of property tax reform that makes tax rate-per-thousand more equitable statewide, so as to better fund poorer school districts.

Dave Testerman

Party: Republican

City of Residence: Franklin

Occupation: Retired (Engineer, pilot, program manager)

Incumbent? If so, how many terms: 2

What specific policy do you see as most vital? Life and family. We have a culture that does not value either and we have to stop killing life and start rebuilding the family.

How do you plan to address the significant budget challenges our state will face in the months ahead? It is a spending, not a revenue issue. We will have to look at all departments and make them prioritize each and make cuts in those that have the least impact. This does not mean there will not be an impact. It cannot be across the board. We have made some dumb decisions because of COVID and we will pay for them.

■James Mason, a Republican from Franklin, did not respond by deadline.




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