Kathleen PaquettePrimary Election 2022 Winner
Running forState Representative - Hillsborough 25 (Ward 5)
Running as Republican
I am a long-time resident of Manchester. I am a small business owner, a mother, and a grandmother.
My experience includes advocating for legislation in NH as well as other states. I have spoken many times to committees. I have also participated in annual advocacy events in Washington DC.
Current jobI am a local small business owner in the field of tourism.
I worked in healthcare for 27 years with a specialty in geriatrics. I have also worked in both the Manchester School District and the Visiting Nurses
Current residence70 Grand Avenue, Manchester. Ward 5
Time lived in NHI grew up in Manchester. I have been here 45 years.
I have completed college with a healthcare degree.
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If elected or re-elected, please describe legislation you expect to sponsor or co-sponsor.
My interest in running for State Rep is because the PR bail is not working. I will sponsor or co-sponsor good legislation to help improve the safety of our communities.
What are the most important concerns you’ve heard from Manchester residents and how can you address those concerns if elected or re-elected?
The most important concern I have heard from Manchester residents is the concern for public safety. Manchester parks, walking trails and even areas surrounding local businesses do not feel safe. Our children no longer feel safe in their schools. Crime is rising, with less consequence for criminals. Our cars are being entered and our homes are being entered. Our bicycles, baby carriages, and everything that isn’t bolted down is being stolen at alarming rates. Residents of Manchester want our homes, our city and communities to be safe.
New Hampshire legislators are citizen legislators and being a legislator is a significant time commitment. How much time per week can you spend on legislative duties while the Senate/House is in session?
I am lucky enough that owning my own business gives me the flexibility to take on this commitment.
How do you feel the current divisive political climate in the United States will impact the New Hampshire General Court over the next two years and how would you navigate that divisiveness in your duties?
We are currently a nation which is seriously divided. So many people are very far left or very far right. Lawmakers need to better respond to the needs of the people they are representing to improve the laws so that the courts have the tools they need to keep NH safe.
What is the most significant issue facing Manchester residents at the municipal level and how can you, as a legislator, aid the city government on that issue? I don’t believe there is a “most” significant issue.
At the present time, there are several significant issues negatively affecting the citizens of Manchester. Safety and “catch and release policies, substandard education, rampant spending, crime, homelessness, addiction and so much more. Manchester is a mess.
In your conversations with voters, what is the most significant issue to them right now? How would you address that if elected or re-elected?
As stated above, many people are concerned about crime in the city. As I was writing this, I learned that Raymond Moore (the man accused of stabbing Daniel Whitmore to death earlier this week) has been released today on PR bail. He was out on PR bail in two different cities when this stabbing occurred. He has a long documented history of crime from other states. He IS a threat to the public, yet here is is free again. When violently stabbing a man to death in a random assault does not get you put behind bars, we have a real problem in this state.