Running forNH Senate
as a candidate of theDemocratic Party
Prior political experience/officesIncumbent State Senator, District 16
Served 2018, 2019-20
Current jobAssistant Business Manager, IBEW Local 2320
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If elected or re-elected, please describe legislation you expect to sponsor or co-sponsor.
The omnibus bill, which was vetoed by the governor, had protections for frontline workers and first responders. If re-elected, I will work to pass legislation to make sure that the workers at the front line of this crisis get the support that they deserve. My priorities are always public safety and public education. We have to keep educators and students safe, whether remote or in-person.
We also have to continue to work together to make sure we help small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy, to not only survive but thrive during and after this pandemic.
What are the most important concerns facing you’ve heard from Manchester residents and how can you address those concerns if elected or re-elected?
Over the last six months, I have heard from citizens and business owners alike about the stress that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused them and the struggle to keep their businesses open. That’s why I have been proud to serve on the Economic Re-Opening Task Force and to work hard to ensure that we have safe and healthy communities.
Manchester is the epicenter of the state’s problem with homelessness. The city and state must continue to work together, as well as other communities throughout the state, to help with this very complex issue.
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?
New Hampshire is a volunteer citizen legislature and all 424 of us have to manage the time of our commitment to the state as well as having valuable time with our families.
In your view, describe the atmosphere within the legislature over the past two years. Do you believe this atmosphere will continue and how would that affect how you approach this position if elected or re-elected?
I have worked hard with my colleagues, Democrats and Republicans alike, to pass bipartisan measures to help the working families of New Hampshire. Our workers need support now, more than ever, and, if I am re-elected, I will continue to work with all New Hampshire State Senators to deliver results for the working families in New Hampshire.
What is the most significant issue facing Manchester at the municipal level and how can you, as a legislator aid the city government on that issue?
Right now, our greatest issue is the funding of public education. I was disappointed in my colleagues last month, when they would not vote to commit $3.5 million meant for Manchester public schools. Of course, the challenges this pandemic has created to keep all of our residents safe. We must continue to support all of our employees that keep our city safe. It is all of our dedicated employees that make this city such an incredible place to live.
With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 in the future, do you support the legislature meeting remotely?
I think that it is too early to answer that question. We must continue to monitor our data and make all decisions on what that data shows.
In your opinion, what were the five most significant pieces of legislation introduced over the last two years? Please explain what made them significant.
First, I am proud of my work on House Bill 1280, a reverse auction program, which could save Granite
Staters up to $53 million on prescription drugs over the next three years.
Second, I was proud to work on the Granite State Jobs Act, which would triple funding for technical education programs and add to existing apprenticeship programs.
Third, paid family and medical leave represents an important piece of legislation to ensure that all workers can take the time to care for their family in any time of crisis or illness.
Fourth, our veterans bill of rights, which aids veterans with access to employment, housing, health and college degrees, as well as tuition assistance.
And, lastly, HB 1166 was about getting people back to work – safely. Understanding the challenges that our small businesses are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HB 1166 sought to provide the necessary PPE to safely conduct business as well as protect both employees and customers through the requirement of reasonable sanitary conditions related to COVID-19.