Running forNH State Senate District 20
as a candidate of theDemocratic Party
Prior political experience/officesCurrently State Senator, 11 terms; Executive Council, 3 terms, House of Representatives, 2 terms; Manchester School Board, 5 terms
Time lived in NHMore than 60 years
EducationBA University of NH, MEd Rivier University, Caroline Gross Fellow, Harvard University
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If elected or re-elected, please describe legislation you expect to sponsor or co-sponsor.
Eliminating the age limit for judges; Continue to work on Oral Health legislation;
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?
Homelessness, Education K-12, Affordable Housing. I would work with local authorities and the state to develop solutions.
How does your background (excluding time serving in the position you are seeking) qualify you for the position you are seeking?
I am able to spend considerable time on legislative duties and am in my office on a daily basis.
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?
The legislature has been quite controversial. I will continue to work to bring legislators together and do what is in the best interest of the people of the state. I have always been able to work across party lines to achieve positive results.
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?
I think homelessness is the most significant issue. State and locals must work together to address this issue.
With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 in the future, do you support the legislature meeting remotely?
I think this is very difficult. With a 400 member House, remote meetings are almost impossible.
In your opinion, what were the five most significant pieces of legislation introduced in the New Hampshire General Court over the last two years? Please explain what made them significant.
HB1582, Free tuition at colleges & universities for children of veterans who were totally disabled, There were over 1,000 bills. This was a unique session with over 500 bills vacated.