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Patrick Long is a life long resident of Manchester, NH running for State Representative in Ward 3, Hillsborough County District 23. Pat is a retired Union Ironworker that has been volunteering in the community since the age of 20, learning that volunteerism is the best way to contribute to his community.
Patrick Long is running for his 9th term as a State Representative and is also serving his 12 year as an Alderman. Pat believes that when every voice in the community has someone’s ear only then can a community become strong and welcoming.
If elected or re-elected, please describe legislation you expect to sponsor or co-sponsor.
If re-elected I would bring forward bills for consideration on Bail Reform, Youth Diversion Programs, Homelessness including Housing and Elder Care.
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 concerns I’ve been hearing is on respect and the ability to compromise with other State Representative’s without compromising my principles on conflicting issue’s. I believe that the people win with all sides are working together.
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?
My availability of time commitment is open since I’m retired, serving on a House Committee and being present at House Sessions last term was a 3 day a week plus.
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?
The current divisive political climate in the United States is frustrating, however, as a State Legislator I can work towards and I’ve been successful at placing party differences aside and work with all my colleagues toward a benefit for all our constituents while ensuring my public trust.
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’m of the opinion that Substance Use Disorder, Child Services, Elder Care and Homelessness which includes Housing, are in the forefront that would add benefit to the residence of Manchester. The State and the city of Manchester would benefit from a comprehensive plan agreed by all entities involved that address’s vital services and housing insecurities. A regional plan that would slowdown the larger municipalities from absorbing the surrounding towns homeless population. This regional plan would also address Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
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?
In your opinion, what were the five most significant pieces of legislation introduced over the last two years? Please explain what made them significant.
The 5 most significant pieces of legislation that I submitted last term are as follows:
- Allowing the Chief of Police to destroy valueless contraband collected
- Funding for Childrens Mental Health Services
- Adding Homelessness as in encampments to the Council on Housing Stability
- Appointments of Council for Juveniles involved with the Court System
- Administration and Settlement of Claims of Abuse at the Youth Development Center