Running forState Representative Hillsborough District 10: Ward 3
as a candidate of theDemocratic Party
Prior political experience/officesAlderman: 11 years, State Representative: 14 years, Board of School Committee: 1 1/2 years, Planning Board: 8 years, Mayor's Task Force on Refugee and Immigrants: 6 years, Manchester Housing Commission: 2 year, New Hampshire Municipal Association Board: 8 years
Time lived in NH64 years
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If elected or re-elected, please describe legislation you expect to sponsor or co-sponsor.
Child lead levels and remediation: Manchester is still experiencing children with high lead levels. Unacceptable! Affordable Housing: Zoning and Planning Boards Considerations. Homelessness State Plan: Manchester is currently caring for the state’s unsheltered! Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder: Capacity of Services. Child Protection. Elder Protection
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?
- Availability of Housing: Continue forming legislative caucuses and drafting legislation.
- Homelessness: Bring accountability to the State and County through legislation.
- Elder rental availability and increases in scams.
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?
As Chair of the House’s Children and Family Law Committee, I spend from January to June, three to four days a week. Being retired, I make myself available for work that needs addressing, which includes listening and helping constituents. I believe when I’m campaigning, I’m asking people to allow me to serve them, so if elected I need to be available to serve.
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?
This term I’ve recognized partisanship sticking to their ideals and not willing to keep an open mind on moving ahead with what’s important to the people of our State. Chairing the House Committee, I concentrated on forwarding solutions that had support both sides could agree on. The best legislative solutions come when all remedies are considered and the middle ground is drafted. My committee was successful in passing Child Protection legislation with that work ethic.
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?
Affordable Housing: Flexibility with permitting projects with an affordable housing component.
Homelessness: Requiring a State Plan which would relieve Manchester’s Responsibility of services for all New Hampshire’s homeless.
Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder: Assuring that programs being funded meet the capacity that Manchester needs. Assuring that caseworkers are giving the tools to fully provide service that concentrates on self-sustaining individuals.
With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 in the future, do you support the legislature meeting remotely?
I do support the legislature meeting remotely, my committee was the first in State history to have a Hearing and Executive Session remotely. The public was able to attend and testify. In our chambers the 400 of us are elbow to elbow and the resources we spend in accomodating us in another venus is resources we don’t have to expend!
In your opinion, what were the five most significant pieces of legislation introduced over the last two years? Please explain what made them significant.
- Historic Levels of Muncipal and Education Funding: Manchester and Manchester School District received additional funding ending the practice of downshifting to the local municipalities.
- Extended Services for the Foster Care System: Adding of essential services to foster parents will take care of foster children and much-needed partnership with the State in producing thriving children.
- Repealing Parental Reimbursement for Court Ordered Services for Youth: This practice not only financially strapped parents but also did a disservice to youth in need of services because parents refused services because they couldn’t afford it. In the end, it cost the State more for collections than they would be owed!
- Repeal of the Death Penalty: This practice does not create a deterrent nor does it give peace to the victims. The price for appeals to the State is costly.
- Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders: Capacity for both of these issues have been lacking. Adding services with caseworkers are essential in bringing stability back in their lives.