In politics, there is nothing more important than working for the common good of one’s state and country.
Building a Better Future, Today
As a New Hampshire Teacher of the Year recipient, Milford resident for 32 years, and long-time community activist, I have dedicated myself to my family, students, and neighbors. Now as one of Milford’s state representatives, I am honored to bringing the same commitment to the state legislature on behalf of our common values.
Political debate has increasingly become too divisive and mean-spirited. Now is the time to put politics aside and begin working to meet the needs of the people. “We can disagree without being disagreeable.”
Working Together, Common Goals, Solutions
I believe in open-minded discussion. I will not support or dismiss an idea because it was proposed by any one party without careful consideration.
I believe in government that works to support the core human principles of “life and liberty” and “a sound mind and body.” Along these lines, my focus as a state representative has been on property tax relief, education, children and families, public safety, veterans interests, equal rights, and economic and social justice.
Property Tax Relief
New Hampshire’s property taxes are the third highest in the nation and have been rising faster than the rate of inflation. The problem, in part, is due to the downshifting of costs from the state to the towns. What happens as property taxes go up but paychecks don’t? People on fixed incomes are being priced out of their homes.
In the most recent budget negotiations, House and Senate Democrats held firm on our commitment for municipal aid and education funding which resulted in a $2,558,071.00 appropriations for Milford. This will go a long way to provide much needed funding and stabilze the property tax rate.
In matters of education, I will work to establish policies that foster critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, and practical skills for meaningful employment in a constantly changing economy. Quality education is the only means to move individuals and society forward. No child in New Hampshire should be “left behind” because of inadequate funding in their respective school districts. Equitable K- 12 public education as well as affordable and expanded community and state colleges is a priority.
In 2008, the United States Supreme Court ruling in Heller vs. the District of Columbia reaffirmed the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. There is no debate on this point. However the conservative majority Court also ruled that the right to bear arms is not unlimited and that guns and gun ownership would continue to be regulated.
Just as individuals have the right to bear arms for self-defense, I believe the public has the right to defend its self from individuals who should not possess firearms. Criminal background checks and waiting periods have the potential to save lives. They are at best, an inconvenience to gun owners, but not a violation of their rights.
Responsible gun owners support measures to limit the misuse of the 2nd Amendment. I too support common sense gun safety measures.
I have long been a supporter of veterans interests, and now as a state representative, I serve as a member of the House Veterans Interest Caucus. We can never do enough to honor our brave veterans for their loyal service to our country.
Economic and Social Justice
I will strongly defend the principle of “life and liberty” for all of New Hampshire’s residents, without prejudice. There is nothing more basic to the American way of life than the principle of “liberty and justice for all.” I will strongly stand up and defend equal rights.
The principle of “a sound mind and body” can only be achieved when individuals have access to affordable health care. I will support measures that bring down the cost of health care, expands coverage, includes mental health, suicide prevention, and battles drug and alcohol addiction.
The Future Begins Today.
The values I speak of ensure personal liberties and freedom for all citizens, with opportunities to build safe, healthy, successful, and independent living, while moving New Hampshire forward.
New Hampshire already ranks at the very top of most measures of livability. The key is to build on our success and expand opportunities for all of our citizens.