A Time Like No Other
These past few years have presented us with unique challenges the likes of which we have never seen before. The convergence of a major global pandemic, worrisome economic instability, and unsettling civil unrest has been unprecedented.
In the midst of these uncertain times, I hear ALL Americans calling for the same basic principles; that of opportunity, safety, equality, liberty, and justice. Progress toward these ends come from listening to one another, considering different points of view, recognizing our shared humanity, and finding common ground whenever possible. It should never be a question of us against them but instead recognizing that we are all in this together. It’s about putting people over politics.
As a New Hampshire Teacher of the Year recipient, community volunteer, and Milford resident since 1987, I have dedicated myself to my family, students, and neighbors. Now as one of Milford’s state representatives, it has been my honor to bringing the same commitment to the state legislature, to lend my ideas, voice, and vote to address many important issues. I have been a strong advocate for children and families, students and schools, social and economic justice, and public health and safety.
I believe in government that supports everyone’s right to be themselves, provides opportunities which enables individuals to maximize their full potential, and allows them to choose their own destiny.
The NH House of Representatives was also impacted.
All of us have had to adapt one way or another these past few years and the New Hampshire House of Representatives was no exception. We continued to do “the people’s work” despite enormous challenges. Sadly, our Speaker, Rep. Dick Hinch died early on due to Covid-19. Committe hearings were held remotely for the first time and House sessions were conducted off site to accommodate social distancing. We held sessions on a soccer field, parking lot, and the Whittemore Center Arena at UNH, conference facilities at the Double Tree Hotel in Manchester, and the Sportsplex in Bedford. We returned to the State House on March 10th, three days shy of two years from the start of the state of emergency. Throughout it all, Democrats wore masks while most Republicans did not.
Legislating during Covid
Serving as clerk on the Children & Family Law Committee – Speaking during a session at the Sportsplex in Bedford.
Working Together, Common Goals, Solutions
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.” It’s all about putting people over politics!
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. Milford’s property taxes have increased 58% within the past decade! What happens as property taxes go up but paychecks don’t? People on fixed incomes are being priced out of their homes.
During my first term House and Senate Democrats demanded and won substantial revenues for local government to ease the tax burden. Milford’s share? $2,519,185.00 Milford’s property tax rate fell from $29.23 to $25.97.
Quality education is the only means to move individuals and society forward. No child in New Hampshire should be denied opportunities 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. I will work to establish policies that foster critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, and practical skills for meaningful civic engagement and employment in a constantly changing economy. ￼
In 2008, the United States Supreme Court ruling in Heller vs. the District of Columbia reaffirmed the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. However, the conservative majority also ruled 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 itself 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 honored to be a member of the House Veterans’ Interest Caucus. We can never do enough in appreciation for our veterans’ loyal service to our country.
Speaking before the Second Battle of Fallujah Reunion in Merrimack.
Recognizing Milford’s Veterans during the Labor Day Parade.
There is nothing more basic to the American way of life than the principle of “liberty and justice for all.” I have strongly stood up in defense of equal rights for ALL.
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” – Eden Ahbez
I support an individual’s right to love and marry who they choose.
The minimum wage in New Hampshire is $7.25 an hour. While few workers earn that rate, even with a few extra dollars more, New Hampshire workers fall short compared to every other New England state. There is no “advantage” in New Hampshire for workers. Low wages is a contributing factor as to why so many of our residents commute to jobs out of state. I support a gradual increase in the minimum wage and making it comparable to other states in our region.
Children and Families in Need