Manchester is working hard to surpass it’s former heights of being a bustling yet inviting city, and still a great place to live, work and raise a family. A big part of that comes from the smaller communities we live in within the city. Today, there’s a lot of focus on the city as a whole launching big initiatives that may be well intentioned, but don’t necessarily represent our communities and their needs directly.
Let’s change that.
I spend much of my free time in my neighborhood, Manchester’s Ward 5 community, learning what improvements and change initiatives are important to my neighbors, determining the best way to represent those needs at the state level. Through doing so I hope to bring the right representative support back to the community, so that we can continue to grow together. With your support and blessing, I will go to Concord as your State Rep, and show you the benefits of representation done right.
Challenges I'll Address in Concord
Housing costs are at an all time high today in Manchester. That’s great news for anyone looking to profit from the sale or rental of homes here. It’s not so great for those moving to Manchester trying to start a new life, recent high school or college graduates, renters working two and three jobs just to make ends meet, or our seniors trying to make it with extremely limited income. The lack of affordable housing has led to a sharp increase in the number of working houseless people living in their cars in communities like ours across the country. Affordable housing construction has become an imperative need. Many states – though not New Hampshire – have laws in place to ensure that with every new construction project, a certain portion therein has to also be affordable to the surrounding community. As we continue to grow the Queen City with new construction everywhere you turn, I want to work with the legislature to create common sense legislation to ensure that this fast paced growth includes safe and affordable housing for our existing communities as well. The city government is working to build new units in the East and West side Public Housing communities, but our upscale growth is dwarfing those initiatives. We need more housing that residents new and old can afford to move into.
Health care is a topic no one needs introduction to. We’ve all been literal victims of our current system, where highly skilled and caring professionals do their best to keep us physically and mentally healthy, then we’re sent to the billing department where we get handed astronomical bills for the care, written in jargon and code that we’re not meant to understand, just pay for. Many of us have insurance that only serves to blunt the trauma of this new financial stress on our mental health; others do not and easily fall into despair trying to figure out how to even come up with payment plan money for these charges. Stable mental health is critical to recovery from ailments both physical and emotional in nature, so this approach is very counter productive. With healthcare more focused on curing us than having us broken physically, mentally and financially, our communities would have the added freedom necessary to prosper, the unimpeded good health to chase our dreams, and focus on a better tomorrow for our children and families. I support a Health Care for All system where the astronomical premiums and deductibles we pay don’t just serve as discounts for our health needs, but instead fully pay for a reality where we can see a doctor without checking our account balance first, much like 32 of the 33 most developed nations in the world. Any opportunity to further this vision at the state level is one I want to work toward.
The federal minimum wage was established to ensure that Americans were not being treated as indentured servants, and establish a minimum pay necessary to sustain a family. Many states do, but New Hampshire has not ever had it’s own minimum wage; we have always defaulted to whatever the federal number was. Along with increased housing costs, the average cost of feeding a family, plus heating and energy costs, a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour today falls disgracefully short of the established precedent. Our current legislature is hard at work fighting to achieve a $15 an hour minimum wage by 2024 for the Granite State through incremental raises until we reach that date, and I will be on the front lines pushing the issue with them. An increased minimum wage doesn’t devalue the work you do today earning more than the current federal minimum; it allows you the baseline to achieve higher wages, and do no worse than a new $15 minimum wage in the event that you don’t achieve your goal. If you’re making $15 now, it provides you the security of knowing you can only make more from there, not less.
Every day under our current administration LGBTQ+ rights are under attack by our current president and his administration. Worker and patient protections implemented under the Obama Administration have since been rolled back. Access to LGBTQ+ friendly community health resources is near nonexistent in New Hampshire. I will work to see protections enshrined by law in the Granite State, and bring community health needs to Concord as well so that it gets the attention it deserves from our legislature.