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State Senator District 8

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    Jenn Alford-Teaster

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What should our state do over the long term to ensure healthcare access for all, including treatment for addiction and mental illness?

In building a vibrant economy in our state, would you emphasize reforming tax policies, addressing income inequality, changing the minimum wage, or something else?

What do you see as the state government’s role in creating or incentivizing more housing?

What should state government do to ensure an equitable, quality public education for all children pre-K through grade 12?

What will you do to ensure that the priorities of New Hampshire citizens take precedence over the benefits to your party?

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As a public health scientist, I study rural access to healthcare and am currently focused on capacity building of telemedicine in the era of COVID-19. If elected, expanding telemedicine and broadband access throughout the district will be one of my top priorities.

I will take a lead in ensuring that our state adequately addresses our mental health crisis by properly funding our mental health system; this includes, but isn’t limited to, the NH Hospital (our only State psychiatric hospital), crisis counselors for families in need, and addressing the shortage of DCYF staff to assist families (particularly grandparents) who have taken in children because of the opioid crisis.
I will work with NH’s business and education leaders to expand vocational training, apprenticeship opportunities and worker retraining opportunities. I am also committed to strengthening early childhood education, family medical leave, and expanding transportation options - all efforts endorsed by business leaders in the Granite State.
NH is struggling to meet the affordable housing needs of our rural communities. One way that the State of NH could assist with this crisis is to provide funding relief for housing in rural communities in order to incentivize granite staters to live in our rural communities. Additionally, ensuring that there is local control for the zoning for affordable housing is one other method to address the shortage.
One way to provide funding for public education is to close loopholes for large out of state corporations who received large tax breaks in NH but do not create in-state jobs. I will prioritize public education as the community investment it is - I grew up in NH as a struggling child in poverty. A public education gave me the tools I needed to succeed as an adult and I want to ensure every child, no matter the location or ZIP code, has that same access.
If elected, I will represent ALL the residents of SD8 regardless of party and will vote for what will be in the best interest of my constituents. This work is about bringing resources to this district, which has been largely ignored.
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