NH election 2022: Eight candidates for four Somersworth, Rollinsford state rep. seats

There are eight candidates for four seats in the New Hampshire House in Strafford County District 12, representing Somersworth wards 1-5 and Rollinsford.

Incumbent Democratic state Reps. Gerri Cannon and Cecilia Rich and fellow Democrats Kenneth Vincent and Jeffrey Rich are running against Republicans Nick Boyle, Ken Hilton, Steve McMahon and Matthew Spencer. All eight candidates reside in Somersworth.

Below are responses to a questionnaire sent to all candidates.

Gerri Cannon

Gerri Cannon
Gerri Cannon

Hometown: Somersworth

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade and placed the power to regulate abortion with the states. What should state lawmakers do regarding abortion laws?

Lawmakers shouldn't be involved with making medical decisions for anyone, especially women. Women should be working with their medical professionals to make informed decisions about their healthcare, especially during pregnancy. As State Lawmakers we must respect the rights of all NH residents including our individual right to decide how to care for ourselves. We should not have laws that restrict women's healthcare options during pregnancy. Organizations that provide pregnancy medical care and education for women should be encouraged, not demonized. The State should be making funds available to residents seeking assistance from knowledgeable healthcare providers. Women should be informed about all medical options available to them. Licensed medical professionals shouldn't feel threatened with the loss of their credentials for helping pregnant women.

The state's residents and businesses face many economic challenges, including high prices for electricity and fuel, a labor shortage, a lack of affordable housing and rising prices due to inflation. How would you address these challenges?

There is no one answer to address all these challenges. Many of the challenges we face are being driven by national and international economic situations. Our State Legislature and governor should be looking at ways to focus on improving our local economies. Increasing minimum wages will help people buy goods to care for their families. as well as increase sales for local businesses. When people are able to buy local goods, we keep local people employed and the prices of goods and services is driven by local supply and demand. Utilizing renewable sources of power instead of fossil fuel-based production will help reduce some of our fuel costs. If the state is giving tax breaks to businesses, they should be giving those tax break incentives to businesses using and delivering renewable energy products to help home and business owners reduce expenses. Builders and developers should be given tax breaks when they build affordable housing and utilize renewable energy solutions.

What else do you want voters to know about you or your policy positions before the election on Nov. 8?

Even before COVID our communities have housing shortages and drug misuse. The unemployment rate is now at an all-time low, yet we have people on the street who can’t find work and don’t have a place to call home. I’ve been in that position. It was a lot of stress and a lot of work to learn a new trade and find a new home. I will support legislation that will help people find affordable housing. I will support programs that will help retrain people so that they can find work. I will support programs that will help people who are misusing drugs so that they might support themselves and their families. I will support legislation that will help fund our public schools and our Career Technical Centers. Our children need a quality education that will help them into their future. I will fight for them in Concord. I will also fight to protect our environment, so that our children have a safer world to live in.

Editor's note: Seacoast Media Group made a good-faith effort to distribute our candidate questionnaire to all candidates. We will add any missing candidate questionnaires when they are received. If any candidates have questions or need information on how to be included, please email news@seacoastonline.com or news@fosters.com with "candidate questionnaire" in the subject line.

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