State Rep. District 38 (Wilton, Lyndeb., 8 other towns ) – 2 seats

?The Telegraph invited candidates for Executive Council, NH Senate and NH House of Representatives in districts that include Greater Nashua to fill out a short form. Here are the responses we have received from candidates for this office:

FRANK EDELBLUT (R)

Age: 53

Address: Wilton

Contact: 661-7730 , Fedelblut@gmail.com, “Frank Edelblut” on Facebook

Years of residence: 22 year resident of New Hampshire

Family: Married 29 years

Education: Bachelor of Science, Accounting, CPA (inactive)

Occupation: Entrepreneur and small business owner, technology

Political history: Water commissioner, Wilton

Affiliations: Founding member, Beefields Farm CSA

Please list what you consider the three most important issues that will be facing this office in the coming term, and give your position on each, in a single sentence each.

Jobs – Economy: we have lost 7,000 jobs in the last 4 months, fewer NH people have jobs than 8 years ago, 43,000 more people do not have a job.

Healthcare: we need to make sure we increase the number of health insurance companies working in the state from one, which is what we presently have.

Property Taxes: property taxes are too high and continue to rise, driving those on fixed income out of the state and inhibiting young families from staying.

JIM KOFALT (R)

Age: 47

Address: Wilton

Contact: 769-2130, staterep@jimkofalt.com, www.jimkofalt.com

Years of residence: 8

Family: Married, 1 child

Education: Attended Georgetown for undergraduate degree. MBA from Syracuse University Whitman School of Management.

Occupation: Software executive

Political history: I have never run for office before.

Affiliations: N/A

Please list what you consider the three most important issues that will be facing this office in the coming term, and give your position on each, in a single sentence each.

Jobs & the Economy – creating a better economic environment by lowering taxes and eliminating burdensome regulations

Choice in Healthcare – eliminate government mandates and allow competition in health insurance markets

Personal Freedoms – protect the rights of individuals and families to make their own choices about education, healthcare, and the right to bear arms

STEVEN HAHN (D)

Age: 67

Address: 246 Windsor Road, Hillsborough

Contact: stevehahnnh2014@gmail.com; http://hahn4house.nhdems.org

Years of residence: 40 years (full-time and part-time)

Family: Married, 3 children, 1 grandson

Education: B.A. Princeton University – Economics; Ed. M. Harvard Graduate School of Education

Occupation: Headmaster – Portledge School (2006-2012), Hamden Hall Country Day School (2004-2005), Lawrence Academy (1984-2003)

Political history: Hillsboro-Deering School Board (1978-1984, 2013-current)

Affiliations: N/A

Please list what you consider the three most important issues that will be facing this office in the coming term, and give your position on each, in a single sentence each.

Developing a constructive bipartisan budget that reflects the priorities of New Hampshire citizens and balances support of business and job growth with maintaining and improving essential services.

Preserving and improving New Hampshire quality of life by ensuring appropriate state funding for public education from early childhood through university, access to mental and physical health care, and protection of our state’s natural resources.

Maintaining and improving infrastructure – roads, bridges, and technology.

RICHARD McNAMARA (D)

Age: 69

Address: P O Box 1891; Hillsboro

Contact Info: McNamaraNH@gmail.com

Years of residence: 12 years

Family: Married 47 years, 3 children & 5 grandchildren

Education: Worcester State College, B.S.; S.U.N.Y. Potsdam, NY, M.S.

Occupation: Retired. High School chemistry, 18 years; office manager health care clinic, 26 years.

Political history: New Hampshire State Representative, 2012 – 2014 Appointed to the Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee

Affiliations: Kiwanis Club, No. Worcester Business Association, Granite State Wheelmen, Appalachian Mt. Club, Wachusett Greenways, Society for The Protection of NH Forests, Bicycle Adventure Club, Harris Center for Conservation

Please list what you consider the three most important issues that will be facing this office in the coming term, and give your position on each, in a single sentence each.

The State of NH currently relies on a patchwork of taxes, fees and surcharges to fund state government – we need a reliable source of revenue.

Provide more support to the cities and towns to help with the burden of caring for roads and bridges.

Work together with all members of the House of Representatives and the Senate to develop a workable economic plan to bring good paying jobs to NH and to keep those good paying jobs here.