Five candidates are seeking the New Hampshire District 23 Senate seat, four Republicans and one Democrat, and prior to the State Primary those contesting the Republican nomination were asked to respond to the question, “If elected, what do you foresee as the most important issue you will work on this term?” Only two of the Republican candidates responded.
The seat is being vacated by Russell Prescott. District 23 includes Brentwood, Chester, Danville, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Kingston, and Sandown.
On the Republican side, State Representative Bill Gannon is running, along with longtime former county commissioner Maureen Barrows of Exeter, former Timberlane Regional School District chair Nancy Steenson of Danville and Bob Goodman of Exeter.
Alexis Simpson of Exeter is the candidate for the Democrats. The winner of the Republican Primary Sept. 13 will face Simpson in the November General Election.
Occupation: Construction business owner, attorney and legislator.
Years in State: 40
Answer: “I’m a conservative who will work to lower taxes, reduce energy costs and help businesses create more jobs. I want New Hampshire to be the place where my children find good jobs and raise their families. I’m the only candidate with legislative experience; on day one I’ll be prepared to get things done. I have real world experience as a father of four and a small business owner. I’ve listened, learned and I’m ready to lead.”
Occupation: Real Estate broker, retired from Liberty Mutual
Years in State: 40
Answer: “There is a clear sense today that government no longer works for us, no longer helps us solve our problems or improve our lives. Transparency is one step we can take to make government work again. Show us how much the government is taking in and how it is being spent. Give all citizens that information on a timely basis and let them have a voice in how their tax dollars are spent.”