Hillsborough District 32 (Nashua Ward 5)
Occupation and employer:
Office Manager at Phoenix Manufacturing Company.
Number of years in NH:
Favorite place in NH:
Describe NH in three words:
Beautiful, community-driven, and inviting.
Year first year elected to the legislature:
Healthcare, education and rail.
What was your path to politics?
My degree is in political science, and I’ve worked on a few campaigns. When my representatives didn’t have good attendance records and no one else was running, I ran for office. I lost that year (2014), but I became much more involved in NH and city politics and ran in 2016 and 2018.
What barriers did you face running for office? How did you overcome them?
My first year, I had plenty of people who told me I was too young, but I only lost by 26 votes. In multi-member districts, you just need people to give you a chance. I think I was so enthusiastic, that even people that disagreed with me were open to giving me a job I wanted.
What is the most pressing issue facing young people in NH?
Student Debt, employment, and the overwhelming cost of healthcare.
How could NH be made even better for young people?
I think NH would be even better for young families if we adequately fund schools and get rail in our state. Shortening the commute would allow young people to spend more time in our state to have fun and spend time with their families.
What advice do you have for other young people considering running for office?
Run, and plan to run again in 2 years. You might only get name recognition the first time, but the 2nd time, you’ll have that advantage.