Meet State Rep. Cassandra Levesque

Age:

21

Area represented:

Strafford 4 – Barrington

Occupation and employer:

Student at Southern New Hampshire University.

Number of years in NH:

21

Favorite place in NH:

The Seacoast.

Describe NH in three words:

Fascinating. Inspiring. Homey.

Year first year elected to the legislature:

2018.

Legislative priorities:

  • Social Justice
  • Protecting the Rights of Women & Children
  • Ending Child Marriage
  • Banning LGBTQ+ Panic Defense Strategy
  • Raising the minimum wage
  • Paid family/medical leave
  • Water quality – making sure our communities have safe drinking water

What was your path to politics?

As part of my Girl Scout Gold Award, I worked with the Honorable Jackie Cilley of Barrington to end child marriage in New Hampshire by raising the marriage age floor from 13 for girls and 14 for boys to 16. (Check out this New York Times article.)

What barriers did you face running for office? How did you overcome them?

I have never faced barriers, I have been supported by my community and my peers, which is terrific.

What is the most pressing issue facing young people in NH?

  • Affordable housing
  • Live-able wage
  • Affordable child care
  • The cost of higher education

How could NH be made even better for young people?

We have to address the aforementioned core issues to help NH work for the younger citizens.

What advice do you have for other young people considering running for office?

Just say yes! There are people who need representation and you can be that person, their voice in Concord and in your local communities.

How can the state legislature be more supportive in encouraging more young people to run for office?

  • Provide training
  • Make it more accessible
  • Demystify what it’s like to hold office

Can you recommend a resource for young people that are interested in learning more about politics, policy and bills, or advocacy?

For fun, tell us something about yourself that others may not know!

I am an artist in my heart. I love painting, photography, crafting and I am also a huge fan of The Great British Bake Off and I love to try new recipes!

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