Meet State Rep. Denny Ruprecht

Age:

19

Area represented:

Grafton District 15 (Bath, Benton, Easton, Landaff, Haverhill, Orford, Piermont, and Warren)

Number of years in NH:

19

Favorite place in NH:

Black Mountain, Haverhill.

Describe NH in three words:

Beautiful, peaceful, and harmonious.

Year first year elected to the legislature:

2018.

Legislative priorities:

Ensuring a high quality public education and a family friendly economy that works for all people in all places.

What was your path to politics?

Like many, my path to politics started with activism. Called to action by concern for the environment when I was 16 and in high school, I reached out to my elected officials with thoughts on how to make New Hampshire a more environmentally sustainable place. One of my representatives responded and encouraged me to join the New Hampshire Legislative Youth Advisory Council, a statutory committee created by the legislature tasked with advising the legislature on youth issues. My path also led me to volunteer for a presidential campaign in 2016, to direct a state senate campaign in 2016, to serve as a page to the Democratic National Convention in 2016, and to run for office in 2018.

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

The biggest barrier I faced when running for office was personal inhibitions and self doubt. I overcame my personal inhibitions and self doubt a little bit at a time, by immersing myself into uncomfortable situations, but by also spending time with people who believed in me. There will always be a reason not to run: being too young, too old, too busy, too poor, but it’s important to focus on the many reasons to run.

What is the most pressing issue facing young people in NH? How could NH be made even better for young people?

The most pressing issue facing young people in NH is the need to build a family friendly economy here. High quality public schools, affordable higher education, paid family and medical leave, and good jobs are important to keeping and attracting young people.

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

I would encourage more young people to run for office. Any young person considering running for office should get in touch with their respective local party organization as a first step. Having the confidence, resolve, and tenacity to run goes a long way.

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