Meet State Rep. Joe Alexander

Age:

24

Area represented:

Hillsborough District 6 (Goffstown)

Occupation and employer:

Student at University of NH.

Number of years in NH:

24

Favorite place in NH:

Summit of Mount Uncanoonuc.

Describe NH in three words:

Community, beauty and liberty.

Year first year elected to the legislature:

2018.

Legislative priorities:

I ran on a low tax platform. We should prioritize affordable housing for young people as well as seniors who have lived in this state for decades. This means we should keep property taxes low while also encouraging development of single-family units in the state for young families. We must also keep government out of the lives of New Hampshire’s citizens by protecting constitutional rights especially speech, religion, and bearing arms.

What was your path to politics?

I graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2017 and purchased a townhouse in Goffstown immediately following. I worked very hard to graduate debt free and have the income to purchase a home after college. I ran for office to help foster a state that encourages citizens of all ages to invest in property and business.

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

It was tough campaigning while taking four graduate classes and working full-time. I had a hard time balancing the time I needed in order to run a successful campaign and my other commitments.

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

Millennials usually rent for years before eventually purchasing a home and settling down. Young people lose years of income on rent to pay developers when they could invest it in real property and get a return on investment. Young people are starting out at a disadvantage by paying rent that is alarmingly 50-60% of their income in some cases. New Hampshire has the “work” and “play” part and struggles with the “stay” part.

How could NH be made even better for young people?

More affordable housing for rent and purchase. Give young people an option on how they want to live in New Hampshire.

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

I would ask to make sure there is sufficient time to serve. It is approximately 20-25 hours a week to serve as a state representative and the times change every week. Make sure one’s schedule is flexible. Knock on those doors!

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