2020 Endorsed Candidates

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Governor

ReopenNH does not have a position on the governor’s race for the Nov. 3 election and specifically does not support the positions of the sitting governor on the issues we represent. ReopenNH is focusing on the Legislative races because the Legislature must convene and change the law so that no executive branch official has this authority ever again in the future. Vote your conscience.

Executive Council

  • District 1: Joseph Kenney
  • District 5: Dave Wheeler

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New Hampshire Senate

  • Sen. Bob Giuda – District 2 (Haverhill, Piermont, Orford, Warren, Wentworth, Ellsworth, Dorchester, Groton, Rumney, Campton, Hebron, Plymouth, Holderness, Ashland, Bridgewater, Orange, Alexandria, Bristol, Center Harbour, Danbury, Wilmot, Hill, New Hampton, Sanbornton, Meredith and Tilton)
  • Denise Ricciardi – District 9 (Bedford, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Greenfield, Hancock, Jaffrey, Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, New Boston, Peterborough, Richmond, Sharon, Temple and Troy)
  • George Lambert – District 18 (Wards 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in the City of Manchester and Litchfield)
  • Carla Gericke – District 20 (Goffstown and Wards 3, 4, 10 and 11 in the City of Manchester)
  • Lou Gargiulo – District 24 (Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, New Castle, North Hampton, Newton, Rye, Seabrook, Stratham and South Hampton)

New Hampshire House

Albany

Nicole Nordlund

Alexandria

Kendall  Hughes

Allenstown

Rep. Carol McGuire

Alton

Rep. Raymond Howard
Paul Terry

Andover

Louise Andrus
Natalie Wells

Ashland

Kendall  Hughes

Atkinson

Rep. Peter Torosian

Auburn

Rep. Jason Osborne
Rep. Jess Edwards
Rep. Chris True
Rep. Tony Piemonte

Barnstead

Rep. Raymond Howard
Rep. Barbara Comtois

Barrington

Len Turcotte
Jenny O. Wilson

Bath

David Binford
Wes Chapmon

Bedford

Rep. Linda Gould
Stephen Kenda
Niki Kelsey
Ted Gorski

Belmont

Rep. Mike Sylvia

Bennington

David Bedard

Benton

Wes Chapmon
David Binford

Bow

John Martin

Brentwood

Rep. Josh Yokela

Bridgewater

Kendall  Hughes

Bristol

Kendall  Hughes

Brookfield

Jonathan Smith
Rep. Lino Avellani

Brookline

Diane Pauer
John Lewicke

Candia

Rep. James Spillane
Rep. Kevin Verville

Canterbury

Jose Cambrils

Center Harbor

Tom Ploszaj

Chester

Rep. Jess Edwards
Rep. Jason Osborne
Rep. Chris True
Rep. Tony Piemonte

Chichester

Rep. Brian Seaworth
Peter Gagyi

Concord Ward 4

Donna Davey

Concord Ward 5

Pamela Ean
John French VI

Concord Ward 6

Michelle McCartney

Croydon

Don Bettencourt

Dalton

Rep. Kevin Craig

Danbury

Louise Andrus
Natalie Wells

Danville

Rep. Josh Yokela
Rep. Scott Wallace

Deerfield

Rep. James Spillane
Rep. Kevin Verville

Deering

Leah Cushman
Rep. John Burt

Derry

Rep. David Love
Rep. John Potucek
Erica Layon
Anne Copp
Mary Ann Kimball

Dover Ward 1

Debra Childs

Dover Ward 1 & 2
William Burr
Dover Ward 3
Tyler Blouin
Dublin

Rita Mattson
Leo Plante
Matthew Santonastaso

Dunbarton

John Martin

Durham

Mark Racic

Easton

Wes Chapmon
David Binford

Effingham

Jonathan Smith
Rep. Lino Avellani

Enfield

Kendall  Hughes

Epping

Rep. Michael Vose

Epsom

Rep. Carol McGuire

Exeter

Edward Duncan
Carl Wikstrom

Fitzwilliam

Jim Qualey
Matthew Santonastaso

Francestown

Jim Kofalt

Franconia

Robert Peraino

Franklin Wards 1 & 2

Rep. Dave Testerman

Freedom

Nicole Nordlund

Fremont

Rep. Josh Yokela

Gilford

Rep. Glen Aldrich
Rep. Harry Bean
Norm Silber
Rep. Jonathan Mackie

Gilmanton

Rep. Raymond Howard
Paul Terry

Grafton

Kendall  Hughes

Greenfield

David Bedard

Greenville

Jim Kofalt

Goffstown

Rep. Michael Gunski
Rep. Fred Plett
Rep. John Burt

Hampton

Rep. Max Abramson

Hampton Falls

Rep. Max Abramson

Hancock

David Bedard

Harrisville

Rita Mattson
Leo Plante
Matthew Santonastaso

Haverhill

David Binford

Hebron

Mike McLaughlin

Hill

Rep. Dave Testerman 

Holderness

Mike McLaughlin

Hollis

Rep. Keith Ammon
David Werner

Hopkinton

Pamela Ean
John French VI

Hudson

Rep. Bob Greene
Rep. Tony Lekas
Rep. Andrew Prout
Rep. Hershel Nunez
Rep. Lynne Ober
Rep. Russell Ober

Jaffrey

Rita Mattson
Leo Plante
Matthew Santonastaso

Keene Ward 4

Robert Call

Keene Wards 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Matt Roach

Kilkenny

Rep. Kevin Craig

Laconia (All Wards)

Dawn Johnson
Gregg Hough

Lancaster

Rep. Kevin Craig

Landaff

Wes Chapmon
David Binford

Litchfield

Ross Berry
Rep. Mark McLean

Lisbon

Robert Peraino

Londonderry

Rep. Al Baldasaro

Loudon

Jose Cambrils

Lyman

Robert Peraino

Lyndeborough

Jim Kofalt

Madbury

Mark Racic

Madison

Nicole Nordlund

Manchester Ward 2

Tyler Chase

Manchester Wards 1, 2, 3

Phillip Harris

Manchester Ward 4

Richard Hagala

Manchester Ward 8

Rep. Mark Warden

Manchester Wards 8 & 9

Ross Berry
Rep. Mark McLean

Manchester Ward 11

Brian Chicoine

Manchester Wards 10, 11 & 12

Amanda Higgins

Mason

John Lewicke
Diane Pauer

Meredith

Rep. Glen Aldrich
Rep. Harry Bean
Norm Silber
Rep. Jonathan Mackie

Merrimack

Rep. Jeanine Notter
Melissa Blasek

Middleton

Glenn Bailey
Rep. Peter Hayward

Milford

Vanessa Sheehan
Rep. Keith Ammon

Milton

Glenn Bailey
Rep. Peter Hayward

Monroe

Robert Peraino

Mont Vernon

Rep. Keith Ammon

Nashua Ward 1

Elizabeth Ferreira

Nashua Ward 3

Doris Hohensee
David Schoneman
Howard Coffman

Nashua Ward 5

Paula Johnson

Nashua Ward 7

Jacqueline Casey
Charles Hall

Nashua Ward 8

Anthony DiPaolo

New Boston

Rep. Keith Ammon

New Durham

Rep. Michael Harrington
Rep. Kurt Wuelper

New Hampton

Tom Ploszaj

North Hampton

Kirsten Larsen Schultz

Nottingham

Rep. James Spillane
Rep. Kevin Verville

Orford

Wes Chapmon
David Binford

Ossipee

Jonathan Smith
Rep. Lino Avellani

Pelham

Rep. Hershel Nunez
Rep. Bob Greene
Rep. Tony Lekas
Rep. Andrew Prout
Rep. Lynne Ober
Rep. Russell Ober

Pembroke

Rep. Brian Seaworth
Peter Gagyi

Piermont

Wes Chapmon
David Binford

Pittsfield

Rep. Carol McGuire

Plaistow

Rep. Peter Torosian

Plymouth

Mike McLaughlin

Portsmouth Ward 4

Cynthia Taylor-Hollandbeck

Rindge

Jim Qualey
Matthew Santonastaso

Rochester Ward 2

Rep. Clifford Newton

Rochester Wards 4 & 5

Rep. Susan  DeLemus

Roxbury

Rita Mattson
Leo Plante
Matthew Santonastaso

Salisbury

Louise Andrus
Natalie Wells

Sandown

Rep. Chris True
Rep. Jess Edwards
Rep. Jason Osborne
Rep. Tony Piemonte

Seabrook

Rep. Max Abramson

Strafford

Rep. Michael Harrington
Rep. Kurt Wuelper

Sugar Hill

Robert Peraino

Sunapee

Don Bettencourt

Sutton

Victor Prieto

Tamworth

Nicole Nordlund

Wakefield

Jonathan Smith
Rep. Lino Avellani

Warner

Natalie Wells

Warren

Wes Chapmon
David Binford

Weare

Leah Cushman
Rep. John Burt

Webster

Natalie Wells

Wilmont

Victor Prieto

Wilton

Jim Kofalt

Windham

Julius Soti

Expectations from Endorsed Candidates

At the top of the list, we will be advocating for the next Legislature to amend or repeal RSA 4:45, the state statute the executive branch has been using to conjure up “emergency orders.” We believe the executive branch emergency orders and the statute itself are unconstitutional abuses of authority. We need to make sure no executive branch official ever again shuts down this state and issues rules and regulations on how we can live our lives without explicit and specific approval by the Legislature. Law making is a power reserved solely for the Legislature, as we can clearly see in Article 29 of the State Constitution:  

  • “The power of suspending the laws, or the execution of them, ought never to be exercised but by the Legislature, or by authority derived therefrom, to be exercised in such particular cases only as the Legislature shall expressly provide for.”

 

We will also be supportive of efforts to reign-in the Department of Health and Human Services, and other state and local government officials, and to generally restore the rule of law and our Constitutional rights. No emergency, whether real or imagined, is big enough to justify the suspension of our rights.

Outside of these core principles, our endorsed candidates have supported these concepts:

  • Public policy should be based on principles in the Constitutions of the United States of America and New Hampshire, and any threats to public health are best handled by private actors outside of government.
  • Legislators and governors may consult with subject matter experts, but their obligation is to the Constitution, the law, and to the people, as they are elected for their judgment to do the right thing even against popular or expert opinion.
  • The Legislature is the body of government responsible for passing laws and creating public policy, and the governor should have no role other than faithfully executing duly enacted Constitutional laws without prejudice. The rule-making process by executive branch officials needs to be reigned in so that this authority to pass laws is restored to the Legislature.
  • The Legislature should either be the sole body that enacts a “state of emergency” or should provide a check on the governor’s declared state of emergency by affirmative vote after 21 days has passed, and during a state of emergency the governor cannot enact public policy that supersedes laws passed by the Legislature and the rule of law expressed within the Constitution. The state should not be able to use licensing law to punish businesses that do not follow arbitrary orders that have not been passed through the Legislative process. State law should be amended to clarify what constitutes a state of emergency and to provide a legislative check on the governor’s authority to continue a state of emergency.
  • At no time ever does the state have the right to restrict peaceful assembly or peaceful religious assembly.
  • Business owners should have the right to run their operations as they see fit for the good of their customers, and customers should be able to patronize the businesses that are operating in a way they prefer. Individuals should be able make their own risk assessments about how and where they voluntarily interact with others in society, with the maximum role of government being advisory in nature. The state has no role in determining whether a business or activity is essential, as this is the role of a free people acting according to their own enlightened self interest. Every individual should be treated equally under the law, and no office, position or other differentiating factor should garner special treatment.
  • Parents should be able to choose the best education for their children, whether public, private, remote, or homeschooling, at all times, and no State of Emergency should interrupt the completion of the educational process according to this choice.
  • The reduction of business regulations and other restrictions on commerce, such as licensing, will be the best way to expand economic growth and rebuild New Hampshire following this period. If anything, taxes and spending should be reduced to ensure individuals have the best chance to succeed. At no time should government subsidize companies or industries and pick winners and losers in the market.
  • Neither state nor local officials have the authority to mandate people wear masks or accept a vaccination for themselves or their children. It is the role of doctors alone to consult with their patients and give medical advice, and it is up to the patient whether they want to follow that advice. The Constitution prohibits private information from being shared with the public or with public officials without the opt-in consent of each individual, and any public registry, including a vaccine registry, violates this precept.