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2018 State Candidate Survey


Each election year Citizens Count sends an issue survey to every candidate for state and federal office in New Hampshire.  We make every attempt to contact candidates by snail-mail, email, and phone.  Candidate survey responses are the primary source for issue positions shown on the Citizens Count website.  If a candidate does not respond to the Citizens Count survey, staff will search for candidate issue positions published in newspapers, posted on Facebook, etc.

The issues included in the survey are selected based on input from our online community, consultation with partners, and a review of legislation and candidate platforms.  The list below shows questions included on the 2018 survey sent to candidates for state representative, state senator, executive council, and governor.

Stricter gun laws

Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?

Marijuana legalization

Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?

Police brutality is a NH problem

Is police brutality an issue in NH?

NH business subsidies and tax credits

Should New Hampshire increase subsidies and tax credits for business investment?

Broad-based sales tax

Should NH add a broad-based sales tax?

Broad-based income tax

Should NH add an income tax on earned income?

State action for affordable housing

Should New Hampshire government do more to increase the supply of affordable housing?

Statewide student testing

Should NH continue to administer statewide standards-based student assessments?

Tax revenue for private and home schooling

Should New Hampshire allocate tax revenues for private and home schooling costs?

Renewable Portfolio Standard

Should New Hampshire maintain the renewable portfolio standard, which requires public utilities in New Hampshire to obtain a certain percentage of electricity from renewable energy sources (25% by 2025)?

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Should New Hampshire continue to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which requires utilities to purchase allowances for every ton of carbon they emit?

Medicaid expansion using managed care

Was New Hampshire right to continue expanded Medicaid eligibility, using the traditional Medicaid system of managed care instead of private insurance?

Addiction treatment funding

Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?

Abortion ban after 20 weeks

Should New Hampshire ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation, with exceptions for cases of rape/incest and health complications?

Add NH term limits

Should NH limit terms for elected officials?

Voter residency requirements

Should NH impose strict residency requirements on registering to vote?

Add NH commuter rail

Should NH pursue expanded commuter rail?

More state immigration enforcement

Should NH do more to enforce federal immigration laws?

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