Candace Bouchard is running for the New Hampshire District 15 State Senate seat. Bouchard has been a City Councilor, State Representative, Co-Chair of House Women’s Health and Reproduction Rights Caucus, and Chairman of the House Transportation Committee. Now, she’s ready to serve as your New Hampshire Senator in District 15. Candace was kind enough to sit down answer our 5 questions.
What cause are you most passionate about?
At the moment, I’m most passionate about addressing the ongoing pandemic and slowing the spread. This includes facilitating the safe reopening of schools, the local economy, and working to expand access to health care for all Granite Staters. We need to continue to make testing more accessible, and we need to bolster the social safety nets so folks don’t have to choose between risking their job or the health of themselves or their families.
What is one message you would like to give to your district?
I want you all to know that I understand these are anxious times and the economic need is great. I also understand that state revenues have drastically fallen. Please know I will have your back. My priorities will include working to protect families, workers, and small business, from devasting budget cuts, combatting climate change, protecting voting rights, strengthening the social safety nets, fighting for social justice, protecting women’s reproductive health, and rebuilding an economy that truly works for everyone. You not only have an ally in the battle to protect our progressive values, but you have someone who has backed up her beliefs with effective action. As a former eight term legislator, I’ve gotten the job done before. I’ve passed legislation, I’ve wrangled bipartisan support, I’ve been in the trenches with you for years, and I’m looking forward to continue this work as your State Senator.
Why did you decide to run for office?
I’m running for Senate because now more than ever, we need experienced leaders with a proven track record of accomplishment. While on both the Concord City Council and in the NH House of Representatives, I have fought to support public schools, strengthen working families, small businesses, create jobs, and a more friendly economy, protect our natural resources, social justice, and support women’s health care rights. I believe we are stronger together and my experience and proven effective track record is what is needed to build a healthy vibrant economy that works for everyone.
What experience has made you most prepared for public office?
Besides my years of representing the people of Concord in the NH House of Representatives and on the Concord City Council, my experiences as a wife, working mom, caregiver for my aging parents, and caregiver for my sister as she battled breast cancer have taught me so much about how we all benefit when state government is run efficiently. My various volunteer experiences include; PTO, classroom volunteer, Concord Greater Safe Communities, NH NARAL, Feminist Health Center client escort, Rape & Domestic Violence Crisis Line volunteer, NH Municipal Ass. Board member, and public member on NH Board of Pharmacy to name a few. My parents lived in a small New Hampshire town and owned a small business, so I understand the struggle of small towns to maintain their identities and local economies.
Why are you most qualified for the position?
I served eight terms as a New Hampshire legislator and I am currently serving my sixth term as the Ward 9 Concord City Councilor. As a Councilor I represent the most diverse ward in the city in income, education, housing, businesses, and ethnicity. As a Legislator I chaired the House Public Works & Highway Committee (two terms), one term as Chair of the House Transportation Committee, and the Legislative Women’s Health & Reproductive Rights Caucus. I have been honored to receive the NH NARAL Champion of Choice award and the Champion for Women’s Health Planned Parenthood NH award. Also my understanding of state and municipal budgets, along with my experience with city and town issues make me the most qualified and effective candidate for State Senate District 15.
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