Candidate for State Representative from Manchester's Ward 2
Why I'm Running
I'm a Democrat, but I'm running because I want to help New Hampshirites, irrespective of party affiliation. I was born and raised in New Hampshire. I think we live in the greatest state in the country and I want to work to keep it that way.
My pledge is simple: I'll always put my constituents and the people of New Hampshire before lobbyists, corporations, political parties, and special interests. And I'll work hard to do so in a thoughtful and honest manner. I hope to earn your support.
My name is Israel, and I'm running for New Hampshire State Representative from Manchester's Ward 2. You can call me Iz.
I first became interested in politics in high school when I competed (with my classmates) in a New Hampshire constitutional law and civics competition. That interest continued during college and I ultimately decided to go to law school. After three years of law school in Boston, I returned to New Hampshire to start my legal career. My law practice focuses on representing New Hampshire citizens like you and me in a variety of civil litigation matters. I am a proud member of the New Hampshire Association for Justice, a statewide organization working to preserve a fair and effective justice system.
In my free time, I enjoy playing music and watching Boston sports, particularly the Red Sox.
I love New Hampshire and want to help this great state prosper. To learn more about why I'm running, click here.
On the Issues
As the son of two New Hampshire public school teachers and the brother of another, supporting our public schools is one of my top priorities. The bottom line: the state is not providing enough support to public education. The result? Inadequately-funded schools, to the detriment of our children, plus increased local property taxes due to the lack of state support. In Concord, I'll work to make the state pay its fair share and relieve the burden on local taxpayers.
Manchester is gaining a reputation as a hub for innovation and technology. We need to continue encouraging new businesses to call New Hampshire home. Part of that is making Manchester an attractive -- and affordable -- place for families and young people to live, work, and play. Economic growth will also come with an investment in economic infrastructure like roads, rail, highways and broadband Internet access, and by ensuring workers can earn a living wage.
Another crisis facing New Hampshirites of all ages. The state's housing stock is at an all-time low. As a result, rent and home prices are prohibitively high for many folks. We need to encourage development in our cities and towns to meet demand and allow families to put down roots in our community.
Our public higher education needs more support. We have the highest in-state tuition in the country, due to inadequate funding. Instead of staying in New Hampshire for college, our young people are leaving for out-of-state universities -- and they aren't coming back to start families, settle down, and grow our economy.
ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE:
Everyone should have access to affordable healthcare coverage. Part of that is protecting the Medicaid expansion in our state that has helped tens of thousands of vulnerable New Hampshire residents.
COMBATTING THE OPIOD CRISIS:
Rampant opioid abuse is one of the most pressing challenges facing Manchester. There is no silver bullet: addressing the issue requires a comprehensive approach that includes preventive treatment, education, and funding for recovery efforts. The Medicaid expansion is a crucial tool in this fight.
It's simple: a woman should have a right to choose what she does with her body. Due to the current composition of the United States Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade is seriously endangered. If it is ever overturned, it'll be up to state legislators to protect a woman's right to choose.
PAID FAMILY LEAVE:
40% of Americans say they would be unable to afford an unexpected $400 expense. With so many folks barely scraping by, a family medical emergency can be financially catastrophic. Workers simply cannot afford to be out of work. The current lack of protection often leads to working people leaving the workforce entirely. Paid family and medical leave would give all Granite Staters financial security in the event of illness or a newborn family member -- at a modest cost.
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