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.

Click here to learn more about me and here to read about where I stand on the issues.

Iz Piedra

  • Lifelong New Hampshire resident.
  • Son of two public school teachers.
  • Attended N.H. public schools.
  • Graduate of Bates College and Boston College Law School.
  • Attorney for individuals and local businesses.

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About Iz

Hi! My name is Iz, and I'm running for New Hampshire State Representative from Manchester's Ward 2.

I was born and raised in New Hampshire. My parents are both public school teachers, and I attended public schools myself. I first became interested in politics in high school when I competed (with my classmates) in a New Hampshire constitutional law and civics competition. Eventually, after four years of college in Maine and three years of law school in Boston, I returned to New Hampshire to start my legal career.

I support Democratic initiatives because I know firsthand how they can help level the playing field for hard-working people. My father is a South American immigrant who met my mother while she was serving in the Peace Corps. My dad spoke no English when he moved to New Hampshire thirty years ago, and at times worked multiple jobs while also learning a new language. Sometimes, though, my parents couldn't quite make ends meet and had to rely on food stamps, Medicaid, and other government programs to provide for our family.

Thanks to this state support, my parents were able to feed their young family, get medical care, and buy a home. Now, my parents are both public school teachers with masters degrees. My father is an American citizen and valued member of the community. My brother is also a New Hampshire schoolteacher. That's why I support issues like Medicaid expansion, raising the minimum wage, and paid family leave: I know that sometimes good folks just need a little help during the hard times.

As for me, my law practice focuses on representing New Hampshire residents 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

  • PUBLIC SCHOOLS:

    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.

  • ECONOMY:

    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.

  • AFFORDABLE HOUSING:

    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.

  • HIGHER ED:

    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.

  • WOMEN'S RIGHTS:

    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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