I am an old fashioned Democrat who believes in personal and financial responsibility. Republican by birth, bipartisan by nature, I am devoted to Salem and our Constitution.
I have worked all my life.
I struggled as a single parent, raised two wonderful daughters and later became the proud wife of an Air Force F15 pilot and Gulf War veteran.
For 15 years, I taught military officers at the National War College and before that worked on national security and trade and agriculture in the United States Senate.
After a life in public service, deployed overseas and around the country eleven times, my husband retired from the military and went to work in business and later diplomacy.
When we moved to Salem a decade ago, we found a home.
I support education, public safety, broad economic growth and will work to cut out-of-state taxes.
Salem is a dynamic community that reflects not only the best of our Granite State, but also its many challenges. We face issues such as the downshifting of the cost of education, health care, public safety and infrastructure to the local community. Our graduates are leaving the state and families can’t find affordable housing.
I will LISTEN to and LEARN from the residents of Salem. I will perform due diligence to understand the challenges facing us to further enhance Salem as an attractive and safe community where people want to settle, raise families and educate their children. I will continue to make ours a welcoming community for businesses and will collaborate with community leaders and elected officials to implement fact-based policies and solutions that LEAD us into a brighter social and economic future. I will LISTEN. I will LEARN and with your help, I will LEAD! Thank you for your consideration.
Originally from Rochester, NY, David Hickernell has lived in Salem with his wife Beth since 1983. Their son Andy graduated from Salem High School. Dave is 68 and a retired software engineer who worked in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He is a first-time candidate, but always has been interested in local government and thinks our state government can be improved. In particular, he wants to strengthen public schools, find ways to lower property taxes and address the opioid crisis. He will oppose gerrymandering and voter suppression.
Salem High School Graduate
JD: E02: US Navy
I’m a homeowner, husband and an experienced non-profit leader who currently serves you as a member of the Salem Budget Committee.
I am running for office because moderate, independent voters don’t have a voice in Concord. Conservatives will sell you on the idea that tax cuts for corporations will benefit you when all it does is raise property taxes. Liberals want to address problems with healthcare and education funding but don’t always consider the cost you’ll have to pay.
Somewhere between these extremes we can find common ground and sensible solutions to address high property taxes, fight the opioid crisis, ensure access to affordable healthcare, protect public schools and stop corporate interests from influencing state law to benefit them and hurt you.
I pledge to listen to my constituents, faithfully represent you in Concord, and — above all else — I pledge to SHOW UP because the future is made by those who do.
After earning degrees in mathematics and education and before having children, I worked as a teacher. My current job involves data analysis and process design.
As a mathematician, I see the connections among seemingly unrelated things. As a teacher, I can help others understand those connections and use them to make better decisions. As a processdesigner, I find solutions that make getting to the goal simpler, faster and more cost- effective. As a data analyst, I ensure every decision I make is supported by facts.
Crafting legislation requires the kind of analytical approach that I bring to everything I do. I tackle issues by doing the research, learning the history, understanding the greater context and finding root-causes. Then I develop long-term solutions which I can explain effectively to voters. I ask for your vote so I can bring these important skills back to the table.
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A proven leader, Bonnie Wright is president of the Salem NH Farmers Market and vice chair of the Salem Zoning Board of Adjustment.
Bonnie graduated with highest honors from Vermont College/Norwich University, and also attended Lyndon State and Lakes Region Community College. She often worked more than one job at a time, including positions as a teacher, legal secretary, small business owner and manager.
She has lived in Salem for more than a decade, in NH since 1983, and in northern New England her entire adult life. Her husband, Wayne, is a Vietnam veteran and life-long union member. Between them, they have raised three children and are proud grandparents of four.
Wright has fought in Concord to make New Hampshire a better place to live and work. She is committed to leaving the planet a better place for her children and grandchildren, and already has helped introduce bills to protect the environment.
Democracy works better when all voices are heard and all constituents are represented. Vote for these thoughtful, responsive and respectful candidates. They will show up to represent you.
People over politics.