Linda Tanner for NH State
State Senate District 8 in NH http://www.lindatanner.org
Georges Mills, NH
Primary Election Date: 2014-09-09 General Election Date: 2014-11-04
Who am I?
I am a longtime community activist, teacher and coach. I have dedicated my entire life to helping others and improving my community. Through my 35-year career as a teacher and coach at Kearsarge Regional High School, I worked tirelessly to help my students succeed in and out of the classroom. During my tenure at Kearsarge, I developed a state championship tennis program and was honored by being inducted to the NH Coaches Hall of Fame. I received Faculty Emeritus for my contributions to Kearsarge Regional High School and the community. After retiring I was an Adjunct Professor at Colby Sawyer College in New London. I received my Bachelor of Science from East Stroudsburg University and received my Masters from Dartmouth College. I presently serves as a State Representative for Sullivan District 9.
Why am I running?
The people of District 8 need a strong leader who will fight for priorities that matter to them like making sure women maintain right to make their own health care decisions, protecting marriage equality, and ensuring our state’s students have the resources they need to thrive.
Minimum wage is one of the keys to giving working families the ability to have the respect and dignity they deserve. Minimum wage is an important step which with small increases will make a big different in making sure families can make it beyond paycheck to paycheck. It will help revitalize our economies and increase business. One of my priorities is to re-establish a minimum wage in NH. Poverty is one of the most direct connections to performance in schools. A student that doesn’t have enough to eat can’t focus. A family that’s stressed produces a child in school that is stressed and struggling. Constantly looking for handouts to make ends meet deprives them of their dignity and respect.
A free public education is the cornerstone of our state and our nation. A well-educated citizenry gives people the ability to participate in our democratic process as well as move socially and economically to achieve their American Dream. I believe there is a need to set standards for education, but they must be age appropriate. Testing should be used to assess improvement.
Improving our infrastructure is vital to our economy, tourism and bringing money into NH. For far too long we have ignored our crumbling roads and highways. We are now being forced into a situation where we have critical needs that must be addressed.
My DFA Values
Community provides the basic unit for a civilized society. I think government provides the framework for our values of community, security and liberty. Government must provide for the common good. It must protect our environment, our individual rights, our nation and provide a safety net for those less fortunate and victims of large scale disasters. Finally, it needs to provide services and infrastructure that promote our economy and commerce. We can not have a community, State or Nation without a government and guiding principles. But that government must be a representative democracy that is by and for the people, not the few.
My Campaign is People Powered!
Grassroots organizing is a vital aspect of New Hampshire campaigning. We have held various grassroots house parties and events throughout the district to get the message and myself out there. We are also speaking at all 24 Boards of Selectmen to learn about the issues in their communities. Through the various house parties we have learned about community events, which we coordinate attendance with other campaigns up and down the ticket. These events and house parties are always utilized as a town hall and reverse town hall to ensure they not only are they learning about myself and my views but also so I am doing the same with the constituents. They agree that this helps me to show how I am focused on constituency service.