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The facts on Carol Shea-Porter

Shea-Porter  was born in New York, New York.
She lives in Rochester.
She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UNH. Before entering politics, she was a social worker and community college instructor.
She is married to Gene Porter. They have one daughter.
 
The facts on Frank Guinta
Guinta was born in Edison, New Jersey.
He lives in Manchester.
He is a graduate Assumption College and UNH, where he earned his master’s degree.
Before entering politics, he worked in the insurance industry and ran his own consulting firm.
He is married to Morgan Smith. They have two sons.





U.S. House of Representatives, District 1
5 Questions for the Candidates

10/23/14



 Carol Shea-Porter - Democrat

In one sentence, why are you running?
I want to keep working for fairness for the rest of us, to jumpstart the American dream so everyone has the opportunity to get an education and a good job, to own a home, to save enough money for retirement and still have a little left over for pizza and a movie on Friday night.
 
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
The legislation I voted for in Washington that I’m proudest of includes health care reform, credit card reform, the new GI Bill of Rights, funding for the VA, saving the auto industry and creating the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. As I travel around the 1st District, I’m happy to see signs of what I’ve accomplished in Congress: construction and good jobs at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, new tankers and jobs at Pease, the new Memorial Bridge, the soon-to-be-replaced Sarah Long Bridge, research funding for our universities and high-tech training programs at our community colleges ... are just a sampling.
 
What’s the single most pressing issue for New Hampshire and the country?
Even though our economy is in recovery, the middle class has not been reaping the rewards. Our tax code favors the wealthiest and big corporations at the expense of the middle class and our small businesses. We need tax breaks for the middle class and Main Street, not Wall Street. We need more jobs, and we need better-paying jobs so families can afford to pay for housing, education, health care, transportation and other expenses.
 
What are your top three priorities if re-elected?
Supporting policies that grow our economy by creating jobs, helping small businesses, making education affordable and building infrastructure. Continuing my fight to reform our campaign finance laws in order to reduce the corrosive influence of special interests and lobbyists on our democratic process. … Keeping our commitments to servicemembers and veterans, who have served our country, and to protecting Medicare and Social Security for senior citizens.
 
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
While my kids were growing up, I was very involved with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. 
 
Frank Guinta - Republican
In one sentence, why are you running?
I am running to change the direction of the country, help middle-class families regain the opportunity for better jobs and career and to restore faith in government again.
 
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
When I served in Congress we hosted six job fairs in New Hampshire, and it was the focus of the job fairs, but also actually helping people during a down economy, to find job opportunities in New Hampshire. Early this year I ran into a woman in North Conway who said, ‘You may not remember me but I have this job because of a job fair you held.’ That to me is a direct connection to how you can help people while serving in Congress.
 
What’s the single most pressing issue for New Hampshire and the country?
I think it’s the same for the state and country. I think jobs and the economy. The economy is stagnant. We have more people than ever that are no longer looking for a job, and people’s average weekly wages haven’t changed much over the last several years, and I think people very much want to have a stronger economy so we can have better job opportunities in this country.
 
What are your top three priorities if elected?
The first is growing the economy so we can have better jobs. The second is balancing our federal budget. And third would be reducing the regulations on small business and individuals at the federal level.
 
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
Most people I don’t think realize the effort that I put in for mental health awareness in the state. I have a family member who has a mental illness and I‘ve been a caregiver for many years.  It’s the reason when I was mayor I reinstated the Manchester Marathon and designated the Greater Manchester Mental Health Center to receive the funds. It is something I am personally involved in, and I hope to create greater awareness. And not just for eliminating the stigma towards mental health, but also to find medical solutions to diagnoses people have. 
 
As seen in the October 23, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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