The Hippo


May 24, 2020








Annie Kuster

 The facts on Ann McLane Kuster

• Kuster was born in Concord.
• She lives in Hopkinton.
• She graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in environmental policy in 1978, and from Georgetown University Law Center in 1984. 
• Prior to her political career, Kuster was an “of-counsel” partner in the Concord law firm of Rath, Young and Pignatelli and a lobbyist for the State of New Hampshire. 
• She has two sons named Zach and Travis. Her husband, Brad, is an environmental attorney.
The facts on Marilinda Garcia 
• Garcia was born in Boston, Massachusetts. 
• She lives in Salem. 
• In 2006, she graduated from Tufts University and completed a B.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music. She received a master of public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2010. 
• She has taught harp at Gordon College, Phillips Exeter Academy and St. Paul’s School. 
• Garcia was first elected to the New Hampshire House in 2006 at the age of 23.

U.S. House of Representatives, District 2
Questions for the candidates


 In the last decade, New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District has changed hands three times. The most recent person to take the office is Democrat Ann McLane Kuster, the first woman to represent the district, who started her term Jan. 3, 2013. In the Nov. 4 election, she’ll face Republican challenger Marilinda Garcia. Garcia has served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives since Jan 3, 2007, except from Jan. 3 to April 29, 2009, at which time she was re-elected in a special election. The Hippo asked each candidate the same five questions.

These interviews were conducted by reporter Rebecca Fishow ( the phone and have been edited and condensed. 
Annie Kuster - Democrat
In one sentence, why are you running?
I’ve lived in New Hampshire my whole life and it’s one of most beautiful states in country, so I am working to make it an even better place for hardworking New Hampshire families, fighting for the priorities New Hampshire families care about, creating more jobs for workers and making education more affordable for students, as well as protecting veterans, and fighting for the programs New Hampshire cares about like medicare and social security.  
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Certainly in terms of my first term in Congress I think it’s helping our employers to create jobs by providing an environment for employees and workers to get together. We’ve hosted a series of job fairs in my district. We are also helping with exports to expand the markets for New Hampshire products.  
What’s the single most pressing issue for New Hampshire and the country?
I think it’s still the economy. The  recession hit New Hampshire hard and Granite State families are slowly getting back on track but there are still folks working two or three part-time jobs not in their career choice, so I’ve made creating jobs and educational opportunities for New Hampshire workers and students to be my No. 1 priority.
What are your top three priorities if elected?
Continuing to focus on creating more jobs and opportunities for Granite Staters. I want to work on bringing down the cost of higher education for the middle class and increased access to education and job training. I want to continue to work to ensure veterans have the support and resources they need for transitioning into communities here in New Hampshire, and focus on making sure our Veterans Administration is accountable. And then protecting seniors who rely on Social Security and Medicare, making sure those safety net programs are sustainable.  
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
Even though I am a Democrat, I like to say I was born bipartisan. I was raised in a Republican family, so it’s easy for me to work across the aisles and work in a bipartisan way. I feel Congress is really broken, not serving the people, and the best way to come together is reach across the aisles and find common ground. 
Marilinda Garcia - Republican
In one sentence, why are you running?
To provide a new generation of leadership, supporting individual liberty, personal responsibility and reducing size and scope of government.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’d have to say graduating with honors from a joint degree program. I did a joint degree at Tufts and New England Conservatory. It was one of most challenging things I’ve ever done. It was a lot of work with two degrees and two schools.  
What’s the single most pressing issue for New Hampshire and the country?
A lot of issues are conflated, and feed into each other. For example, when it comes to our economy we have taxation, we have development, and we have regulatory policy. ... I really think the government is overextending itself. It is getting into things it ought not and it is failing to procure outcomes and prove itself, in many ways, to be accountable to the citizens.
What are your top three priorities if elected?
I think tax reform is important. Energy development is important. And then health care.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I was born in a car. My mom didn’t make it to the hospital. 
As seen in the October 9, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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