My name is Tim Lord and I’m running for State Representative (Republican) for Hillsborough County District 3.
I’ve been coming to New Hampshire since I was 3 years old and I’ve lived full-time in Hancock for the past 10 years. I know this state; we are famous for our Yankee ingenuity, our work ethic, our frugality with a dollar, our community service and our willingness to help a neighbor in need. We love our woods, water and wildlife and the clean air we breathe and the fresh water we drink. Yet, even with all these advantages, our towns are slipping behind in some key areas that concern me, and I believe we can do better.
Individual liberties, including 2nd Amendments rights, must be protected and balanced by individual responsibility. To that end, I support the NRA because it is the strongest advocate for my right to buy, own and carry firearms. The NRA also offers numerous firearms safety courses with the goal of developing safe, ethical, responsible gun owners. New Hampshire gun owners have an excellent track record because we understand that personal liberty goes hand in hand with personal responsibility.
Our education system must deliver excellence and student achievement, regardless of provider. Each child deserves a first-class education, whether it’s delivered by a public school, private school, parochial school, charter school, vocational school or home school. Parents who care about education are best qualified to decide which educational model is best for their children, and our tax dollars should support them, regardless of their choice of school.
Public education also affects your pocketbook through your property tax. The Contoocook Valley Regional School District is an example. The District’s assessment, which commands most of your property taxes, increased by more than 71% from 2001 to 2017. During the same time-frame, K–12 enrollments declined by 31% (-982 students). That imbalance needs to be addressed, and I believe that school choice and competition among educational providers will serve the dual purpose of providing educational excellence for school children and greater efficiency for tax payers.
Small towns are hampered by a lack of reliable cell phone coverage and high-speed internet, services that are taken for granted in larger towns like Bedford and Amherst. These technology issues need to be addressed as a matter of public safety and convenience. If elected, I will work hard to bring our internet up to speed and deliver telecommunications that you can rely on.
Our youth are making an exodus to greener pastures out of state, leaving us looking a little gray. We need to encourage them to remain in New Hampshire, to call our state home and to live and work here. Educational opportunities, including vocational and technical training, better technology services and other incentives will help.
These issues, Individual Liberty and Responsibility, Education and Taxes, and Technology and Youth are the cornerstones of my campaign. As a trained economist, I will put my expertise to work for you, solving problems and ensuring that our way of life in Hillsborough District 3 only continues to improve.
I ask for your vote on November 6th.