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October 31, 2012

Six vie for four House seats in District 14

House District 14 race features four new faces

Two incumbent Republicans are among six candidates vying for four seats in state House District 14, serving Plaistow and Atkinson.

Incumbents are Norman Major of Plaistow and Debra DeSimone of Atkinson.

Republicans Jack Hayes and Bill Friel, both from Atkinson, are seeking their first terms in the state Legislature. Democrats Kay Galloway and Jean Sanders, both of Atkinson, are taking their first shots at state-level politics.

Name: Debra DeSimone

Incumbent: Yes

Party: Republican

Age: 58

Occupation: Tax collector for Atkinson

Elective office experience: Tax collector, state representative

What would you do if elected to office?: I will continue to fight for the rights of the children and families, family values and strengthening our communities.

Name: Bill Friel

Incumbent: No

Party: Republican

Age: 51

Occupation: Vice president of global construction company

Elective office experience: Selectman

What would you do if elected to office?: To represent the residents of Atkinson and Plaistow in Concord to the best of my ability.

Name: Kay Galloway

Incumbent: No

Party: Democratic

Age: 73

Occupation: Retired school principal

Elective office experience: None

What would you do if elected to office?: I would like to zero in on restoring money to the university education system. Without an educated workforce, we’re going nowhere.

Names: Jack Hayes

Incumbent: No

Party: Republican

Age: 67

Occupation: Retired, was middle school teacher

Elective office experience: None

What would you do if elected to office?: To serve, to the best of my ability, the town I lived in for 38 years, and Plaistow, and to help balance the budget.

Name: Norman Major

Incumbent: Yes

Party: Republican

Age: 78

Occuption: Retired engineering manager

Elective office experience: State representative, assistant town moderator, selectman, Planning Board, Board of Adjustment

What would you do if elected to office?: My goal is to work and maintain reasonable revenue estimates and ensure that the state comes up with a balanced budget that’s doable.

Name: Jean Sanders

Incumbent: No

Party: Democratic

Age: 69

Occupation: Occupational therapist

Elective experience: None

What would you do if elected to office?: Be sure we’re working to maintain high quality, public education K-12 and affordable higher education, supporting small businesses, affordable health care and budgets that balance.

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