SANDOWN — Incumbent William M. Gannon, a Republican, will face Democrat Jon Morgan Nov. 6 for the District 23 state Senate seat, which covers the towns of Brentwood, Chester, Danville, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Kingston and Sandown.
Here are few details about the candidate:
William M. Gannon — Republican
Occupation: Owner construction company; Attorney, small local family practice
Education: Bachelor's degree, political science, Saint Anselm College; Juris doctorate, Massachusetts School of Law
Family: Wife Janice, son Billy, and daughters Kate, Kerry and Colleen.
Are you an incumbent? Yes. Do you have elected experience? State Senate, 2016-2018; New Hampshire House of Representatives, 2014-2016.
Why are you running for office? I am running for New Hampshire families and children. My three girls attend Timberlane Public Schools and are flourishing, I want the next generation to enjoy the New Hampshire Advantage. Gov. Chris Sununu and I enacted full day kindergarten, lowered tuition at the University of New Hampshire, gave $30 million to public school aid and improved mental healthcare.
If elected, what are your top priorities and goals? My priorities are lowering prescription drug prices in my legislative pharmacy committee; lowering electric rates, through hydro-electric energy and natural gas; lowering public college tuition; protecting taxpayers from a liberal-planned spending agenda; living within our means; no new taxes or fees; fighting opioid addiction; property tax relief.
Jon Morgan, Democrat
Occupation: Cybersecurity professional, background in security and international business development
Education: Master's degree, University of North Carolina; Bachelor's degree, political science and Arabic studies, University of Notre Dame
Family: Married with three sons, ages 6, 3 and 10 months
Are you an incumbent? No
Do you have elected experience? Brentwood Planning Board
Why are you running for office? My dad had a saying that’s informed every decision I’ve made in my life. He’d say, “Always leave the woodpile a little higher than you found it.” That’s why I’m running and that’s the kind of work ethic and commitment to service I intend to take to Concord.
If elected, what are your top priorities and goals?
- Grow Small Business, Innovation Economy: prioritize small business, middle class over tax breaks for corporations,
- Develop a 21st Century Workforce: support public education, pass paid family and medical leave, address affordable housing and opioid crisis,
- Stand Up for Taxpayers: stabilize property taxes by putting an end to downshifting from the state level.