Karel Crawford — who represents Tuftonboro, Moultonborough, and Sandwich in the state legislature — voted February 8 for a 0.67% income tax on New Hampshire workers in the form of HB 628. Karel voted for HB 628 even though the majority on the Commerce and Consumer Affairs had voted the bill “inexpedient to Legislate,” which typically kills a bill when it comes to a full vote on the house floor.
As a result of Karel’s vote, the income tax bill was referred to the Finance Committee instead of being permanently tabled.
The income tax in HB 628 would create a state-run family paid-leave insurance program. It’s being sold as “optional,” because workers would be able to opt-out — But only if they download a form from a state-run web site, sign it, have it notarized, and submit it to both the state and their employer before commencing employment. Sounds totally optional.
I am approaching 1,000 doors that I have knocked on in this campaign. I believe it is important for candidates to get out and talk to people so I look forward to a positive discussion of the issues and responding to the negative attacks.
Chehames, speaking for himself and Punturieri, released the following statement:
Gary Chehames and Paul Punturieri are candidates for the two District 4 representative seats open in the NH House. In the past years, legislating solely by ideology has led to serious consequences for our District 4, New Hampshire, and Carroll County. Gary and Paul believe the benchmark for making legislative decisions should be based upon the needs of the citizens they will be elected to represent. To keep New Hampshire moving forward, they will accomplish this by being reasonable, collaborative, and using a common sense approach to governance. Feel free to contact Gary at Chehames@gmail.com and Paul at PPunturieri@yahoo.com for more information.
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Tuftonboro residents Gary Chehames (D) and Glenn Cordelli (R) won their contests in Tuesday’s primary elections for the New Hampshire House of Representatives. They are both vying to represent Carrol County District 4 (Tuftonboro, Moultonborough, and Sandwich) in Concord. Cordelli is the incumbent. In today’s primary, the Democrats and the Republicans chose two candidates to advance to the November election to compete for two seats representing the district.
The only other Democrat running alongside Chehames was Moultonborough selectman Paul Punturieri, who runs the Moultonborough Speaks blog. Since only two Democrats ran for two slots, they were both guaranteed to advance to November. However, that didn’t keep them both from campaigning. Chehames and Punterieri were both at the Tuftonboro Town House on Tuesday morning to greet voters.
Cordelli started the day in Moultonborough, where they begin voting at 7AM. Then he returned to Tuftonboro for the opening of the polls at 8AM. Cordelli was facing off against his fellow incumbent Karel Crawford, of Moultonborough, and newcomer Brent Anderson, also of Moultonborough.
With all three towns reporting, Cordelli is the top vote getter.
[edit: post corrected to make clear that Chehames and Punterieri were not competing against each other in the primary, but rather running for two open slots.]
Tuftonboro’s state representative, Glenn Cordelli, attended a signing ceremony for HB 645 recently. Cordelli co-sponsored the bill, which is also known as Willa’s Law, named after a four-year-old girl who died in an unlicensed day care. The bi-partisan bill changes state law to make it a felony, instead of a misdemeanor, when negligence causes severe injury or death. It also requires day cares to be licensed.
Asked for comment, Cordelli said, “This is a great example of why I enjoy serving in the New Hampshire House as your representative. After the tragic death of this little girl, we discovered a loophole in the law that we were able to remedy. It makes the time and effort worth it.” Cordelli represents Tuftonboro, Moultonborough, and Sandwich in the New Hampshire house of representatives and is running for re-election in the upcoming September 13 state primary.
Tuftonboro’s own Glenn Cordelli has received a 100% rating in the Americans for Prosperity — New Hampshire 2016 Legislative Score Card. For that A+ rating, AFP-NH dubs Cordelli a “Protector of Prosperity.” The score is based on 12 key votes that took place during the 2016 session. Cordelli, a Republican who represents Tuftonboro, Moultonborough, and Sandwich in New Hampshire’s 4th House District, recently filed to run for re-election.
Reached for comment, Cordelli said, “I am very proud of the recent A+ rating from Americans for Properity for 2016.” He elaborated:
They look at bills based upon limiting the growth of government and creating economic growth — both vital to the future of New Hampshire. As government expands, our liberties and freedoms shrink. As a member of the House Education Committee, I have seen it from the federal and state levels. What we need is more “education freedom” for parents and their children. As our economy grows, opportunities grow — opportunities for employment or to start or expand a business.
Americans for Prosperity’s New Hampshire State Director, Greg More, further explained how the score card is created:
There were a number of key issues before the Legislature this year that will impact economic freedom and growth. From maintaining taxpayer funded ObamaCare coverage to able-bodied adults to continuing e orts to provide tax relief to employers, this was a session replete with important policy matters.
The 4th district elects two state representatives to send to Concord. In comparison with Cordelli, our other representative, Karol Crawford (R-Moultonborough), who is also running for re-election, received an F rating of 40%, or “Opponent of Prosperity.” Her low rating is undoubtedly a direct result of having missed seven of the 12 votes that were scored. However, she also voted against AFP-NH’s position on three of the five votes that she did take. Crawford has not yet responded to an email requesting comment, but this post will be updated when she does.
Cordelli and Crawford are facing off against newcomer Brent Anderson of Moultonborough in the September Republican primary. (The Granite State News failed to include Anderson’s name in an article last week about the candidates.) The top two vote-getters in the primary will go on to the November general election to square off against the two winners of the Democrat primary. Tuftonboro’s Gary Chehames, previously the chairman of the Tuftonboro budget committee, has filed to run for state representative as a Democrat.
AFP-NH also scored the state senate. Tuftonboro’s senator, Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), received a D rating of 67%, or “Neglector of Prosperity.” Bradley serves as the senate majority leader.