Stephen Ketel for NH State Representative

I am running for NH State Rep to represent Dover Wards 5 and 6 and Somersworth Ward 2. Not sure if this means you? You can find out on the town or city's website by clicking one of the following links: Dover or Somersworth.

For the last two years the Republicans have been dismantling the New Hampshire way of life. They've made deep cuts to education funding and public health programs (potentially increasing health insurance premiums for all). They've tried hard to relax or eliminate education standards. They've tried to take away the ability of unions and businesses to negotiate many contracts. Their policies result in higher taxes on the middle class and the poor. They support the denial of insurance coverage for contraception. They oppose abortion in cases where the mother's life is in danger. They've passed huge, job-killing tax increases on hospitals (causing Wentworth Douglass to lay off more than 36 employees). It's time to stop the Republican Decline and take back our government!

My wife and I are life-long residents of New Hampshire and residents of Dover for the past six years. I have a background in science and technology. As an avid outdoorsman, I spend a great deal of time fishing, hiking, and camping. I enjoy photography and I am a licensed amateur radio operator. I'm known to follow basketball, NASCAR, baseball, and the NFL.

Above all, FAMILY is the most important part of our lives. We are fortunate to live near multiple generations of our family on both sides and see them every day. I want New Hampshire to always be a great place to have children and raise a family. The high quality of the school system was an important factor in our deciding to settle in Dover. A good quality education from preschool and kindergarten through high school is key to having opportunities later in life. K-12 Education and, in particular, training in the trades, is an investment in our children - an investment that will help our children become productive members of society capable of holding down good jobs.

My approach to thinking about the role of government starts with my approach to other important decisions. Important decisions require careful consideration: Identify the facts and one's prejudices. Weigh the options including the consequences of inaction. Consult intuition, experience, history, family, and community. On matters of government, my starting position is one that maximizes a person's individual liberties. We must protect the rights of the people to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Sometimes this means not allowing laws that would restrict people's rights. At times the government should step in and take action to protect the blessings of liberty. This is especially true when the free market fails to place an adequate value on the things we cherish: safety, education, protection from fraud, basic health, clean air and water, rights to natural resources, and self-determination. These are measures of freedom and prosperity.

I look forward to taking my passion to Concord but I need your help... Vote on Tuesday November 6!

Please also vote for Peter Bixby, Greg Burdwood, Ken Ward, and David Watters.

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