Hello, New Hampshire! Let’s take a look at your eco-friendly congress candidates before you vote. To learn more about the Sustainable Politician Project, read our full intro here.
Voting in New Hampshire
Hello New Hampshire! Your primary election is coming right up on September 11. You have two districts, and your senators are not up for re-election yet.
As far as voting goes, you have an interesting system on how to vote. If you are or EVER have been affiliated with a party, you have to vote in that party’s primary. If you have never been affiliated with a party, then you can vote in whichever primary you want.
U.S. House of Representatives
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District 1, you have candidates from all different sorts of backgrounds that have a lot to say on climate change and environmental policies. However, from what we can gather, we think that Maura has the most detailed plan of action available and would like to see her go on to Congress.
Maura Sullivan (D) – Ex-US Asst Secretary of Veterans Affairs & Iraq War Veteran
Sullivan sees the need to invest in green energy to combat climate change and will work towards creating jobs in in that energy sector while decreasing the tax incentives given to fossil fuel, coal, and natural gas companies. She worked on the Navy’s Great Green Fleet initiative, which started green energy and boosted environmentally-conscious practices in the navy, including using biofuels, increasing energy efficiency, and using clean energy. This initiative has helped the Navy to use at least 12% of its power from renewable energy resources. Sullivan’s experience in the field working with people to become comfortable using green energy makes her a great asset in Congress when it comes to policy change in the military.
Climate change is a national security issue, and Sullivan has promised to treat it like one. She would like to see the US rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, give the Department of Defense a countering climate change budget, and would like to prepare the Navy and our other armed forces for the inevitable rising sea levels that could cause billions of dollars of damage. Sullivan also has a plan to invest in the green energy economy, and doing so will create more jobs in the sustainable energy industry as opposed to jobs in fossil fuels and natural gas. She wants to work on our infrastructure, including making buildings and schools more energy efficient.
Sullivan has an idea of the damage that climate change is going to bring to our country and the world, and she has already started thinking through policies that will prepare us to deal with those changes, while also combatting future ones. This is why we want to see Sullivan make it in Congress.
- Naomi Andrews (D)
- Paul Cardinal (D)
- Mark MacKenzie (D) — Honorable Mention. Mark wants a fossil-free economy by 2050. He wants to use federal funding to improve New Hampshire’s ability to store energy and to update the power grid. His policy focuses mainly on rural New Hampshire and how to increase energy efficiency for those living in rural areas, so that energy costs can decrease while sustainable energy usage increases.
- William Martin (D)
- Deaglan McEachern (D)
- Mindi Messmer (D)
- Terence O’Rourke (D)
- Chris Pappas (D)
- Levi Sanders (D)
- Lincoln Soldati (D)
- Michael Callis (R)
- Jeff Denaro (R)
- Eddie Edwards (R)
- Andy Martin (R)
- Andy Sanborn (R)
- Dan Belforti (Libt)
- Nansi Boutwell Craig (I)
- Eric Eastman (I)
Annie is our choice for a lot of reasons. She is a co-sponsor of the Climate Revolution, which supports the goal of reaching 50% renewable energy usage in America by 2030. She’s on the National Parks Caucus, and the High-Performance Building Caucus, which educates members of Congress on the importance of making buildings (new and old) reliable on renewable energy from an environmental, societal, and economic perspective.
Clean water has been another big environmental pillar in Kuster’s platform. She cosponsored the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act, which would invest money over a 5 year period into water and wastewater infrastructure, making sure that our drinking water is safe and improving the methods we use to make it safe. This is especially important for rural areas with a lot of agribusiness runoff, and in cities like Flint, who have been suffering from poor water infrastructure for decades.
As far as the environment goes, Kuster has cosponsored several different pieces of legislation that protect wildlife habitats. This includes an amendment to the Farm Bill that protects forests and farms from one another. Another one of these bills was to give tax incentives and breaks to landowners if they eliminate the rights to develop land that has been untouched, leaving it for the wildlife and to maintain the natural landscape that is so characteristic of New Hampshire. Last but not least, she supports the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which, at no cost to taxpayers, protects wetlands and bodies of water from pollution and development.