Four N.H. Senate and two Executive Council candidates debated a range of issues in Portsmouth Monday night. The forum was hosted by a new nonprofit dedicated to engaging young adults in the democratic process, called The 603 Initiative.
Republican candidate for NH Senate District 21, Phil Nazzaro argued the state should reduce its taxes on business profits tax. But Longtime Democratic incumbent Martha Fuller Clark said NH needs that revenue:
I recently learned, for example, that BAE has 200 jobs available. The really critical issue for businesses is not the BPT, not the BET, but its finding those highly skilled well-educated workers.
Nazzaro, dressed in jeans and white converse sneakers, told the audience of millennials a vote for him was a vote for their generation:
‘Cuz your problems are my problems, and if you want a nonpartisan I will be fiscally conservative, but I will fight for your individual liberties, because no one should tell you how to live your life.
Earlier Monday night, conservative candidate Eddie Edwards challenged incumbent Senator David Watters of District 4. Meanwhile, Republican District 3 Executive Councilor Chris Sununu defended his seat against Democratic challenger Robin McLane.
CORRECTION: an earlier version of this story misspelled Nazzaro's last name.