Why I am running

for NH House
District 27 - Hollis

I want the very best for our kids and grand-kids. We are in crazy times with far too much violence and anger. The kids are scared, and the parents are scared too. My friends are under a near-constant barrage of chaotic news and tragedies. It’s time to get back to decency and justice for all. I am running in 2018 to add more emphasis on schools, health, and safety.

I have seen and felt the shock of downsizings, and companies that have stopped hiring. There are too many fine people claimed by suicide and drugs. I’ve had strangers pull guns at me on a city street. We can do better. We must build up instead of tear down. And we must value people who protect and care for others. We just must.

About Tom

Tom Harris has lived in NH for 40 years, and the past 30 have been in Hollis. Tom and his wife Pat live next to Monument Square Market and you will likely see him walking two old rescue dogs around town.

Tom was the first in his family to graduate college with a 4-year degree (in Engineering, from Case Western Reserve). He started his career as a hardware design engineer and later moved into operating system development.

Tom came to New Hampshire with his wife and infant daughter in 1978 for a better job as an engineering manager at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). He and his wife wanted a chance to buy their own home and raise a family. Tom’s son arrived two years later. They moved to Hollis for the great schools. Both of Tom’s kids attended the Hollis public schools, and are both college grads with families of their own.

Tom is a Trustee of the Hollis Congregational Church and has been a Justice of the Peace since 2008. He retired from his role as a computer industry managing director in 2009.

Between budgets, revenues, products, and consulting for others, the opportunities Tom has had to listen, learn, and advise, and lead have been wonderful. Tom looks forward to putting these experiences to use in the NH State House and serving the people of Hollis.

Top left: Tom and his wife Pat; Top right: A copy of the Equal Rights Amendment Tom has carried since it was first proposed; Bottom left: Over 100 volunteers before the 2016 election kept Tom and others busy training them and launching canvasses all over the area; Bottom right: Tom's parents were both in the Navy in WWII. Tom's Dad was a mechanic on the Saratoga in the South Pacific; his mom was an airborne machine gun instructor. Tom grew up around guns and hunting.

Tom's parents were both in the Navy in WWII. Tom's Dad was a mechanic on the Saratoga in the South Pacific; his mom was an airborne machine gun instructor. Tom grew up around guns and hunting.

Tom is a proud member of the Democratic Party. He has been an active supporter of many progressive candidates including Hubert Humphry, Bobby Kennedy, George McGovern, Gene McCarthy, and more up through John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton. His family really likes to house volunteers in their home, train and launch canvasses, host phone banks, and stage support for other towns. He puts a very high value on helping volunteers to campaign honestly, having fun meeting our neighbors, and enjoying the New Hampshire grassroots political process. Tom believes that good politics is fun.

Tom is a proud member of the Democratic Party. He has been an active supporter of many progressive candidates including Hubert Humphry, Bobby Kennedy, George McGovern, Gene McCarthy, and more up through John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton. His family really likes to house volunteers in their home, train and launch canvasses, host phone banks, and stage support for other towns. He puts a very high value on helping volunteers to campaign honestly, having fun meeting our neighbors, and enjoying the New Hampshire grassroots political process. Tom believes that good politics is fun.

Tom's Pledge

"I will pay great attention to making sure money is spent wisely. I will fight for a better life, a healthy life, good jobs, great schools, and good health at low costs for our fine people of Hollis. If we do this, our state will prosper and our people will have a much better shot at the real American Dream."

Issues

Jobs

We need more good-paying jobs in New Hampshire. We need a growing base of new small and medium size companies. Companies evaluate states based on education, infrastructure, and health systems. New startups look for portable healthcare and great infrastructure - especially electronic and rail.

We must not cut education, pension funds, services, or repairs just to give tax cuts to the wealthy or to big employers given our reliance on property taxes. These cuts hike local property taxes and do not address employment expansion or new starts.

Equal Rights

Equality of Opportunity under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State because of gender, gender orientation, color, or creed. I support NARAL and Planned Parenthood, ACLU, and SVREP because they are valuable, cost effective in many ways, and they respect the right of people to make their own choices and plans. There is no doubt that family planning is an essential factor in economic and personal growth.

Unions

I walked my first picket line at 12 years old with my dad. We took coffee and food to the strikers, shook hands, and cheered them on. Why? Fighting injustice. Since then I saw unions partnering with companies to recommend faster production processes, higher quality results, and lower waste. Those unions absolutely helped the bottom line. I support labor unions.

Infrastructure

Fix the roads! Bring in rail at least to Concord. NH needs free or very low cost wifi throughout the state. We must phase down dependency on fossil fuels.

Opioids

Drug Courts, Safe Stations, treatment and counseling plus job training – and jobs. We need strict and strong accountability for illicit opioid suppliers.

Charter Schools

I am unopposed to charter schools when privately funded and their teachers have the same certification as public school teachers. I am opposed to state funding.

Gun Purchase

Red Flag background checks, 2-day wait on purchase, no bumps, small clips for hunting, restore product liability. Hunting is fine by me, as is target shooting. Domestic violence is not OK. Shooting innocent people is not OK. Losing young kids who “find” guns is horrific. Losing good people to suicidal impulse is a terrible thing. We must address the violence.

Gun Seizures

AGAINST, except in cases of a domestic restraining order, conviction of violent felonies, or medically valid “danger to self or others” findings. A gun buy-back program can be useful to provide a safe way to accept unwanted guns. With more guns than people in this country, forcibly taking guns away from owners is folly.

Public Schools

Full funding for public pre-K. Fully fund ESL needs. We need  no-cost public schools and no in-state tuition for state colleges. We all depend on pervasive quality education to draw new residents, keep new graduates in-state, and foster new company starts.

Religion and Choice

I grew up Roman Catholic, was an altar boy, and still know the Latin. All religions espousing non-violence are OK by me! I have been a Protestant for many years now and hold to “all faiths are OK”. Forcing/restricting choices or dogma is against free will and contrary to many religions. I do not vote my religion.

Compensation & Benefits

Same work = Same Pay. Family leave and medical leave should be a right for workers in our state. We also need better pay for new teachers. Pensions must be portable for public employees. The legislature must not raid public employee pension funds. These policy changes are essential when competing with other states for workers.

Fiscal Responsibility

State cuts to Education and/or Healthcare drive local property taxes, which become tax increases for all. Cuts in these two areas cause taxpayers to leave NH. We must promote sound fiscal policy while properly funding these two pillars of our State.

Healthcare

Medicare for All. Our medications cost far too much. I believe that NH buying prescription drugs from Canada is OK.

Wage Theft

Tips are for employees not management. If employees themselves agree to pool or share tips, so be it. If not, management should stay out. Mandated extra hours should get extra pay!

Native Americans

We must help stop pipelines and electric utility incursions. Indian Land *IS* Indian Land. Our First Americans need a decent and fair break with support for tribal needs and customs.

Campaign Funds

Zero money from special interests like NRA.Actual people only. $200 max.

Voting

Don’t steal votes by poll taxes, needless obstacles, or gerrymandering.

Energy

The state really must support renewable energy and a more resilient grid for solar, wind, and other new technologies.

Immigrants

We are a nation build by immigrants and refugees. My forbearers and yours all came from somewhere else. Our diversity of beliefs and languages is a huge strength for America. Disagree? How about those Code Talkers? How about our fishers, ship builders, sailors, marines, airmen, and soldiers?

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