2015 is a year to remember – change in the legislature, a new Speaker of the House, a budget veto, a heroin problem, and the race for a new President are all part of the New Hampshire landscape in 2015.
As we begin a new year, all is not quiet here in Manchester and in the state. Men and women who want to be the next president are everywhere. The Democratic debate took place in New Hampshire at Saint Anselm College Dec. 19. It drew 1,000 people and was a great success. The national audience saw a real contrast and I am sure got a hint of things to come.
As always, New Hampshire is the center of presidential politics and with the 100th anniversary of the primary, all eyes will be on us for the next 40 plus days. Expect to see a candidate every day from now to February 9th.
On the local level, problems still exist. The drug problem must be dealt with, and the legislature will meet in January to fast-track legislation to deal with this threat to our families. Our city must react to these problems. They will not just go away.
As the holiday season winds up, let me take this opportunity to wish to all a great New Year. 2016 will bring big changes – an election for President, a new Governor, and a host of new elected officials – all will happen.
Sen. Lou D’Allesandro is from Manchester and has represented the people of District 20 for nine terms. For the 2015-2016 legislative session he is Vice Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee and sits on the Finance and Capital Budget Committees. You can reach Sen. D’Allensandro at firstname.lastname@example.org.