Op-ed: Taking Back the Corner Office for New Hampshire’s Families

By Cinde Warmington (She/Her)

March 5, 2024

This year’s election for governor represents a unique and critical opportunity for Democrats to take back the corner office for the first time in eight years. After nearly a decade of Republican rule – where access to reproductive freedom has been rolled back, public education is under constant attack, and housing has become unaffordable for too many – we have a real chance to turn things around and make our state a place where every Granite Stater can live free and thrive. 

My first priority as an elected official in the state of New Hampshire is to govern in a way that allows every Granite Stater the opportunity to put a roof over their heads, food on the table, get a great education, and retire with dignity. This American Dream has always meant that anyone, no matter how humble their beginnings, can work hard and build a better future for themselves and their families – that’s my story.

When I was young, my dad worked at the Fore River Shipyard and my mom waited tables to make ends meet. They had four kids in five years, but they were still able to buy a small house, put a roof over our heads, feed us, and clothe us. I got a great public school education and was the first in my family to ever go to college. I had to pay my way, working two part-time jobs all through school and, after graduation, I took my first job working as a lab tech at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia. I had to work hard, but I was able to give my own two children their shot at the future. 

Today, that American Dream is slipping away from far too many Granite Staters. We live in the greatest state in the nation, but we have real challenges that have been neglected for far too long. Now, I am running for governor to change that. 

We have an affordable housing crisis. New Hampshire is predicted to be 60,000 housing units behind by 2030 because this administration has not made it a priority. When the governor wanted to use $100 million for housing, with no mention of affordability, I stood up for the people of New Hampshire, worked across the aisle with the Republican Executive Councilors, and demanded that those dollars go to affordable housing. Thousands of those units are being built all across our state right now. As governor, I will continue to do more to build our way out of this crisis so that every single Granite Stater has a roof over their head.

We have a mental health and fentanyl crisis that’s devastating families all around our state – and my own family is no exception. Throughout my professional career and on the Executive Council, I have fought to secure more resources for mental health and substance use treatment. As governor, I will continue to be a powerful advocate because I understand how services are delivered and that we must finally get people the help they need. 

We are facing unprecedented attacks on our public schools. Working families should be able to count on strong public schools to educate our children, but with Frank Edelblut running the Department of Education, our teachers and students have been under attack. As governor, I will prioritize ending his voucher scheme that is undermining our public schools and raising our property taxes and I will appoint a Commissioner of Education who actually believes in public education.

We are the only state in New England that does not currently protect abortion rights. Instead, this governor signed a dangerous abortion ban that criminalizes doctors and undermines our entire maternal healthcare system. As governor, I will repeal this radical ban and ensure that every Granite Stater has the freedom to access affordable, safe, and legal abortion care and contraception without government interference. 

While I am running for governor to make sure that every single New Hampshire family has the opportunity to thrive, my opponents are pushing an extreme agenda that will rip away our freedoms. We have a real choice in this election. We can choose to live in a state where we protect the right to vote, where everyone can make their own reproductive health care decisions, where everyone can love who they love and be who they are. We can live in a state where teachers can teach – the truth – and students can learn. We can live in a state where we have the freedom to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and build a green energy economy. We can live in a state where working families, like mine, can afford to put a roof over their families’ heads, feed their children, clothe them, give them a good education, and retire with dignity.

It’s not too much to ask. And, as governor, that’s what I’ll do.

This election won’t be easy, but we must defeat Republicans and their dangerous agenda. Together, we will take back the corner office, flip the State House, and deliver the progress we’ve been missing for the last eight years for every Granite Stater. 

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  • Cinde Warmington (She/Her)

    Cinde Warmington is a Democratic gubernatorial candidate and member of the Executive Council, where she has represented 97 cities and towns in 8 of New Hampshire’s 10 counties. She lives in Concord with her husband Bill.

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