Last week the SEA/SEIU 1984 Board of Directors accepted the Political Education Committee’s (Poli-ed) recommendation to endorse Dan Feltes in his bid for the NH Senate District 15 seat being vacated by longtime Senator Sylvia Larsen. Larsen announced her retirement earlier this year.
Feltes met with committee members and other interested SEA/SEIU 1984 members last month at a Poli-ed committee meeting. Attendees were impressed by his commitment to many of the issues outlined in SEA/SEIU 1984’s electoral vision for the state – the Granite Strong Vision. You can click here for a refresher on the vision that includes ten key points by which the organization considers supporting candidates for NH elected office.
During his lengthy conversation with members, Feltes shared that he is from a working family with a long history of union involvement. He is an attorney and has worked for New Hampshire Legal Assistance for eight years advocating for low to middle income persons and families in Court and in the Legislature, including in employment security, affordable housing, energy efficiency, consumer/utility law and veterans issues.
Some of his chief concerns are income inequality, the skyrocketing costs of childcare, early childhood development (he would support all day kindergarten), and flexible family living (he would support paid family leave).
He is also concerned about the lack of affordable housing in the state for families and seniors, as well as workforce development. He wants to stand up for working families, for a fair economy and for social policies that are just and advance equality. He would promote policies that attract and keep young people here in New Hampshire’s economy, including affordable housing, quality education and strong communities.
When asked how he would fund his progressive initiatives, he responded that there is a significant need for additional revenue in the state. He would support establishing a single casino in the state to expand gaming revenue and he would not sign a “no broad-based” tax pledge, as many candidates do. He is open to exploring additional revenue sources which will help address our failing infrastructure and make NH more attractive for small businesses, which means jobs.
His support for early education, expanding opportunities for working families to do more than just keep their head above water, and his commitment to face every challenge with the energy and intensity to actually fix problems rather than kick the can down the road, make Dan Feltes the right candidate in both the primary and general election. “Through our conversation with Feltes,” said Ken Roos, Poli-ed Committee chair and SEA/SEIU 1984 Board member, “it was crystal clear to us that he is the best candidate to represent the voters in Concord, Hopkinton, Henniker and Warner.”
“Dan Feltes shares a mutual interest in creating and maintaining an environment where all individuals and working families are able to thrive. He has demonstrated that through his work with Legal Assistance. We see him as having great potential for becoming a strong voice in the Senate in support of working families within New Hampshire,” said Diana Lacey, President, SEA/SEIU 1984.