On Wednesday evening, members of the Political Education (Poli Ed) Committee met with Andru Volinsky, candidate for Executive Council in District 2. The district, which covers a swath of towns from Keene in the west to Rochester in the east, is currently represented by Colin Van Ostern, who is running for governor.
John Hattan, an SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Director and chair of the Poli Ed Committee, said members were excited to meet with Volinsky.
“This was brought to me by members, asking ‘when are we going to have him in?’” Hattan said. “We look forward to working with him and are excited to hear more about his campaign.”
Volinsky is well known as the lead attorney in the landmark Claremont school funding case, and for a dozen years, he’s led the Manchester office of the Bernstein Shur law firm. Volinsky is attuned to labor issues, and in fact represented the New Hampshire Retirement Security Coalition in a pension case before the Supreme Court.
Hattan said whether through his private legal work or his time as a public defender, Volinksy has always valued public service. Volinsky declared his intention to run for the Executive Council last year, still fairly early in the process.
“By doing so, he was trying to keep the focus on the issues and not the campaign itself,” Hattan said.
Hattan said Volinsky focuses on the issues that are important to working families, and understands the need for investment in things like education and retirement security.
“He knows that if we don’t pay for these things now, we’ll pay for them later,” Hattan said.
Volinsky has a fairly in-depth campaign website at www.volinskynh.com, which includes more information on his stance on key issues and his background.