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Glenn Cordelli has been knocking on constituent doors for the past month in preparation for the September 13 state primary in New Hampshire. Cordelli is seeking reelection to his third term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, where he serves on the House Education Committee. “Parents should be in control of their children’s education, not government ‘educrats,’” he says. “Why shouldn’t a parent be able to have their child take an online course, take several classes at the public school, hire a tutor, etc? Put education dollars back into the hands of parents. That is the education reform we need.”
Cordelli’s district encompasses the towns of Moultonborough, Sandwich, and Tuftonboro. On one recent expedition, Cordelli recalls, he saw a big yellow sign at the end of a driveway that read: “Go away. Turn around now.” He laughs. “I didn’t knock on that door.” But he has been to 400 other houses so far, with another week to go.
A Republican, Cordelli was a statewide chair of Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign in 2012, has a 96 percent rating from the American Conservative Union and a 100 percent rating from Americans for Prosperity. “I’m very proud of the A+ rating from Americans for Prosperity for 2016. They look at bills based upon limiting the growth of government and creating economic growth — both vital to the future of New Hampshire. As government expands, our liberties and freedoms shrink. As our economy grows, opportunities grow — opportunities for employment or to start or expand a business.”
At 400 members, the New Hampshire House of Representatives is the fourth-largest individual legislative chamber in the English-speaking world (The New Hampshire General Court — the House and the Senate — is the third largest legislature in the English-speaking world). Members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives receive $100 per year in compensation. In addition to representing their districts in Concord (the state capital), members also serve as county delegates.
A bill that Cordelli co-sponsored during the most recent legislative session was signed into law by New Hampshire’s governor, Maggie Hassan (who is running for the US Senate against Kelly Ayotte). The bipartisan law, HB 645—also known as “Willa’s Law,” after a four-year-old girl who died in an unlicensed day care—changes state law to make it a felony, instead of a misdemeanor, when negligence causes severe injury or death. “This is a great example of why I enjoy serving in the New Hampshire House,” says Cordelli. “After the tragic death of this little girl, we discovered a loophole in the law that we were able to remedy. It makes the time and effort worth it.”
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