Three pieces to this post. Some of the best questions of the night came from our sponsor for the event, the Moultonboro Academy Class of 2018. One question was posed to both Senate candidates: Do you support your party's nominee for President? Democratic candidate John White said he supports Hillary Clinton and Republican incumbent Jeb Bradley said he would support his party's nominee Donald Trump. Neither candidate hesitated in their responses.
The second piece is a bit of deja vu.
I wrote this almost two years to the day of the last district 04 Meet the Candidates event held in Sandwich on October 26th 2014, also moderated by Lee Quimby. I bring this up because Sen. Bradley made the same promise about the donor town tax last night in Moultonboro:
"In the course of the session, the State Senate Candidates had an opportunity to speak and early on in his talk, incumbent Jeb Bradley (r) Wolfeboro made a point that he is opposed to the so called " donor towns" which up until just a few years ago, sent a large amount of our local tax dollars to fund an adequate education to " receiver" towns like Claremont. He thought it wrong that it pitted towns against each other.The funding for this began in 1998.
I have to thank Russ Wakefield for his reminder that Jeb Bradley who was a NH House Rep in 1998 ,voted in favor of donor towns which increased our property tax by about 42% the first year after it was in effect and dropped by 36% the year after it was put on hold.
So I asked Jeb if my information was correct and did he in fact actually vote in favor of donor towns when in the NH House? He was caught off guard, but answered in the affirmative that he did indeed vote in favor back in 1998. Everyone ( even politicians) are entitled to change their minds, but I think it is important for voters to be aware of these facts before taking a politician at his or her word."
Lastly, the best line of the night was County Commissioner Candidate and former Commissioner and current county treasurer, Chip Albee to an audience member who told him she didn't believe him when he said that the " missing" surplus in the county that caused the budget shortfall was due to mistakes in accounting process and the money actually was returned to taxpayers to reduce the tax rate over the years. His response: " I have no control over what you believe." I have to remember that line.