Manchester, NH – District 4 Executive Council candidates Chris Pappas (D-Manchester) and Bob Burns (R-Bedford) debated for the second time last night on Bedford Community TV’s “Tell It Like It Is” program, hosted by Kathy Benuck.
Burns and Pappas differed on issues like women’s health, infrastructure, and education funding, as well as the role ideology and partisanship should play in state government. Pappas said he would defend funding for Planned Parenthood health centers, support studying passenger rail for southern New Hampshire, and support reinstating funding for the New Hampshire university system. Burns opposed funding for Planned Parenthood, said studying passenger rail would be a mistake, and said New Hampshire can’t afford to fully fund the university system.
Pappas focused on bringing balance and fiscal responsibility to the Executive Council, and pointed out Burns’s pledge to push a partisan agenda. “I’m running for this office to make sure we can put the people’s business first,” said Pappas. “I think we have seen too much extremism in Concord the last year and half. [My opponent] said in our last debate that he is not willing to compromise on anything. I don’t think it’s good for our leaders to hold fast to ideological positions without looking out for what’s best for our communities. We have seen too much extremism in Concord. To not be willing to compromise represents an acceleration of the problem, not a solution to it.”
Burns defended his “no compromise” stance, saying “when Chris brings up that I will not compromise, he is correct…the Executive Council is not about compromise and it’s not about negotiation. There’s nothing I would concede in my ideology.”
Pappas responded by saying “that’s not the type of leader we need in state government right now. I think it’s time we push back against extremism in politics… and work together as Republicans and Democrats to address the long term health, infrastructure, and economic needs of New Hampshire.”
Pappas campaign manager Huck Montgomery issued the following statement:
“After two debates, the contrast between these two candidates couldn’t be clearer. Chris talked about putting ideology aside to do what’s right for our communities, while Bob Burns doubled down on his extreme agenda. He reiterated that he’ll impose conservative litmus tests for judicial nominees, and repeatedly vowed to push his personal agenda without compromise. New Hampshire can’t afford more ideological extremism in state government, and we can’t afford Bob Burns on the Executive Council.”
Video of Debate
Chris Pappas is a candidate for New Hampshire Executive Council in District 4.
District 4 is made up of Allenstown, Auburn, Barrington, Bedford, Bow, Candia, Chichester, Deerfield, Epsom, Goffstown, Hooksett, Lee, Londonderry, Loudon, Northwood, Nottingham, Pembroke, and Pittsfield, and the city of Manchester.
Chris is co-owner of the Puritan Backroom restaurant in Manchester, a business that has been in his family since 1917. He is also a former two-term member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and a former two-term Hillsborough County Treasurer.