As the year winds down, newly elected local politicians and seasoned veterans are getting ready for what the new year will bring.
In Derry and Londonderry, incumbents and newcomers made the cut in the November election and will be heading to Concord to tackle the new session that starts Jan. 2.
Many key issues affecting both towns are on the minds of officials and representatives. Those issues include budget constraints, infrastructure, jobs, education and gambling.
For Derry newcomer Mary Till, it’s a chance to do her part to learn all she can about state government and represent her town.
Till was one of two female Democrats to win a spot in Derry’s District 6, a traditional Republican stronghold.
Her priorities heading to Concord include keeping the state clean and green.
“I have requested Science, Technology and Energy as my first committee choice,” said Till, a retired mechanical engineer. “I believe a clean, healthy environment is a fundamental building block to a good life. I will do everything I can to protect our air, our water, food supply and land from inadvertent and careless pollution.”
Her support lies in increased energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.
Getting along on the state level is also key.
“I certainly hope the Legislature can work together in a respectful, bipartisan manner, identifying areas where we agree and finding compromise whenever possible,” Till said.
Londonderry Republican Sherman Packard said he is looking forward to what January brings.
Packard, a 22-year Statehouse veteran, said he will continue his interests with transportation issues. Money, he said, is key.
“The most important thing is making sure we have a balanced budget,” he said.
Packard said the new session always brings in a lot of new faces in the Senate and House. A new governor also adds change to the mix. Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan takes over next week for retiring Gov. John Lynch.