Plymouth, N.H. – Frustrated over what he calls partisan political wrangling and inaction on issues important to New Hampshire’s future, Plymouth State University student Travis Bennett says he’s seeking elected office. The political science major is running a write-in campaign on the Democratic ticket for the Grafton 8 District in the New Hampshire House of Representatives seat formerly held by Sid Lovett.
“I just want to energize the debate,” Bennett said. “I don’t view myself as a partisan figure, I want to bring cooperation on important issues to Concord. I am definitely trying to seek a balance. ”
As for the issues, Bennett believes New Hampshire should be concentrating on enhancing revenues, particularly in helping businesses grow and bringing more young people to the state. He opposes expanded gambling but supports expanded Medicaid funding.
Bennett has worked for the Appalachian Mountain Club as a trail crew leader; he says that experience helped mold his strong environmental protection mindset.
“A lot of people don’t know that New Hampshire had very few trees less than a century ago, legislation had to be passed to create what we have now,” he said.
Bennett stated he has always loved the idea of public service, and the University’s motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), encapsulates his desire to represent District 8. He will be campaigning in the Plymouth, Hebron and Holderness area, hoping to garner support prior to the September 9 primary.
“I plan to start canvassing more earnestly in the next couple of weeks,” he added.
Bennett’s political aspirations started when he served as a Congressional page for N.H. 2nd District Congressman Paul Hodes in 2008. He is currently the President of the College Democrats of New Hampshire; he also is an active member of the Plymouth Area Democrats.
Bennett graduated from Nashua South High School in 2009 and is the son of Tom and Linda Bennett of Nashua.
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