Kass Ardinger

Bringing a Record of Public Leadership to Concord
Dear Friends,

I am excited to announce my candidacy for the Democratic nomination for New Hampshire State Senate representing District 15.  I look forward to earning the support of all voters of Concord, Hopkinton, Henniker and Warner.

For the past 20 years, we have been fortunate to have Senator Sylvia Larsen’s able and very effective representation in the Senate.  She has been an exceptionally powerful advocate for our District, having served as both the Senate President and Minority Leader.  Now, as Senator Larsen steps down after her many years of dedicated public service to our state, I am prepared to carry on the proud tradition of a strong Democratic voice representing our communities.

I grew up in Claremont, NH and have lived in Concord for the last 25 years.  Along with my husband Bill, I have raised three children who have gone through the Concord public schools and who now lead independent and productive lives.

I have been an active volunteer, including service as Governor Shaheen’s appointment to the Governor’s Council on Volunteerism, a member of the Child and Family Services board, and as one of the founding board members of HEAR In New Hampshire, a school for deaf and hard of hearing children.  I have been appointed to serve as a Commissioner on the NEASC Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, and work regular weekly shifts at the St. Paul’s food pantry.

I am a member of the Concord School Board, having been elected first in 2006 and re-elected in two other City-wide elections in 2009 and 2012.  I served as School Board President for five years, during which time the School District planned and built three new elementary schools.  These construction projects were finished on time and under budget, and achieved the District’s goal of providing equal educational opportunities to all students across the City.

My public service on the School Board has shown me that by working together, our government institutions can accomplish efficiently projects that can improve our communities and the lives of our citizens.  With this experience, I believe I have the background to work in a bi-partisan way to be an effective NH State Senator.

Over the next few months, I intend to campaign very hard and communicate my positions to voters.  As a State Senator, I would work to increase legislative support for public education.  Those in government who would seek to drain away support and enthusiasm for local public schools are, in a most fundamental way, doing harm to the fabric of our society.

Good and affordable public education should be the engine of a vibrant and growing economy that offers good jobs to all of our citizens.  The future of our economy depends on a well-educated workforce that can attract innovation, entrepreneurs and well-paying jobs to our State.

I love New Hampshire, my home state, and I am committed to work tirelessly on behalf of the good citizens of Concord, Hopkinton, Henniker and Warner.

I hope you will support my efforts in whatever way you can.  I look forward to continuing this conversation with you over the next several months.  Together, we can continue Senator Sylvia Larsen’s legacy of strong Democratic leadership and public service in the State Senate.