A New Generation of New Hampshire Politicians

By Sarah Murphy '20 | February 6, 2019

Politicians from the panel

On January 31, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP) hosted a panel titled “A New Generation of New Hampshire Politicians.” Newly elected New Hampshire officials discussed their experiences running for local office and spearheading inclusive change.

The panel was moderated by Goffstown Selectwoman Kelly Boyer, and featured Exeter Selectwoman Molly Cowan, State Representative Joshua Query of Manchester, State Representative Gerri Cannon of Somersworth, and Rochester City Councilor Jeremy Hutchinson.

The group spoke about the challenges they face as elected officials from the LGBT community. The officials said that their sexuality is important to their identities and to their campaigns but does not fully define their positions and priorities in office.

“We’re here, we’re queer, we’re serving,” said Cowan.

Kevin B. Harrington Student Ambassador Matthew Solomon '20 said LGBT candidates have the power to inspire future leaders. He told the Union Leader, “They’re doing their job and they’re running to do their job, but the important part comes afterward when they’re making their identity visible to people who are looking from the outside. You don’t need to make it a focal point, but it’s important to have that because then people can see this and say, ‘I can do this, too.’"

The event was sponsored by the gender studies minor and the philosophy department.

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