Name: Alexander H. “Sparky” Von Plinsky
Party affiliation: Democrat
How long have you lived in New Hampshire: Five Years
Family: Married to Brenda and we have two daughters, Abi and Meghan
Education: Masters in Landscape Architecture from UMASS and a Bachelors in Public Administration from Brenau University
Occupation: Stay at Home Dad
Organizations to which you belong/have belonged: Monadnock Progressive Alliance
Public/government service: Keene Conservation Commission, National Security Agency, and US Army
1. Why are you seeking this elected office, and what are the three most-important issues you are focused on addressing if elected?
As a devotee of American Patriot Thomas Paine and especially his plea for rationality in government; I feel compelled to run because I find the current political environment, wherein many politicians feel that they are entitled to their own set of facts, deeply troubling. The problems that we face are too monumental and numerous to be debating their very existence. I’ve spent my life facing down challenges and as a State Representative that’s exactly what I’ll do.
Chief amongst the challenges that I look forward to addressing are climate change and its impacts on our environment; support for the small business, locally focused economy; and equitable revenue collection. I believe that most of the other struggles we face as a state, including the opioid epidemic, healthcare costs, and education funding stem from those core issues.
2. Everyone wants cheaper energy, but not big projects near them. What would it take for you to support a pipeline for oil or gas, a nuclear plant or other major energy project?
Let me be clear. I will NEVER support increasing our unsustainable over-reliance on fossil fuels. I view energy policy as both an opportunity and a responsibility. It’s not about big projects or small projects; it’s about policy that takes advantage of opportunity without shirking responsibility.
Put simply, the inevitable transition to a carbon free grid is the biggest economic OPPORTUNITY in a generation. Our future is local companies harvesting locally sourced electrons that are cheaper, cleaner and more sustainable than those harvested from burning dead, out of state dinosaurs.
We must take RESPONSIBILITY for the costs of our actions. For too long we have enjoyed the fruits of unsustainable energy generation while taking a pass on the costs. That’s not the New Hampshire way. The good news is it’s not too late to fix our mistakes and, as a bonus, grow our economy at the same time!