Name: Sandra (Sandy) L Swinburne
Party affiliation: Democratic
How long have you lived in New Hampshire: 40 years
Family: Husband, Bill and 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren
Education: BS, Denison University; MS, ABD,NYU, Clinical Psychology
Occupation: NH Licensed Psychologist and School Psychologist in private practice and local schools (retired)
Organizations to which you belong/have belonged: NH ACLU, NH Association School Psychologists, Appalachian Mountain Club, Amnesty International, Friends of Acadia, Monadnock Conservancy, Monadnock Food Coop, Monadnock New Horizons Band, Union of Concerned Scientists, Ladies Charitable Society.
Public/government service: Disaster Mental Health Volunteer for Red Cross, Board of MarlHarris Ambulance Service, Board of NH Dance Institute (6 years, chair 3 years), Board of Samaritans, local PTA’s (president), steering committee Cheshire County Restorative Justice.
1. Why are you seeking this elected office, and what are the three most-important issues you are focused on addressing if elected?
I am seeking office because of my growing alarm about the direction of government toward enriching and empowering the wealthy for the short term while sowing seeds of division and distrust. My decision to run is also prompted by the retirement from this public office of an outstanding representative for 3 consecutive terms and the fact that I now have the time and energy to devote to being a Representative. The most urgent and overarching issues are campaign finance reform and climate change, and I will work to promote progress on these at the state level. More locally, I am a strong supporter of public education from pre-K to college and other post-high school institutions. Great public education leads to an informed citizenry and a skilled work force. It also attracts businesses and young families to New Hampshire. We also need to provide comprehensive, affordable healthcare to all.
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?
I cannot imagine a proposal that would persuade me to support a pipeline for oil or gas, and I will not consider nuclear before there is a secure sight for the storage of spent nuclear fuel.
My priority is to promote the study and development of sustainable alternate sources of energy such as solar, wind, and geothermal as well as energy efficiency. The cheapest energy is the energy we don’t use. The ‘promise’ of short-term savings does not balance out the environmental costs that threaten the wellbeing of future generations. I will listen to all proposals with respect and a commitment to fact-based problem solving.