New Hampshire State Senate
Jenn Alford-Teaster knows how challenging it can be to provide for the people you love.
A New Hampshire native, Jenn was raised by her grandmother and mother in a small Seacoast apartment. They struggled just to put food on the table; eventually her mother had to accept welfare and food stamps to support her four children. It was an experience that deeply influenced Jenn’s commitment to easing the burdens on families in need.
She also knows how to make a little assistance go a long way. At 18, Jenn moved alone to North Carolina with two suitcases and $265, and found a job at a coffee shop where she worked for the next decade. There were weeks when she had to choose between buying food and paying utilities; but with the help of her employers, who encouraged her to apply for financial aid, Jenn enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and met her
future husband, Jason.
What Jenn learned about resilience and self-sufficiency during those years has fueled her commitment to public service. Back in her beloved New Hampshire, she and Jason have built thriving careers and bought a home where they are raising their daughter. But for Jenn, being comfortable is not enough, not when many families in her community are in trouble.
hrough her church, Jenn spent six years volunteering at a community homeless shelter, seeing the opioid crisis from the front lines. She has led a committee to address emergency relief for local families and, recognizing the particular difficulties facing women, has developed legislation to promote equal pay for equal work. And she wants to do more.
Jenn in the News
"Democrat Enters Race For Newport-Area Seat"—Valley News
Why this Race is Important
New Hampshire is currently a trifecta state for the Republicans, which means they control the governorship, the state house and the state senate. In New Hampshire, the state controls redistricting, so even though the state went to Hillary Clinton in 2016, Republicans control majorities in both the state house and the state senate. By flipping three seats blue, Democrats can take control of the New Hampshire Senate. All 28 state senate seats are up for election in 2018.
Sister District Policy Scorecard
This candidate has pledged commitment to the following statements:
- We must protect a woman’s right to choose the health care and reproductive services she wants and needs.
- We need to protect and expand our social safety net, not dismantle it.
- We should pursue common-sense gun safety policies, consistent with the Second Amendment and local community standards and needs, which vary from community to community.
- Climate change is real and we need to protect our environment.