Meet Yvonne Dean-Bailey: 19-year-old NH Native Running for State Rep.

JP: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background in politics.

YDB: I’m 19 years old and from Northwood, New Hampshire. I’ve lived in my district which is comprised of four towns: Northwood, Nottingham, Deerfield and Candia, for fourteen years. I went to Phillips Exeter Academy on a full scholarship and now I go to Mount Holyoke College. I’ve always been very interested in politics, especially since the 2008 election. It was incredible to see female, conservative leadership on the national stage. I have interned for Senator Kelly Ayotte in Washington DC, I was field staff for millennial congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia, I worked for Charlie Baker, I am a reporter for Campus Reform and I have worked on a few other campaigns as well. I like playing basketball, reading and coffee.

JP: What inspired you to get involved with this race?

YDB: The last couple years I really started diving into state politics. My principal’s wife was the governor so I found myself really becoming fluent and passionate about what was going on in the State House. However, I wasn’t happy with what was going on. Our state adopted Common Core standards, increased taxes and passed other unconstitutional, freedom stripping and expensive policies for the state. I knew I wanted to do something about it–but I wasn’t sure how. This summer and fall I worked for Marilinda Garcia who was a State Rep for several years and was elected when she was only 23. When the special election seat opened up in my district, I really started thinking about things and I realized that you do not have to be a certain age to create positive change anywhere, including the legislature. If you’re over eighteen–you can run in New Hampshire at the same caliber and intensity as someone who is in their thirties or forties. If you’re intelligent, passionate and love your district–you will be successful. It was really inspiring working for Marilinda and several other female legislators/candidates. I think more young women should be encouraged to enter politics! We have a unique perspective that brings different views to the table, that in turn provides a better chance of creating effective solutions. At the end of the day I thought about it a lot and I decided to take a risk and run.

JP: What are some specific goals of your campaign?

YDB: I just want to talk to voters and get them out to vote. Our district is very rural so most of my campaign will be informing people of the race and getting my message out to voters. I plan on focusing on my issues, not my opponent’s. I know what I would like to accomplish and I know how I would like to help the state.

JP: What changes would you like to see take place in New Hampshire?

YDB: I would like to return control to municipalities, increase education and healthcare options for New Hampshire and advocate for constitutional based policies in New Hampshire. Something currently being discussed is Constitutional Carry–which is a right we should be able to enjoy in New Hampshire. I also would like to see more healthcare options for New Hampshire residents. Obamacare has had a crippling effect on New Hampshire businesses and families–it’s time we open up the market to New Hampshire can have affordable and practical policies. I also would like to work to create more jobs in New Hampshire by implementing pro-business policies and decreasing the burden on New Hampshire businesses.

JP: What advice would you give to other Conservative Millennials looking to get involved in politics?

YDB: If you love your state, you know your stuff and you’re in it for the long haul–go for it. Age really is just a number. You just have to put your age aside and focus on the things that are more important.

Keep up with Yvonne on Twitter and support her campaign here.

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