Steve Vaillancourt

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Steve Vaillancourt
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New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 15
Incumbent
In office
1996 - Present
Term ends
December 3, 2014
Years in position 18
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$200/two-year term
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Manchester Ward 8 Alderman
2000 - 2001
Education
High schoolVergennes Union High School
Bachelor'sPlymouth State College
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Steve Vaillancourt (b. December 1, 1951) is a Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Hillsborough 15. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996. Vaillancourt was also a candidate for the Ward 8 seat on the Manchester Board of School Committee up for primary election on September 17 and general election on November 5, 2013. He lost that race to incumbent Erika Connors.

Biography

Vaillancourt earned his B.A. in History from Plymouth State College.[1] His professional experience includes work as an editor, hosting a weekly television show and serving as the press secretary on the "Condodemetraky for United States Senate" campaign.[1] Vaillancourt was a Manchester Alderman, Ward 8 from 2000 to 2001 and a candidate for Manchester Alderman at Large in 1997.[1] Vaillancourt has switched political parties several times; in 1998 he changed from Libertarian to Democrat, in 2000 from Democrat to Libertarian, and in 2002 from Libertarian to Republican.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Vaillancourt served on the following committees:

New Hampshire Committee Assignments, 2013
Criminal Justice and Public Safety

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Vaillancourt served on these committees:

New Hampshire Committee Assignments, 2011
Finance
Finance - Division I
Special Committee On Redistricting

Elections

2014

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New Hampshire House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place September 9, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 13, 2014. Incumbent Thomas Katsiantonis and Ryan Curran were unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Steve Vaillancourt and Mark McLean were unopposed in the Republican primary. Katsiantonis, Curran, Vaillancourt and McLean will face off in the general election.[2]

2013

See also: Manchester School District elections (2013)

Results

Manchester School District, Ward 8 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngErika Connors 62.1% 936
     Nonpartisan Steve Vaillancourt 31.2% 471
     Nonpartisan Blanks 6.4% 96
     Nonpartisan Write-in Votes 0.3% 5
Total Votes 1,508
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2013 Municipal General Election - November 5, 2013," accessed November 6, 2013

Funding

Vaillancourt reported no contributions or expenditures to the City of Manchester.[3]

Endorsements

Steve Vaillancourt did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

What was at stake?

At-large incumbents Kathy Staub and David M. Wihby sought re-election, as well Sarah S. Ambrogi, Debra G. Langton, Chris Stewart, Ted Rokas, Dan Bergeron, Erika Connors, Arthur J. Beaudry and John B. Avard in their respective wards.[4] Incumbents Roy Shoults, Dave Gelinas, Jason Cooper and Roger Beauchamp did not file for re-election and were replaced by Amy L. Bradley, Ross Terrio, Katie Desrochers and Constance "Connie" VanHouten in Wards 4, 7, 11 and 12, respectively. The only incumbent to be ousted was Dan Bergeron in Ward 6, who was beaten by challenger Robyn M. Dunphy.

District audit

On June 26, 2013, Curriculum Management Systems published its audit of the Manchester School District. The district spent $40,000 to commission the report, which criticized the size of the fifteen-member school board and its two-year terms as causes of instability in the district.[5] The audit states that, "Declining student enrollment, funding reductions, board disharmony, aging school facilities, and disparities in student performance have been long-standing issues facing the district."[6] The auditors acknowledge that, "...the educational program a student experiences at one school may differ widely from the education a student receives at another school," and recommend that the school board create "written policies, plans, and procedures to provide a foundation for a consistent educational program" across the district.[6] Board member Arthur J. Beaudry did not agree with all of the findings and recommendations in the audit, arguing that, "The board is reluctant to pursue big changes too much because that's seen as micromanaging. So they back up, or at least some board members do."[5] Stewart took a different position and referred to the audit as "terrific."[7]

Common Core

On April 29, 2013, the school board voted to approve an $83,900 contract to train district elementary and middle school teachers in the Common Core standards for English and math.[8] Local education activist Deborah Olszta criticized the vote and Common Core, stating, "Every student in the country is going to be doing same thing at same time. China can do this sort of thing, but in America, this is supposed to be an open and free-thinking society."[8] Debra G. Langton and Arthur J. Beaudry voted against the contract, with Langton questioning the necessity of the contract in light of existing budgetary issues in the district.[8]

About the district

See also: Manchester School District, New Hampshire
Manchester School District is located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Manchester School District is located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. The county seats of Hillsborough County are Manchester and Nashua. According to the 2010 US Census, Hillsborough County is home to 402,922 residents.[9]
Demographics

Hillsborough County outperformed the rest of New Hampshire in terms of its poverty rate, median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The poverty rate in Hillsborough County was 7.5% compared to 8.0% for the entire state. The median household income in Hillsborough County was $70,591 compared to $64,664 for the state of New Hampshire. The US Census also found that 34.6% of Hillsborough County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 33.1% in New Hampshire.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
Race Hillsborough County (%) New Hampshire (%)
White 91.9 94.4
African American 2.5 1.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.3
Asian 3.5 2.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 5.6 3.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[10]
Party New Hampshire Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 239,959 27.35
Republican 265,348 30.23
Undeclared 372,340 42.42






2012

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2012

Vaillancourt won re-election in the 2012 election for New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 15. Vaillancourt advanced past the September 11 primary and won re-election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[11][12]

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Katsiantonis Incumbent 29.1% 2,308
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Vaillancourt Incumbent 25.2% 1,996
     Republican Mark Proulx Incumbent 25% 1,978
     Democratic Ryan Curran 20.7% 1,639
Total Votes 7,921
New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 15 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Proulx Incumbent 44.9% 524
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Vaillancourt Incumbent 32% 373
James Webb, Jr. 23.1% 269
Total Votes 1,166

2010

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Vaillancourt was re-elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives.[13][14]

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 15 general election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Vaillancourt (R) 1,693
Green check mark transparent.png Mark Proulx (R) 1,626
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Katsiantonis (D) 1,332
Michael Farley (D) 1,057
Brian Curran (D) 940

2009

Manchester School District, Ward 8 General Election, 2-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Katsiantonis 52.8% 1,031
     Nonpartisan Steve Valliancourt 47.2% 923
Total Votes 1,954
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "November 3, 2009 Municipal General Election," accessed August 27, 2013

2008

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Valliancourt was re-elected by finishing first in the Hillsborough 15 District of the New Hampshire House of Representatives taking one of the three potential seats there. Vaillancourt (2,071) was followed by Thomas Katsiantonis (2,022), Michael Farley (1,864), Lindsay Lankin (1,839), Michael Biundo (1,828), and Nathaniel Grimes (1,512).[15] Farley raised $625 for his campaign fund.[16]

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 15
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steve Vaillancourt (R) 2,071
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Katsiantonis (D) 2,022
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Farley (D) 1,864
Lindsay Lankin (D) 1,839
Michael Biundo (R) 1,828
Nathaniel Grimes (R) 1,512

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Vaillancourt is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Vaillancourt raised a total of $4,265 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 5, 2013.[17]

Steve Vaillancourt's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Hampshire House, Hillsborough 15 Won $0
2010 New Hampshire House, Hillsborough 15 Won $0
2008 New Hampshire House, Hillsborough 15 Won $0
2006 New Hampshire House, Hillsborough 15 Won $0
2004 New Hampshire House, Hillsborough 15 Won $0
2002 New Hampshire House, District 56 Won $0
2000 New Hampshire House, District 56 / New Hampshire State Senate, District 18 (lost) Won $4,265
1998 New Hampshire House, District 44 Won $0
Grand Total Raised $4,265

2012

Vaillancourt won re-election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Vaillancourt raised a total of $0.
New Hampshire House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Steve Vaillancourt's campaign in 2012
Total Raised in 2012$0
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Vaillancourt won re-election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Vaillancourt raised a total of $0.

2008

Vaillancourt won re-election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Vaillancourt raised a total of $0.

2006

Vaillancourt won re-election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Vaillancourt raised a total of $0.

2004

Vaillancourt won re-election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Vaillancourt raised a total of $0.

2002

Vaillancourt won re-election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Vaillancourt raised a total of $0.

2000 (House)

Vaillancourt won re-election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Vaillancourt raised a total of $0.

2000 (Senate)

Vaillancourt lost the election for the New Hampshire State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Vaillancourt raised a total of $4,265.

1998

Vaillancourt won election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Vaillancourt raised a total of $0.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 163rd New Hampshire General Court, first year, was in session from January 2 to July 1. In 2014, the 163rd New Hampshire General Court, second year, was in session from January 8 through June 13.

  • Legislators are scored based on votes on bills relating to economic freedom and prosperity.
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  • Legislators are scored based on pro-liberty and anti-liberty votes.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on key business legislation.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 162nd New Hampshire General Court, first year, was in session from January 5 through July 1. In 2012, the 162nd New Hampshire General Court, second year, was in session from January 4 through June 27.

  • Legislators are scored based on if they voted with the traditional principles and values of the Republican Party.
  • Legislators are scored based on pro-liberty and anti-liberty votes.
  • Legislators are scored based on pro-liberty and anti-liberty votes.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on key business legislation.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on key business legislation.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on 39 roll call votes in the House and 20 roll call votes in the Senate during the 2011-2012 session.

Controversies

Ejection from House chamber

On May 15, 2012, Vaillancourt was ejected from the New Hampshire House of Representatives chamber after he shouted "Sieg Heil" in response to then-Speaker William O'Brien ended debate on a voter identification bill. Speaker O’Brien ruled Vaillancourt out of order and had him removed from the chamber. Following an apology, Vaillancourt was allowed back into the chamber.[18]

Driving violations

On April 12, 2010, Vaillancourt pleaded no contest to charges of operating a vehicle after suspension, and operating with a suspended registration. He also pleaded guilty to speeding, doing 71 in a 50 mph zone. For the 3 charges, which all stemmed from an incident on November 18, 2009, he paid $723 in fines and penalties.

He was also cited for driving without proof of financial responsibility,failing to use turn signals and showing a law enforcement officer a suspended license. All of these charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.[19]

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[20]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Steve Vaillancourt's Biography," accessed August 27, 2013
  2. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2014 Filing Period," accessed July 1, 2014
  3. City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "Campaign Finance Reports Filed by Candidate," accessed December 27, 2013
  4. City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "Filings for Non-Partisan Municipal Primary Election," accessed August 21, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ted Siefer, New Hampshire Union Leader, "School district audit report lands with a thud," June 29, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Manchester School District, "Curriculum Audit of the Manchester School District," June 27, 2013
  7. Ted Siefer, "Manchester school audit points finger at school committee itself," June 26, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Ted Siefer, New Hampshire Union Leader, "Common core education talk draws opponents in Manchester," April 30, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 United States Census Bureau, "Hillsborough County, New Hampshire," accessed August 20, 2013
  10. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "Party Registration/Names on Checklist History," accessed August 20, 2013
  11. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2012 Election Information," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Election Results," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2010 Primary Election Results," accessed May 16, 2014
  14. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2010 General Election Results," accessed May 16, 2014
  15. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "State General Election - November 4, 2008," accessed August 27, 2013
  16. Follow the Money, "Farley, Michael," accessed August 27, 2013
  17. Follow the Money, "Vaillancourt, Steve," accessed August 5, 2013
  18. Michael Cleveland, The Telegraph, "State Rep shouts Nazi salute at Speaker of the House Bill O’Brien," May 16, 2012
  19. New Hampshire Union Leader, "State rep. guilty of driving violations," April 13, 2010
  20. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
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New Hampshire House Hillsborough 15
1996–present
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