Profile: Representative Amelia Keane – Ward 4

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Amelia Keane
NH House of Representatives
Ward 4

Representative Keane will begin her 1st term in the 2017-2018 session.  

The Nashua Telegraph ran the following posting for Amelia on October 28th, 2016:

“Keane is a 25-year-old biology student at UNH Manchester set to graduate in spring 2017. She is a lifelong Nashua resident, an Army reservist and executive director of the New Hampshire Young Democrats.

I have never held a political office before, but my interest in getting involved in politics comes from my work as a fellow with NextGen Climate. They work to advocate for clean energy and climate-change mitigation within politics.

I enjoyed engaging with young people about politics and wanted to continue doing that in a venue where I could have more influence, which is how I got involved in my current campaign.

I grew up in Nashua with my parents and three sisters. As a first-generation college student with aspirations to go to medical school, I understand the value of hard work.

I joined the military to assist with college and currently work to put myself through school and support myself. I think that I bring a perspective to the Statehouse that is both young and compassionate. I hope to be a voice for everyone in this state.

In particular, I want to focus on the issues young people are faced with or feel passionately about in this state. Namely, addressing factors that keep retention of young folks low, high tuition, job opportunity, higher minimum wage and affordable childcare.

Also, with the opioid addiction still on the rise in the state, you would be hard-pressed to find someone my age who does not have a personal story about themselves or someone they know suffering from addiction.

I would like to see New Hampshire as leader in clean energy and preparedness for severe weather events related to climate change. New Hampshire is nearly 84 percent forest, and these forests are a staple for our tourism revenue, so we have too much at stake to preemptive in our preparation.

Above all, I would like to help New Hampshire be a place where young people want to come to have a career and raise a family.”

My position on the issues:  I hope to be a voice for everyone in this state, especially focused on issues affecting young people – tuition cost, job opportunities, minimum wage and affordable child care.

  • to lower tuition
  • to create new job opportunities
  • to raise the minimum wage
  • to access affordable child care
  • to address the opioid addiction epidemic
  • to help veterans transition to civilian life
  • to become a leader in clean energy

You would be hard pressed to find a college student, like me, who does not have a personal story about themselves or someone whom they know suffering from drug addiction.  Why not use some alcohol tax revenue towards treatment and prevention?

Did you know that Manchester alone has over about 300 homeless veterans?  I would like to see research done into the factors that are preventing veterans from having a successful transition to civilian life.

New Hampshire is nearly 84% forest and these forests are a staple for our tourism revenue so we have too much at stake to preemptive in our preparation. Above all, I would like to help New Hampshire be a place that young people want to come to have a career and raise a family.

Accomplishments:

  • Executive Director – NH Young Democrats
  • Young Person of the Year – Stay Work Play NH
  • Started new recycling program and environmental club – UNH (Manchester)
  • Medic / LPN – US Army Reserves
  • Fellow – NextGen Climate
  • Dean’s List – Senior at UNH (Manchester) – BA in Bioilogical Sciences

Stay Work Play is a non-profit focused on supporting ongoing economic, workforce and community development by promoting NH as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play.

Background:

I grew up in Nashua with my parents and three sisters. As first generation college student with aspirations to go to medical school, I understand the value of hard work. I joined the military to assist with college, and currently work to put myself through school and support myself.

My interest in getting involved in politics came from my work as a fellow with NextGen Climate. They work to advocate for clean energy and climate change mitigation within politics. I enjoyed engaging with young people and was really inspired by all of their enthusiasm on issues. As enthusiastic as they were, however, many are reluctant to really get involved. I want to serve as an example of someone who is young, who has a lot on there plate, and can still be hugely involved in politics. I wanted to better understand the issues that folks in NH deal with so that I could better engage with people on those issues and be constructive with solutions.

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