Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy

On Eve of Election, New Hampshire’s candidates for Governor and U.S. Senate all support paid leave

As Granite Staters prepare to go to the polls tomorrow, on Election Day, 82% of New Hampshire residents support a paid family and medical leave insurance program.

In response to voters’ overwhelming support for this modern, common-sense workplace policy, U.S. Senate candidates Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan, as well as gubernatorial candidates Chris Sununu and Colin Van Ostern, have all expressed support for paid family and medical leave insurance in debates and forums over the last month, though they differ in their approach.

Building a Family Friendly Economy Forum, October 31, 2016 
Question: Will you commit to supporting a policy guaranteeing paid family and medical leave in the next Congress?

Governor Maggie Hassan, Democratic Nominee for U.S. Senate: "When we are welcoming new life into the world or needing to take time out to care for a loved one – maybe it's someone with addiction or maybe it's an aging parent – we certainly shouldn't have to choose between doing that and earning our living. And this is a difference between my opponent and me in this race. I support guaranteeing paid family leave, and she has voted against that." 

Senator Kelly Ayotte, Republican Nominee for U.S. Senate: "If we can set up a [federal] backdrop to allow states to create those kinds of programs, I think that it is best if the state designs what it should be for leave in their state..."

NH1 Gubernatorial Debate, October 31, 2016 
Question: Will you support a paid family and medical leave program for all NH citizens?

Councilor Colin Van Ostern, Democratic Nominee for Governor: “I do believe that every worker should have the opportunity to earn paid sick and family leave.”

Councilor Chris Sununu, Republican Nominee for Governor: “Yes. Absolutely.”