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Jim Steiner enters NH Congressional race with National Service as a top campaign issue

Posted by aaronjmarquez on October 28, 2007

 

Jim Steiner (NH-R), a man with a distinguished record of service to his community and country, announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress from New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District.  According to the Concord Monitor, among the issues that Mr. Steiner plans to address in his campaign includes National Service, which indicates a growing bi-partisan trend for federal races in the Granite State and across the country.

Steiner said one of his biggest goals, if he were elected, would be to push young people to serve in programs such as AmeriCorps and VISTA. To do so, Steiner… said he favors giving participants “G.I. Bill-like” benefits.

“If you take young people out of their hometowns and you put them in with other people around the country, by default they learn what the rest of the country is like…”

The stepfather of a current AmeriCorps member serving with the Student Conservation Association at Bear Brook State Park in Yucca Valley, California,  Mr. Steiner rightly suggests on his campaign website that government should “use its bully pulpit to encourage our universities and colleges to adopt tuition deferments in recognition of such service.”

If victorious in the Republican Primary, Mr. Steiner will face U.S. Congressman Paul Hodes (NH-D), early supporter of City Year New Hampshire, in November 2008.  

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