Where they stand . . . David Watters, Candidate for New Hampshire Senate, District 4

by Isaac Epstein

Senator David Watters has represented Dover, Barrington, Rollinsford, and Somersworth in the New Hampshire Senate since 2012. In the most recent term, he has served as Deputy Majority Leader, and Chair of the Capital Budget and Transportation Committees. His priorities in Concord include strengthening public education, protecting the environment, and investing in the infrastructure that binds our communities together. He is a strong advocate for and friend to the BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and recovery communities. He is running for a fifth term to make sure that New Hampshire begins its recovery from the pandemic and recession and builds back a stronger, more just, and resilient society.

David was raised in West Hartford, Connecticut and educated at Dartmouth College and Brown University, David’s commitment to public service was inspired by his father, who was a Veteran’s Administration doctor for fifty years, and by his mother, who, after recuperating from polio,

worked for Easter Seals to promote its sheltered workshop in Hartford. David’s wife Jan Alberghene is also a retired English professor. They have one son, Harper, who is a soloist at the Houston Ballet and a breakout social media star.

David retired from the University of New Hampshire in 2017 after teaching 39 years in the English Department. He co-edited The Encyclopedia of New England and has written books and essays on literature and about New England’s old gravestones. He served on the executive committee of the UNH faculty union and for years was the only card-carrying union member in

the NH Senate.

David began community service by tutoring at the Dover Adult Learning Center, served as a Ward 1 selectman, and worked on Democratic campaigns. He served a term as chair of the Strafford County Democratic Committee and many terms on the Democratic State Committee. He was elected to the NH House of Representatives in 2008 and served two terms. In 2012 he was elected to the NH Senate. 

David and his son, Harper

David is running for re-election to strengthen healthcare in New Hampshire by giving more people access to it, especially given the COVID crisis. He was a strong proponent of NH’s original Medicaid expansion in 2016 and since then has worked across the aisle to protect and expand it. He also knows that we need to build back a stronger and more resilient economy. He has helped steer state support for Career and Technical Education programs facilitated resources needed to resume in-person classes.

As Chair of the Transportation Committee, David has made sure that the state begins to take climate change and sea level rise into account in the 10-Year Highway Plan. In the past session he passed a bill to establish a commission to study offshore wind and port development in the Gulf of Maine, and he currently chairs that commission. He drives a plug-in car that is powered by solar panels on the roof of his Dover home, and he is working hard to make these technologies more affordable for every Granite State family.

David's carpentry skills come in handy when he is campaigning for himself and others

When he is not chairing commissions and committees or helping constituents access state services, David enjoys spending time in his carpentry workshop. He trained as a carpenter before he became an educator, and still enjoys working with his hands, whether he’s making intricate artisanal wood boxes or rebuilding the cupola on his barn. He is an avid runner and reader, and enjoys seeing his son Harper perform in Houston and elsewhere.

David’s biggest passion is helping his constituents and his community. You can find him on the internet and all the social media sites, but the best way to get in touch is to email him at watterssenate@gmail.com

Isaac Epstein works as Senator Watters’ campaign manager, and previously managed Watters’ 2016 and 2018 campaigns. He is a former member of the NH House and serves on the boards of the Dover Dems, the Strafford County Dems, and the NH Young Dems.”


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