by Kristine Baber
Kristina “Tina” Fargo is excited about running for re-election to the New Hampshire House, where she represents Dover Ward 2. She describes her first term as one of the best experiences in her life. Concerned about the political climate in 2018 and not wanting to be a “couch complainer,” Tina decided to run for office and won.
Even though the position requires lots of hard work, three to five days a week in Concord, and a steep learning curve, she says that there was no question about running again. “There is so much work to do. I couldn’t imagine not going back. I couldn’t imagine walking away.”
Tina’s business degree from the University of Buffalo, her work in banking, and a 24-year career with Liberty Mutual prepared her to serve on the House’s Commerce & Consumer Affairs Committee. Her ability to troubleshoot and problem-solve, as well as her negotiation skills, serve her well in the House. She is passionate about ensuring that quality healthcare and insurance coverage, including drug coverage, are equally available for all. Tina also cares deeply about gun control, urging common-sense regulations and keeping firearms off school property. Addressing voter suppression and gerrymandering are among her other priorities.
Although COVID-19 and the current governor’s unprecedented number of vetoes have obstructed many of her committee’s bills, she is proud of those that were passed into law. These include a bill that protects provisions of the Affordable Care Act at the state level, another bill that caps out-of-pocket costs for insulin, requires insurers to cover the cost of EpiPens, and allows the wholesale importation of drugs to reduce costs.
Integrity, respect for others, and taking responsibility are among the values that guide Tina’s work as a State Rep. She explains that growing up, “integrity was a lesson we learned every day,” because it meant everything to her father, “a blue-collar guy who was a Democrat all of his life.”
Tina and her husband Tom, who works for the Department of Environmental Services in Concord and is a former State Rep, are long-time residents of Dover, having moved here in 1988. They have two adult children; a daughter who is finishing her Bachelor’s in Business Management and a son who is an Automation Engineer. Spending time with family, sitting by their firepit listening to music, reading, and doing jigsaw puzzles are among her leisure activities. She has also volunteered at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and is on the Riverside Rest Home Committee as part of the Community Delegation.
Tina wants voters to know that she is committed to working hard to represent Dover citizens, always taking the community’s interests into account. She is hopeful about the future. Tina believes “we need to unify and heal” and that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris could help “repair the country and restore integrity, empathy, and trust.”
Kristine is a retired UNH professor who has lived in Dover since 1984. She is past Chair of the Dover Dems and currently serves on the Candidate Recruitment & Campaign Committee and the Energy & the Environment Action Group.