Rep. Bill O’Connor for Strafford 4 (Barrington)

Rep. Bill O’Connor, who is a Republican running for one of two seats in Democratic-leaning Barrington (Strafford 4), voted with Cornerstone 100 percent of the time during his past two years of service in the Legislature.

While the one bill Rep. O’Connor co-sponsored (HB 125) to reduce regulations for New Hampshire’s firearm manufacturing industry didn’t make it, the freshman legislator still had a successful year promoting business growth and development and reducing utility costs as a member of the Science, Technology and Energy Committee.

Rep. O’Connor, who was pleased by how much progress the outgoing Legislature made in advancing conservative principles, said the Legislature’s “greatest accomplishment” was the passage of a balanced budget (HB 1 and HB 2 ) that cut spending, taxes and fees without downshifting costs to counties, cities and towns.

Upon re-election, Rep. O’Connor said he wants to remain on the Science, Technology and Energy Committee, so he can continue to work on lowering utility costs for New Hampshire’s families.

“The people of New Hampshire need a break from high utility bills,” O’Connor said. “I know New Hampshire families can do a better job spending their own money instead of giving it to the special interest groups that are getting it now through various state-mandated programs.”

Specifically, Rep. O’Connor said he wants to continue the fight to get New Hampshire out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which is a cap-and-trade scheme that adds cost to every electric bill. He also said he wants to work on easing the renewable portfolio standards, which require electricity customers to buy a certain percentage of expensive renewable energy with no opt-out option.