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Common Core foe emerges to challenge Democrat Bette Lasky for Nashua state senate seat

CONCORD – Nashua Republican Doris Hohensee said when no one else would step up, she decided to take on state Sen. Bette Lasky, D-Nashua, in one of the most Democratic districts in the state.

Hohensee, a longtime advocate of home schooling and public education reform, said opposition to the Common Core standards are a major issue in this campaign. ...

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CONCORD – Nashua Republican Doris Hohensee said when no one else would step up, she decided to take on state Sen. Bette Lasky, D-Nashua, in one of the most Democratic districts in the state.

Hohensee, a longtime advocate of home schooling and public education reform, said opposition to the Common Core standards are a major issue in this campaign.

“We are seeing a coalition mobilizing against this because it’s bad for the teachers and bad for the students. We’ve got labor unions with concerns, school boards saying it should be delayed or done away with,” Hohensee said.

“As far as I’m concerned, Bette Lasky has done nothing about this and so my involvement will either move her to do something, or I’ll get in there and change things.”

Hohensee is a mother of six children and in 2010 co-founded New Hampshire Families for Education, a group dedicated to increasing involvement of parents in education.

Lasky is seeking her third term in the Senate, her first two broken up by a defeat in 2010 by Gary Lambert, R-Nashua.

The upset win for Lambert was the first time a Republican had won in Senate District 13 in 94 years. Nashua Wards 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 make up the district.

This is Hohensee’s second bid for legislative office. She was a GOP nominee but lost in 2012 running for one of three seats from Ward 3 in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

Hohensee has been very involved in political organizing for conservative causes in the state. She’s a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus, a group dedicated to targeting for defeat state senators who supported higher taxes and expanded Medicaid coverage under Obamacare.

In 2012 the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance named her Volunteer of the Year.

Kevin Landrigan can reached at 321-7040 or klandrigan@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Landrigan on Twitter (@Klandrigan).