First and foremost, I believe that people need to come before politics. Assuring that all of Bedford's citizens are listened to with thoughtfulness and respect is a priority. With a proven track record of effective communication, common sense and commitment, I have been and will continue to be a true bipartisan leader in state government. - Sue
Why Vote For MULLEN?
Sue Mullen Knows Bedford
39 Years as Teacher/Counselor in the BSD
NH native; has lived in Bedford since 1988
Elected in 2018 as NH Representative for Bedford
Sue Mullen is Committed to Representing Bedford
100% Attendance Record
Member of the House Education Committee
Serves on the Commission on Mental Health Ed, Behavioral Health and Wellness Programs, K-12
Member of the Children's Caucus
Serves on the Hillsborough County Committee on Aging Populations
As a member of the House Education Committee, I have seen firsthand how where you live in NH effects the quality of educational opportunities available. Adequately funding all communities needs to be a priority to ensure that young people from every zip code are able to access programs that prepare them for a bright future. The impact of the COVID crisis required school districts to incorporate remote learning into their instructional models overnight. Moving forward, we need to ensure that all students and staff have access to to equipment and internet services, that professional development results in informed change, and that the strong partnerships forged between school and home continue long after the pandemic has passed.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) such as death of a family member, divorce, domestic violence, parental drug addiction, etc...have been tied to negative behavioral and mental health outcomes across the country. Here in NH, one out of ten adults reports experiencing four or more ACEs. When we look at the circumstances influencing the Opioid Crisis, homelessness, crime, suicide, depression, obesity, and the vast array of other mental health related issues, we must consider the impact of early intervention on adult outcomes and support NH’s 10 Year Mental Health Plan to do more.
According to the US Census Bureau, between 18% - 20% of NH’s population is 65 years of age or older, and that number is likely to get larger as babyboomer life expectancy increases. Along with acquired wisdom, older adults are more likely to experience income insecurity, social isolation, and the need for ongoing healthcare. Affordable housing is at a premium for those able to maintain their independence, and the recent pandemic has taught us that we need to take greater measures to assure quality of life and safety in our residential facilities. I am committed to making sure that we cherish and value our elders as extended family, as vibrant community members whose contributions should never be lost in the narrative just because they have grown old. They deserve our respect, and they need our help.