State Senate candidate Youssef stresses business background
LACONIA — Lakes Region native Josh Youssef believes the New Hampshire State Senate needs an entrepreneur’s point of view to help direct fiscal policy.
Youssef’s parents own Lakes Region Dock Company in Belmont, and he said he grew up understanding the needs of customers and small businesses.
Now 36, he is owner of a computer repair franchise and has seen the ups and downs of the economy impact customers and businesses.
He said he is running for the District 7 State Senate seat as a Republican to see government run in a lean manner, finding ways to reduce cost and leverage technology.
That is not all that different than running a business, now in difficult times, he said.
In 2005 he started Same Day Computer with the concept that folks who ran into computer problems could come in at noon with their laptops and have the problem diagnosed and solved by 5 p.m. so that they could be back to work the next day.
“It has been a successful and simple plan,” which has allowed stores to be opened and people employed in Concord, Manchester, Laconia, Portsmouth, Dover, Belmont and soon in Franklin, he said.
Youssef says that with streamlined service government can do the same with the public as a customer.
He said he would also work to “repair a broken education system” and look at options for property tax relief.
He is headed into a November election against Democrat Andrew Hosmer to represent Laconia, Franklin, Belmont, Andover, Boscawen, Canterbury, Gilford, Northfield, Salisbury and Webster in the newly formed New Hampshire State Senate District 7.
Youssef is a 1994 graduate of Laconia High School. He spent one year at Syracuse University studying computer engineering and one year at the University of New Hampshire studying computer science. He started a business out of his dorm room, which grew quickly, and he said he never looked back at finishing his degree.
He lived for awhile in San Diego where he met and married Bethany Youssef. They have one son, age 8, but divorced six years ago. The Youssefs have had a contentious divorce which has been publicized but he said his motivations for running have nothing to do with railing against the legal system and how it handles divorced fathers, as some have alleged. Instead, he said his interests are in fiscal policy and helping entrepreneurs improve the economy.
He said he has increased his child support from $700 to $1,270 a month to retroactively deal with child support requirements and has not appealed the court’s decision. He said he was never behind on support.
“I have a duty to my son and I treat it with the highest regard,” he said.
Voters can meet Youssef and Hosmer at a number of forums before the election.
In Canterbury on Oct. 18, the two will be available at Town Hall from 7 to 8 p.m.
Lakes Region Community Services will host a Legislative Meet and Greet on Oct. 25, from 6 to 7 p.m at its offices at 719 No. Main Sreet in Laconia.
A candidate forum sponsored by the NH Timberland Owners Association and the NH Farm Bureau will be held Oct. 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Meredith Community Center, 1 Circle Drive, Meredith.
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