Running for Governor in NH - An Independent Journey
I started this journey several years ago when I was in High School. I was chosen to be a part of something called "Granite Girls State" (Hosted by the American Legion Auxillary) where Sophmore Girls (there is also a Granite Boys State that plays the same role for my make counterparts), throughout the state are chosen to represent their high school at a week-long event that immerses them in the New Hampshire political system. It was wonderful. I was one of 3 girls chosen from my school, Merrimack Valley High in Penacook NH. We went down to a local college and learned about the different branches of government. We then had to decide what role we wanted to play in government. I chose to be a Senator. I had to campaign and win the votes of the other girls there. I won!! We then separated into different focus groups such as human rights, military, health, and so forth...we had to write bills and get them approved through the Senate and the House and then get them passed through the Governor. We had an actual session in the State House where we were called to our seats in the same way that the real House and Senate are called and we voted in the same manner. We actually managed to pass a few bills that we had written. It was an amazing experience to say the very least.
Since then I have stayed involved in all aspects of what our State and Country are doing politically and have tried to teach my children how to not just listen to what a politician says on an add, but how to delve deeper. When they say "I understand the Middle Class", what about their lives shows you that they could? Did they pay for their own college? Are they still paying college loans? Do they have debt? Does the thought of a gas tax make them review their finances? Do they worry about how to send their kids to college? If not, then they cannot possibly understand what being middle class is. if they don't understand middle class, how can they understand those people who make less money? If the person went to Harvard Law and didn't have to work his way through to pay for it. If he's been in politics his whole life and is great friends with the CEO of this company and the CEO of that company....he may not understand what it's like to make decisions based on when his next pay check arrives. If he's out playing golf in the middle of the work day....well, you get the point.
My daughter told me every year she would like to see me run for office. She loves to listen to my points of view on issues and why they are important or how to read past headlines to find out what is going on. She learned a lot from me and I am proud of her, now it's time for her to be proud of me. I always tell her to go forward towards your dreams and not be afraid of them as long as you try your hardest, stay honest and true, and keep your promises. Yet I let my fear of not being one of the privileged class hold ME back from making this attempt. No longer...It's time to remember the phrase "Government For The People, BY The People".