Nominations - How and Why?
By request....some people have asked if I could post a copy of the nomination form to my site as they don't think they can make it to the Signature Drives but want to be able to sign a nomination form to allow me on the ballot. Originally I thought it would be better to get these signed in person so you could have a chance to meet me and get to know me and what I'm about, but I'm posting a copy of the for to this blog post. You can now go in and print this form off (it's a pdf document) and mail it back to me. I will need to receive it by June 1st.
Here is how to fill it in....
The form is in 3 sections. My section is the top, which I already filled in. The middle section is yours.
You MUST be a registered voter to fill this in. They will check at the Secretary of State's office to make sure.
- The first line is for your Signature.
- The second line is for you to write your name (so they can read it and verify you are registered)
- The third line is for your address (where you live and are registered)
- The last line is for your mailing address if it is different.
- There is a space for Ward - this only applies if you live in one of NH's cities (I do not know what makes these places cities versus towns like Salem and Derry which are not on the list...) and have a voting ward:
- Claremont (3 wards)
- Concord (10 wards)
- Dover (6 wards)
- Franklin (3 wards)
- Keene (5 wards)
- Laconia (6 wards)
- Lebanon (3 wards)
- Manchester (12 wards)
- Nashua (9 wards)
- Portsmouth (5 wards)
- Rochester (6 wards)
- Somersworth (5 wards)
If you are not in one of the above towns you can leave the ward blank.
The third section is for the Supervisors of the Checklist who will be verifying that you are an actual registered voter and your signature matches what they have on file (in other words....don't sign for someone else, it's illegal and I only want people to sign if they WANT to sign).
Once I get all of the nomination forms I must then put them all in alphabetical order by municipality and then by surname and submit them to the Secretary of State's Office (anyone want to help?).
Signing a nomination does not mean you have to vote for me! What it means is that you agree that I have the right, as a NH citizen, to run and give proof to the other citizens of NH that I am worthy of your vote. Republicans and Democrats are required to submit a $100 administration fee OR 200 signatures in order to run for Governor. Independents must submit a $100 administration fee AND 3000 nomination signatures in order to be allowed on the ballot. I suppose this is meant to keep everyone from running for office, even though it seems a bit unfair as I still need to campaign but Republicans and Democrats can begin campaigning and fundraising immediately where-as Independents need to spend the beginning of their campaign rallying signatures. This is okay with me, this process should help prove that I am worth your time. I suppose I could take the easy route, as some have asked me, and join a party as some have suggested to make the process more simple...but the job of Governor is not easy. I don't want to represent a party. I want to represent YOU. All of the money I am getting in donations is from people in NH. I am not leaving the state to fundraise as some of my competition is...I am not getting my help from Washington outsiders or PACS. When candidates go to Washington to raise money it tells me they are not really interested in being the Governor of NH. They are interested in using it as a stepping stone to go to Washington. I am not looking to go to Washington, I am looking to work in New Hampshire. I want my office in Concord. My goal is to be the best Governor this state has ever seen and if I can accomplish that I will continue to be that until you, the people of New Hampshire, no longer think that I can (or until I realize I can't do the job any longer and retire from it on my own).
To those of you who have already signed a nomination form, or are planning to come to a Signature Drive, or would like to host a Signature Drive - from the bottom of my heart, I thank you. I won't let you down. I have taken note of every story, heart break, or rant in anger that you have blessed me with by sharing it with me. I am keeping them all so that when I am elected to represent you at the State House I can bring them out and say....Okay, I have 2 years...what can I accomplish first from this list? And then give it my all...I will work through that list and fight against any and all corruption or selfish interest that stands in the way of working towards bettering this wonderful state.
I believe in the greatness of New Hampshire. I believe in the people of New Hampshire and I know that we can work TOGETHER to make it better. I know there is a lot of work to do and I know I can't accomplish it all in 2 years, but I also know that if I spend those 2 years working hard to end crony-ism, corruption, and self-interest while working to fix the issues you all presented to me, that you'll see my dedication and give me another 2 years to keep going and that if I can keep your faith with good old New Hampshire hard work and perseverance that you will keep letting me fix things. Then maybe....just maybe, we can send a message to others that REAL change comes from hard work, not Corporate Greed or Washington Lobbyists....
The only way to prove this though....is to get the politicians out and put the hard working people in, let's change what a NH politician is...let's start by signing a nomination form to let an Independent prove herself to you....Download and print out the form I attached in the link above and mail it to me at the address I listed in the top section. You do that, and I will spend my time proving that you put your faith in the right place.