June 1 - June 10 is the official candidate filing period for elected official hopefuls in the state of New Hampshire. So June 1st, I got into my car and headed up to Concord, NH with my paperwork and $100 administration fee check to official become one of those hopefuls...
The trip did not go exactly according to plan...I managed to burst one of my tires on the way there and so had to pull over to change it. I have peripheral neuropathy and nerve damage so am not the strongest of people, so needless to say I could not get the lug nuts off the tire. LUCKILY a wonderful gentleman who works for Amoskeag Beverages stopped and helped me get that tire off and put the spare one on. I believe his name was Marty or Morty... So much happened yesterday that now I forget his name! Well, if he is reading this - THANK YOU!!! I cannot tell you how much I appreciated the assistance!!
Thanks to him I went up and met with the notary who sat with me and notarized my signature for both the Intent to Run for Governor and for the Voluntary Pledge not to spend more than $625,000 on my candidacy ( a very easy thing for me since I don't have that much money sitting around any way). Then I hopped back into the car and off to the State House!
When I got there, a group of people were having lunch on the green, a couple men in suits were walking about but not too much seemed to be happening. I thought there would be a line of people at the Secretary of State's door, but there was not. There were a couple of people sitting at the table talking about their paperwork with someone and there was a lobbyist talking with the lady I needed to speak with (Pamela). I waited patiently for them to complete their conversation and then greeted Pamela. She is incredibly friendly and professional so if anyone ever fears going to the Secretary of State's office to work with them, let me tell you that I have had nothing but pleasant experiences with everyone I have spoken to there! Diane, Pamela, David - all incredible people!
Pamela looked over my paperwork, made sure I knew I was filing as a 3rd Party / Independent candidate and I said that was correct. Then she glanced everything over one more time and told me that everything was in order and complete and I was now officially filed with them!
It was so much easier than I thought...I have always seen pictures of candidates signing papers at the State House when they go to register - even this year I saw Kelly Ayotte had gone in before me and was at the table doing paperwork. I guess they wait to sign their paperwork until they are actually at the State House so they can get their picture taken doing it. I came prepared because I hate wasting peoples' time and I didn't want to take up the time of those people at the Secretary of State's office when they have a lot of people and paperwork coming in over the next couple of days. I didn't call reporters on my way in and as an Independent I am still pretty unknown so I did not have a line of picketers or supporters lining the walk way. That was fine by me also.
Afterwards, I took my mother out to lunch at the Windmill in Concord to celebrate.
Today I went to the Secretary of State's website to check the listing of filed candidates. They have the listing of Republicans and Democrats who have filed for any office as of the 1st, but sadly did not have a list of 3rd Party / Independents. So I am not showing up. I called the office to check on this and was told that they received so many candidacies yesterday they simply had not yet gotten up the 3rd Party / Independents list yet but not to fear, it WILL go up. So far this office has been professional and pleasant and very fair in all of their dealings with me even though I am not a party member so I have faith that if they tell me it is due to the amount of work they are having to do to get each list up, than they are being honest. I will keep a watch and will post as soon as the website shows that I am officially filed!
In the meantime....I still need to finish gathering my 3000 signed nomination forms or that $100 was just thrown in the garbage can! My daughter is gathering a group of young adults to go door-to-door with her to tell people who I am and ask for signatures. It's something I didn't really want to do, but there is no other way to find people. We hope to do this one day only. I am also hoping to set up a table at the Hollis Flea Market - the oldest Flea Market in NH to personally introduce myself to people. I love meeting NH citizens, everyone I've met so far has been so positive and so incredibly passionate about their issues and opinions. Certainly one of the reasons I love the people of my state so much!
If you would like to help see me get on the ballot as an Independent for NH Governor, please fill in a nomination form today and mail it to me! Just click the Nomination Form button in the top menu of this page!
Thank you and I look forward to working with you all once elected!