What Do You Know About Your Local Candidates?
Yesterday I saw a video of interviews of random everyday people asking them questions about their local candidates. It saddened me. The only thing that made me happy about it was that it was NOT filmed in New Hampshire. These people knew nothing about their local candidates. They did not know what issues were important to them or even how they felt about the state that they were running for office in…
So I am going to make sure that if you read my website, you understand what I stand for. You understand why New Hampshire is such an important state in my eyes and why I feel that being the Governor of this state should not be a stepping stone to a Federal post, but an honor to be treated with respect.
Where do I stand on local issues? I believe that All NH Citizens:
Need to keep their constitutional rights, all of them
Need more jobs in state that pay a LIVABLE wage
Need better access to healthcare regardless of where they live in the state and this includes Mental Health and Addiction Services
Have a right to equitable public education regardless of what town they live in (equitable, meaning that it shouldn’t matter what town you live in, you should have access to a certain level of education for your children that will prepare them to enter college or the workforce with confidence) as well as affordable colleges.
Have a right to choose where their kids go to school, if that is a public, private, home, or charter school and they should know their rights regarding all of your options
Should have a say in bills that are passed in their state
Should not have to worry about their government officials being influenced by federal party decisions that have no bearing on the issues that NH faces
Should not have to worry about their government officials’ votes being purchased by special interests
Should feel confident that law enforcement is focused on the criminals instead of having the government force their attentions to non-criminals in attempt to garner favor
Should know that their government is focused on the issues that are important and not wasting tax payer money on issues that are not important at the time
What will I do to about these? I will fight to:
Change our welfare program to one that helps people get back to work with dignity without putting a burden on those who are still working
Bring more innovative technology and manufacturing companies to New Hampshire that offer livable wage jobs
Revamp our budget to put the money we have to those programs that best benefit the people of the state
Make drug addiction a health issue not a crime
Turn the attention of law enforcement to the drug dealers instead of the drug victims
Bring public issues to the public instead of the hands of the legislation alone
Make our education funding fair and equal
Bring more health facilities to towns where they are lacking they care they need
Remove the temptation of special interests by asking lobbyists to speak at town hall meetings or public forums instead of free private access to State Officials
Get legislators to work together with bi-partisan bills instead of party-line only initiatives
Make sure appointed officials represent all the people of NH
Work on ensuring fair access to educational options
What do I think of my state? Well NH is an amazing state! Many people don’t know what makes NH amazing. I think that is sad…let me share with you some facts about NH that make this such a great place with an amazing history:
NH was one of 5 states out of the first 13 that did not allow slavery. When the constitution was written, we took into account ALL people who lived in NH, regardless of color and we allowed people of all colors to vote from the first vote taken in our state.
NH was the first state to declare independence from England.
The first man in space hailed from Derry NH (Alan Shepard).
The first potato planted in the United States was planted in Londonderry NH in 1719.
NH had the first state constitution. Our current constitution is the second oldest in the country.
NH’s State House is the oldest capital where our legislature still meets in the same room as when it started.
NH started the first legal lottery
The first Women’s Strike in the United States happened in Dover NH and the Dover Cotton Mill.
The alarm clock was invented in NH
The first free public library in the country is from Peterborough NH and was opened in 1833
NH was the first to vote for the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776. We were given this honor because of our leadership in the revolution and why we should always be allowed to be the first in the nation to vote – if it wasn’t for NH’s leadership, other states may not have had the courage to stand up for our freedom. This was our reward so anytime it is discussed that another state should lead we should demand our right to be first!
NH is the only state to host a cessation of war for a foreign war (the Peace Treaty for the Russo-Japanese war was signed in Portsmouth NH in 1905)
NH invented the first combustible engine and the first steam ship in 1793 in Orford NH
NH had the first Credit Union in the country (St Mary’s Bank in Manchester opened in 1908 and is still open under the same name)
NH was the first to send a private citizen to space (Christa McAuliffe 1986, despite it’s tragic ending, this was still an historic event).
NH invented the snowmobile in either Bartlett or Ossippee depending on which you believe was the first true snowmobile – but both were in NH.
The largest private wild game preserve in all of North America is 25,000 acres near Croydon Mountain in Newport NH established in 1888
The first aerial passenger tramway was built in 1938 up in Franconia Notch
And don’t forget Segway….
What does all of this mean? It shows how resourceful, independent, strong, practical, equitable, and for the people this state is. I believe we are still all of these things, even if at times our government wants to fill us with fear or doubt, we can handle ourselves! We are an amazing state and when given the opportunity, we do amazing things! Our first leaders here were farmers and business men, they demanded their freedom from tyranny and oppression. They wanted self-representation and New Hampshire is one of the few states that still fights unfair taxation, and demands self-governance. I do not want us to become the same as other states with their high taxation and lack of localized governance. We are stronger when we are unified.
Allow me to help us stay a unified state. Sign a nomination petition today and tell the government that we need to end party politics that divide the country. Even President George Washington – a farmer who led our country when we needed him most – said that parties divide the country and are unhealthy when a country needs to stand together.
Parties have been splitting up our country since they were first formed during his presidency.
They haven’t stopped.