A little history
I admit it....I am NOT a politician. So what makes me qualified to be your next Governor?
Currently, I am a training project manager. What does this mean? It means that people have a problem in business and they tell me what it is. First, I do analysis on the problem to determine, with a group of experts in the subject, what the solution is. I draw up a plan to educate people on the best solution using the information that the experts give me. Then I find people who can develop that education, support the solution to the issue once the people are educated in it, and I make sure all of it complies with current laws, regulations, policies, and ethics. Then I make a plan with a deadline of how long each step in the process should take to implement and have meetings with all of those people involved to make sure things stay on track and everyone is informed of the status. I keep track of all documentation and push people to accomplish what they said they would accomplish and assist by doing reviews, mediation between parties, when someone hits a road block I find someone who can help them. Then I make sure the implementation of the solution is accessible to those who need it and work with people who can track success rates to make sure that implantation was successful. It doesn't end there though! Follow up is important! Was the solution the right one? Did it solve the problem? If not, re-analysis is required and the process may start all over again....
What will the Governor's job be?
The Governor works with a panel (The Executive Council), mediating issues that arise in the state house. She finds out what her clients (the People of New Hampshire) want and need and then help to find compromise to solve issues. Her job will be to make sure those solutions work. Getting people to work together to analyze and solve the problems that face our state without causing new problems and to do it in the interest in the people she serves, not special interest parties.
A little personal history about me:
I grew up in several New Hampshire small towns, my family followed the jobs around the state. I graduated from a regional public high school - Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook NH. Then I went on to an all woman's college in Virginia called Randolph-Macon Woman's College. When I graduated I returned to NH because I really missed my beautiful state. The lack of sales and income taxes, the honest up-front personalities of the people, the beauty of the white mountains and the 4 distinct seasons...winter, mud, summer, and leaf-peeper season. I was a tom-boy as a child who loved being outside. I remember living in Deering NH in elementary school, sitting in a tree relaxing while reading a book. A car went by our rarely travelled road and they stopped and got out their cameras, a man pointed out the window at me and yelled "Look kids! There's a kid in that tree!" yup...nothing like feeling like the hick in someone's travel plans and I know I am not the only one in this state who has had an experience like this.
I met my husband in a very modern way, we met through an online dating service. I was travelling for a living so meeting people was not so easy. He had 2 children when we met and I asked their permission to marry their father as they were important to us both and I wanted to be a part of their lives, not a separate person in their home. They accepted and I have been honored to be their second mother ever since. In 2009 we added one more addition to our family that tied us all together, our youngest son. Now I have 2 kids attending college (though one of them lives with his mother now, not with us) and one in public elementary school. We understand the costs of college and the public education system all too well!
In 2009, a couple months before our son was born, my husband's company was bought by a foreign company who laid off the entire art department. Many other companies did the same thing in this region, choosing instead to outsource their art to another country. This made it so the market is flooded with artists but the job openings are few and far between. 25 years of experience suddenly didn't matter any longer. We have been dealing with being a one-income family ever since so this is another area I can feel for the other citizens in New Hampshire. The "statistics" can say how improved our economy is but until we can stop sending our citizens to another state to find work and can put people to work who want to work, we are not where we need to be. Talk is cheap, I want to see action in this area.
I want to help all the families in New Hampshire to work, get successful educations, and just be allowed to live their lives without interference.