I am a candidate for the NH House of Representatives for Carroll County District 2, which includes Chatham, Conway. Eaton, and Hales Location.  Thanks to the support of scores of registered voters in the district, I have gained a spot on the General Election Ballot in November by means of nomination papers as I will be running as an Independent, not beholden to either the Republican or Democratic Parties.

I realize this is a difficult path to victory, but after much reflection, consultation and prayer I also realize this is my attempt to enter this particular political arena in good conscience.  As an independent, I will not be beholden to any ideology, special interest or political boss.  When elected I will be 100% free of such crippling influences and therefore able to represent the people.  My campaign motto is “People Above Politics.”

In order to be able to best serve in good conscience I will not seek or accept campaign contributions from any political action committee, union organization or corporate and business concern.  In fact, I will not accept any campaign contribution from any individual in excess of $25.  It is past time to rid all special interest money as the driving force that determines our state’s policy.  I cannot be bought, my vote cannot be bought. Our liberties, our freedoms, the dreams of our children, as well as the current and future well being our senior citizens are not for sale.

I oppose the insidious new gasoline tax.  This tax is regressive and greatly hurts those least able to pay it.  Worse than being another new tax, the gasoline tax has created additional increase in prices on other necessities such as groceries, milk and bread.  The impact of this so-called gasoline tax is the adoption of what is really a tax on gasoline and on food.  I look forward to having discussions on this issue during the campaign.

The state needs to do more to meet its financial obligation to public education.  Year after year we hear from politicians that they support education.  Now is the time for the state to put the money behind its words.  The property taxpayer is beyond tapped out.  We are beginning to see people on fixed incomes having to dip into their personal savings and reserves in order to pay their property tax.  This is a critical issue: property tax relief is possible, and it must be forthcoming.  It requires that the Legislature realize that in order to maintain our American way of life, to ensure that the pursuit of the American Dream is available for future generations, we must invest more in our public schools.  The days when the state believes it is fulfilling their charge by heaping one unfunded state mandate in top of another are over.  If the state mandates a program – the state should pay for that program.

I fully support the 2nd Amendment and will oppose infringements on the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.  Gun control laws in other parts of the country have not and do not work.  In New Hampshire we have thousands of men and women who enjoy hunting and fishing, gun collectors, and those who take responsibility for their own personal protection.  We should not be expected to surrender our constitutional rights as a reaction to the evil and tragic actions of murderers and thieves.

We need to get serious when it comes to our crumbling programs that deal with mental health issues.  New Hampshire needs to build more mental health facilities and provide more beds to help those in need of mental health treatment.

In conclusion,  It was thirty years ago this year that I announced I was a candidate for the N.H. State Senate.  I was  32 year old medieval studies major at Plymouth State, attending classes during the day and working as a custodian during the night.  To the surprise of the establishment I won the Republican primary against the incumbent and went on to be elected twice to the Senate.  Since leaving the Senate I have remained active in public service as a member of school boards, as a selectman, a library trustee, and as a member of the State’s Traffic Safety Commission and Public Employee Labor Relations Board.  I have the experience, the drive and the passion and skill sets to represent all the people in the NH House of Representatives.  I would be honored to have your support and your votes.  Thank you.