A recent experience at the Transfer Station

Today I started campaigning by going to the transfer station to meet people, share information and expand my new political career. Let me tell you, I am afraid!

In my life experience I have been naive and thought everyone loves children, dogs and women’s sports. Only to find out that they don’t. Well it happened again! Many people are not interested in politics, don’t like politics and don’t agree with my politics.

Three young women (with children) told me they never vote, the system doesn’t work and they really didn’t want any information. A man looked at my information and said, “I don’t vote for Democrats!” An older lady (with a cross hanging on a chain) looked at me wide eyed and raised her voice and said “I’m for life“. Since we had not exchanged any words I was kind of quiet and she said, ”so you believe in killing babies“. I responded that I believe in choice. She then proceeded to talk loudly about heartbeats (the information she was stating is inaccurate). No conversation was happening there.

Out of the hour and a half I was there some people said thank you but the majority really had no interest in any election.

I’m not going to give up on finding my votes. I will continue and I’m still excited to represent our district but it’s not going to be easy.

“I think I can, I think I can!”

Just read this and it says it all!

My running mate Theresa Swanick received this article a friend re-posted. I am not sure of the source we believe it is from Beto O’Rourke in Texas.

He puts into words so much of what I identify with and I want to share. I want to surround myself with people who I can identify with and work with. I share this to create conversation and thoughts !

“We’re not running against anyone else or another political party. We’re running to do our best for this country, for every one of us. To make sure that we can all learn to our full potential by getting behind our public educators; to ensure that we are all well enough to contribute to our maximum capacity in life because we will lead on universal, guaranteed healthcare; to use our standing as the most diverse state in the country to rewrite our immigration laws in our own image; to ensure that our criminal justice system treats everyone with dignity, respect and provides equal justice; to know that every one of us can find work that ensures purpose, function and a living wage, that we have access to the higher education, the skills and the training to be able to find it; to be there for those who’ve borne the battle, with resources, oversight and accountability for veterans’ services — to move forward, always. With confidence, courage, strength and, in Truman’s words, “with an unstoppable determination to do the job at hand.” Leave the fear, the anxiety, the hatred and the smallness behind.”

Thoughts about Senator John McCain

I have spent time watching the services for John McCain this morning. A newscaster said that John McCain felt this next election is going to be one of the most important in modern time.

I am very proud to be a candidate. My neighbor asked me why was I doing this. I feel we all need to participate in our future. I’m interested, I’m capable and I want to be an active participant in deciding our future! John McCain said each day you make a decision and what you do with the decision can effect the rest of your life. My decision to run for public office is going to change my life. I’m prepared and ready to make a difference for my community, my state and our nation. In advance of this election I thank my friends that support me and my family that stand with me.

I thank John McCain for all that he did in life (even though I did not always agree with him). He has left us but in his passing he arranged this service to remind us, we are all important! As best we can, we must follow his example and be involved. Please get involved and Vote!

July 17, 2018 Thoughts for Today

Why am I running? Until now I have confined volunteer and civic work to things that directly bear on my family and the immediate geographic area of where I lived at the moment. I coached youth athletic teams, was a La Leche League group leader, was active in town politics and so on. Now I am retired and my family is grown and gone. I have time and energy available to expand the scope of what I would like to do for my community.

Ossipee is part of Carroll County District 5. That NH legislative district includes Ossippe, Wakefield, Effingham and Brookfield and elects three representatives to the NH General Court (the official name of our State Legislature).  I am not aware of anyone from Ossipee representing our District for at least a decade and most likely much longer. The same can be said of a woman representative and/or a Democrat. Our District has a substantial history of being represented by Republican men from some town other than Ossipee. I’m going to change that!

If nothing changes, nothing changes. We need fresh blood and fresh ideas in Concord.