Why am I running for office?

I was asked by a local newspaper to fill in a candidate survey. When done I realized that the completed survey is a good discussion of who I am and why I am running. So, here it is……………

—Why are you running for State Representative in Carroll County?

My entire life I have always participated in organizations where I have lived.  I was active in my high school, the same in college and when raising my family I was always involved.  If it was athletic programs, civic volunteer groups or town politics, I participated.

When it comes to politics I feel we all have a voice and you should use this voice.. I have retired to New Hampshire and I have found my voice.  I recognize these are very historic times.  Women are finding their voices and men are listening and supporting these women.  I want to be part of this history and I want to be on the correct side of history.

I cannot sit back and remain silent I am stepping up to the plate and getting in this game.  I’m passionate about issues.  I am educated and capable.  In college the Dean of Students said,  “Having that diploma proves you can participate, retain enough material to move on to the next level and you didn’t quit.”.  I don’t quit.

We need public servants in government.  I am that candidate who works within the system to make our system work.  I live in Carroll County, I am equipped to look at the issues, listen to the people and fight for the hard working families. I’m here, I’m prepared and I’m asking for your vote.

—What do you think are 3 most important issues you plan to address if elected, and what steps would you take?

Issues

  • Fund and improve our public schools.
  • Expand access to affordable health care
  • Protect New Hampshire’s Environment and citizens from Corporate Special Interests

Success for all three of theses issues depends on having a budget, and working within this  budget.  We must figure out the budget with the people as the priority not the corporations and stockholders getting bonuses. People should be the primary concern of successful programs before any special interest.

—What sets you apart as a candidate for state representative (qualifications or achievements)?

I have a background in coaching.  As a team player you use the skills and strengths you have to play the entire game.  No one person wins alone on a team.  It is the cooperation, talent and commitment of many to be successful.  I am that leader who can motivate people, figure out the answers to the problems, and come up with the strategy to make plans work..

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.