Take a few minutes to find out about us No-vote candidates before Election Day

OPINION

Rise. Speak. It’s your turn.


Election day is approaching, and when you head to the polling booth on November 8, the names at the top of the ballot will be very familiar to you, mostly from the deluge of TV ads and direct mail you’ve seen over the past few years. weeks.

But I would like you to take a minute to consider the names at the bottom of the ballot, those who don’t have million-dollar advertising budgets, those who are running for state legislature.

I am one of them.

If elected, I will be one of 400 state officials who will spend considerable time in Concord working on hundreds of bills in committee meetings and legislative voting sessions, and I will be paid 100 $ per year plus mileage.

So why am I doing it? I’m not trying to make a name for myself. At 65, I’m not exactly a rising star. And clearly, it’s not for the money.

I’m doing it because I think it’s important and I recognize how lucky I am to be old enough to retire and healthy enough to handle it. I also do it because I believe in democracy. You cannot have representative government if no one is willing to serve as a representative. Most people I know who run would say the same thing.

The other reason is that many important issues are decided at the state level. The amount of money the city receives from the state impacts our property taxes and the quality of our public schools. The Medicaid expansion must be reauthorized this quarter. Thousands of our neighbors in Manchester who find themselves out of work or not earning enough to buy insurance from the ACA could find themselves without access to healthcare.

In the last session, when Republicans couldn’t pass bills to restrict abortion, or create a school voucher program, or impose a restriction on teaching “dividing concepts,” they slipped them into the budget. Rest assured that these items will be back on the agenda for the next session to make them permanent. These are not the things that will improve the quality of life for Granite Staters and they are not what the Legislature should be focusing on.

Finally, the state determines the voting rules. We should make it easier for citizens to participate and make their voices heard. The erosion of the right to vote that we have seen in recent years is very troubling. Our vote is our best tool to empower our elected officials. Without it, we cannot call ourselves a democracy.

Manchester has 33 state representatives, two for each ward and the remainder in multi-ward floating districts. Most of us who run knock on your doors and leave our flippers to introduce ourselves.

If we’re passing by, please take a minute to talk with us. We don’t do this just to get your vote, we do it to understand the needs and concerns of the people we may represent at Concord. If you’re not home when we strike, please review our documentation and use the contact details provided to contact us if you have any questions.

Democracy is a great system, but it requires some work from its citizens. Thomas Jefferson might have been a bit of a jerk about some things, but he had great faith in ordinary citizens. In 1789 he wrote to his friend Richard Price, “Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things go wrong to the point of catching their attention, they can be counted on to straighten them out.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to find out about us negative-vote candidates before election day. You can access the sample ballot for your ward here. Find out who is running and check them out.

I hope that by reporting these things you will be encouraged to get out and vote. I will be at the polls most of the day on election day. If you live in Ward 5, I hope to see you at Beech Street School.


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