Carroll County Independent Questionnaire
Saturday, August 30th, 2014 @ 3:02PM
Why are you running for this office?
The prevailing atmosphere in Concord consists of a dysfunctional, negative, and divisive response to almost every issue that faces New Hampshire residents. We are experiencing a loss of the democratic process, and the people are being pushed out of a system that was designed to protect their future. The voter turnout is a good indicator of this disenfranchisement.
I am seeking this office with the intention of changing this existing paradigm. From one being driven by personal agenda to one based on the culmination of rigorous debate. This process must begin at the town level, and under my leadership we will focus our combined knowledge and expertise upon the issues we all face.
What qualifications, qualities or experience would you bring to this position?
I presently serve on the Brookfield Planning Board, as well as their representative on the Strafford Regional Planning Commission and the Strafford Metropolitan Planning Organization Technical Advisory Committee. My strongest quality is the ability to constructively work with others with differing views without compromising my core principles of limited constitutional government. My experience as Investigative Specialist at, GovernmentOversite.com, has given me a unique perspective regarding the function and dysfunction within our government at all levels. It has allowed me to remain in touch with the concerns of taxpayers and elected officials who are trying to honestly represent the people.
What do you consider the three major issues facing New Hampshire?
It has come to my attention that people who do not have legal residency in the state of New Hampshire are voting in our local and state elections. A person can register to vote with the intent of moving to the area. These actions are changing the political landscape for the permanent residents of the area and invite voting fraud.
There is a exponential increase in Federal influence on State affairs. Increasingly, the state and local budget shortfalls are being filled with federal grant funding without legal review of these grant agreements. The Federal intrusion into our healthcare has crippled our ability to take care of our families by expanding costs and has transferred an entire sector of the economy to the federal government. Our children’s education choices are also diminished and a nationalized curriculum is on the horizon.
The attempt at raising or cutting taxes without any plan to secure a healthy free market environment. We often hear the campaign promise to cut taxes. Cutting taxes alone will not spur economic growth. It only places more burdens on governmental services. The government does not create wealth. It can only take from one sector and move it to another. This action may get some elected, but it does not address the core problem.
What would you do to address these issues if you are elected?
The law must be corrected in a fair manner as to secure our representation. Every voter should make a choice of one location and use the absentee voting method. As the law is interpreted now, a person can vote with only the intent to moving to New Hampshire.
Legislation must be enacted to provide protection from federal administrative rule making. This circumvents the authority of our state and local representation, restricts our private property rights, and controls parental educational choices.
If elected, I will actively pursue a comprehensive plan to invite industries from business unfriendly states to begin operations here in our state. Each new industry can spur hundreds of smaller services that would support the larger. This diverse labor force could decentralize the economic engine and provide economic elasticity.
What are the three major issues facing Carroll County?
The expansion of county government. When county government expands, it consumes the ability for the local economy to create jobs. This effect only provides more jobs to support county operations and is not financially sustainable. If the taxpayers within an area are all working for the government, this forces the private sector to move out of the region.
There is diminished local economic activity and very low public confidence in county government. I have observed county governments and school districts for four years. An unavoidable conclusion is that the taxes billed to each town has become a substantial drain upon the residents with minimal returns. High taxes further erodes the ability for families and local business to be successful and the subsequent pressure then makes it harder to maintain a local economy.
Public confidence in transparent, accountable, county government is almost non existent. Without it, corruption can become established and the morale of the people suffer. It creates an atmosphere of distrust and encourages the people to respond in like. This effect further erodes the quality of life in Carroll County.
What would you do as a county delegation member to address them?
As a Delegation member I would support a comprehensive plan of action that prevents the county government from expanding past an agreed percentage of the available tax base. This would effectively keep in balance its size and scope.
As a Delegation member I would support all efforts to shift most county functions into the private sector. Local farmers and local wood processing businesses should not have to compete with a county farm and the county jail who provides free labor.
When the process of law is not enforced upon government, its absence encourages corruption. As a Delegation member, I will support all efforts to provide the residents with the tools needed to assure a fully transparent and lawfully constrained county government.
Please provide any additional information about yourself that you would like to share with potential voters:
In a newspaper article a friendly reporter described me as being quixotic, the definition of which is “exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical.” The reporter used it within the context of my mission to get people involved in their local government by filming their elected boards and making it available to the public. My idealism often annoys some, but my idealism stems from my belief in the human potential, a government needs to be representative of the mass of people and not one that represents a few special interest groups and corporations that are control of it now.