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Who’s the True Conservative Candidate?

Today, our country faces an uncertain economy, rocked by scandals and busts, and we in New Hampshire are not untouched. Some of us live with unemployment, heavy mortgages, and skyrocketing energy prices. And those who work hard for ourselves find fewer dollars in our pocket, as taxes and fees keep rising. But as much as we pay in taxes in this state, it has not kept pace with public spending. The Democrat party has controlled our state for only two years, but in that short time, they have nevertheless been able to raise 17 separate taxes and increase our state budget by over $478 million dollars. Now, unable to cover their increased spending, the Democrat party has chosen to mortgage our future to pay for the pork of their political machinery. This is unacceptable.

Conservatives must take a stand in this election. I am a life-long, 4th generation NH native, as is my wife of 18 years, Laurie. We truly love all that NH has to offer, from hunting and hiking to motorcycling, skiing and snowmobiling. My professional life started as a banker at Indian Head Bank, and I’ve created and run some successful small businesses. I know what it means to make payroll, to stick to budgets, to hire hard-working employees. I love this state, and I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve found here. Which is why I have chosen to run for the Senate Seat in District 7.

I have never run for any public office. I am not a career politician, like my opponent for in the Republican primary. But I am running now because I am fed up with the trend our state government has taken in recent years, towards higher taxes and fees, increased government spending and regulation, and encroaching infringements upon our rights and traditional liberties.

The citizens of District 7 face a choice in the upcoming primary; do they want a career politician that is a Republican in name only, or do they want – and deserve – a true conservative?

As the great Ronald Reagan famously said, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time, liberals have managed to persuade New Hampshire that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group that somehow knows better than the citizens of this state that have traditionally made it a conservative bedrock in a sea of liberalism.

President Reagan proclaimed that “America has always been special because we are a nation that has a government–not the other way around.” And this has always been especially true for New Hampshire. The growth of regulations and spending by our government in Concord has exceeded the consent of the governed. We must restore fiscal discipline and protect our traditional New Hampshire values. As your representative to the Senate, I will do my very best to curb the size and influence of our government.

I ask each of you to read, to remember, my following promises. I am setting out my positions, and my votes as your senator will reflect that. If you ever catch me going back on any part of my platform, I want you to hold me accountable!

• It is time to reawaken the productivity of this state, to cut useless red-tape, to get government back within its means, and to lighten our punitive tax burden. I oppose a state Income Tax and/or Sales Tax, and have taken the pledge.

• The second amendment to our Constitution is a bedrock of our civil liberties. I support our right to carry guns. It’s that simple

• I believe New Hampshire people should be able to enjoy all that this state has to offer, from hiking and hunting to snowmobiling and 4-wheeling. Again, the government is intruding on our personal lives. These activities can and must be shared responsibly.

• Penalties for violent criminals are not harsh enough to deter crime. I believe that convicted criminals should serve out the full sentence that our judges hand down, and that murderers should face the death penalty.

My platform is based upon self-reliance, and can be summed up in one sentence: government must be kept out of: my house, my business, and my pocket.

These are my priorities, and on these principles there will be no compromise. I have taken a stand, and I hope you’ll join me by voting in the Primary on September 9 for the one true conservative candidate.

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