You can watch my School Charter Commission video HERE, or if you prefer reading, I free-styled the following script:
Hi Manchester! My name is Carla Gericke, and I’m asking for your vote on Tuesday, November 5th for the new school charter commission. Here’s what you need to know when you get to the polls:
You will receive two ballots. One will be the usual city election stuff, and the other will be for this new school charter commission. It’ll have 37 names on it and you can vote for up to NINE people. Make sure I, Carla Gericke, am one of those 9, see here, second from the bottom on the right hand side.
If you are looking for more suggestions for good people who cherish education but also understand that most of us can’t afford to have our property taxes go up and up, go to LibertyBallot.com for more recommendations.
BUT, in the meanwhile, here’s what I’ve learned, and think you should know about this new proposed commission:
Manchester has a tax cap, which means the city, like all of us in our personal lives, has a budget that it needs to stick to. The people who spend our money don’t like that. So… at first, they wanted to add a ballot question to override the tax cap, but then they realized this would draw fiscally responsible voters to the polls, and, as Gene Martin actually, unabashedly put it, fiscally responsible voters are the “wrong type of voters.”
I disagree, I think people who care about the bottom line are the right type of voters, and you should be sure to come out and vote for me because I want Manchester to have great schools, but I also want to protect taxpayers and especially people on fixed incomes, like our City’s elderly.
What skills do I have? I’m a lawyer, writer, and community leader. I manage and serve on several non-profit boards. I co-host Manch Talk TV, and the Told You So podcast, and I often speak nationally and internationally on issues relating to Big Government. I’ve appeared on WMUR, CNN, Fox, the BBC, and have been featured in magazines like New York Magazine, GQ, the Economist, and elsewhere, but I am most proud of being named one of NH Magazine’s Remarkable Women in 2014.
I live with my husband of 25 years and our rescued dog in a ranch home we’re slowly renovating in West Manchester.
You can learn more about me at CarlaGericke.com.
My goal is to restore balance to local politics by being YOUR voice. I’m willing to work with anyone, and believe more choices result in happier people. I want you to be happy, and I ask for your vote.
Remember, remember, a vote for me is a vote for you. See you on November 5th!