Last week was super busy, and I’m playing catch up on informing you about my race.
First, and most awesomely, my billboard on South Willow went up! 😀
Last Wednesday, I got to hang out with Grover Norquist (pictured) and many other candidates who support the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which I signed:
"I, CARLA GERICKE, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of NEW HAMPSHIRE, that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes."
The same day, I attended an informative session regarding the recent US Supreme Court Wayfair decision. In a nutshell, the Wayfair decision turns NH business owners into tax collectors for other states and 12,000 taxing jurisdictions in conflict with our own state sovereignty and no sales/income tax status. As your senator, I will work with Gov. Sununu to make sure we protect our business owners from this atrocious federal overreach.
On Thursday, I attended two sign waves. One on Route 114 at 7AM for Goffstown voters, and one at 5PM in Ward 10. Lo and behold, my opponent drove by. What are the chances!?! It was cold, wet and windy out, but the volunteers who came out, and the waves and honks of encouragement warmed my heart. Thank you!
After the last sign wave, I headed over to St. As in Goffstown to meet with Republican students. I received this email from one:
"I just wanted to reach out and thank you for coming, tell you that I will be out door knocking for you, and to wish you the best of luck with your campaign."
On Saturday morning, I attended the Candidate Meet and Greet at Jupiter Hall organized by Manchester Ink Link (read my op-ed for them here). Sadly, the voter turnout was low, but it did afford an opportunity to speak to other candidates, including Democrats. I was shocked that when I went to say "hi" to my opponent and his wife, he decided to give me an overly-crushing "power handshake." I couldn’t help thinking, Oh, you’re like that, huh?
On Sunday afternoon, I popped in at the Eddie Edwards campaign HQ to drop off more door hangers and say hello to the volunteers who were phone banking. There was a mix of candidates in the room, and we had an interesting conversation about the role of government with regard to non-violent, first time offenders, and whether restitution rather than incarceration is a better approach, as I believe. I genuinely cannot wait to have these exchanges of ideas at the State House where I can make a real difference!
You know the drill: I ask for your vote on Nov. 6th, and promise to serve with integrity, character and compassion. Onwards!