Franklin, NH – Republican candidate for governor, Karen Testerman, issued the following statement regarding internet gossip calling into question her New Hampshire residency status. This issue has recently made its way into news reports of her candidacy.
"According to RSA 655:5, to run for governor a person “must be 30 years of age, a registered voter and domiciled in New Hampshire for at least 7 years,"" Testerman began.
"Since 1993, my husband David and I have proudly lived, worked and raised our family in the State of New Hampshire. From 1993 to 2004, our home was in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire. Since then, and until the present, our primary and permanent residence has been and is in Franklin, New Hampshire. We are currently registered to vote in Franklin, New Hampshire, and we have voted in all elections, state, national and local, in Mont Vernon or Franklin, New Hampshire since 1993.
"In the fall of 2008, my husband’s employer, BAE Systems, only temporarily assigned him to aid a program in conjunction with Boeing in Seattle, WA. During this temporary assignment both my husband and I have regularly and frequently traveled between our temporary housing in Seattle, provided by BAE, and our home in Franklin.
"I am a resident of the State of New Hampshire and have been for 16 years. Anyone insinuating otherwise does so out of ignorance or malicious intent," Testerman said.