Coalition of lawmakers will continue the fight to restore liberty and prosperity in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H.— As a continuation of its effort to build a coalition of lawmakers and advocates who will bring liberty and prosperity back to New Hampshire, the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire has endorsed 21 new candidates after reviewing the first round of surveys submitted through the group’s Web site: www.rlcnh.org/survey.

“The RLCNH candidate survey was an excellent metric in 2010 that successfully predicted which representatives and senators would adhere to the common sense principles of limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility and free enterprise,” said Carolyn McKinney, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire. “We are confident that our updated survey for first-time candidates and candidates returning after a break as well as our new grading scheme for incumbents will identify the strongest leaders who will continue the good work of the current Republican Legislature and restore liberty and prosperity in New Hampshire.”

With 107 endorsed candidates winning their elections in 2010, the RLCNH swept 80 percent of its post-primary candidates into office, and those endorsed Republicans have led the restorative, common sense changes desperately needed after years of wasteful Democratic spending and the resultant taxes and fees that left the economy in shambles. Endorsed Republicans in the next biennium will have to continue the responsible decision making that led to this session’s $1 billion budget cut, which allowed the Legislature to reduce taxes, fees and regulations and foster the beginning of economic growth. Further cuts to excessive and burdensome government will be needed to make the changes necessary for sustainable prosperity.

“Unfortunately, many Republicans genuinely believe themselves to be “conservative,” but vote against the core principles of liberty when it comes down to the day-to-day job of serving as an elected official,” McKinney said. “That is precisely why the RLCNH takes so seriously its role of recruiting and supporting Republicans who have a deep understanding of these principles and the fortitude to uphold and defend them.”

For new candidates running for office in 2012, the RLCNH candidate survey has been revamped to include new questions that address concerns that came up during the current legislative session, such as the need for a strong and independent Legislature that represents the People of New Hampshire and not the other two branches of government.

The survey will continue to focus on core, common sense policies that will restore prosperity, such as the passage of a cost-cutting budget like the current one that will enable the reduction of taxes and fees, loosening of occupational licensing laws and other business regulations to encourage job growth and economic development, the end of government subsidies that unfairly pick the winners and losers, and the repeal of health insurance mandates that serve special interests and drive up the cost of health insurance.

Additionally, the survey will test candidates’ understanding that only with fully honored parental rights, local control of education and competition in the marketplace will New Hampshire build the knowledge base needed for a free and prosperous society for years to come. It will seek candidates who acknowledge that only with a free, personally responsible people treated like adults will we have a secure society that allows people to achieve their own ideal level of happiness.

New endorsed candidates will be judged using their survey results and whether they have a strong character recognized by their peers. The RLCNH endorsements committee will use an 85 percent or higher score on the 20-question survey as a guideline.

In a new effort to more effectively promote only those incumbents who stayed true to their word when they ran for office in 2010, the RLCNH next month will announce a different metric for endorsing returning candidates. As a result, no incumbent candidates will be rated using the updated RLCNH candidate survey, although they are certainly invited to take it, and no incumbents will be included in today’s round of endorsements.

Before the primary, all RLCNH endorsements, whether achieved by the candidate survey or the new metric, will be provided to voters for their use at the polls. The RLCNH is unlike many groups that rate candidates since the caucus actually publishes its list of endorsed candidates before the primary in an effort to get only principled Republicans elected to office. Endorsed candidates who also sign a new RLCNH Liberty Compact will receive networking opportunities and the chance to use prepared campaign materials and services, such as Web site design and hosting services, talking-point memos and palm-card templates. Financial support will be provided to select candidates in key races.

RLCNH First Round Candidate Endorsements 2012

Endorsed State Senate Candidates

Cynthia Coolidge Howard, Senate District 5 (Canaan, Enfield, Hanover, Lebanon, Lyme, Charlestown, Claremont, Cornish, Plainfield)

Phyllis Woods, Senate District 4 (Barrinton, Dover, Rollinsford, Somersworth)

Joshua F. Youssef, Senate District 7 (Belmont, Gilford, Laconia, Andover, Boscawen, Canterbury, Franklin, Northfield, Salisbury, Webster)

Endorsed State Representative Candidates

Omer Beaudoin, Hillsborough 8 (Manchester Ward 1)

Robert Boyle, Rockingham 31 (Greenland, Newington, North Hampton, Portsmouth Ward 3)

Kenneth A. Deshaies, Belknap 3 (Laconia Wards 1-6)

Tracy Emerick, Rockingham 21 (Hampton)

Joe Frazier, Grafton 11 (Canaan, Dorchester, Wentworth)

Doris Hohensee, Hillsborough 30 (Nashua Ward 3)

Robert Hull, Grafton 9 (Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Enfield, Grafton)

Kevin Leandro, Belknap 2 (Gilford, Meredith)

Antonio Luciani, Strafford 2 (Farmington)

Richard Meaney, Hillsborough 6 (Goffstown)

Susan Olsen, Merrimack 7 (Warner, Webster)

Brandon D. Ross, Merrimack 20 (Chichester, Pembroke)

Kyle Scofield, Rockingham 3 (Raymond)

Steven Smith, Sullivan 11 (Acworth, Charlestown, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, Washington)

Christopher Suprock, Rockingham 18 (Exeter)

Greg Surbey, Hillsborough 33 (Nashua Ward 6)

Bill Walker, Sullivan 1 (Cornish, Grantham, Plainfield, Springfield)

Kurt Wuelper, Strafford 3 (New Durham, Strafford)