CONCORD, N.H.—As the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire adds 22 endorsed candidates and four recommended candidates to its list of supported contenders for the Sept. 11 New Hampshire primary, the organization will focus its remaining efforts on identifying the best Republicans for elected office in a final round of endorsements and recommendations prior to releasing its voter guide right before the election.
The RLCNH 26 endorsements and recommendations released today are for new candidates who scored well on the organization’s survey found at www.rlcnh.org/survey and who made it through a reputation-screening process run by the RLCNH Endorsements Committee. Last month, the RLCNH endorsed and recommended 90 incumbents based on how well their voting records reflected the essential principles of limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility and free markets. Earlier this summer, the RLCNH endorsed an initial 20 new candidates who met the same criteria as the current group.
“The RLCNH is happy to offer voters today’s list of ideal Republican candidates who have shown their willingness to stand firm on principle and continue the work of the current Legislature to restore liberty and prosperity in New Hampshire,” said Carolyn McKinney, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire. “As we get closer to the primary, the RLCNH will start to identify key districts where these true Republicans are running against weak, big government Republicans. Following a final list of candidate endorsements and recommendations, we will release our voter guide to make sure New Hampshire continues to move forward in its effort to restore the ideas that made our state and country great.”
With 107 endorsed candidates winning their elections in 2010, the RLCNH swept 80 percent of its post-primary candidates into office. These endorsed Republicans passed 338 bills, leading the restorative, common sense changes desperately needed after years of wasteful Democratic spending and the resultant taxes and fees that left the New Hampshire 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 among New Hampshire’s working families and businesses.
The RLCNH has raised its standards in making endorsements for the 2013-2014 Legislative Session to send a clear message to voters about which candidates will truly support the organization’s Liberty and Prosperity for New Hampshire agenda, and which will simply continue business as usual in Concord.
“The just ending session of the Legislature was one of the most refreshing in modern times because it featured statesmen who truly executed on the mission they promised to voters,” McKinney said. “The RLCNH is interested in making this type of honest politics—focused on reducing the size of government by cutting the budget and reducing taxes, fees and regulations, and letting people live their own lives and raise their own children—a new normal within New Hampshire. We expect endorsed candidates to give deference to their campaign promises and their oaths to the N.H. and U.S. Constitutions above any testimony given by state bureaucrats or lobbyists.
“No longer can New Hampshire afford to accept mediocrity in the Legislature,” McKinney added. “Republican representatives, senators, executive councilors and governors should be spending every day of their elected office driving more power away from government and into our homes, private sector businesses and non-profit organizations.”
Because timing is now short, new candidates—particularly those with a primary—who have not yet filled out the RLCNH survey are encouraged to do so by visiting www.rlcnh.org/survey.
RLCNH THIRD-ROUND CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS
Endorsed Executive Councilor Candidate
Robert Burns, Executive Council District 4
Endorsed State Senate Candidate
Dennis Acton, Senate District 23 (Brentwood, Chester, Danville, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Kingston, Sandown)
Endorsed State Representative Candidates
Keith Carlsen, Cheshire 6 (Keene Ward 3)
Jacqueline Casey, Hillsborough 34 (Nashua Ward 7)
Donald J. Frye, Hillsborough 16 (Manchester Ward 9)
Bianca Garcia, Rockingham 8 (Salem)
Dan Garthwaite, Hillsborough 12 (Manchester Ward 5)
Shuvom Ghose, Hillsborough 11 (Manchester Ward 4)
Robert D. Goodman, Rockingham 36 (Exeter, Newfields, Newmarket, Stratham)
Donald Gorman, Rockingham 32 (Candia, Deerfield, Northwood, Nottingham)
Brian Griset, Rockingham 18 (Exeter)
Elijah Haykinson, Hillsborough 7 (Bedford)
Kevin J. Kervick, Rockingham 30 (Portsmouth Wards 1, 2, 4 & 5)
Gerard A. LeDuc, Merrimack 21 (Epsom, Pittsfield)
David Murotake, Hillsborough 32 (Nashua Ward 5)
Kelleigh Murphy, Hillsborough 7 (Bedford)
Ron Noyes, Merrimack 27 (Concord Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7)
Eric Rolfs, Hillsborough 37 (Hudson, Pelham)
Emily Sandblade, Hillsborough 18 (Manchester Ward 11)
David Schoneman, Hillsborough 22 (Nashua Ward 3)
Phil Straight, Hillsborough 21 (Merrimack)
Len Turcotte, Strafford 25 (Barrington & Lee)
RLCNH THIRD-ROUND CANDIDATE RECOMMENDATIONS
Recommended Executive Councilor Candidate
Jerry Thibodeau, Executive Council District 1
Recommended State Representative Candidates
Patrick J. Bick, Rockingham 8 (Salem)
Robert G. Fullerton, Strafford 17 (Dover Wards 5 & 6, Somersworth Ward 2)
Lee Shaikh, Merrimack 9 (Canterbury, Loudon)
About The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire
The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, a state chapter of the national Republican Liberty Caucus, was launched in December 2004 to promote the ideals of limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free enterprise and adherence to the N.H. and U.S. Constitutions among Republican Party officials and throughout the state by identifying and supporting candidates sympathetic with the organization’s ideals, and by supporting, through public education and outreach, initiatives in the N.H. Legislature that further these ideals. For more information about the RLCNH, please visit www.rlcnh.org.