CONCORD, N.H.—The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire today released its 2012 Primary Voter Guide listing all 145 of its endorsed and recommended candidates, including 10 new additions, in an effort to influence the Granite State’s primary election next week and continue the state’s momentum toward liberty and prosperity.
“The 107 candidates we endorsed in 2010 led the state during the previous two years by advancing more than 300 common sense, restorative policies that not only stopped, but reversed the destructive Democratic spend-then-tax agenda of years past,” said Carolyn McKinney, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire. “We fully expect the 145 candidates we’re endorsing and recommending today to lead New Hampshire’s continued recovery. If these candidates are elected, New Hampshire may just become the envy of the nation, if not the world, as we rebuild a free and prosperous society grounded in the common sense principles of limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility and free enterprise.”
Today’s RLCNH 2012 Primary Voter Guide features 113 endorsed candidates and 32 recommended candidates—91 of them incumbents—whom the organization will support during the Sept. 11 Republican primary and the Nov. 6 general election. Of the total, the RLCNH has endorsed two executive councilor candidates, six state senator candidates and 105 state representative candidates, and the RLCNH has recommended one executive councilor candidate, three state senator candidates and 28 state representative candidates.
“We intend to promote the best outcome for the upcoming Republican primary election with our lists of endorsed and recommended candidates who performed well on our incumbent scorecard or candidate survey and have shown they understand that freedom, and not government regulation, brings about the best outcome for the most people,” McKinney said. “At the same time, we will actively support our endorsed candidates above all because they have truly exhibited a strong commitment to the principles that make our state and country great.”
All endorsed or recommended candidates—including the 10 candidates added today who are listed on the next page—made it through a vigorous reputation-screening process run by the RLCNH Endorsements Committee. The committee confirmed that these candidates would likely advance RLCNH’s Liberty and Prosperity for New Hampshire agenda upon their election to office. The committee’s endorsements and recommendations were then confirmed by the RLCNH Board of Directors.
As an added distinction, some of these candidates also signed the RLCNH Liberty Compact, which indicates they will work to “restore liberty, not restrict it; shrink government, not expand it; reduce taxes, not raise them; abolish programs, not create them; promote the freedom and independence of citizens, not the interference of government in their lives; and observe the limited, enumerated powers of our Constitution, not ignore them.”
Endorsed Republicans earned a score of 85 percent or higher on the 2012 RLCNH Legislative Scorecard if they were incumbents, or they scored an 85 percent or higher on the 2012 RLCNH Candidate Survey if they were first-time candidates. Some candidates with these scores, however, did not earn an endorsement because their voting record or their survey score did not really reflect their overall understanding of liberty. Most candidates who scored between 80 percent and 85 percent were considered for a recommendation, a lower standard than an endorsement, but some of these candidates were also disqualified based on their clear, errant positions on some issues. Candidates who scored below an 80 percent were automatically disqualified.
“During the next two years, Republicans must continue the responsible decision-making that led to this session’s $1 billion budget cut so they can continue to cut taxes and fees and eliminate the regulations that prevent economic development and job growth,” McKinney said. “We are confident that our endorsed candidates will serve as the conscience of the Republican Party and make sure their colleagues continue to make the changes necessary for sustainable prosperity for New Hampshire’s working families and businesses.”
RLCNH FOURTH-ROUND CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS
Endorsed Fourth-Round Executive Councilor Candidate
David Wheeler, Executive Councilor District 5
Endorsed Fourth-Round State Representative Candidates
Eric Catman, Coos 3 (Berlin)
Jeff Chamberlin, Grafton 7 (Campton)
Jane Cormier, Belknap 8 (Alton, Barnstead, Gilmanton)
Carlo V. Feoli, Hillsborough 19 (Manchester Ward 12)
David K. Martin, Strafford 16 (Dover Ward 4)
Louis “Tony” Mayfield, Hillsborough 1 (Antrim, Hillsborough, Windsor)
Mark Samsel, Rockingham 7 (Windham)
RLCNH FOURTH-ROUND CANDIDATE RECOMMENDATIONS
Recommended Fourth-Round State Senator Candidate
Daniel Dwyer, Senate District 11
Recommended Fourth-Round State Representative Candidate
Leon H. Rideout, Coos 7 (Carroll, Dalton, Dummer, Jefferson, Kilkenny, Lancaster, Milan, Northumberland, Randolph, Stark, Whitefield)
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.