Dave Wheeler of Milford filed papers on Thursday with the NH Secretary of State seeking the office of Executive Councilor for District 5 which includes the communities of Amherst, Antrim, Bennington, Brookline, Deering, Dunbarton, Fitzwilliam, Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hillsborough, Hollis, Hudson, Jaffrey, Litchfield, Lyndeborough, Mason, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, New Boston, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Richmond, Rindge, Sharon, Swanzey, Temple, Troy, Weare, Wilton, and Windsor, and the city of Nashua.
"I'm very concerned with the direction that the Governor and Council are taking this State. It seems that they believe that only they know what is best for Granite Staters," he said.
Wheeler was referring to the fact that they forced their version of government-run heath care on the citizens of NH, a plan which promises the world, but is in reality, a disaster. Thousands of NH citizens lost their insurance coverage and those who were able to keep their coverage experienced skyrocketing premiums.
"Nearly half of NH's hospitals will not be allowed to serve patients who now have 'Obamacare,' with the result that some have been forced to travel up to an hour to get to a hospital," he continued.
Wheeler cited concern that our rainy day fund has been depleted, and the NH state and local employee's retirement fund is only 56% funded. Other concerns were how to pay for fifty-thousand new people who were added to the welfare rolls, highway construction spending that is out of control, as witnessed by the recent 28% increase in the NH gas tax. In addition, the Executive Council recently approved a contract to add a new eighty-thousand dollar doorway to the State House that we really cannot afford. Standard and Poor's has lowered our bond rating outlook from "stable" to "negative", forcing citizens to pay more interest.
Wheeler feels it's time for a change in leadership in the Executive branch. If elected to the Executive Council, Wheeler says he will "work hard to put us back on a path of fiscal and personal responsibility". He concluded, "I know that 'government should be the servant of the people and not the master over them.'"