I’m very fortunate to live in New Hampshire. In most other states, the state is run by a hyper-connected power elite. It is expensive to run, and the rewards of running are great. State Legislators in Massachusetts are paid over $60,000 per year. California pays over $90,000. Because of the power, and the salaries, big money limits these offices to those with the clout and the cash. Here in New Hampshire, we pay $100 per year. Long hours, driving time, paperwork, chaotic schedule, and $100 plus mileage… who would do that? It is one of the wonders of our state that we trust people to go do what needs doing. We trust that people will care enough about New Hampshire, and the towns that the folks live in, that someone will always pick up the task and get it done. This trust of the electorate has worked well, and creates a system where there is a Representative for every 3,291 people. You can always call, email, or write to your Representative… and you should always expect a response. So, last Friday, I was privileged to do something that people in other states consider out of their reach, and people in other countries less free than ours can only wonder at. I went down to my town clerk and filed for re-election. I am thankful that here in New Hampshire, a regular guy with a job, a mortgage, and children can become part of the government. I am truly awed that I am allowed to be a part of this process. I have filed for newly created Sullivan County District 11 – Acworth, Charlestown, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, and Washington. I hope to earn the votes of the people of the district and pledge to always be available to you.
Representative Steven Smith