Forrester announces run for Senate District 2 seat


April 14, 2010
MEREDITH — Jeanie Forrester is aiming to go from leading towns and local organizations to leading in the State Senate.

Forrester announced her run for a District 2 seat on Thursday in an event at the Inn at Church Landing attended by several town officials and local businesspeople.

The Republican candidate will face off against Rep. Fran Wendelboe of New Hampton in the September primary. If she wins in September, she will go against incumbent Deb Reynolds of Plymouth in the November Election.

Senate District 2 is comprised of Alexandria, Ashland, Bath, Benton, Bridgewater, Bristol, Campton, Canaan, Center Harbor, Dorchester, Easton, Ellsworth, Groton, Haverhill, Hebron, Holderness, Landaff, Lyme, Meredith, Monroe, New Hampton, Orange, Orford, Piermont, Plymouth, Rumney, Sanbornton, Thornton, Warren, Wentworth, and Woodstock.

Forrester is the former executive director of the Greater Meredith Program and formerly served as the town administrator for Tuftonboro, and legislative aide and executive director of the Governor's Initiatives Program for Excellence in Education under Gov. John H. Sununu. She is the CEO of FESI, a Meredith-based environmental technology company, and is on the board of several nonprofit organizations.

Forrester said her 25 years of experience in community service, volunteering, political campaigns, job creation, and small business that have given her qualifications for the seat.

"Republicans, Democrats, and Independents will fully understand that I'm passionate about getting our citizens back to work and they will have a clear and contrasting choice this September and this November," Forrester said. "Sadly, both of my opponents represent that political culture that gets bogged down in pet projects, special interests, petty politics, and self-promotion."

Forrester criticized Sen. Deb Reynolds for supporting the repeal of two taxes — both of which she voted for — and proposed two new taxes the same week.

"Likewise you can't jockey for position and run for every office that comes down the pike, jump in front of every microphone you can find and presume that the voters will take you seriously," Forrester said. "In plain terms, the State Senate isn't a resume builder or a stepping stone for me. It's not about so-called 'power' or 'importance.' For me it's personal on a different level."

Forrester said she believes government has become an obstacle to prosperity and freedom. Additionally she will fight to cut taxes and repeal the LLC Tax, saying she has firsthand experience into the struggles of local businesses as a Main Street executive director. She will also work to lower the Rooms and Meals Tax.

She said she will lean on policymakers to explore free market solutions to reduce expenses, including purchasing the state's electricity wholesale and having medical accounts for state workers.

Forrester said she would fight a sales or income tax, give the business community a voice in Concord, and work to reduce the size and scope of government.

"I'll put my efforts into improving our quality of life and letting you be free to live your lives," Forrester said. "I'm not sure we can make Washington listen, but we can make Concord take notice. I promise you tonight, send me to Concord and I will not cave and I will not compromise."

Campaign Manager Rusty McLear said she has seen Forrester's strengths first hand over the seven years he has known her.

"Jeanie is a principle, pragmatic problem-solver," McLear said. "She gets things done and Lord knows we need to get things done."

Meredith Selectman Peter Brothers said he was "excited" about Forrester's campaign.

"She's reasonable, she's somewhat tenacious when she needs to be," Brothers said. "I think she's going to create a little bit of (discomfort) down there. She'll fill the seat just fine."

Forrester's campaign is now seeking donations and volunteers.

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