Bender, Forrester campaign in Plymouth
June 24, 2010
PLYMOUTH — Jim Bender and Jeanie Forrester are the latest candidates to visit Plymouth in a series of "get to know the candidates" forums sponsored by the Pemi Baker Valley Republican Committee.
Bender is vying to become the Republican nominee for the seat of outgoing Senator Judd Gregg in the United States Senate. The field of candidates running in the September primary includes Ovide LaMontagne, Kelly Ayotte and Bill Binnie. The top vote getter will face off against current U.S. Representative Paul Hodes for the Senate seat in the November elections. Horn and LaMontagne appreared in Plymouth at a PBVRC forum just last week.
Jeanie Forrester faces fellow Republican, current New Hampshire State Representative Fran Wendelboe in the September Primary for New Hampshire State Senate. The winner will square off against the Democratic incumbent State Senator Deb Reynolds, in November.
In his pitch to the Republicans gathered at the Pease Public Library last week, Bender made an aggressive attack against the status quo in Washington. "There is a gulf of mistrust between the American people and their government today," said Bender. "This is a government that spends $100 million every 15 minutes of every day. Government is bloated; spends too much; wastes too much; taxes too much and is too big."
Like his fellow Republican Ovide LaMontagne at the PBVRC forum last week, Bender said that agencies like the United States Department of Education (DOE) could be done away with almost completely. "The Department of Agriculture now has more employees than there are farm owners in the United States of America," said Bender. How did this happen?"
Bender said that he feels the current administration doesn't sufficiently "appreciate the legacy of the founding fathers". "Capitalism and liberty is what has made this country great. I don't want to hear our leadership apologizing for American anymore. They just don't understand what giant footsteps they are following."
He said that the government is "strangling the economy" and that corruption in Washington in the form of earmark legislation, is at the root of the trouble. As a successful business person of a company with more than 300 employees, Bender believes he can fix the problem."
To help the New Hampshire economy he said that he would focus on recruiting businesses from neighboring states to come into New Hampshire, especially targeting those in the biotech area around M.I.T. in Cambridge, Mass. He would reduce the business profits tax and eliminate capital gains to create jobs.
"This is a government that has become a monster," said Bender. "The American People didn't want them to take over our healthcare, but they did it anyway. The election of Scott Brown should have been the shot heard around the world, but the Democrats went ahead with procedural tricks and budget gimmicks to ram the legislation through."
Jeanie Forrester said she felt that state government was also "out of touch and out of control" and that "spending and taxes in Concord were hurting business throughout the state. She said she was motivated to run for the New Hampshire Senate by what she has seen happening in Concord over the last two years. "I am not a politician. My husband and I own an environmental technology company. I have worked in non-profits and Fortune 500 companies. I have never run for anything before," said Forrester. " But every day I am more convinced that running for office is the right thing to do. I want to reduce bureaucracy and get more people involved in government, people who have not been involved in the process before. I feel like the people in Concord do not understand what they are doing to our communities."
Forrester, a former Main Street Program Director in Meredith and Plymouth, has been aggressively waging a one-on-one campaign, meeting with select board members, business leaders and community members across the district. To date she says she has visited 27 of the 31 communities in the district meeting with constituents and listening to their ideas.
Other Republicans announcing their candidacy in local elections at the forum this past week included Carole Elliott for Grafton County Treasurer, Doug Dutile for Grafton County Sheriff, (running unopposed), Raymah Simpson for Grafton Country Registrar of Deeds, Charlie Brousseau and Linda Luhtula for the New Hampshire House, District 6, Bill Tobin for New Hampshire House District 2, and Omer Ahern, Jr., for Grafton County Commissioner.