~ If the candidate is a prior State Representative, have you looked at their prior attendance and voting records for their previous terms? Although a continuous problem, this has become a major problem this term. Just since January, I have been sent 51 times to 13 various committees, plus I was sent to five Committee of Conference meetings to replace absent committee members. The last two times the County had very important budget work, with line item transfers to pass, we could not get a quorum at the scheduled county meetings, so meetings were called during the House session lunch breaks, requiring County personnel to come to the State House, at County taxpayers expense, to hold these meetings. Out of 88 current County representatives, we got only 47 at one meeting, and 51 at the other. The rest, were mostly present at the session, just uninterestedly, left the hall and didn’t bother to attend these important budget meetings. In my opinion, this is serious problem, we are talking your tax dollars...
~ How long has your candidate lived in your community? Only a couple years? Are they just an ‘implant’ pushing a personal agenda? There have been some serious issues worked on this past term, drawing unknowns out of the woodwork. Be cautious!
~ Ask them how a dream becomes a bill: what is the process, how much is involved, who has to walk the bill through the system? Do they have the: experience, time, and energy to do it? Some bills can be a lot of work. How about other legislator supporters: do they know any? Getting a bill passed requires team work.
~ As for legislative bills, does your candidate even have any ideas of bills they plan on bringing up in the next session? What are they about?
Be sure and ask the candidates these very important questions. And listen carefully to their answers.
(Editor’s Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at email@example.com)