How do you solve 20 requests a week? Joe knows because he has done it. Only candidate with state house experience solving problems and helping for people for years. No one can replace Ray. He was a dear friend to all of us. Ray was one of first to endorse me for Governor. I spent many years as a young legislator in the House learning and working with Ray at the State House. While in the Senate 14 years later as a collegue he was still teaching me. I was proud to have worked with him at the State House on many projects. As Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, I worked with him to secure funding for the Conway Scenic Vista and I know how devoted he was to his constituents.
I want to bring you the kind of leadership and experience you deserve and I will always be available to have a cup of joe.
New Hampshire has long been known for its local politics and citizen participation. All state business, as ordered and ordained by the Legislature, is voted in public, and no other state enjoys such and open process between its Executive Department and its citizens. The New Hampshire Executive Council was created to ensure that our state maintained its fundamental principals of low taxes, limited government and local control.
The Governor and Executive Council combine to form the most accountable executive branch of government in the nation. The Council's primary function has always been to ensure a check and balance on the executive powers granted to the Governor. It has the authority and responsibility, together with the Governor, over the management and administration of the affairs of the state. As watchdogs of the state treasury, the Council approves all state expenditures and contracts greater than $25,000 in value. The Council appoints and confirms over 300 state employees including Court Justices, Military Officers, Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners.
The Council conducts management and oversight of the state's 10-Year Highway Plan. Most importantly, Executive Councilors are the constituent's eyes and ears in Concord. They are the conduit which the people use to make their voices heard in the Governor's office. The five Executive Councilors are elected from their individual districts from around the state and serve two-year terms, the same as all elected state officials in New Hampshire. We must make sure that the voices of the families, business owners, and town officials are heard at the executive level.