Abramson, a state representative from Seabrook, unofficially received slightly over 31,000 votes for governor, or 4.3 percent of the total – better than the 4 percent trigger required by state law for a party to have ballot access. If those results hold, it will be much easier for Libertarians to be put on the ballot starting with 2018 party primaries, or earlier if there is a special election for state office.
“The Libertarian will not have to petition to get any of their candidates on the ballot,” said Darryl Perry of Keene, chairman of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire. “Candidates won’t have to go out and collect a large number of petitions in a short period of time. They’ll just pay that $2 filing fee (as with) other parties.”
“This will ultimately save Libertarians thousands of dollars, hundreds of man hours, for getting on the ballot,” he said.
The real problem with our political system is that statewide and Congressional candidates are for sale. I was the prime sponsor on the GMO labeling bill this year, running into out of state corporate lobbyists for Monsanto and others who were able to must opposition from both Republicans and Democrats. I prime sponsored a bill to open broadband up to free market competition, and telecom lobbyists showed up in opposition, eventually tabling the issue on the floor of the House. $6.5 million in out of state "dark money" is going into statewide races, including millions to the two executive councilors I'm running against. We've got to combat the corruption--not run this as a horse race every year.
7-8am on Girard at Large, 90.7 fm. If you live in the greater Manchester area (Nashua to Concord), I will be interviewed by the legendary Richard H. Girard on his show. We will be discussing my Libertarian bid for governor of New Hampshire, how to reduce property taxes, and the need for a third political party in New England.
How would you keep New Hampshire's young people from leaving the state?
Abramson: We need to make New Hampshire the best place in the Northeast for new businesses and startups. I am an active member of the House Business Caucus, and we are working very hard to simplify and reduce business taxes, regulations, red tape and state mandates, and to reduce electricity, fuel, insurance, and health care costs.