Getting Involved in NH Politics | Real Estate in the Free State
Many people are making the move to New Hampshire in order to protect and advance liberty. Some movers find themselves so enthralled by the political freedom and process here that they want to get involved in local politics.
As an early mover and former state legislator, Porcupine Real Estate's Mark Warden understands this enthusiasm. "If people want to get involved in local politics, they should check with Porcupine Real Estate before choosing a town." Certain towns offer a higher likelihood of electing liberty-minded folks than others, and Porcupine Real Estate can point movers to towns where they will have a better chance of being welcome and winning elections.
In addition to helping with town selection, Mark has helped several candidates with campaign management and strategy, and plans on continuing in this role. "Along with other activists and mentors, I work to identify, recruit and train pro-liberty candidates to run for office. Being elected and serving on a local or state office is rewarding and a great opportunity to expand individual freedoms for everyone in the Granite State."
The general requirement is that one has to be in state for two years before being elected as a state representative. However, there is generally no time requirement for local elections like planning board, school board, budget committee and city council. Running for a local election is a good idea and can be as simple as just putting your name on the ballot. Many positions go unfilled; there is always a need for candidates. Even if you miss the election cycle, you might be appointed to fill a vacancy.
The open, transparent and representative nature of politics in New Hampshire is one of many the attractive aspects of the state. Serving in political leadership is one way that people can get involved in their towns and cities, be good neighbors, and spread the ideas of liberty by setting an example for others to follow.
Editor's Note: This article is the second installment in our new real estate column, where the experts at Porcupine Real Estate will share their answers to clients' frequently asked questions. You'll find resources for getting involved in politics on Porcupine Real Estate's New Hampshire Relocation Guide or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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