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Freedom for New Hampshire: Jilletta Jarvis Candidate for Governor

Via The Daily Bell

Note: Jilletta Jarvis is not related to Joe Jarvis, and the two did not know each other before this interview.

Do you see New Hampshire as the perfect place to experiment with government?

Jilletta Jarvis: I think it is the perfect place to prove that freedom is something that was ours to begin with and we can take it back and it’s not going to end the world if we do.

And that by saying we are going to not decide which companies in our state are successful and which are not, we are going to let the people make that decision instead, government is no longer going to fund private companies, we will stop that practice, and we will see that, you know what, if the company fails the company deserved to fail, and if a company succeeds it means the company was doing something right and other companies should emulate that.

But by the government saying, you know, we really want that particular car company to be successful because they provide all the police cars to the state so we are going to fund them we are going to give them extra money, or they are the sole business in this particular town so we are going to funnel money their way to make sure those jobs stay there. Well again, if they want those jobs to stay then they should do business in a way that makes people want to go there.

At the same time, we need to make New Hampshire a more viable option for businesses by looking at the regulations we have for energy. For example, say you have a wonderful array of solar panels on your house and you live in a place where you get great sunlight on your house and you make more electricity than you can use, all year round.

You are allowed to sell that electricity in New Hampshire back to the electric company, but only to the top three. You are only allowed to sell to the top three biggest electric providers in this state by New Hampshire regulations and you are only allowed to sell up to a certain amount per month.

What is your relationship to New Hampshire Independence?

Jilletta Jarvis: I think that every state should have the right to secede, but according to the federal government they do not. It’s gone to court several times and they have said there is no provision in the Constitution to secede.

However, there is a provision in the New Hampshire constitution. We have the right to secede and I think that if the people of New Hampshire stood up and said Jilletta, you’re our governor we are done and we have whatever percentage of people saying we want you to send this up and we want you to vote for this.

And you would be President Jarvis?

Jilletta Jarvis: Which is what we had, in the beginning, there were Presidents of New Hampshire.

Why are you running for Governor?

Jilletta Jarvis: Being a mother, and being employed in New Hampshire, and being a homeowner, are things that force you to have to deal with government decisions on a normal basis, owning a home, having kids in the school system, and having kids in college all got me interested in it.

I’ve worked in the financial industry, and I’ve worked in insurance. I taught in the college system of New Hampshire, I did retail from the customer service point of view, and I’ve worked in the medical field.

Before you should go into any job where you are in charge of different aspects of people’s lives you should understand what those aspects are.

Would you say healthcare and insurance are your number one issues?

Jilletta Jarvis: Actually, my number one issue for the state would be lowering the budget. It just raised again, they just passed an $11.7 billion bill, and I know the Democrats weren’t happy with it because it didn’t put in as many social programs as they would have liked to see. Some Republicans weren’t happy with it because it didn’t cut as many programs as they would have liked to see.

With the surplus that we had from last year’s budget, that was the first thing that the Sununu administration had to decide what to do with when they took office in 2017, and they decided that they were going to invest it.

I’ve always thought that this is the money that came from the people of the state, and I understand why they’re investing they are so they can make more money off what they have so they can figure out later what to do with it.

Honestly, that’s your money, that’s his money, her money, that’s our money, and I understand that it breaks down to $5 per taxpayer, it’s not worth it, hold it in a trust fund until you have enough money to send a check back to the taxpayers of the state, and say, you know what, we had a surplus.

Send a literal check back to the taxpayers of the state, we taxed you too much, we didn’t need it, you can have it back.

You are a third party candidate, and everybody basically thinks there is no chance for third party candidates. Are you in this to win, or to raise awareness, what is the ideal outcome?

Jilletta Jarvis: The ideal outcome would be to win and change awareness of the entire country. Because only by winning and then proving that smaller government is not a death sentence for New Hampshire, that it is a success for the people of the state, will everyone else see, hey you know, we don’t have to be taxed out of creation.

New Hampshire already says no income tax, no sales tax, we’re not gonna do this to you, we’re not going to force adults to wear seatbelts, we aren’t going to force adults to buy car insurance. We are going to let you make these choices on your own and with those non-laws, we are in the lower half of the country for states that don’t wear seatbelts, we are in the lower half of states that have uninsured motorists.

I think that having the choice and knowing what the consequences are, allows you the opportunity to say, you know what, it’s my choice and I am making the choice to be safe for my kids, my family, and myself.

Can you expand a bit about the passion behind this; is this a thing where you wake up every morning and look at your children and say I need to do this?

Jilletta Jarvis: I have a 20-year-old daughter 21-year-old son and 7-year-old son and there are times that they say things to me and I just want to do something to fix it now. And then I have gone out and I have gone to bars and restaurants and flea markets, those types of places where everyday people go so that I can campaign there. Because I want to meet the people that are actually voting, not companies and CEOs. I know they have all the money but I don’t care, I want to meet the actual people.

I have met people that I would go home at night and now that no one is looking anymore I’ll just cry, and I’ll just sit there to my husband and say I met this person today who hasn’t been able to leave his home because his PTSD is so bad he still hears gunshots in his sleep and he just can’t leave, and that’s what our military did to him going to Afghanistan.

I have met people who used to have had a wonderful small business, a store that they ran, a great store and they did this wonderful business making computer parts and selling them. Because of changes in small business loans they’ve had to let all their employees go because they can’t afford to have employees.

Now that not just affected the business owners but all their employees as well and the community and now he works out of his home instead of out of a storefront.

When I drive down the road and I saw when I was growing up all these little mom and pop shops and all these small businesses and they all have for sale signs. That tears my heart apart because I grew up here,  seeing little stores here, I grew up selling maple syrup and I have seen it all go, I have seen these buildings go from a thriving mom and pop shop that had people there all the time to sometimes, to a chain Kentucky Fried Chicken, to a vacant lot, to grass coming up through the vacant lot.

How has this community changed? Well that business is gone, there’s no one paying rent on that lot now, it’s an eye sore no ones taking care of it, and it is not the only one. That is how our communities have changed and that’s how my state has changed.

As a Libertarian, there aren’t a lot of Libertarians in the legislature, you’ve said you are willing to work with all parties, what does compromise mean to you to actually work with these people and get something done?

Jilletta Jarvis: I feel that appropriate compromise is working for the people. If your constituents are asking you to do something,  that is one thing. But if your party is asking you to do something regardless of what your constituents think, that is another.

But if you can say to me I had a town hall meeting and my constituents came and said this is what we need, and that’s what I have to fight for, I would say, I’m willing to work with you on that, let’s see how we can compromise on this bill to include what they need. Let’s talk to everyone else, are their constituents saying the same thing?

At some point, you have to say I understand that you have all gotten used to a certain way of government. It took a long time to get to that point. I mean it took a long time before people were willing to deal with men going topless in public. But now it’s fine and nobody blinks an eye when it happens.

Sometimes you have to take steps toward freedom and show people that it is not a bad thing. And then you have to reevaluate. We don’t ever seem to reevatuate the bills we put into place now. If we write a law, we enact it, and that’s it, we are done, let’s get the police to enforce it. We don’t ever look at that unless someone forces it with a platform of I’m going to fix this.

We need to insert an amendment that says all laws must be reviewed for applicability for this time period. It should be a sunset provision, if you don’t look at it, guess what, it goes away.

Can you give me your pitch for governor?

Jilletta Jarvis: If you want to see someone who actually knows what you are going through, who isn’t looking to make this a stepping stone to the next role, who wants to put in fewer regulations and budget restrictions that go against you, to make a smaller government, to make a smaller budget, I’m the one for you.

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