By John Keller | United States
Jilletta Jarvis is a proud mother from Sandown, NH and is running for governor to, as stated on her website, “Work with experts, find the best solutions possible for the people she represents, and do everything in her power to cut costs and come in under budget.” She is running under the campaign slogan “Think Differently. Vote Differently.”
Keller: You’re running for governor. What inspired you to pursue the office and begin a career in politics?
Jarvis: I am honestly tired of the elitism and political status quo practiced by the typical politician. The practice that we continue to do that that have failed, but throw more money at them as a way to fix a problem has not been working, we need outsiders of the political process – people who have to live with the consequences of bad laws, people who have had to budget, who are willing to look for new solutions, to evolve political process and look to solutions that work. People who are willing to work for the people instead of simply blaming failures on the opponent party. I was raised with the philosophy that if you can see the solution and you can be the solution then you step up and do it. So I am stepping up to be part of the solution.
Keller: You are running as a libertarian. The media often portrays it as anarchy and no government. What is libertarianism to you?
Jarvis: Every party has members that interpret the Party’s Platform in different ways. This diversity is helpful to the general population, though not entirely so to a political party as a Political Party is supposed to be a brand so that voters can understand better what they will be getting if they vote for a member of that party. While there most certainly are anarchists in our party, mostly the party is about minarchism – or those who support small government that is dedicated to providing certain services/protections. These includes the protection of life, property, and the equal pursuit of happiness. Libertarians do not believe that government should bail out failing business regardless of how big they are. The one thing that every member of the Libertarian Party agrees on is that no one has the right to use violence against another in order to get what they want and that your rights do not entitle you to infringe upon another person’s rights.
Keller: Branching off of that last question; what attracted you, and what should attract voters, the message of libertarianism?
Jarvis: In NH, we tend to be individualists. We want to live simple lives free of the interference of others. This is a very libertarian philosophy. We want you to have the right to be who you are, keep government out of your bedroom, allow you to keep more of your money in your pocket, and we believe the government should be protecting those rights, being responsible when budgeting with the money they have been allowed by the people, and that they should always be responsible to you – not the other way around. I think a lot of people in NH are attracted to this idea.
Keller: What is the first thing you want to see accomplished should you be elected the next Governor of New Hampshire?
Jarvis: Transparency. I want every person in NH to have the ability to know what’s going on in the state without having to fill in a form in triplicate to get the information. I would also appoint a group to oversee public employee complaints and act on them as if a person is being paid by tax dollars they should be held to a higher standard. I also would appoint a commission of educational professionals and real people to start working on the educational funding issue in NH and how to incorporate school choice without raising taxes. I would start putting together a balanced budget that takes into account future spending as well as fiscal year and find ways to reduce that spending with as little negative impact to people as possible. Such as working on fixing the welfare system in NH. It rewards people for being out of work instead of helping them get back to work. This is backwards thinking and needs to be fixed.
Keller: Minimum wage is becoming a growing issue in America, but notably in New Hampshire where business on the border with Massachusetts, where the minimum wage is $11/hr, is struggling to compete. What do you plan to do, as governor, to help struggling businesses and what are your plans with the minimum wage?
Jarvis: I would not institute a minimum wage. It has already been proven that in order to compete with Massachusetts employers, NH employers are voluntarily raising their own wages. This is exactly what the Libertarian Party suggested would happen and it has.
Keller: A campaign is defined by its planks. What three planks define your platform? In other words, what three policies are most important to you?
- Each year the state budget has gone up which increases the cost to do business in the state and raises property taxes.
- Lowering the State Budget so that less money is required from individuals and businesses would allow individuals and businesses to grow and succeed with-out having to leave the state to do so.
- The wealthy should not be the only people to be entrepreneurs in New Hampshire. By reforming our Occupational Licensing requirements we would be allowing fair and equal opportunity for entrepreneurship to all people in the state.
Your health and well being is important to Jilletta. It has been proven that cannabis is an effective treatment in many ailments including type 2 diabetes and obesity. It has also been proven that it is not a gateway drug and the possibility of overdosing on it are so small that it could be said to be impossible. Jilletta would support the legalization of this drug and promote its use in the treatment of those addicted to opioids as it has proven affective to end addiction of those drugs that can lead to death. Jilletta would also invite the lawmakers from Portugal to come and speak with the legislature regarding their success at cutting their drug addiction rates in half in just 10 years. It’s time to start using proven successful methods instead of the failed “drug war” which has seen violence and death due to drugs increase, not decrease.
- The Law Enforcement Action Partnership cites the War on Drugs as the root of the problems in today’s society and that drug abuse is a health problem, not a law enforcement matter.(https://lawenforcementactionpartnership.org/our-issues/drug-policy/)
- Drug abuse and related violence across the globe grow and flourish under prohibition.
- There has been proven success in decreasing the number of drug deaths and addiction rates in other countries.
- Reforming our policies and practices to those with proven success would serve not just those addicted, but all of our communities.
Government belongs to the people. The only way they can know if their representatives are fulfilling their campaign promises is through government transparency.
- This means data should be easy to access and to understand (including the budget)
- Elected officials are not the only government employees and while the voters are able to hold them accountable on election day, other employees should also be held to high standards. NH Courts, Departments heads, and other areas paid for with tax payer money should be held to the highest standards possible.
Keller: Branching off of the last question, how are these things accomplished? What would that legislation or that action look like?
Jarvis: Economic Change is about fixing some regulations – such as the energy regulations that prevent businesses from thriving in NH and the Occupational Licensing requirements that sometimes require a person get a degree in something that has nothing to do with the business they are trying to get into, thus preventing lower income people from bettering their lives for no benefit to the occupation. This will take working with the legislature in order to review and fix the regulations already in place. It also means working on our property tax issues (thus education funding) as if business grows, the property taxes need to go down so that employees have some place to live. I would also veto any law that stifles economic growth in NH.
Drug Reform – Again, working with the legislators on a clear law that identifies Cannabis legalization, age requirements, sale/distribution rights, home cultivation rights, pardons for non-violent offenders already in the system, and relocation of funds from the criminal system to the medical system for treatment.
Accountability – An executive order to form an oversight committee would be my first executive order as governor. Then I would work with employees to make website changes for ease of access and searchability for anyone looking to find public information, required forms, business requirements, etc. Also the Weekly FaceBook Live events that I hold every Thursday at 7pm would continue so that every person continued to have the opportunity to speak to their governor and ask me questions or tell me about issues without having to set up an appointment or come to Concord.
Keller: What sets you apart from the incumbent governor, Chris Sununu, and the potential democratic nominees?
Jarvis: People know where I stand. I do not say I will do one thing and then do another. I don’t blame the other parties for things I have not done, nor will I. If people want a candidate who will allow them to keep all of their rights, including their right to purchase a firearm for protection like my Republican opponent promises and also want a candidate who will give them legalized cannabis and fight for equal rights for all citizens like my Democratic opponents promise – there is only one option – me. Add to this that I want to find ways to lower their tax burden and that I am a political outsider – unlike any of my opponents and you have only one candidate who is truly fighting for the people of NH.
Keller If people want to get involved with your campaign, where can they get in contact with you?
Jarvis: People can reach out to me on my FaceBook page www.facebook.com/Jarvis4Gov, through twitter @Jarvis4Gov, through email at [email protected]. To volunteer, they can fill in a form on my website at https://JillettaJarvis4NH.com/volunteer. To donate to the campaign https://JillettaJarvis4NH.com/Donate or to request interviews/media appearances/etc. via email at [email protected]
Keller: Do you have any final remarks for the readers?
Jarvis: Do not let the others convince you to vote out of fear. It is time to think differently and vote differently.
I would like to thank Mrs. Jarvis for her time in conducting this interview, and be sure to get involved if interested.