Frank Edelblut, a hopeful freshman legislator and Families First Pledge signer, is running for one of two available seats representing Hillsborough 38 (Antrim, Bennington, Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hancock, Hillsborough, Lyndeborough, Wilton & Windsor), a tougher district for a Republican.
Edelblut, a certified public accountant and entrepreneur who has launched technology companies and a wine company, has lived in New Hampshire for the past 20 years. Edelblut and his wife have been married for 27 years and have seven children ranging in age from eight to 24.
“In 1991, for those of you who remember, the economy was in the tank, [but not as bad as it is today],” Edelblut said. “I was out of work, I had two kids and one on the way and I could not find a job. I can still remember the thought process: ‘If I do not have a job in the next six months, then I will need to start my own company.’ And that is what I did. The company grew; eventually employing hundreds of great people.”
Once elected, Edelblut will bring his CPA and business experience with him to the Legislature. With a $16 trillion federal deficit, Edelblut said he is concerned that federal costs will soon be passed down to the states. He said he wants to work on “legislative protections” in New Hampshire so our small state is not overwhelmed when this happens. Additionally, Edelblut said New Hampshire is too small to copy what other states are doing to attract new companies and jobs, but with some creative entrepreneurial thinking, the state could create a vibrant economy that supports good jobs.
“As a business owner and as an entrepreneur, I know what it takes to create jobs,” Edelblut said. “There is a thought process that a small business owner goes through when deciding whether to hire another employee. I know the kind of environment we need so that once again, New Hampshire businesses have the confidence to take the risk and hire that next employee.”
Besides his focus on jobs and the economy, Edelblut said he is passionate about education and has many ideas on how to make New Hampshire’s educational system more efficient and effective for the next generation. And while he believes in individual responsibility, he said society should maintain a responsibility to care for and help the neediest among us when life knocks them down.
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