Rep. Charles Sova for Grafton 16 (Canaan, Dorchester, Ellsworth, Groton, Orange, Rumney, Thornton & Wentworth)

Rep. Charles Sova, a Hero of the Family who voted with Cornerstone 100 percent of the time, is running in the one-seat district of Grafton 16 (Canaan, Dorchester, Ellsworth, Groton, Orange, Rumney, Thornton, Wentworth), where he might need some help to get him past Election Day.

Rep. Sova said he took pride in his near perfect attendance record and his adherence to the U.S. and N.H. constitutions and the GOP platform, which he called his “guidelines” when he votes on legislation.

As a member of the Finance Committee Division II, which oversees the departments of safety, transportation and education, he was part of the effort to reduce state spending and lower taxes all while advancing a balanced budget that is so far operating with a surplus.

“I think the whole approach to the budget was an accessible one,” Rep. Sova said. “We defined the revenues and then prioritized what we had to eliminate, because we knew we had to eliminate something.”

Rep. Sova said he would request the Finance Committee upon re-election so he can continue to work cooperatively with accurate revenue estimates to craft a balanced budget that keeps spending and taxes low.

Also during the past session, Rep. Sova sponsored a bill (HB 219) to rein-in the authority of the State Department of Education.

“Everyone knows that real education takes place in the classroom, and the jobs done by the State Department of Education don’t improve education one bit,” said Rep Sova, a 20-year veteran of his local school committee. “The state board is demanding more and more from the local communities, which seems to be their way of justifying their existence. But they’re just getting in the way of real classroom learning.”

While Rep. Sova’s effort to restrict the authority of the state board of education and provide legislative oversight wasn’t successful this time around, he said he would pursue the bill again upon re-election.