Susan Olsen for Merrimack 7 (Warner & Webster)

Susan Olsen, a non-incumbent candidate and Families First Pledge signer, is vying for one seat in the House of Representatives from Merrimack 7 (Warner & Webster), a difficult area for conservative candidates.

As the state coordinator for N.H. Smart Girl Politics, a conservative women’s organization, Olsen was heavily involved in helping to pass SB 372, a bill that established an education tax credit for businesses so they could fund a scholarship program for less fortunate children to attend private schools or engage in homeschooling. The group also runs the Armed & Fabulous firearms-training course for women’s self defense.

Olsen said she has a long history in business and served for a short time for the New Hampshire Municipal Association, which she says helped solidify her interest in ending taxpayer-funded lobbyists. She said some of her time as a new legislator would be dedicated to preventing taxpayer-funded groups such as the N.H. Municipal Association, the Local Government Center and the regional planning commissions from hiring lobbyists who work against the taxpayers’ best interests. Her background in these areas has her considering the House Municipal and County Government and Science and Technology committees, upon election.

If she is elected, Olsen said she would work to suspend the work of the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative rules and prevent the executive branch of government from being able to write its own rules. She called the Administrative Procedures Act (RSA 541-A), which created the executive rulemaking process, “a 37-headed hydra that can’t be contained.” She said the Legislature was the proper branch of government for making laws and rules to ensure the people’s rights are protected.

Secondly, Olsen said she would audit every state agency to determine their original purpose, how they’re funded and whether they’re fulfilling their goals, and then eliminate the ones that aren’t functioning. She said she’d start with the departments of education, environmental services and health and human services, which have far exceeded their legislative mandate.

Thirdly, Olsen said she would make the necessary legislative changes to ensure department heads are serving at the pleasure of the governor, so they are subject to direct oversight by the people, who elect the governor. She would also cap commissioners’ service at five years, to prevent them from getting entrenched, she said.

Lastly, Olsen said she would fight to pass Right to Work and eliminate automatic deductions of union dues from employee paychecks. In general, Olsen said she has a long conservative background comprised of simple principles and virtue, and she is confident that her voting record will reflect that.