NOTE: For this week’s edition of NH Journal’s FACE OFF, we asked both candidates for Republican National Committeewoman to fill out a questionnaire containing information we believe will help Granite State Republicans determine who to vote for. Responses were limited to 75 words for each question.
1) So you have thrown your hat in the ring for NH’s RNC National Committee Woman. Why?
I entered the race for NCW to fight for our First in the Nation Primary, but also to become part of the Republican leadership team that will return New Hampshire’s corner office to Republicans, retain our majorities, and make Barack Obama a one term president.
2) What skills do you bring to the job?
I bring both business and political experience, as well as social skills to the job. I am a team player who communicates well, but knows when to listen. A logical person, I enjoy problem solving and am skilled in the art of compromise, which I will put to work on the ever-important task of protecting our First in the Nation Primary. I also have over 30 years of experience as a professional and volunteer fundraiser.
3) Aside from the First in the Nation Primary what is your next priority for the RNC?
It is true that protecting our First in the Nation Primary is my top priority, but I would also like to provide consistent leadership and representation for NH at the RNC for the next four years. It takes time to build a reputation and NH GOP has been at a disadvantage due to turnover, but I believe my pledge to honor the full four year commitment will strengthen our team.
4) What is your plan to protect NH’s First in the Nation Presidential Primary?
I would work with our National Committeeman and State GOP Chair and like-minded RNC members to convince others of the importance of our primary to the nation. I would reinstate the practice of inviting RNC members to visit NH, so they have a better sense of why our state is the perfect testing ground and what the First in the Nation Primary means to us and to the candidates.
5) What are your political experiences?
I am a grassroots activist who has worked at the local, county, state, and national levels. A longstanding member of the NHFRW and the Cheshire County Republican Committee (Chair 2008-2011), I am currently Cheshire’s representative on the NH GOP Executive Committee and a member of the finance committee. I have never run for public office, preferring my auxiliary role. This makes it easier for me to abide by our bylaws strict standard of 100% neutrality.
6) How would you describe your political philosophy?
The other day I described myself as a ‘Live Free or Die Republican.’ I believe in freedom, smaller government, less regulation, and lower taxes. I do not believe in entitlements providing services to the general public at a cost that is borne by the taxpayer, but I do believe we need to help those citizens who cannot help themselves.
7) What part or parts of the RNC platform do you disagree with?
I support the platform in its entirety. I particularly like “Republicans will uphold and defend our party’s core principles: Constrain the federal government to its legitimate constitutional functions, unleash the power of enterprise, innovation, civic energy, and the American spirit – and never pretend that government is a substitute for family or community.” I am a Republican. I will uphold and defend the platform.
8) How would you rate the job performance of current RNC Chairman; what has he done well? What does he need to do differently?
Reince Priebus deserves an A. As with the State GOP, 75% of the job is fundraising. The RNC raised $10.4 million in January and now has more than $23 million cash on hand. When he started, the RNC had more than $20 million in debt. That figure has been cut in half under Priebus’ stewardship. I would not presume to tell him to do something differently. He has a plan and it is working.
9) How does the party overcome the current split between the “establishment” and the “tea party”?
There will always be philosophical differences and those who aim to exploit them for personal gain. We overcome this by focusing on things we agree on: freedoms, smaller government, less spending… We need to stop dwelling on divisive disagreements and remember President Reagan’s 11th commandment, “Thou shall not speak ill of other Republicans.” We are all Republicans and we need to respect each other, and work together, now more than ever. Our ideals unite us.
10) Who is your NH political figure you most admire and why?
I admire the Honorable Donna Sytek, former speaker of the house, NH GOP chairman and representative to the RNC, supporter, and so much more. If that is not enough, Donna was a co-founder of the Vesta Roy Excellence in Public Service Series. It was as a Vestie that I first realized just how many admirable Republican women there are in NH, all making a difference in our Party.
11) If you could fix one thing with the republican state committee what would that be?
Stability and continuity are what I will work for. NH GOP has been populated with a large number of talented leaders, but every few years there is a complete turnover and the institutional knowledge is lost. Stability and continuity will help unite us and enable us to make the world better for our children and grandchildren by electing Republicans.
12) Tell us about your professional background?
I am a self employed financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. I have been doing this since 1978. A life member of Million Dollar Roundtable, my designations include CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter), ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), RHU (Registered Health Underwriter), REBC (Registered Employee Benefits Consultant) and CLTC (Certified Long Term Care Consultant). I specialize in personal, business, and estate planning. I love what I do.
Learn more about Juliana Bergeron and her candidacy for Republican National Committeewoman by clicking here.