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By Steve Kenda
Republican candidate for the District 24 state Senate seat
“All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine.” ~ Jim Rohn
If you agree, then you understand why I’m running. I sit at the tail end of the Baby Boomers. I enjoyed and reaped all the benefits that America’s Greatest Generation left for us as their legacy. I worked hard through public schools, earned scholarships, worked my way through college and then built companies and created jobs for others to enjoy the fruits of their efforts. To the extent that mine is a success story, it has been fuelled by hard work and hard lessons, and enabled by the civic mindedness of great citizens who pulled their weight and more. It’s time for my generation to really step up to the plate.
We baby boomers were given so much by the people who came before us, and we have built a lot ourselves–but what is the legacy that we will leave to that next generation? What can they achieve saddled with trillions of dollars in debt, a culture of dependence, higher taxes, and dwindling opportunities?
Here in New Hampshire, without a renewed culture of responsibility, will this state still have an advantage? Or will our kids’ Granite State be defined by underfunded pension plans, proliferating taxes, growing business costs, expanded programs, and a Rainy Day Fund that rivals a child’s piggy bank?
I don’t have to think too hard about whether I want to see these problems fixed. I respect our current state senator. She’s done her best, but I think the people of this district need and want to build a better tomorrow, and we’re not going to do that with the status quo in Concord. We have to get the economy moving again in this state, and that’s exactly what I know how to do.
As an entrepreneur who has lived and worked in New Hampshire for 34 years, I am naturally an optimist, and I think in terms of solutions. Without change in Concord, yes, the future right now looks grim. But that’s what elections are for, and that’s why I’m running. We need a State Senate that works today with an eye on tomorrow–building a climate that nurtures job creators, respects taxpayers, protects citizens, and pays costs up front rather than tacking them on to the next century’s tax bills.
As Booker T. Washington said, “Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.” I’m running because I think New Hampshire is worth it, because I’m willing to do the hard work, and so I can look my young son in the eye and tell him that I did my part to preserve what is great about this state.
(Businessman Steve Kenda officially filed for the District 24 State Senate seat on June 11. Kenda lives in North Hampton with his wife, Sarah, and their son Eddie. Senate District 24 comprises: Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, New Castle, North Hampton, Newton, Rye, Seabrook, Stratham and South Hampton.)