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Fries: Edwards for New Hampshire

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By Alex Fries

There are several components that work together to make up a car: nuts, bolts, lights, battery, windshield wipers and wheels, just to name a few. Only if all these parts of the car are placed together carefully and fit the task they are supposed to fulfill will the car not only function, but in most cases, will help you to get from where you are to where you want to be. When parts of the car start to get old, damaged, worn out, or even sometimes mistakenly misplaced the car will start having trouble. Problems getting it started might occur, one could encounter difficulties when trying to ascend a hill, and sometimes, the brakes can fail and one can struggle to brake on a steep decline.

In most regards, a car is very similar to our government — all parts need to be in good shape and fit together in order to function properly. Recently, that old car has become very similar to our state government.

Under the supervision of our elected state officials in Concord, the once so very innovative and revolutionary state government has become an old inefficient struggling car. Our state government cannot seem to manage to break the free fall we are in economically and start making the ascent to a better economic situation. One of the main reasons for this is that the majority of our elected officials apparently have a completely false understanding of the role and necessity of laws. They do not understand that laws are to some degree necessary, but after which they become crippling and a burden to society.  The only way we can fix such a problem is not to create more laws but by electing people who understand the role of laws and the beneficial effect that non-regulation can have.

Eddie Edwards is such a person.

Eddie Edwards is the Republican State Senate candidate in District 4 (Dover, Barrington, Rollinsford and Somersworth). He recently retired as the Police Chief of the South Hampton Police Force after working in law enforcement for a significant period of time. Additionally, he worked in state government for 18 years.

Eddie had a tough childhood, much tougher than many of us can ever imagine having. As a kid he witnessed his family suffer. While his mother worked tirelessly to support his family, he was blessed with  great grandparents. As he tells it, it is because of their values that as a young man, Eddie felt incredibly empowered. One of the most important lessons he learned was the power of freedom. He himself says that all the lessons and values he learned throughout his childhood helped him become the person he is today and set him on the right path. The path towards becoming an extraordinary leader, the first African-American State Executive Law Enforcement Leader and a recipient of numerous awards commending his great service.

I have had the opportunity to meet Eddie Edwards on numerous occasions in different settings. It is hard to find someone nicer and more approachable than Eddie. He always has a smile on his face and is open not only to listen to one’s opinion on any issue, but also is always willing to have an open discussion about all the issues facing New Hampshire. The UNH College Republicans had the extraordinary pleasure of hosting Eddie Edwards as a guest speaker at one of the first meetings of the year. I believe it is fair to say that I have seldom seen the group so blown away by a guest speaker as they were by Eddie.

If you are not convinced that Eddie Edwards is the right guy to represent District 4 in the State Senate by now, I highly encourage you to check out his website and Facebook page. Or better yet, make an active attempt to meet him in person; I promise that you will not regret it!

Alex Fries is a sophomore athletic training major and is the president of the UNH College Republicans. Follow Alex on Twitter @AJFriesNH.

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