Running forState Senate District 20
as a candidate of theRepublican Party
Daughter of a South African diplomat, I lived on four continents growing up and remain an avid traveler, having visited 40 countries (and counting!). I won a green card in the Diversity Visa Lottery in 1994, and became a U.S. citizen in 2000. I’m a writer, foodie, cook, gardener, photographer, amateur painter, hiker, Scrabble player, and documentary film buff. I practice yoga and shooting. I own a home in West Manchester with Louis Calitz, my husband since 1994, where we live with our rescued dog, Nervous Nellie. I blog regularly at Carla Gericke: The Art of Independence. I co-host the Told You So podcast (currently on hiatus) and Manch Talk TV (local cable access). I’m passionate about voluntary interactions, individual liberty, and am proud to call New Hampshire my chosen home. Live free and thrive!
Prior political experience/officesCivic Leader (2008+) and Candidate for NH State Senate (2016, 2018, 2020):
Won landmark 1st Amendment case affirming right to film police encounters; Gericke vs. Begin is widely cited and positively affects the free speech rights of 13 million residents of the First Circuit
Plaintiff in 2019 ACLU-NH lawsuit against City of Manchester's permanent police surveillance cameras downtown (lost injunction)
Community organizer and outspoken critic of government overreach
* Strong, independent voice on human rights, internet, government accountability/transparency/overreach, and privacy issues
* Police accountability expert working on issues like body cams, right-to-know, excessive force, and police militarization
* Republican candidate for NH State Senate in District 20 (Manchester 3, 4, 10 & 11 and Goffstown). Received 40 percent in 2016, 42 percent in 2018 as “fused” nominee (Republican/Libertarian) after successful LP write-in campaign, and am now running as Republican again in 2020 against 11-term, 83-year old incumbent Lou D’Allesandro (D).
Time lived in NH12+ years
EducationMaster of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, The City College of New York, 2008
Baccalaureus Procurationis, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 1993 (J.D. equivalent)
Best way to contact candidateCarla@Carla4NHSenate.com
If elected or re-elected, please describe legislation you expect to sponsor or co-sponsor.
I support legislation to repeal and reduce the burden of government on ordinary people. I support marijuana legalization and would work to finally pass recreational and homegrown. I will work to reduce police militarization and push reforms to increase community policing/de-escalation programs.
What are the most important concerns facing you’ve heard from Manchester residents and how can you address those concerns if elected or re-elected?
Homeless camps all over the city and especially downtown, negatively affecting visitors and businesses. We must stop subsidizing behavior we want to see less of.
How does your background (excluding time serving in the position you are seeking) qualify you for the position you are seeking?
As much as needed. This would be my full-time commitment, and I will make it count!
In your view, describe the atmosphere within the legislature over the past two years. Do you believe this atmosphere will continue and how would that affect how you approach this position if elected or re-elected?
The Senate works in a bipartisan, cooperative fashion, and I hope to continue that tradition.
What is the most significant issue facing Manchester at the municipal level and how can you, as a legislator aid the city government on that issue?
Manchester schools need to be overhauled and education models must be updated for the 21st Century. As a legislator, I will work on innovative education solutions, and will advocate that the money to follow the child, so that parents can take, say $5,000, and spend it on their children’s educations as they see fit. Education solutions have to be designed around the students, their parents, and the taxpayers footing the bills, not around administrative bureaucracy and red-tape.
With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 in the future, do you support the legislature meeting remotely?
I only support remote if the public is rightfully still accommodated and allowed to testify and give input as before. Covid-19 cannot become an excuse for non-democratic behavior.
In your opinion, what were the five most significant pieces of legislation introduced in the New Hampshire General Court over the last two years? Please explain what made them significant.
- Any of the MJ legalization/decrim bills, including decriminalization of 3/4 ounce marijuana.
- Ending the War on Drugs will help NH by placing less of a burden on policing and making it safer for all concerned. The War on Drugs has been an abject failure, and it is time that we treat drug addiction as a medical issue, rather than a criminal one.
- Constitutional Carry: People have the right to defend themselves.
- Amendments to Right-To-Know laws to expand citizen’s access to government information.
- Family Medical Leave: This bill failed but was significant because as it was proposed, it will bring an income tax to NH. I will never support a state sales or income tax. The more money we leave in our own pockets, the better society functions because it affords us more choices aligned with our own preferences.
- Death Penalty Repeal: This passed by one vote, phew! 🙂