Candidate Profile
Karen Testerman

Republican , New Hampshire

Biography

Panel Rating

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Endorsements

Conservatives

3
Dr. James Dobson, Huck PAC, Pastor Garrett Lear

Others

1
Andrew Manuse

Reported by Candidate

5
Dr. James Dobson, Pastor Garret Lear, Dr. David Berman, Andrew Manuse, Granite Grok

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
5
Mike Huckabee (2008), Rick Santorum (2013), State Republican Party Organizations (2017), Steven Negron (2018), Ted Cruz (2016)

Summary

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LIBERAL

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Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

The destruction of life created by God in His Image should never be allowed.


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

Government bureaucracies have grown way beyond the intent of the Founding Fathers. Righting the ship will take multiple years. Reduction in the size and scope of each agency is the beginning. A focus on individual responsibility must take precedence over providing for the individual. As Davey Crockett said to Congress, "It's not your money to spend." Leaving charity to the individual, churches and other benevolent organizations is the beginning of reducing government spending.


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree   

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

This phrase does not mean separation of the church FROM the state. It means that there should be no religious practice mandated for every inhabitant. Individuals are free to make their own choice when it comes to religious exercise. Our government is still made for a moral people. The church is the conscience of the government.


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Health care is best when it is direct between patient and provider. Eliminating the middle men will make it more accessible to all. Health care is about individual responsibility. The individual should be encouraged to understand, utilize and care for the incredible creation called the human body. The first step is for the individual to make good choices to properly nurture, exercise and treat the body with respect. Financially, encourage patient-provider direct payments. This necessitates individuals getting out of debt (Dave Ramsey approach) and building savings accounts that allow them to pay for the day to day expenses. It allows providers to negotiate for those who are economically disadvantaged. Purchasing of catastrophic insurance could be an option or joining a medical sharing program is another. Individual responsibility is key.


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Those who are healthy, able to work to support themselves and have a sponsor in the United States to accept responsibility should the immigrant need help. The individual immigrant must be willing to denounce allegiance to all other foreign governments.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. My principles and beliefs are based in the Holy Bible. I wa blessed with parents who instilled in me the importance of being responsible for my own choices and living with the consequences of those choices.


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

https://patch.com/new-hampshire/concord-nh/conservative-activist-testerman-primary-gov-sununu https://www.wmur.com/article/conservative-republican-testerman-says-shell-challenge-sununu-in-gubernatorial-primary/32818174https://granitegrok.com/blog/2020/06/karen-testerman-announces-primary-challenge-to-gov-chris-sununu Any number of youtube posts under a search for Karen Testerman - over 10 years. https://www.nhcornerstone.org - Our Story tab

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I have lived in every region of the United States of America and internationally. I am currently and have been an elected officer in numerous civic, religious and non-profit organizations. I have a degree in microbiology with a minor in chemistry. I am an educator and researcher.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I am the first to graduate from college in my family. My family was lower middle class economically. However, I have lived the American Dream and know that I am very blessed to live in this great state and this great country of opportunities. I am the recipient of the FRC Family, Faith and Freedom Award; the Eagle Forum Award, and the NH FPC William Wilberforce Award.


Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

Yes   

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

This is a constitutionally protected right. It protects the individual and the First Amendment and the citizen from the government's tyranny. It must be handled on an individual basis decided at the local level. New Hampshire is a leader in the United States in the area of law enforcement.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

As a governor, this will depend upon the legislation that is passed by the state legislature. However, the Governor does have a bully pulpit to inform, inspire and encourage the citizens of the state to reinforce individual responsibility, the family unit and civic responsibilities. The Governor sets the vision for the state, that includes living within the revenue available. Specifically, there are laws on the books in NH that are unconstitutional. I would sign any repeal of these laws.

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

The constant labeling of people is a tactic used and promoted to divide the people and pit one group agains another. A house divided against itself cannot stand. We can celebrate our origins. However focusing on the content of character and qualifications with respect must be encouraged in all levels of our society and our government.


Background

Education
  • San Jose State University, San Jose, BS, 1967
  • College of the Sequoias, Visalia, AA, 1964
  • Multiple Colleges and Universities, US Cities and Australia, Post Grad Courses
Work & Military
  • Cornerstone Policy Research, Founder & Executive Director, 2000-2008
  • WSMN 1590, Radio Host, 2003-present
  • WDER
Affiliations
  • All Saints Anglican Church, Member - Contributor
  • Coalition of NH Taxpayers, Member
  • School District Governance Association, Vice Pres. - Board Member
  • Family Research Council, Contributor
  • NH Federation of Republican Women, !st. VP - Member
  • NH Right to Life and Pregnancy Care Orgs., Member - Contributor
  • NH Firearms Coalition, Member
  • National Heritage Center for Const. Stuudies, Founding Member
Offices
  • Franklin City Council, Held 2019-present
  • Chair of Merrimack County GOP, Held 2016-17
  • NH Governor, Sought 2010
  • State Representative, Sought 1996
 

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