CONWAY, N.H. — Jay Lewis believes his and his fellow Granite Staters’ rights are being infringed upon. It’s the chief reason he’s running for governor.
“The only way to fix things is to become boss,” he said during an editorial board at the Conway Sun on Aug. 19.
Lewis, 64, of New Hampton is one of six Republicans seeking to be the party’s nominee. Others are incumbent Gov. Chris Sununu of Newfields, Julian Acciard of Derry, Richard McMenamon II of Gilmanton Iron Works, Thomas Riley of Brentwood and Karen Testerman of Franklin.
Tom Sherman of Rye is unopposed on the Democrat ticket.
Lewis describes himself as “the only biker running for governor.”
“That’s because it’s the only thing I ride,” he said. He arrived at the Sun office on a 1956 Indian motorcycle with a slew of Lewis signs attached to the seat. “To try to stuff yourself into a car now, it’s like being a sardine.”
Lewis also has another dilemma. “When I win, I’ve got to find a (state) trooper (who would be his assigned personal protection detail) willing to ride in the sidebar with me,” he said, laughing.
This is Lewis’ first foray into politics. The lifelong New Hampshire resident who grew up in Manchester is currently retired following a long career as an electrical technician.
“People not following my Constitution,” Lewis said, explaining why he’s running. “And people not following my state laws. You’ve heard of the Constitution, right? When Sununu takes an oath to uphold the Constitution, you can’t pick and choose which ones you want.”
Lewis lists “fixing” the state Department of Motor Vehicles as his top priority. He shared an envelope from DOT.
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