My name is Laura El-Azem, and I hope to earn your vote to be Londonderry's voice for individual liberty and fiscal responsibility in Concord. I'm running for State Representative to keep New Hampshire moving forward in freedom!
I was raised in a big family amidst the living history and tradition of America's revolutionary birth, never missing the annual Patriots' Day parade and reenactments in my hometown of Concord, Massachusetts. Stories of the Minutemen and "the shot heard 'round the world" made a deep and lasting impression on me: freedom is not free.
Living in Londonderry
My husband, Patrick, and I made our first home in Londonderry as newlyweds in 1995. I rode the bus from Exit 4 to work in Boston while he commuted to Lowell. For a time, we tried living closer to Boston, but we missed the pastoral beauty of Londonderry and returned for good in 2002. This is where we wanted to put down roots.
I chose to be a full-time stay-at-home mom when our son was born, and looked for opportunities to get involved in our community. I participated in Leadership Londonderry and accepted an appointment to the Planning Board, where I served for eight years. It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know the people of Londonderry, and a great way to learn about property rights and development. I volunteered regularly at our church and my son's school, eventually taking roles with the School Board of the Diocese of Manchester and the Sonshine Soup Kitchen Board of Directors. I started my own small business, which was a terrific "learning experience" and left me with the greatest respect for entrepreneurs!
Raising a Family
When our son was seven years old, Patrick and I adopted four more children, siblings, through NH DCYF. Our family suddenly grew from three to seven, with five kids between the ages of three and eight. Although this period of our life is, admittedly, a bit of a blur, I would not change a thing. Now, one daughter lives on her own, one is at UNH, and one is in high school. Our first son is a US Marine, and our second is headed to the Army Corps of Cadets at Norwich University. Our family -- and our ongoing freedom -- is profoundly important to me.
In 2014, when Common Core and Smarter Balanced testing were imposed on our schools, I began advocating at the local and state level for parents' rights and student privacy. Since then, I have been a strong proponent for these and other core pro-freedom issues at the State House in Concord. I am grateful for the recognition of these efforts and the encouragement I have received from liberty activists and currently-serving Republican representatives to launch a campaign for office. With your help, I would like to take my longstanding advocacy for personal freedom and limited government to the next level as Londonderry's State Representative.