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Granite State Rumblings: Putting Children And Families First in the Primary

The Iowa caucus is over and on Tuesday, February 9th the voters in New Hampshire will have their say on the candidates they feel will best lead their party to victory in November. This primary season has seen candidates come and go, different issues take center stage, and viewpoints change.

Through it all, the staff of Every Child Matters in New Hampshire has followed the candidates across the state, helped raise the issues that are important to children and families in the state and across the country, and asked every major candidate a question on those issues. We have participated in round table discussions, Conversations with the Candidates, town hall events and forums, held weekly Twitter Chats about the issues with our partner MomsRising, and worked to educate potential voters about the process and the issues.

During this last week before the First in the Nation NH Primary, the candidates will be back in the state. Here are several things that you can do to continue to raise the issues.

  • Please take a look at our Every Child Matters Digital Dialogue – which is a collection of brief snapshots for each of the two major parties’ presidential candidates – a sample record of what they’ve been saying and doing on some issues that we at Every Child Matters have worked on for years.
  • Then continue the conversation by:

to ask a question about their position on an issue that is important to you.

You also have 2 more chances to hear what almost all of the candidates have to say first hand.

On Thursday evening February 4th, the 3 Democratic Candidates will participate in a debate at UNH in Durham hosted by MSNBC. The Union Leader is giving voters a chance to submit a question that they would like to have asked of the candidates. We also encourage you to join us in tweeting questions for the candidates to moderators @chucktodd, @maddow. And don’t forget to watch the debate live on MSNBC at 9 pm. on Thursday, February 4th.

On Saturday, February 6th, some (number is still undetermined) of the Republican candidates will participate in a debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester hosted by ABC News. Join us in tweeting debate moderators @DavidMuir and @MarthaRaddatz with questions for candidates.

All of these things will help you to make an educated decision about the candidates and your issues when you go to vote on Tuesday, February 9th.

GROWING UP GRANITE

Come to YWCA NH in Manchester this Saturday, February 6th from 11 am – 2 pm as we co-host the first NH Primary Family Fun Day! FREE FUN for the whole FAMILY! Join us in counting down the waning days of this Primary Season!

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