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IBEW Local 2320 Endorses Chris Pappas For Congress

Manchester, NH – Garnering his second union endorsement Chris Pappas announced that IBEW Local 2320 has endorsed  his run for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

“IBEW Local Union 2320 is proud to endorse Chris Pappas for Congress,” said Business Manager Steve Soule.

“Chris Pappas has been a friend and advocate for our members throughout his time in public service.  He’s someone we can trust to tirelessly fight for New Hampshire’s working families.  Washington needs more members of Congress with the values and community outlook that Chris possesses.  We enthusiastically support him in this race.”

“It’s an honor to have the support of Local 2320 in my race for Congress,” Chris Pappas said.

“Whether it’s investing in infrastructure or expanding middle class opportunity, I am committed to taking steps in Congress that will help build a brighter future for New Hampshire.  I am grounded in the people and places of this state, and I want to ensure that working families have a voice in Washington.  I am very thankful for the support of IBEW Local 2320 in this campaign.”

Local IBEW 2320 represents highly trained, professional women and men in all corners of New Hampshire.  The union is comprised of a talented group of individuals in many differing fields including Administrative Specialists, Automotive Mechanics, Building Equipment Mechanics, Circuit Design Specialists, CDL A & CDL B Truck Drivers, Community College Professors, Customer Service, Equipment Installation Technicians, Facility Design & Inventory Specialists, Fiber Splice Technicians, HVAC Technicians, Information Technology Specialists, Line Construction, Payroll Processing, Power Distribution Technicians, Security Officers, Stock Room Attendants, and Workers in the Nuclear Industry.

Pappas was recently endorsed by the Teamsters Union local 633.

House Republicans Push Through Their Tax Hike On Middle Class Families

Last night, straight down party lines, Republicans voted to give millionaires and billionaires a massive tax cut and to raise taxes on millions of hard working Americans.

“Today’s vote is a missed opportunity to deliver the tax reform we need for middle class families and small businesses,” said Congresswoman Annie Kuster. “I strongly support reform that starts with the goal of providing tax relief for those in the economy who need it most. This bill is little more than a giveaway to big corporate interests and wealthy individuals while creating losers among many middle class families who will see their taxes increase in the coming years.”

“The tax bill that House Republicans passed today seeks to steal from the vast majority of Americans to benefit the very few. This is an attack on our economic security and on the fabric of our nation,” said Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. “House Republicans’ tax scam is loaded with provisions to help the wealthiest: it eliminates the estate tax, which will only be paid by an estimated 5,500 super-wealthy Americans this year, and slashes the corporate tax rate claimed by the biggest businesses. Meanwhile, it raises taxes on many middle-class families, and it sets small benefits for working families to expire in five years – while making cuts for corporations permanent. And make no mistake about it: these cuts will take money away from needed national security investments at this dangerous moment in time.”

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, confirmed Shea-Porter’s claim by stating, “12 percent of taxpayers would pay more in 2019 and 13 percent would pay more in 2027.” These increases unfairly hit middle class families.

This tax increase to the middle class comes primarily from the loss of “itemized deductions” that allow taxpayers to deduct things like mortgage interest, state and local taxes, student loan interest, qualifying work related expenses, and medical expenses.

“One reason for the variation across states is that taxpayers who live in places with higher state and local taxes may be more heavily impacted because those taxes would no longer be deductible on federal tax returns,” ITEP added.

“The bill the House approved today hurts older Americans now and in the future,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans. “Eliminating the medical expense deduction means it will be harder for families with high medical expenses, most of whom are seniors, to make ends meet. The House Republican tax bill axes deductions that help working people so it can give more to the wealthiest.”

“The wealthy and corporations do not need these tax breaks. The vast majority of Americans understand that trickle-down economics does not work, and they disapprove of this plan. Retirees and working Americans know who this plan helps and who it hurts. And they will remember this when they vote in 2018,” Fiesta concluded.

Shea-Porter added, “This bill eliminates the deduction for high medical expenses claimed by over 40,000 Granite Staters and the student loan interest deduction that helps people saddled with student debt. It even takes away the modest $250 above-the-line deduction I fought to make permanent for almost 20,000 New Hampshire teachers – while keeping the golf course tax loophole. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says the plan would explode the deficit by $1.7 trillion, triggering automatic cuts to Medicare. We all know our tax code desperately needs reform – but those reforms need to help the working people who are already losing out under our tax code, not give even more to the wealthiest 1% and the biggest corporations.”

The AFL-CIO says the bill is a “job killer” and rewards corporations for offshoring American jobs. Under the House proposal “U.S. tax rate on offshore profits from 35% to 0%,” creating a subsidy for outsourcing jobs that would cost taxpayers “$208 billion over 10 years.”

In their letter of opposition to the proposed tax plan, William Samuel, Director

Government Affairs Department at the AFL-CIO, called the proposal the “poster child for the failed ‘trickle-down’ economic theory that has never worked and has repeatedly stuck working people with the tab for tax giveaways for millionaires, big corporations, and Wall Street.”

Republicans are trying to pull the wool over our eyes in this massive tax scam. The plan would slash the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% and repeals the Alternative Minimum Tax on “pass-through” businesses. A couple of examples of a “pass through” business are “small businesses” like hedge funds, law firms, realty investment companies, and some large corporations like Bechtel construction (the 9th largest single owned business in the US). Without the Alternative Minimum Tax these “pass through” businesses would not be required to pay any federal taxes at all.

NBC News is reporting “Trump and his heirs potentially could save more than $1 billion overall under the GOP tax proposal that the House of Representatives passed Thursday,” though he continues to say that the plan will not benefit him.

The progressive coalition, Not One Penny, supports tax reforms but not one penny in reductions to “millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations.”

“The tax bill that passed the House today is an affront to the people that our leaders in Washington claim to represent. The GOP voted to cut taxes for millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations, inevitably forcing cuts to programs working families depend on like Medicaid, Medicare, public education, and Social Security. While passing the largest middle-class tax hike in a generation, the GOP said ‘no thanks’ to helping working families this Thanksgiving,” said Not One Penny spokesman Tim Hogan. “The tax proposal that passed today is wildly unpopular with a majority of Americans, and voters won’t forget those who enabled this hypocrisy. Republicans’ vote today is one that will haunt them in the weeks and months ahead.”

Over the last month, in mobilizing against Republicans’ disastrous tax plan, the Not One Penny coalition has coordinated more than a hundred events and actions across the country to hold congressional Republicans accountable for pushing tax cuts for the wealthy and well-connected at the expense of working families.

Advocates and activists continue to mobilize in opposition to Republicans’ tax scam. From hundreds gathering together at rallies alongside Leaders Pelosi and Schumer, Members of Congress, and progressive allies on November 1 and November 15, to local grassroots activity across the country, Americans will continue to resist this toxic tax plan.

“Progressive groups have come together to prevent Republicans from rigging the system even further for the wealthy and well-connected, and we will not quit until this taxpayer-funded giveaway to millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations is stopped dead in its tracks. After months of activity, we continue to mobilize thousands of activists to stop Republicans attempts to raise taxes on middle-class families. Congressional Republicans should take note: we will hold you accountable for every vote you take that threatens the health and financial security of your constituents,” Hogan added.

“This bill has always been about giving massive tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations, paid for by the rest of us — and our groups have been fired up about that from the beginning,” said Ezra Levin, Co-Executive Director of Indivisible, a member of the Not One Penny coalition. “Even before this tax fight became a health care fight, we had over 100 events in every corner of this country to oppose the Trump Tax Scam. Now that Republicans have explicitly included ACA repeal, our groups are even more energized than before.”

The bill now moves to the Senate where it is sure to face stiff opposition, especially after the news that Senator McConnell added the repeal of the Affordable Care Act to their tax plan.

Should-be Republican supporters are beginning to defect from the GOP tax plan because of the disastrous impact it would have on the American economy and the harm it would have on millions of middle-class families. Opposition to the plan includes:

  • Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, who said the plan benefits corporations over small businesses, and he finds the process being used to rush the bill “offensive.”
  • Arizona Senator Jeff Flake said, “I remain concerned over how the current tax reform proposals will grow the already staggering national debt by opting for short-term fixes while ignoring long-term problems for taxpayers and the economy.”
  • MaineSenator Susan Collins said, “I don’t think it’s a good idea from either a political or policy perspective.” Tennessee Senator Bob Corker said, “If I believe it’s going to add to the deficit, I’m not going to vote for it.”
  • Oklahoma Senator James Lankfordsaid, “It’s one thing to be able to cut taxes. It’s another thing to say how are we going to deal with our debt and deficit.”
  • Texas Senator Ted Cruzsaid, “Right now, they don’t have my vote.”

Make sure to let your Senators know how you feel about this new proposal. The Senate Democrats are unanimous against the bill but in order to ensure this bill never reaches the President’s desk we need to get at least three Republicans to vote it down.

“We need bipartisan tax reform that simplifies our tax code to help small businesses and delivers meaningful relief to middle-class families. Sadly, the tax bill approved last night is a partisan effort that doesn’t meet any of those goals,” said Senator Shaheen. “This bill would add over one and a half trillion dollars to our national debt and hurt Granite State students, seniors and working families, all to provide tax cuts to the very wealthy and large corporations. I stand ready to work with Republicans and Democrats to reform our tax code, but we need a bill that’s fiscally responsible, helps grow our economy and prioritizes the middle class.”

Congressional Candidate Wants More “Evidence-Based” Policy Making

Almost every day we can read about another unqualified crony being appointed to run any number of federal agencies. The Trump administration has made a joke out of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by appointing Scott Pruitt to lead the organization. As the Attorney General for the state of Oklahoma, Pruitt fought the EPA’s regulations and continually denied the science on climate change.

Another example is the nomination of Sam Clovis to be the top scientist at the US Food and Drug Administration despite the fact he is not a scientist. Clovis, a former radio talk show host, economics professor, and Trump campaign aide, openly admitted to having no degrees in agricultural or natural sciences and called climate change “junk science”.

Clovis has since withdrawn his consideration for the under-secretary position but clearly shows the Trump administration’s pattern of nominating anti-climate change, anti-science, political cronies to lead federal agencies.

With the heads of major natural science agencies being run by anti-science ideologues, it would then fall on Congress to address some of the environmental issues facing the country.

That is just one of the reasons Rye State Rep, Mindi Messmer, has decided to run for Congress. As an environmental scientist, she brings nearly 30 years of experience working to clean up the environment and protecting communities from the harmful toxins that lay dormant underground.

“I am running for Congress to ensure clean drinking water for all Americans, to take precautions to mitigate the environmental causes of cancer, and to stand up to industry-backed attacks on science federal agencies like the EPA by Scott Pruitt and others,” said Messmer. “At a time when the EPA is being dismantled, and environmental policy and regulations are being decimated, I vow to fiercely advocate for evidence-based policy if elected to Congress.”

“It​ ​is​ ​encouraging​ ​to​ ​see​ ​candidates​ ​like​ ​Mindi,​ ​with​ ​a​ ​proven​ ​track​ ​record​ ​of standing​ ​up​ ​for​ ​science​ ​science,​ ​stepping​ ​up​ ​to​ ​the​ ​plate​ ​to​ ​run​ ​for​ ​office,” said Joshua​ ​Morrow,​​Executive​ ​Director​ ​of​ ​314​ ​Action after hearing of Messmer’s decision to run.​ ​”In​ ​an era​ ​where​ ​alternative​ ​facts​ ​and​ ​attacks​ ​on​ ​science​ ​are​ ​the​ ​norm​ ​at​ ​the​ ​hands​ ​of the​ ​Trump​ ​Administration,​ ​Congress​ ​needs​ ​the​ ​perspective​ ​of​ ​scientists​ ​who​ ​will base​ ​policy​ ​on​ ​evidence​ ​rather​ ​than​ ​intuition.”

For 28 years, Messmer has run Terra Nova Environmental, a consulting firm that focuses on the “evaluation, design, development, and implementation of conventional and innovative in-situ and on-site technologies for remediation of contaminated sites.”

Most notably she was the first to identify and report a “pediatric cancer cluster” in five Seacoast NH towns. Her work prompted then Governor, Maggie Hassan to create a task force to investigate the “rhabdomyosarcoma and pleuropulmonary blastoma double pediatric cancer cluster.”

As head of the task force subcommittee, Messmer coordinated with the EPA and the NH Department of Environmental Services to investigate the Coakley Landfill Superfund Site, as the possible cause of the cancer cluster.

Messmer has also been leading the charge on the contaminated ground water in Merrimack, Bedford, and Litchfield linked to the Saint Gobain factory as well as groundwater contaminations linked to the Pease Air Force Base.

As a consultant, Messmer could only do so much. But as a state legislator she could write her own legislation to get the state to address these water issues. And that is exactly what she did.

Messmer was elected to the NH House of Representatives in 2016 and has already submitted a number of bills, three of which have already become law. Messmer’s bills created commissions to further study the cancer cluster and water contamination on the Seacoast as well as a commission to study “environmentally triggered illnesses” in New Hampshire.

In a brief conversation with Messmer after her announcement to run for Congress she talked about how there are more than 150 “superfund sites” similar to those at Pease AFB all across the country that need to be investigated.

Messmer is a longtime resident of Rye, NH where she lives with her husband and two teenage sons.


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Rep Mindi Messmer Announces A Run For Congress In NH’s First District

Environmental Scientist and Public Health Whistleblower Mindi Messmer to Run for Congress in New Hampshire’s First District
Messmer is a Scientist, Small Business Owner and NH State Representative With a Proven Track Record of Defending Science and Standing Up for Public Health

(Portsmouth, NH) – Today, environmental scientist Mindi Messmer announced she will continue Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s progressive legacy in Congress by running to succeed her in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional district. Mindi was elected to lead the 24th District of the NH House of Representatives in 2016 and has owned an environmental science consulting company, Terra Nova Environmental, since 1999. She also worked to elect Bernie Sanders and served on Senator Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Campaign’s New Hampshire steering committee in 2017.

Mindi’s work as a scientist made headlines in 2016 when she blew the whistle about what was later designated the Seacoast Cancer Cluster. In 2014 she discovered that an abnormally high number of children in New Hampshire’s Seacoast were getting cancer—an issue that the state initially sought to brush aside. She was appointed to the Governor Hassan’s Task Force in 2016 to take a leading role on the issue, and elected to the State Legislature later that year.

As a freshman state representative, Mindi has already been successful in having several pieces of sponsored legislation related to the public health and environmental issues pass into law. She has made clean drinking water, adequate environmental regulation standards and increased scrutiny for public health issues that are triggered by environmental conditions legislative priorities in office.

“I am running for Congress to ensure clean drinking water for all Americans, to take precautions to mitigate the environmental causes of cancer, and to stand up to industry-backed attacks on science federal agencies like the EPA by Scott Pruitt and others,” said Mindi. “At a time when the EPA is being dismantled, and environmental policy and regulations are being decimated, I vow to fiercely advocate for evidence-based policy if elected to Congress.”

A third-generation labor union member, Mindi grew up hearing about her mother’s fights for nurses’ rights as vice president of SEIU 1199 NY in New York City, and her grandfather’s action that formed a labor union to protect worker safety at Rheingold Brewery in the Bronx after his coworker and friend died on the job.

“Fighting for workers’ rights and constituents is engrained in my fiber. Our families are overworked, under-employed and one debilitating family illness away from bankruptcy,” said Mindi. “We need to support and re-vitalize labor and implement a $15 minimum wage. We have to provide students with an affordable public education, and make sure they can get a commensurate job when they get out of school and are not saddled with student loan debt. We must ensure that like every other major developed country, every American has access to affordable, high quality medical care regardless of household income. I am not a lifelong politician, but there are plenty of politicians, lawyers, and big business owners in D.C. who don’t work for 99% of us. It’s time for fresh faces who will work for the people, not special interests and are not afraid to take bold steps.”

Mindi graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Earth Science and studied Geology and Hydrogeology at the University of New Hampshire. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Clinical and Translational Science at Georgetown University and expects to receive her degree in the summer of 2018. Mindi is a married mother of two teenage sons and lives in Rye, NH.

Steelworkers Endorse Mark MacKenzie For Congress

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that the union has endorsed State Representative and former New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie for Congress to fight on behalf of working families in the First Congressional District.

Mark MacKenzie

“I am proud and honored to accept the endorsement of the Steelworkers Union, representing over 800,000 working men and women across our country. They understand that our campaign will bring the fight to protect and expand the middle class to the race, and will represent New Hampshire’s working families in Washington.” Mackenzie said.

USW District 4 Director John Shinn credited MacKenzie for serving working families for more than 40 years, as a firefighter and a leader within the labor movement each for 25 years and now in the state legislature. 

“Mark has been a tireless, visible and vocal champion of working families for decades,” Shinn said. “His leadership was instrumental in building a bipartisan coalition to defeat the so-called ‘Right to Work’ legislation brought before the New Hampshire House early this year.”

Shinn said that MacKenzie’s record of unashamed, outspoken and ultimately effective advocacy for American workers, their families and communities is too rare in Washington, D.C., and that the USW is proud to be the first major union to endorse the campaign to put him there.

“As a nation, if we want to create good jobs, a modern energy policy, address our crumbling infrastructure and expand the middle class,” he said, “then we need to elect representatives who know how to make it happen.”

“When we stand together in solidarity and fight together in unity for policies based on fairness and justice, we cannot be defeated,” Shinn said. “Nobody running for Congress understands that better than Mark MacKenzie.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, the auto supply and energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

Democrats Win Big In NH And In Major Elections In Virginia And New Jersey

Yesterday was a big day for Democrats in New Hampshire.  Manchester elected Joyce Craig as their new mayor after 14 years of Republican control.

Democrats also picked up two House seats in special elections held last night.

Erika Connors defeated Albert MacArthur Jr. 1,198 votes to 1,178 votes to become the newest State Representative in Hillsborough County District 15. Erika’s victory comes in a district with 5% more registered Republicans than Democrats, where President Trump received 53% of the vote. Connors win marks Democrats fifth win in a Republican district in seven tries.

Brian Sullivan won the Sullivan County District 1 state House special election, 1,327-671 (66%-34%), defeating Republican opponent Margaret Drye. Representative-elect Conley will replace Rep. Andrew Smith who resigned in June.

Tonight’s victories mark New Hampshire’s seventh and eighth special election wins in ten tries in 2017.

“Congratulations to our two newest Representatives-elect on their victories tonight,” said New Hampshire House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff. “In Brian Sullivan, the House gains a public servant who has spent his career fighting to improve New Hampshire schools and to help working families. In Erika Connors, we gain a passionate, dedicated champion of public schools who will always fight for Manchester Ward 8. Their commitment to fighting for Democratic values will make them wonderful additions to the New Hampshire House of Representatives.”

“Tonight’s victories are yet another example of Granite Staters showing up in unprecedented numbers to support strong Democratic candidates,” said NHDP Chair Ray Buckley. “New Hampshire Democrats have now won 8 out of 10 special elections this year. New Hampshire voters are rejecting the Trump-Sununu agenda by showing up to the polls and electing Democrats to office. There is no seat Democrats can’t compete for in 2017 and these wins put us that much closer to taking back state and national majorities a year from now.”

“Democrats in New Hampshire just keep winning,” said Tom Perez, Chair of the DNC.  “Thanks to the hard work of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, the energy of grassroots organizers, and the will of voters across the Granite State, Democrats won two state House seats, flipping one in an area that voted for Trump a year ago. And with Joyce Craig’s historical mayoral victory tonight in Manchester, Democrats have now flipped six seats in New Hampshire from red to blue in 2017. This is just the beginning. Democrats are going to keep organizing and leading with our values, and that’s why we’re going to flip even more seats up and down the ballot in 2018 and beyond.”

In Nashua, young Democrats won three Aldermanic seats.

“Tonight’s victory is a clear statement that Nashua is hungry for fresh innovative leadership to lead it into the future and make it a more appealing place for young people to live, work, learn and raise a family,” said New Hampshire Young Democrats Executive Director Amelia Keane. “Time and again, leaders in our city have put roadblocks in the way of common sense policies that will attract and retain more Millennials such as the development of passenger rail, compassionate solutions to the opioid crisis, and meaningful investments in our public schools. With Shoshanna, Dave, and Brandon now sitting at the table representing a more progressive vision for Nashua, real change is about to come to the Gate City.”

Along with these Democratic wins in New Hampshire, voters in other states chose to elect Democrats to lead them over the next few years.

In Virginia, Democrat Ralph Northam defeated his Republican opponent by ten full points.  The Daily Kos reported this morning, “Democrats also held Virginia’s two other statewide posts, as Justin Fairfax won the open lieutenant governorship and Mark Herring was re-elected as attorney general, both by 53-47 margins. ”

The same was true in New Jersey as voters elected the Democratic candidate, Phil Murphy, to be their next governor by almost fourteen points.  Democrats also retained the NJ Senate and the NJ Assembly.  “That once again gives Democrats complete control of state government, the so-called “trifecta,” and the chance to enact progressive policies long thwarted by outgoing Gov. Chris Christie. Enjoy the beach!” wrote the Daily Kos.

It is obvious with these major victories in New Jersey and Virginia coupled with the large number of Democratic victories in municipal elections across New Hampshire that change is coming.

Will Democrats be able to take back the NH House and Senate in 2018?

Will Democrats be able to take back the US House and Senate in 2018?

Will Democrats continue to build momentum all the way to the critical 2020 elections?

Time will tell, but if last night is any indication, we are off to a strong start.

Allies, Advocates, And Friends Praise Joyce Craig’s Historic Mayoral Win

Last night, Joyce Craig made history by becoming the first woman elected to be mayor of Manchester. Craig won 12,053-10,554 (53%-47%), defeating four-term incumbent Republican Ted Gatsas in bid to run the largest city in New Hampshire.

“I’m incredibly honored and humbled to stand here tonight as the next mayor of Manchester,” Craig told the crowd at her election night party. “As your mayor I will focus on the things that matter most for residents: improving our schools, making our streets safer, supporting our existing businesses and bringing new businesses to our city. And making real and lasting progress against the opioid crisis.”

“Today, Manchester made history,” said Senator Shaheen. “As the first woman elected mayor of the city, Joyce adds to New Hampshire’s outstanding legacy of electing strong woman leaders. I want to congratulate Joyce on running a tremendous campaign that focused on her positive vision for Manchester, and I look forward to working with her to achieve this vision.”

“Congratulations to my friend, Mayor-elect Joyce Craig, on her historic election,” Senator Hassan said. “Joyce ran a strong campaign focused on her positive vision for moving Manchester forward, and the Queen City will be stronger thanks to her bipartisan leadership in City Hall. I look forward to working with Joyce as she fights to position Manchester to thrive in the innovation economy, improve the school system, and strengthen public safety.”

“Congratulations to Manchester Mayor-elect Joyce Craig, the first woman ever elected mayor in Manchester,” said Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. “Joyce has a clear, positive vision of what she wants Manchester’s future to look like, and I look forward to working with her.”

Mayor-elect Joyce Craig is the first Democrat to be elected mayor of Manchester in 14 years. Tonight’s victory mark’s the fifth time New Hampshire Democrats have flipped a seat from red to blue in seven tries.

“Tonight’s historic victory is bound to send shockwaves across the state. After 12 years of Republican control, Manchester is back in Democratic hands on the heels of electing their first woman as mayor in the city’s 171 year history,” said NH Democratic Party Chair, Ray Buckley. “Congratulations to Mayor-elect Joyce Craig for running and winning a positive campaign based on the issues. There is no better person to make the most of our incredible potential, tackle our challenges head-on and lead this city to new heights.”

Running a campaign of this size takes a lot of help. Craig relied on hundreds of campaign volunteers who help spread her message across the city.

“Our campaign knocked on thousands and thousands of doors,” Craig told the crowd. “We worked hard for every vote and tonight we know that our hard work paid off.”

The New Hampshire Young Democrats launched an unprecedented organizing effort to help elect Joyce Craig for Mayor, and fielded a historic number of down ballot candidates. In Manchester alone, Young Democrats knocked on thousands doors this election season and helped run numerous aggressive down ballot races through our 603 Forward program.

“We are thrilled about Joyce Craig’s win. Throughout her career in public service, she has been a strong advocate for policies that make Manchester a better place for young families to live and work and for innovative business to thrive,” said New Hampshire Young Democrats President Lucas Meyer on tonight’s victory. “It was clear throughout the campaign that Millennials across the city are excited about Joyce Craig, and fully embraced her forward-thinking vision for the city. Hundreds of volunteers came out in the months leading up to the election to knock on doors and talk to their neighbors about why they should support Joyce for mayor. We know we can count on Joyce to enact the forward thinking policies that will help attract and retain young people in the Queen City.”

Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund supporters knocked on over a thousand doors and made hundreds phone calls all over the Queen City. The women, men, and young people of Manchester who supported Craig in this race understood the importance of electing a leader who strives to make Manchester a healthier and safer city.

“We are thrilled with the victory of Joyce Craig tonight. She shares our vision for a healthier Manchester – where all residents, no matter who they are, where they’re from, or how they identify – have access to affordable health care, can exercise their rights, and live in a safe community,” stated Jennifer Frizzell, Chair of the Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund.

“Congratulations to Joyce Craig for her historic victory in the Queen City tonight. As the first woman to ever serve as mayor of Manchester, Joyce will lead the city she loves with the same vision and energy that she’s brought to her previous decade of public service,” said Tom Perez, Chair of the Democratic National Committee. “After eight years of failed Republican leadership, it’s time for a new era of economic vibrancy, and Mayor-elect Craig has what it takes to make it happen. The DNC has been proud to stand with the New Hampshire Democratic Party, and we look forward to seeing all that Mayor-elect Craig accomplishes in Manchester.”

“Joyce Craig represents the best of Manchester and has committed to protecting voting rights as the city’s mayor,” said Jason Kander, President of Let America Vote. “That’s why Let America Vote was so proud to endorse Joyce earlier this year and support her by sending a field team to Manchester that knocked on over 9,400 doors on her behalf. We’ll continue standing with Joyce Craig as mayor because we know she’ll be a strong voting rights advocate for her city and state.”

“We are proud to congratulate Joyce Craig on her history-making victory today,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock. “Joyce is a committed public servant and passionate education advocate who is clearly the right person to move Manchester forward. EMILY’s List endorsed her because we know she will bring strong policy solutions and much-needed new leadership to her city.”

Today begins a new era in Manchester and we are all looking forward to what Mayor Joyce Craig will do.

Lawyers’ Committee Opens Up Voter Protection Hotline

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law & Election Protection Hotline (866-OUR-VOTE) To Take Calls LIVE During Election Day

Voters In 25 States Will Go To The Polls On November 7th To Cast Ballots In Local, Statewide Elections 

Washington, D.C.Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, will provide live assistance for voters across the country on Election Day this year.

On Tuesday, November 7th, Election Protection volunteers will be available to assist voters with issues, problems, or questions that arise in the voting process.  Voters may call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) toll-free from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST with any questions or issues that may arise. Spanish-speaking voters may seek bilingual assistance through the 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) hotline, also from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST.

“The right to vote is the most important right in our democracy.  This year, critical elections are taking place at the local, state and federal level all across the country.  Through vigilance, we can ensure that all eligible voters are able to freely cast their ballots and have their voices heard in the 2017 election cycle,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.  “The 866-OUR-VOTE hotline is a resource for all voters and would-be voters across the country who seek to report complaints or otherwise access information needed to meaningfully participate in elections in their community.”

Election Protection – the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – has trained volunteers available to answer questions on Election Day.  Election Protection also utilizes field monitors and voter education, and relies on its expansive network of national partners and state advocates, to respond to any questions or concerns voters may have.  In 2016 alone, Election Protection received over 120,000 calls from voters from around the country, and the hotline will continue to serve as a resource for voters year-round.

The 866-OUR-VOTE Election Protection hotline will be answered live on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST.  Voters are encouraged to call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) for voting-related questions or problems.

It’s Official: Mark MacKenzie Announces Candidacy for Congress

MANCHESTER, NH – Today, Manchester State Representative and former NH AFL-CIO President Mark Mackenzie announced his candidacy to represent New Hampshire’s 1st District in the U.S. Congress with the following statement:

“I am entering this race today and will join with thousands of working men and women throughout our state and country who find themselves struggling in an economy which has failed them. The American dream has dissolved into the American struggle, as more and more people try and stay above water.

Wealthy Americans are the beneficiaries of a rigged system which has allowed a small minority of people to amass enormous amounts of money while most Americans continue to work harder to make ends meet. Working families deserve an economy that works for them.

My service to working families and the community span more than 40 years. As a firefighter in the State’s largest community, Manchester, I had the honor to work with my sisters and brothers in the fire service community making our City a safer place to live and work.

As a community activist and a leader, I joined with people all over our state working shoulder to shoulder to fight for fair wages, good pension benefits, health care for all and fair treatment of all people regardless of one’s sexual or gender preference.

I enter this race tempered by this lifetime of work and ready to help lead a movement which will restore “Liberty and Justice for all”.

I believe in:

A quality health care system for all Americans, beginning with the expansion of our current Medicare system to more people by incrementally reducing the eligibility age.

A public college education which is affordable and moves us towards free education at public universities. This would open up opportunities for thousands of people and relieve the crushing burden college debt has cause for to many of our citizens.

Equality and justice for all. This phrase is not just a slogan but a declaration of our values. It should apply to all Americans regardless of the color of their skin, nationality or sexual and gender orientation.

An energy strategy which first acknowledges climate change is real, and moves this country away from fossil fuels and towards renewable sources of energy. This strategy would create millions of good paying jobs.

Investing in rebuilding the crumbling infrastructure of our county. Thousands of roads and bridges are in disrepair. Aging systems in communities and all over the country threaten our way of life and put at risk our water and air.  This too will create thousands of good paying jobs in communities all over the country.

We can do better as a nation to address these problems and many others which undermine the lives of working people in this country.

We have an opportunity in this election to send a clear message about what we want and expect from our elected officials .

Let’s come together and help redefine what “making America great again” means for us .

I want to thank Carol Shea-Porter for her legacy of service to all of us in the first district, and I hope to continue and renew her efforts to find and fund community based solutions to the opioid crisis, work for affordable childcare as well as paid family leave policies and immigration reform. My attempts with Carol over the years to raise the minimum wage to a living wage has been extremely rewarding and meaningful to me. I will continue to seek her counsel as we move forward.”

MacKenzie has been a resident of Manchester since he joined the Fire Department at the age of 21 in 1974, eventually earning the rank of Captain and being chosen to represent his fellow firefighters, achieving improved working conditions and livelihoods for public servants across the state of New Hampshire. He retired from the Fire Department after 25 years of service.

His 25-year tenure as President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO was recognized nationally for his numerous achievements on behalf of working people including defeating Koch Brother funded anti-worker “right to work” legislation in many legislative battles.

Mark has been at the forefront of virtually all successful Democratic campaigns over many years in New Hampshire, including Representatives Shea-Porter and Kuster, Senators Shaheen and Hassan, Governors Shaheen, Lynch and Hassan including countless State Senators and Representatives. He has also worked closely with New Hampshire elected officials from both parties.

Representative MacKenzie helped to form the NH Bernie Sanders Steering Committee in 2015 and remains an active member of that group.

Mark has been an active member of the community serving with many organizations including:  Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board – Department of Labor, Post Secondary Voc-Tech Education System, New Hampshire State Job Training Council, Manchester United Way, New Hampshire Charitable Trust, National Council of Public Employees Retirement Systems, New Hampshire State School-to-Work Team, NH Citizens Commission on State Courts and NH Citizens Health Initiative.

He has an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degrees from  Franklin Pierce College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The University of New Hampshire. He has also completed the Trade Union program at Harvard University. He is a member of The National Political Science Honor Society and the Harvard Alumni Association.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen endorses Joyce Craig for Mayor of Manchester

Manchester, N.H. – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen endorsed Joyce Craig for Mayor of Manchester at an event held at Stark Brewing, a local craft brewery and distillery. Senator Shaheen was introduced by Stark Brewing owner Peter Telge, a prominent Joyce Craig supporter who appeared in an ad for Craig’s mayoral campaign.

Shaheen, the top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, noted the importance of the citywide election in Manchester on November 7th, calling it Manchester’s chance to elect Craig, a candidate who “understands what it means to invest in small businesses.”

Senator Shaheen referenced commitments Joyce Craig has made and plans she has released to invest in areas such as infrastructure and education. Shaheen asserted that a strong workforce is the basis for a thriving economy, and that small business owners in Manchester want a mayor who will invest in city services, especially education, “because their employees don’t want to move to a community that doesn’t have good schools.”

“Joyce is going to make sure that when she is mayor she going to invest in the schools in Manchester,” Senator Shaheen continued. “She understands that it’s important to ensure that every child has a opportunity to reach their full potential. She understands that you need to engage with the business in the community, and that we need to make city hall more efficient.”

The Senator finished her remarks by saying, “I’m delighted to be here to support Joyce, to join all the small business people who are supporting her, and to make sure that we get her elected.”

“I’m honored to receive Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s endorsement,” said Joyce Craig. “Throughout her career as Governor, and U.S. Senator, Jeanne Shaheen has worked tirelessly to make government work for the people of New Hampshire. I agree with Senator Shaheen that this is an extremely important election for the future of our city, and I appreciate her support of my efforts to build a stronger Manchester.”

Shaheen recorded a minute-long radio ad in support of Craig’s run for Mayor of Manchester.

In the ad, Senator Shaheen describes Craig as a champion for Manchester residents who would bring responsible management to City Hall.

Shaheen calls Joyce Craig someone “with the vision to make the city all we know it can be” and says she “can’t think of anyone better than Joyce Craig to build a stronger Manchester.”

Said Joyce Craig: “I greatly appreciate Senator Shaheen’s support. Senator Shaheen has been a dedicated public servant for the people of New Hampshire for over two decades. She knows how critical it is that Manchester voters take this chance to put our city on the right track. I have put forward detailed plans on critical issues like education, public safety, responsible management, economic development, and transparency, because I believe that, with the right management, we can build a stronger Manchester.”

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