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The NH AFL-CIO Endorses Mark MacKenzie For Congress In NH’s 1st District

Today the New Hampshire AFL-CIO Executive Council is pleased to announce its endorsement of its former President, Mark Mackenzie in his race to succeed Representative Carol Shea-Porter in New Hampshire first Congressional District.

“Mark Mackenzie served as President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO for twenty-five years. During his tenure he fought to provide opportunities for working families across New England. Former President Mackenzie spent twenty years fighting fires and protecting the Greater-Manchester community. When Mark was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives, organized labor gained an invaluable asset in the legislature. The New Hampshire AFL-CIO Executive Council knows that Mark Mackenzie will go to Washington and use his experience as a union member to fight for the betterment of all working families,” wrote the NH AFL-CIO in their endorsement announcement.

The Executive Council is proud to endorse Representative Mark Mackenzie in his campaign for Congress. His proven leadership is what the working people of New Hampshire deserve.

“I am proud to have this endorsement,” said MacKenzie. “the AFL-CIO has a long history of standing up for all working people and that is why I want to go to Washington. It is good to know that the labor movement understands how important it is to have a working person win this race. This really is a campaign about what all of us can do together to change the direction of our country.”

“I spent over 25 years fighting fires in Manchester”, continued MacKenzie “and I always went into a fire knowing that my sisters and brothers had my back. That’s what this endorsement means to me – the working people of NH have my back and together we are going to have a strong, sucessful campaign.”

“I promise to take on the powers that be – to fight for Medicare for all, for good jobs in a clean environment, and for an end to economic inequality.  I know that the working women and men in NH are just as concerned as I am about the continual rise in income inequality, the skyrocketing costs of health care and college debt. I know that my lifelong commitment to these issues is why the NH AFL-CIO has chosen to endorse me.  Together we are going to win this election.”

The NH AFL-CIO represents over 20,000 members and their families in New Hampshire.


Mark MacKenzie is a member of Local 856 of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) for over forty years and was the President of the NH AFL-CIO for 25 years.  He is currently a state representative from Manchester.

Maura Sullivan Announces Massive Quarterly Campaign Fundraising

This week, Maura Sullivan, a Democratic candidate for the 1st Congressional district in NH, announced that she has raised over $430,000 in in her first quarter.

Sullivan, is a Marine Corps & Iraq War veteran who worked in the Obama Administration as the Assistant VA Secretary.  After leaving the VA, Sullivan and her fiancé Marc moved to Portsmouth to put down roots and raise a family.

“I am thankful that so many Granite Staters joined with people from my days in the Marine Corps and the Obama Administration to become part of a campaign to help the country live up to its promise, and that starts with Congress. In my entire life, which I have committed to serving this country, I have never seen a greater threat to our nation, and to our democracy, than the moment we are in right now. We have to come together, rise above the chaos and bitterness that define our politics, and recommit our ourselves to a government that works tirelessly each day for the people they represent.”

While grateful for the overwhelming support for the campaign, Maura is most excited about the energy of the campaign on the ground being reflected in a surge of grassroots contributions received from Granite Staters, which make up 20% of the campaign’s contributions and average about $15.  Overall, over half of the campaign’s contributions are under $250.

Maura has been serving the country most of her adult life and that service took her to a range of places — to Iraq, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula in the Marines, and to the Obama Administration, first at American battlefields and cemeteries throughout Europe, then the VA and the Pentagon. The people with whom she served and worked live throughout the United States and Maura is proud to have the support of friends made in each chapter of her life.

Heading into the campaign season, Maura is excited to build on this early momentum by earning every opportunity to show the people of New Hampshire that she will work hard for them in Congress.


About Maura Sullivan

Maura Sullivan has dedicated her life to serving our country and fighting for the people and causes she believes in. Maura began her service when she attended college at Northwestern on an ROTC scholarship and joined the United States Marine Corps. Rising to the rank of Captain in the Marines, Maura spent two years stationed in East Asia before deploying to Fallujah, Iraq. While inspired by the brave and selfless young Americans with whom she served, Maura was struck by how servicemembers, particularly women, were paying the consequences for poor decisions made by out-of-touch leadership in Washington.

After returning home, attending graduate school, and working as a New England manager for a food and beverage company, Maura joined the Obama Administration: first as a Commissioner on the American Battle Monuments Commission, where she represented the Administration at memorials to fallen U.S. servicemembers across the globe; as an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Veterans Affairs, addressing the VA’s 2014 crisis and working on reforms to begin restoring veterans’ access to quality health care; as a senior advisor to the Secretary of the Navy, working on gender integration in the Navy and Marines, as well as family, mental health, and LGBT policy reforms; and as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense, focusing on communications strategy while also working to improve policies on maternity leave and child care.  Maura is running for Congress because our country faces a crisis of leadership that is putting our national and economic security at risk.

National Association of Letter Carriers (Branch 44) Endorses Mark MacKenzie

The MacKenzie for Congress campaign today announced the endorsement of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 44. The NALC, Branch 44 represents over 500 Letter Carriers working in New Hampshire.

National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 44 (New Hampshire Merged) has voted to endorse State Representative Mark MacKenzie for Congress in NH CD1. Branch 44 is the largest NALC Branch in the State of New Hampshire with over 500 members.

Branch 44 President Dan Yianakopolos stated that “Mark has stood with Letter Carriers and working people countless times in the past and I’m sure he will continue to do that in the future. Mark is someone I know we can depend on. Mark stood with Letter Carriers and all Postal Workers in rallies throughout the state when our jobs were threatened in the past and we will need his strong voice in the future as we see many threats on the horizon from the current administration.”

NALC Branch 44 represents Letter Carriers in 21 cities and towns throughout New Hampshire. President Dan Yianakopolos continued, “Mark knows firsthand what it’s like to stand up and fight for the greater good both as a 25 year Manchester Firefighter and his 25 years as the NH AFL CIO President. His track record of serving the public is unmatched. We enthusiastically endorse Mark MacKenzie for Congress and I’m sure many of our members will be knocking on doors and making phone calls on Marks behalf. Mark is more responsible for turning New Hampshire from a Red State to a Blue State than anyone. We look forward to see him also changing the tone in DC to one that prioritizes working people.”

“I am very pleased to have the unwavering support of the our local letter carriers that are so vital in the day to day lives of people all across New Hampshire,”1st congressional candidate MacKenzie said. ” I’m certain our campaign will benefit from the commitment and volunteer hours that these hard working women and men will bring to our campaign.”

The NALC joins the United Steel Workers, Service Employees International Union Local 560, Sheet Metal Workers Local 7 and United Food and Commercial Workers in endorsing Mark MacKenzie for Congress.

UFCW Locals 791, 1445 Endorse Mark MacKenzie For Congress

The MacKenzie for Congress campaign today announced the endorsement of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Locals 791 and 1445.

“On behalf of the New Hampshire members of United Food and Commercial Workers Locals 791 and 1445 we would like to congratulate you on your decision to run for US Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st District, and proudly endorse you in your campaign,” wrote Peter Derouen  (UFCW Local 791 ) and Jim Carvalho (UFCW Local 1445).

“Thank you for your leadership in the past, and all the support you gave our members as President of the New Hampshire AFL CIO.  We are excited to have a union brother take on the challenge of ensuring working families in the state of New Hampshire are not left behind in our current economy.’

It is without a doubt that you are the only candidate in this race that understands the policies that truly affect New Hampshire’s men and women, and we know you would be a tremendous advocate for the middle class in Washington DC.  Your campaign is an exciting opportunity for New Hampshire, and we are proud to endorse you for the 1st Congressional District,” Derouen and Caralho concluded.

“I am very proud to accept the support of both local UFCW Locals representing working families in New Hampshire,”  MacKenzie said. Our campaign is gaining momentum, and the women and men of the UFCW will play an important part in helping us win this campaign for all of us, not just the wealthy few.”

UFCW Locals 1445 and 791 represent over 15,000 workers, over 200 of whom live in New Hampshire.  The UFCW joins the United Steel Workers, Service Employees International Union Local 560 and Sheet Metal Workers Local 7 in endorsing Mark MacKenzie for Congress.

Messmer’s Statement On Trump Banning Words From The CDC

Messmer on Trump Administration Science/Language Suppression And Making America Not So Great Again

Portsmouth, NH– The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that the Trump Administration told them that 7 words are now forbidden from official documents.

FORBIDDEN WORDS/PHRASES ARE:

1. Vulnerable
2. Entitlement
3. Diversity
4. Transgender
5. Fetus
6. Evidence-based
7. Science-based

A senior policy analyst at CDC was told to instead use phrases like: “based on recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.”

State Rep and Congressional Candidate for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, Mindi Messmer released the following statement:

“I could see this coming and this is my rallying call to run for Congress – as a woman and a scientist. Prohibiting the use of these 7 words, that are the basis of what defines us as Americans, is deeply offensive. We are nation that respects science, human rights and diversity and we make decisions based on science and facts not perception or whims. Suppressing speech, sanitizing government records, assaulting science, ethnicity and gender dangerously threaten public health and the basic fiber of the United States.

“We are not going backwards. We must continue to move forward.

“Millions of Americans face the threat of becoming refugees due to sea level rise. This is unprecedented and we have no historical base from which to draw to solve these problems. We need scientists, like me, involved in policy making to solve complex issues like these.

“As we face national threats to our drinking water from PFCs and other toxins, we need scientists like me to enact policy that will clean and protect drinking water and the environment for our children and generations to come.

“Send me to Congress to continue to maintain our integrity as a nation and fight against Making American Not So Great Again.”

Two Union Endorsements In NH’s 1st Congressional District

SEIU Local 560 today announced its endorsement of NH State Representative Mark MacKenzie for Congress

“Mark MacKenzie has spent decades standing up for working families in New Hampshire and we are proud to support him for Congress,” Christopher Peck, President of the SEIU local said. “Whether as a Manchester Fire Fighter, an advocate for Medicare for all or as an elected leader, Mark has always been there on the front lines fighting for social and economic justice. As a congressman we know he will make us proud as he continues to represent New Hampshire’s working families and bring the fight for good jobs and good wages to Washington,” stated Peck.

SEIU local 560 represents over 500 Dartmouth College workers in Hanover, New Hampshire.

IBEW Local Union 490 endorsed Chris Pappas for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. 

“We are proud to endorse Chris Pappas for Congress,” said Denis Beaudoin, Business Manager of IBEW Local Union 490.

“Chris Pappas has been a tireless champion for working families throughout his time in public service. We always know we can count on him to do the right thing for New Hampshire, whether it’s supporting infrastructure investments or renewable energy projects. Chris has the record, the leadership qualities, and the vision to be a strong, trusted advocate for New Hampshire workers and our economic future. We proudly stand with him.”

“I’m so honored to receive the backing of IBEW Local 490,” said Chris Pappas.

“This is a critical moment for the nation and for New Hampshire, and I’m proud to be standing alongside IBEW 490 as we continue the fight to expand opportunity and invest in America’s future. I am grounded in the people and places of this state, and I’m grateful for the support of IBEW Local 490 in this campaign.”

IBEW Local Union 490 represents workers in the electrical construction, maintenance, and telecommunications industry.

VoteVets Announces Endorsement Of Maura Sullivan In NH’s First Congressional District

Portsmouth, NH – The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets PAC, is today endorsing Maura Sullivan for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

“Maura is the embodiment of service to others, and dedication to country and community,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chair of VoteVets. “Right now, we’re lacking two huge things in Congress – people who put others above themselves, and people with the knowledge and experience to make sure America is safe, in this time of growing chaos.  Maura has both those qualities, in spades. The people of New Hampshire are going to be so proud to call her Congresswoman, and we’re proud to endorse her.”

Regarding this significant development for the campaign, Maura Sullivan issued the following statement:

“My fellow servicemembers in the Marines and their families inspired my commitment to public service when I was a young Marine Lieutenant.  Since then, I have been proud to work on behalf of fellow veterans, servicemembers, and their families: as a Marine in Iraq and East Asia; as a student advocate; and then in the Obama Administration, at our cemeteries and memorials around the world, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and at the Pentagon.  I saw how deeply it matters who’s in elected office. People deserve leaders that wake up each day to advocate for them, put them first, and deliver results to make their lives better.  Now I plan to work hard to earn every vote to go to work for the people of New Hampshire. Among many lessons, my time in the Marines taught me the virtue of listening — how important it is to understand directly from people on the frontlines what matters to them. I am focused on listening to people throughout the First District, and building a campaign and a candidacy that addresses our community’s needs. I am thrilled to have VoteVets support in that effort.”

According to her biography, Maura has dedicated her life to serving our country and fighting for the people and causes she believes in. Maura began her service when she attended college at Northwestern on a Navy/Marine Corps ROTC scholarship and calls becoming a Marine, “the best decision of my life.” As a Marine, Maura spent two years stationed in East Asia before deploying to Fallujah, Iraq. While serving in Iraq, Maura was continuously inspired by the brave and selfless young Americans with whom she served, but she was also struck by how service members, particularly women, were paying the consequences for poor decisions made by out-of-touch leadership in Washington.

After returning home and earning graduate degrees in Business and Public Policy at Harvard, where she also worked on behalf of military veterans and their families, Maura served in the Obama Administration in several capacities: as a Commissioner on the American Battle Monuments Commission, where she represented the United States Government at memorials to fallen U.S. servicemembers spanning the globe; as an Assistant Secretary in the crisis-stricken Department of Veterans Affairs, where she was integrally involved in a variety of reforms, fighting to provide veterans with improved access to health care; as a senior aide to the Secretary of the Navy, working on gender integration in the Navy and Marines, as well as family, mental health, and LGBT policy reforms; and as a senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense, advising on communications strategy while also working to improve policies on maternity leave and child care.

After her service in the Obama Administration, Maura and her fiancé Marc put down roots in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to raise a family. Maura is running for Congress because our country faces a crisis of leadership that is putting our national and economic security at risk.

Founded in 2006, the mission of VoteVets.org Political Action Committee is to elect Veterans to public office, with a focus on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and hold public officials accountable for their words and actions that impact America’s 21st century troops and veterans. Though VoteVets.org PAC is non-partisan, candidates it backs must support VoteVets.org‘s core mission and beliefs.

Lincoln Soldati To Kick Off Campaign With A Return To Somersworth

Son Emmett Soldati’s Teatotaller Café hosts party for his father’s candidacy for NH First Congressional District

Portsmouth, New Hampshire– Soldati/Somersworth – the names fit so well together. It was 1912 when Arturo and Gemma Soldati, emigrated from Italy to the US, eventually landing in Somersworth. They raised their large family, Arturo worked as a stone mason and Gemma cooked for lodgers in their boardinghouse on Winter Street. Their four sons were legendary football players at Somersworth High School in the 30s, while one of their three daughters, Sophie, was a star basketball player. After the war, in the late 40’s, two of their sons, Lincoln A and Pacifico, opened Soldati’s Restaurant in Durham. In the early 80s, the next generation, Lincoln T. Soldati, moved to his grandparents’ town and over the next 30 years, he and his wife, Kathleen raised four children, including Emmett who now lives in town and runs Teatotaller Café. It’s Emmett’s restaurant that will host Lincoln’s first party for his run for Congress in the first district. It all takes place on Wednesday December 13 6-7:30pm at Teatotaller located at 69 High Street in downtown Somersworth. It’s open to the public. Guests will have a chance to meet Lincoln, hear him talk, and have him answer questions. And, of course, Teatotaller’s delicious pastries and hot beverages will be available. Suggested donation of $15. For more information, visit the event page on Lincoln’s website.

Wednesday December 13 6-7:30pm

69 High Street, Somersworth, NH

Meet Lincoln Soldati
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Lincoln has been a leader in his community his entire life. After serving in the Army, Lincoln used the G.I. Bill to finish at Notre Dame and then law school here in New Hampshire. Lincoln served as Strafford County Attorney for nine terms, where he earned a reputation for aggressively pursuing justice for victims of child abuse and sexual assault. He even created a victims’ assistance program that became the state standard for prosecutions and investigations into sexual assault and child abuse cases. In addition to serving as Strafford County Attorney, Lincoln sat on the Somersworth School Board and served as Secretary for the Somersworth Charter Commission and as Mayor of Somersworth. Lincoln and his wife Kathleen, both lifelong Democrats, raised four children in a house that became home to the community – the door was never locked, the holiday party was for all neighbors of all ages, and Lincoln made breakfast for all visitors.

More information at www.LincolnSoldati.com

 

Small Business Owner Chris Pappas Officially Kicks Off Campaign for Congress  

“I want to live in a country where your journey, your struggle, and your hard work can take you where you want to go.”

Manchester – Today, Chris Pappas, joined by grassroots leaders from across the state, officially launched his campaign for Congress.  At the event, Chris discussed the important challenges Granite Staters face – that our economy and democracy are tilted toward special interests and those at the top. Chris vowed to be steadfast champion of the people, communities, and Main Street businesses that make New Hampshire the best state to call home.

“I am running for Congress because I want to live in a country where your journey, your struggle, and your hard work can take you where you want to go,” said Chris Pappas. “We have to make success attainable again for everyone who works hard in life and plays by the rules. We have to make the American Dream—the one that built the middle class and created opportunity for generations–-a realistic possibility for every man, woman, and child in this country. But instead of making progress on the challenges we face today, our political system is failing us. Our country is divided, and leaders have not summoned the courage to relate to one another and find common ground on issues that directly impact us all.  Big money has poisoned our democracy and weakened the voices of regular people.  And Washington is increasingly slanted toward corporations and special interests at the expense of the rest of us.”

Chris also discussed his plan to focus on the issues that affect Granite Staters’ everyday lives, including creating jobs, addressing the opioid crisis, making health care more accessible and affordable, investing in roads and bridges, taking care of our veterans, and promoting a clean energy future.

Grassroots leaders also discussed why Chris is uniquely qualified to represent the people of New Hampshire:

Josh Bourdon, Derry Town Council Chairman: “My wife and I are proud to support Chris Pappas for Congress because he’s a man of integrity, a talented entrepreneur, extremely smart, respectful, personable, and one of the most important things for me is work ethic.  I’m convinced that Chris will work his heart out day in and day out for as long as his feet are on the earth.” 

Stefany Shaheen, Portsmouth Business Owner: “I’m proud to endorse Chris Pappas. We’re here to stand with Chris because he’s always stood up for us.”

Marjorie Smith, Durham State Representative: “I know that when Chris makes a decision, he does so with integrity, intelligence, decency, and an awareness of the people he represents.  There’s no one that will represent the citizens of the 1st District better than Chris Pappas.”

Andrew Hosmer, Laconia Community and Business Leader: “Chris has demonstrated the ability to work with others, to find solutions, and to make the Granite State the best place to work, live, and raise a family.” 

“To be sure, changing Washington and making progress for the people of New Hampshire won’t be easy,” said Pappas. “The good news is, I have never been one to shy away from hard or even unglamorous work, and I am ready to step up and serve you.”

Portsmouth Police Commissioner, Joseph Plaia, Endorses Terence O’Rourke for Congress

Portsmouth, N.H. – Yesterday, Portsmouth Police Commissioner, Joseph Plaia, announced his endorsement of Terence O’Rourke in the Democratic Primary in the 1st Congressional District to replace Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.

As a parent, a member of the Portsmouth Police Commission, and a former law enforcement officer in the U.S. Marines, properly dealing with the opioid crisis is first, and foremost, in my mind. Terence O’Rourke is the only candidate running for Congress in the First District who has the strategic vision and a comprehensive plan to protect our great Nation and our families. Terence, a former federal and county prosecutor, understands that some doctors overprescribe opioids and should be prosecuted if they unnecessarily make patients into opioid addicts. Further, he is the only candidate that makes the link between our opioid crisis and Afghanistan, which produces 90 percent of the world’s opium and fuels the illicit opioid trade throughout the world. This linkage, absent from our political discussion for years, shows that he views the opioid crisis in the right context: a problem that could be solved at the source of the drugs.

Over-prescription of opioids by doctors and over-production of opium by Afghan farmers has led to our citizens getting hooked on prescription opioid pills and then turning to drug dealers on the street, who sell heroin that is cheaper than a pack of cigarettes due to the large and profitable opium crops in Afghanistan. Terence O’Rourke will lead the charge to make sure that doctors face severe penalties for overprescribing and Afghans no longer find opium farming profitable (which also de-incentivizes East Asian drug traffickers from manufacturing synthetic opioids, e.g., fentanyl, and adding them into their opioid products).

I have known Terence for nearly a decade and he is the type of visionary and results-oriented leader we need in Congress. He is a wonderful father and the hardest working, most dedicated public servant I have ever met. As such, I am endorsing my friend, my colleague, and my fellow veteran, Terence O’Rourke, for Congress.

Joseph “Joe” Plaia
Portsmouth Police Commissioner

For his service in the US Army, O’Rourke earned the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge.

O’Rourke currently serves as the City Attorney in Rochester. As the City Attorney he also helped to create “Rochester’s first-ever Victim Witness Advocate position.”

Terence is a proud husband, father, alumni of Marquette University and Tulane University, and a staunch Red Sox fan.

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