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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.

Charlie Chandler Announces Bid for Senate District 2

Experienced, North Country leader makes bid for open District 2 seat.

Charlie ChandlerWarren, NH –  Charles “Charlie” W. Chandler of Warren, announced that he is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the open District 2.

“As a lifelong Granite Stater, it is my strong desire to continue my many years of public service to the citizens of New Hampshire as the State Senator for District 2.  My experience as a small town attorney, the director of a state agency, and as a selectman have uniquely prepared me to deliver the people of District 2 the results they expect, and deserve, from Concord,” said Chandler.

Over the past 45 years, Chandler has held many elective and appointed state and local positions. He has served in the New Hampshire Legislature, on the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission, was the New Hampshire Presiding Officer of the FRM matter, and as New Hampshire Election Monitor appointed by the Secretary of State and Attorney General. Additionally, Chandler is a selectman in his hometown of Warren.

“As a State Senator, I will bring to Concord a strong business background and public service record rooted in social responsibility. I am committed to providing excellent education for all of our children, as they are our future. We must fully fund and provide this adequate education in order to keep New Hampshire moving forward.”

Chandler currently serves as Chairman of the Board at Franklin Savings Bank, a strong, service-minded mutual savings bank; as well as on the Board of Directors for Pemi-Baker Land Trust. He also serves as Governor Hassan’s appointee to the Cannon Mountain Advisory Commission.

“I am excited to get out to all 27 towns across District 2 and hear directly from Granite Staters about practical solutions to the challenges that face our state. I look forward to a spirited, positive campaign, that focuses on the issues that matter to the people of the second district like access to affordable healthcare, protecting our state’s natural beauty and ending the crippling opioid epidemic.” Chandler concluded.

About District 2

With Haverhill to the north, Center Harbor in the east, Tilton in the South and Wilmot in the west, New Hampshire Senate District 2 is a swing district in northwestern New Hampshire comprised of 27 towns in Belknap, Grafton, and Merrimack Counties. It is noteworthy that Governor Hassan won this district with 52% of the vote in 2014, and President Obama won it in 2012 with 53% of the vote. 

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