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Planned Parenthood Action Fund PAC Proudly Endorses Kevin Cavanaugh for State Senate

Granite State’s Largest Women’s Health Organization Cites Cavanaugh’s Strong Commitment to Women’s Health and Access to Care

CONCORD, NH – Today, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC proudly endorses Kevin Cavanaugh, candidate for State Senate, District 16. The special election, following the death of first term Democratic state Senator Scott McGilvray, will take place July 25, 2017. Senate District 16 includes the towns of Dunbarton, Bow, Hooksett, Candia and Wards 1, 2 and 12 in Manchester.

Kevin’s priorities include working to ensure that all Granite Staters have access to affordable, quality health care, including speaking out strongly to support Medicaid expansion. As a State Senator, he will fight for ensuring that Planned Parenthood remains a place for women, men, and young people to seek quality, affordable care in the Granite State.

“Kevin Cavanaugh has pledged to be a champion for women’s health, and Senate District 16 deserves to have a strong advocate to preserve reproductive health and rights,” said Jennifer Frizzell, Chair, Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund PAC. “As a community leader in our state’s largest city, Cavanaugh recognizes the importance of safeguarding access to quality reproductive health care services. As a State Senator, we know that women and families in District 16, and across New Hampshire, will have a strong voice and advocate in Kevin Cavanaugh.

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood NH Action Fund PAC,” said Kevin Cavanaugh.  “I’m proud to fully support the work that Planned Parenthood does in advancing reproductive rights and protecting access to quality, affordable health care services for the 11,000 women, men, and young people of the Granite State who depend on this care. The work that Planned Parenthood does in our community is essential in keeping us healthy and safe.  As a State Senator,  I look forward to supporting Planned Parenthood patients, and I will always fight to protect access to care.”

Boutin Attacks Cavanaugh In New Mailer, Mistakenly Shows Support For Voting By Mail

The election in Senate District 16, formerly held by the late Sen Scott McGilvray, is heating up and former Senator David Boutin is already slinging mud with his new mailer.  The most ironic part of Boutin’s mailers is that he is now pushing to have people “vote by mail.”

Last week Sen. Boutin sent out this mailer attacking Alderman Kevin Cavanaugh highlighting a variety of different issues that Cavanaugh has voted for in the last year. My favorite is the one where he highlights that Cavanaugh has “40%” of his campaign funding from “Special Interests.”

Because campaign finances are public record, it is easy to see who has supported Sen. Boutin in previous elections.  According to FollowTheMoney.Org,  Boutin’s 2014 campaign received 712 total donations from totaling $223,377.  Boutin had 312 donations totaling $70,876 from individuals and 387 donations totaling $151,908 from corporations and PACs.

If my math is correct that means that 55% of his campaign funding came from “special interests,” funding more than two-thirds of his entire campaign. So it seems funny that Boutin would attempt to attack Cavanaugh for campaign donations, when the overwhelming majority of his campaign cash came from special interests.

The irony comes as Boutin is encouraging people to “vote by mail,” as the Republicans have continually voted down measures to allow more people to vote by mail.  New Hampshire does not officially have “vote by mail” like Oregon but voters can always vote by absentee ballot, provided they provide an viable excuse for not being able to vote in person, which would allow them to mail in their ballot.

The absentee ballot process is somewhat restrictive as there are only certain “excuses” that can be offered to obtain an absentee ballot. NHPR explains:

Under the state’s current absentee voting law, those reasons include being out of town on the day of the election, or being prevented from getting to the polls because of a disability, a religious commitment or work.

Over the last few years there has been an effort to eliminate the excuses for absentee ballots and try to move New Hampshire to a vote by mail state.  All of those efforts have failed.

However as NHPR reports this new push by Boutin to encourage absentee ballots may indicate that the NH GOP is ready to support expanding voting by mail.

The NHGOP, New Hampshire Democratic Party and the Cavanaugh campaign all said they support a move toward “no-excuse” absentee voting, which is an option in more than two dozen other states.

The Boutin campaign didn’t immediately respond to a follow-up question about his stance on the issue.

On his campaign website, Cavanaugh lists as one of his priorities, “ensuring access to the ballot box.”

“Kevin believes that all eligible voters should have full access to the ballot box and that New Hampshire must pass modern, common-sense voting laws that have been implemented and successful in a majority of other states.”

Cavanaugh wants to implement “no-excuse” absentee ballots, in-person early voting, and online voter registration.

Since winning the Democratic Primary, Cavanaugh has garnered some strong support from the local community, labor organizations, and elected officials. (Click here for a full list of endorsements.)

“We need leaders like Kevin Cavanaugh with fresh, new ideas who are focused on fighting the opioid crisis, supporting our schools, growing our small businesses and being a champion for working families,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who helped Cavanaugh kick off his campaign over the weekend.

“I’m excited to announce my support for Kevin Cavanaugh for state Senate,” said Senator Maggie Hassan in her endorsement yesterday. “As a former state Senator and Governor, I know how crucial Kevin’s voice will be to standing up for Granite Staters and fighting for equal opportunity for families, workers, and students.”

“Throughout his career as a union worker, Kevin has shown that he understands the importance of protecting workers’ rights across the state. And as a Little League coach and father of three, he knows how critical it is that we support educational opportunities for all of our people. When Kevin sees a problem, he dives right in, and that’s exactly the kind of hands-on leadership we need in Concord,” added Hassan.

“Kevin Cavanaugh is clear in his commitment to advocate for the interests of New Hampshire’s working families. Whether it be providing affordable health care, ensuring equal pay for equal work, or maintaining NH’s commitment to providing and funding quality public education available to all, Kevin Cavanaugh will always prioritize the interests of ordinary New Hampshire citizens. AFT-NH shares that commitment with Kevin Cavanaugh, and we are proud to add our name to those who endorse and support his election to the NH Senate,” said AFT-NH President Doug Ley in their endorsement last week.

NH Building and Construction Trades Council Endorses Kevin Cavanaugh

Concord, NH – Today, the New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council endorsed Kevin Cavanaugh in the Democratic primary for the upcoming District 16 special election. District 16 includes Bow, Candia, Dunbarton, Hooksett, and Manchester Wards 1, 2, and 12.

“We’re excited to support Kevin Cavanaugh in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. He knows how to get things done and has always looked out for every day people who are working to earn a living and raise their family here in New Hampshire. He has a proven record of common sense solutions that would be an asset in the Senate,” said Steve Burke, President of the NH Building and Construction Trades Council.

“It’s an honor to have the support of the Building and Construction Trades Council. I’ve spent years advocating for families who are one injury or sickness away from financial devastation and I want to make sure we have protections in place that support hard working Granite Staters,” said Kevin Cavanaugh.

The New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council Represents more than 2,500 New Hampshire workers.

Kevin Cavanaugh has also been endorsed by six other organizations representing local educators, fire fighters, and law enforcement, as well 34 area leaders (full list). The primary election will be held on Tuesday, June 6th.

About Kevin Cavanaugh

Kevin was born and raised in Manchester and has spent the past 32 years as a blue collar worker. He has coached High School Football at Memorial and West as well as multiple youth hockey, soccer, baseball, and softball teams. Kevin was first elected to the Board of Alderman in 2015. He lives in Manchester Ward 1 with his wife and three children who are all in the New Hampshire public school system.

Kevin Cavanaugh Earns Endorsement of Four Major Law Enforcement Organizations

Manchester, NH – Today, Kevin Cavanaugh’s campaign announced the endorsement of the Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association, the Hooksett Police Employees Union, Manchester Police Supervisors Association, and the New England Police Benevolent Association.

“The police in our communities are critical partners in fighting the opioid crisis and keeping our communities safe. I have a great deal of appreciation and admiration for their service to all Granite Staters and am honored to have their support,” said Kevin Cavanaugh. “We must come together as a community to solve this problem and as our Senator, I will work closely with law enforcement to ensure they have the resources and training they need to put an end to the opioid epidemic.”

“We are proud to stand with Kevin Cavanaugh because he has always stood with us. As an Alderman, he has clearly valued public safety and has been a leader on ensuring law enforcement has the resources we need to keep Manchester safe. Kevin works to bring people together and find common sense solutions, and that’s why we hope to see him in the Senate,” said Kenneth Chamberlain, President of the Manchester Police Patrolman’s Association.

“Our officers put themselves in harms way each day and Kevin is committed to having our backs. While we are working to protect the community, he has made it a priority to make sure officers have what we need to stay safe on the job. Kevin will be a strong advocate for law enforcement in the Senate and that’s why we’re proud to endorse him,” said Brian Williams, President of the Hooksett Police Employees Union.

“Supporting Kevin was an easy decision because he has always stood up for us,” said Rich Brennan, President of the Manchester Association of Police Supervisors. “We need reasonable people in the State House and Kevin is as reasonable as they come. He’s someone who listens and understands what solutions will work well for our community.”

Kevin Cavanaugh is also supported by the National Education Association of New Hampshire, the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, and 34 area leaders (full list). The primary election will be held on Tuesday, June 6th.

Firefighters Weigh In on Senate Special Election with Kevin Cavanaugh

HOOKSETT, NH – Today, the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire (PFFNH) announce their endorsement of Kevin Cavanaugh (D – Manchester) in the Special Election to represent State Senate District 16, which includes the towns of Bow, Candia, Dunbarton and Hooksett and the City of Manchester’s Wards 1, 2 and 12.

“Kevin fights for working families on a daily basis,” stated Bill McQuillen, PFFNH President. “This district in the heart of New Hampshire deserves once-again a voice focused on kitchen table issues. Whether the question addresses fighting the heroin-opioid epidemic and providing avenues to treatment, or cutting through gridlock for an effective and efficient government, Kevin always pursues solutions in the best interest of the people.”

“Kevin’s many years working in private business has brought fresh eyes and common sense solutions to the Board of Alderman, something which is sorely needed in Concord,” stated Jeff Duval, President of Manchester Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 856. “Our members hold true their commitment to the community, and endorse Kevin Cavanaugh as a partner in that commitment.”

“I am honored to have the support of our community’s firefighters and paramedics,” stated Cavanaugh from Hooksett Fire’s Station 1. “On a daily basis these women and men protect and save property and lives, particularly as our state continues its fight against the opioid crisis. These partners in the public trust know that just as I do today in Manchester, when serving in Concord I’ll work to keep New Hampshire and its families safe.”

Cavanaugh currently serves as an Alderman for Ward 1 in the City of Manchester. He faces a primary challenge on Tuesday, June 6, with the General Election against former Senator David Boutin on Tuesday, July 25.


The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, headquartered in Concord, NH, is a state association comprised of the 43 Locals of the International Association of Fire Fighters across the Granite State, representing more than 2,000 active and retired firefighters and paramedics.

Colin Van Ostern Endorses Kevin Cavanaugh in Special Election

Manchester, NH – Today, Kevin Cavanaugh’s campaign announced the endorsements of former Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern and other local leaders. Van Ostern, who was the 2016 Democratic nominee for Governor, has worked as a business leader in Manchester for most of the past decade, including at well-known employers like Stonyfield and Southern New Hampshire University.

“Kevin is a great guy – he’s solid, he works hard, and he always stands up for regular people. He’s focused on cutting the cost of higher education, improving our schools with more technical and career training, and building a stronger economy while bringing some balance back to Concord. I encourage everyone who shares those priorities to join me in supporting Kevin for State Senate,said former Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern

“It’s important to me that we come together to ensure Granite Staters can afford to go to college at our excellent institutions and then have great opportunities once they’re done. That’s why I’m so honored to have Colin’s support – he’s been a leader on expanding access to higher education,” said Kevin Cavanaugh.

Newly announced endorsements also include State Representative Joel Elber, State Representative Jesse Martineau, and Manchester Arts Commission Chair Daniel Bérubé.

Area leaders who have endorsed Kevin Cavanaugh:

  • Patti McGilvray, wife of the late Senator Scott McGilvray
  • Colin Van Ostern, 2016 Democratic Nominee for Governor & former Executive Councilor*
  • Lou  D’Allesandro, State Senator
  • Glenn Brackett, labor leader
  • Bob Backus, State Representative (Manchester)
  • Linda DiSilvestro, State Representative (Manchester)
  • Joel Elber, State Representative (Manchester)*
  • Mary Heath, State Representative (Manchester)
  • Christopher Herbert, State Representative & Manchester Alderman
  • Pat Long, State Representative & Manchester Alderman
  • Mark MacKenzie, State Representative (Manchester) & former AFL-CIO President
  • Jesse Martineau, State Representative (Manchester)*
  • Bill O’Neil, State Representative (Manchester)
  • Dan Sullivan, State Representative (Manchester)
  • Bill Barry, Manchester Alderman
  • Garth Corriveau, Former Manchester Alderman
  • Harold Judd, Bow Board of Selectmen Chair
  • Mike Kaminski, Dunbarton Board of Selectmen Chair
  • Bob Martel, Dunbarton Board of Selectmen Co-Chair
  • Dan O’Neil, Manchester Alderman & former State Senator
  • Tony Sapienza, Manchester Alderman
  • Timothy Tsantoulis, Hooksett Councilor
  • Sarah Ambrogi, Manchester School Board Member
  • Erika Connors, Manchester School Board Member
  • Mary Ngwanda Georges, Manchester School Board Member
  • Maura Ouellette, Former Hooksett School Board Chair
  • Kim Royer, Candia School Board Member
  • Leslie Want, Manchester School Board Member
  • Daniel Bérubé, Manchester Arts Commission Chair*
  • Kate Corriveau, progressive activist

*previously unannounced endorsements

 

NEA-New Hampshire Recommends Kevin Cavanaugh for Senate District 16 Special Election

Members of the NEA-NH Executive Board with their recommended candidate for the District 16 Senate Special Election, Kevin Cavanaugh.

 

CONCORD – Today, after a unanimous Executive Board vote, NEA-New Hampshire, the state’s largest public sector union, announced their recommendation of working families advocate and community leader Kevin Cavanaugh for Senate District 16 in the upcoming special election.

“As a father who proudly sent all three of my kids to New Hampshire public schools and graduated from Manchester public school myself, I’m honored to earn the recommendation of NEA-NH. Its important to me that our kids get a top-notch education so they can reach their fullest potential,” said Kevin Cavanaugh. “Schools are the foundation of our community, which is why it’s critical that educators are supported and empowered to keep inspiring our children to think big.”

“We are excited to support Kevin Cavanaugh, because he knows that growing New Hampshire’s economy starts with having a public education that makes young families want to stay to ensure their kids can get a good education,” said NEA-NH President Megan Tuttle. “This race is particularly important to us because of our history with Scott McGilvray and we’re confident that Kevin will make kids a priority, just like Scott always did. Like Scott, Kevin will be a fresh face in the Senate, with new ideas, willing to work with everyone to move New Hampshire forward. ”

NEA-New Hampshire represents 17,000 Granite State educators, including over 550 members in Senate District 16, which includes the towns of Bow, Candia, Dunbarton, Hooksett and Wards 1, 2, and 12 in the city of Manchester.

A recommendation is the fullest and most complete level of support NEA-NH can give a candidate.


NEA-New Hampshire is the largest union of public employees in the state. Founded in 1854, the New Hampshire State Teachers Association became one of the “founding ten” state education associations that formed the National Education Association in 1857. Known today as NEA-NH, and comprised of more than 17,000 members, our mission to advocate for the children of New Hampshire and public school employees, and to promote lifelong learning, remains true after more than 150 years. Our members are public school employees in all stages of their careers, including classroom teachers and other certified professionals, staff and instructors at public higher education institutions, students preparing for a teaching career, education support personnel and those retired from the profession.

State Senator Lou D’Allesandro Endorses Cavanaugh in Special Election

Manchester, NH – Today, Kevin Cavanaugh’s campaign announced the endorsements of State Senator Lou D’Allesandro and other local leaders. Cavanaugh is running in the NH Senate District 16 special election.

“It’s an honor to have the support of Senator D’Allesandro. I’m running for the Senate so that together, we can fight for working families, support our schools, and stand up for all Granite Staters,” said Kevin Cavanaugh.

“I’m proud to be supporting Kevin’s campaign – he will bring an important voice and a fresh perspective to the Senate,” said Lou D’Allesandro. “I’m impressed by his commitment and dedication to serving the people of his district – the people of New Hampshire will benefit greatly by having a person with his background in Concord.”

Kevin was born and raised in Manchester and has spent the past 32 years as a union employee. He has coached High School Football at Memorial and West as well as multiple youth hockey, soccer, baseball, and softball teams. Kevin was first elected to the Board of Alderman in 2015. He lives in Manchester Ward 1 with his wife and three teenage children who have all gone through the public school system.

Newly announced endorsements also include State Representative Linda DiSilvestro, Bow Board of Selectmen Chair Harold Judd, former Manchester Alderman Garth Corriveau, and progressive activist Kate Corriveau.

Area leaders who have endorsed Kevin Cavanaugh:

 

  • Patti McGilvray, wife of the late Senator Scott McGilvray
  • Lou  D’Allesandro, State Senator*
  • Glenn Brackett, labor leader
  • Bob Backus, State Representative (Manchester)
  • Linda DiSilvestro, State Representative (Manchester)*
  • Mary Heath, State Representative (Manchester)
  • Christopher Herbert, State Representative & Manchester Alderman
  • Pat Long, State Representative & Manchester Alderman
  • Mark MacKenzie, State Representative (Manchester) & Former AFL-CIO President
  • Bill O’Neil, State Representative (Manchester)
  • Dan Sullivan, State Representative (Manchester)
  • Bill Barry, Manchester Alderman
  • Garth Corriveau, Former Manchester Alderman*
  • Harold Judd, Bow Board of Selectmen Chair*
  • Mike Kaminski, Dunbarton Board of Selectmen Chair
  • Bob Martel, Dunbarton Board of Selectmen Co-Chair
  • Dan O’Neil, Manchester Alderman & Former State Senator
  • Tony Sapienza, Manchester Alderman
  • Timothy Tsantoulis, Hooksett Councilor
  • Sarah Ambrogi, Manchester School Board Member
  • Erika Connors, Manchester School Board Member
  • Mary Ngwanda Georges, Manchester School Board Member
  • Maura Ouellette, Former Hooksett School Board Chair
  • Kim Royer, Candia School Board Member
  • Leslie Want, Manchester School Board Member
  • Kate Corriveau, progressive activist*
*previously unannounced endorsements

Area Leaders Endorse Kevin Cavanaugh For State Senate (District 16)

Candidate for New Hampshire Senate special election garners broad support

Cavanaugh Filing April 15

Manchester, NH – Today, Kevin Cavanaugh’s campaign announced the endorsements of local community leaders, including representatives from across District 16.

“I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support that our campaign has received from voters from across District 16,” said Kevin Cavanaugh. “I’m incredibly grateful have the backing of these great community leaders.”

“Kevin and I both grew up in Manchester, I’ve known him for a long time. I’m confident that he will bring many of Scott’s same priorities to the Senate, and I’m proud to support him,” said Patti McGilvray.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside Kevin on the Board of Aldermen,” said Manchester At-Large Alderman Dan O’Neil. “Having seen firsthand the kind of person Kevin is and the responsible representative he is for his constituents, I know he is the State Senator that we need. I’m excited to cast my vote for him on June 6th.”

Kevin was born and raised in Manchester and has spent the past 32 years as a union employee. He has coached High School Football at Memorial and West as well as multiple youth hockey, soccer, baseball, and softball teams. Kevin was first elected to the Board of Alderman in 2015. He lives in Manchester Ward 1 with his wife and three teenage children who have all gone through the public school system.

Area leaders who have endorsed Kevin Cavanaugh:

  • Patti McGilvray, wife of the late Senator Scott McGilvray
  • Glenn Brackett, Labor leader
  • Bob Backus, State Representative (Manchester)
  • Mary Heath, State Representative (Manchester)
  • Christopher Herbert, State Representative & Manchester Alderman
  • Pat Long, State Representative & Manchester Alderman
  • Mark MacKenzie, State Representative & Former AFL-CIO President
  • Bill O’Neil, State Representative (Manchester)
  • Dan Sullivan, State Representative (Manchester)
  • Bill Barry, Manchester Alderman
  • Mike Kaminski, Dunbarton Board of Selectmen Chair
  • Bob Martel, Dunbarton Board of Selectmen Co-Chair
  • Dan O’Neil, Manchester Alderman
  • Tony Sapienza, Manchester Alderman
  • Timothy Tsantoulis, Hooksett Councilor
  • Sarah Ambrogi, Manchester School Board Member
  • Erika Connors, Manchester School Board Member
  • Mary Ngwanda Georges, Manchester School Board Member
  • Maura Ouellette, Former Hooksett School Board Chair
  • Kim Royer, Candia School Board Member
  • Leslie Want, Manchester School Board Member

Kevin Cavanaugh Officially Files for Senate To Replace The Late Senator McGilvray

Community leader files for special election, surrounded by supporters

Manchester, NH – This afternoon, Kevin Cavanaugh officially filed his candidacy for State Senate in the District 16 special election. Surrounded by friends and family at the Secretary of State’s office while filing, Cavanaugh expressed excitement about the upcoming campaign.

“I look forward to getting out to talk with folks about bringing their ideas to Concord. It’s one of the aspects I love most about campaigns,” said Kevin Cavanaugh. “I’ve always looked for ways to give back to my community and I think this is a way I can do a lot of good for our area.”

Ward 1 Alderman, long time coach, and working families advocate Kevin Cavanaugh announced his plans to run in the special election for the District 16 Senate seat last week.

“My whole life has been dedicated to this community. As an Alderman, a coach, and a father, I have worked daily to help our area reach its full potential. That’s exactly why I am running for the state senate: to continue fighting for our community and working families in every way I can,” said Kevin Cavanaugh.

A lifelong Granite Stater who has spent the past 32 years as a union employee at New England Telephone and later Fairpoint Communications, Kevin has a deep understanding of our state and the struggles facing many hard working families.  As an Alderman in Manchester, he demonstrated that successful leaders listen to and become involved in the ideas coming from their community.

“I grew up in Manchester and always knew I wanted to raise my family here because I believe in our state. I believe in the way we get things done, by working together to lift up everyone in our community. But hard working families are being held back by policies that unfairly benefit only those at the top. As our State Senator, I will never stop fighting for those families and will make it clear that their voice matters in Concord. I am proudly running on an agenda that fights the opioid epidemic by protecting the Medicaid expansion, supports a family friendly economy, and will attract and retain a young workforce. But most importantly, I am excited to get out and meet with as many District 16 residents as possible to talk about how we can lift up our working and middle class families,” Cavanaugh concluded.

Kevin was born and raised in Manchester and graduated through the Manchester public school system. He has coached High School Football at Memorial and West as well as multiple youth hockey, soccer, baseball, and softball teams. Kevin was first elected to the Board of Alderman in 2015. He lives in Manchester Ward 1 with his wife and three teenage children.

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