Candidate Forum Wed. June 6, 6pm

Enjoy pizza and refreshments while getting to know candidates for US House of Representatives. Sponsored by Mountonborough, Tuftonboro, Sandwich and Wolfeboro Democrats.  Location is the Moultonboro Public Safety Building.

Meet these candidates: Mark Mackenzie, Deaglan McAeachern, Mindi Messmer, Terence O’Rourke, Chris Pappas, Lincoln Soldati, Maura Sullivan.

See you there!

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Education for NH: Funding the Future

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Wolfeboro Democrats May 7 meeting

We’ll be meeting on the first Mondays in the Lower Lounge of the Wolfeboro Inn at 7 pm. We are lining up candidates to join us at these meetings.  April 2 we met Mindi Messmer and Chris Pappas.

May 7 – Lincoln Soldati and Maura Sullivan

Come on down and meet the candidates, and let’s get going for 2018!

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Wolfeboro Democrats Meeting March 5th with Deaglan McEachern and Terence O’Rourke

Wolfeboro Democrats will be meeting at 7 pm, Monday,  March 5th in the Lower Lounge of the Wolfeboro Inn. Our guests will be Deaglan McEachern and Terence O’Rourke, both running for Congress in District 1. Come join us!

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Wolfeboro Democrats Meeting Feb. 5th with Steve Marchand and Mark Mackenzie

Wolfeboro Democrats will be meeting at 7 pm, Monday,  Feb. 5th in the Lower Lounge of the Wolfeboro Inn. Our guests will be Mark Mackenzie, candidate for US Congress, and Steve Marchand, candidate for Governor. Come join us!

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Gather Dec. 9 to Salute Rep. Shea-Porter

Wolfeboro Democrats to Gather Dec. 9 to Salute Rep. Shea-Porter

Wolfeboro Democrats and friends of Rep. Carol Shea-Porter are slated to join in a holiday salute to the Democratic congresswoman who is serving her fourth and, she has announced, final term in the U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire’s first congressional district. It is to be a pot-luck affair with emphasis on lighter fare – finger foods, desserts, beverages, etc.– from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, at the home of N. H. State Rep. Edie Desmarais and Paul Desmarais, 116 Clark Road, Wolfeboro.

“It will be somewhat of a bittersweet affair,” said Wolfeboro Democratic chairman Blair Moffett, “sweet in that we celebrate the achievements of a remarkable woman who has labored long and hard in the service of New Hampshire citizens, somewhat bitter in the knowledge that Carol will not be seeking re-election in 2018. It is indeed sad to lose such a dedicated public servant, but there is some satisfaction in the knowledge that there are good people ready to take up where Carol leaves off,” he added.

As of this writing, half a dozen Democrats have already declared interest in seeking the first district congressional seat.

From the start, Shea-Porter was the unlikely candidate, an underdog’s underdog who bucked the state party to enter the 2006 Democratic congressional primary and win the nomination in a startling upset. In the general election she faced then U. S Rep. Jeb Bradley, of Wolfeboro, a well financed Republican incumbent expected to win easily. Shea-Porter, spurning corporate money, raised a mere $18,000-plus to finance the campaign and defeated Bradley.

She won again against Bradley in 2008 in the Democratic wave that put Obama in the White House and gave Democrats congressional control in Washington and majorities in Concord, N.H. Two years later, in the GOP surge that gave Concord back to the GOP, Shea-Porter lost the seat to Democrat Frank Guinta.

In 2012, Shea-Porter ousted Guinta, then lost to him again in 2014. In 2016, Shea-Porter prevailed once more in a race that sent three N.H. women Democrats to Washington, Shea-Porter and Annie Custer to the House of Representatives, and outgoing Gov. Maggie Hassen to the Senate – joining incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in an all-female congressional delegation.

During her tenure in Congress, Shea-Porter has served on the House Education and Labor Committee, the Armed Services Committee, the Committee on Natural Resources, and on a number of subcommittees. She has been an ardent and outspoken advocate for veterans and active duty military, environmental protection, affordable health care and consumer protection.

This autumn, Shea-Porter announced her decision not to seek re-election in 2018 citing family considerations.

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Health Care Forum with Rep. Jerry Knirk Oct. 25, 7 pm

Healthcare reform has generated a great deal of interest. Our healthcare system is too costly, inefficient, and difficult to access.

In order to help the community explore these issues further, Jerry Knirk, a State Representative for Tamworth, Albany, Madison and Freedom in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and also a retired physician, will be hosting and moderating a Healthcare Town Hall at the the First Congregational Church in Wolfeboro on Wednesday, October 25th at 7 PM.

The goal is to encourage a robust discussion about the pros and cons of various options in health care reform. What would you want in a health care system if we could just get rid of what we have and start all over, designing what we want?

This will not be a lecture or panel discussion to tell the community what experts think is best, but rather an opportunity for the community to explore preferences and understand the complexities and trade-offs of each option. To enable the discussion, Rep. Knirk will give some historical perspective on health care costs and define some of the confusing issues, such as the difference between copays, coinsurance, and deductibles. Components of a health care system such as funding, coverage, provider and facility reimbursement and cost-sharing will be discussed.

The goal of this Healthcare Town Hall is to increase the community understanding of these issues with a constructive non-adversarial approach. This is a non-partisan event. Hope to see you there!

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Congratulations to Wolfeboro and Edie DesMarais!

Edie won the special election, 811 – 755. A huge thank you!! to everyone who helped on her campaign and to everyone who voted. More to come!

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Update: 17,000 Families Will NOT Lose Foodstamps

UPDATE: THANKS to all who took action: http://www.concordmonitor.com/food-stamp-bill-hearing-9231753

Senate Bill 7, often referred to as the “food stamp bill,” may eventually lose the food stamp component altogether.

But it will have to wait until next year after a House committee voted to retain the bill Tuesday. Some members that did so called the efforts to cut down assistance for New Hampshire’s food-insecure “unconscionable.”

Sponsored by our own Jeb Bradley, the NH Senate has passed SB7, which will cut food stamps to an estimated 17,000 NH families. The bill will probably go to the NH House next week, so we have no time to waste in raising opposition. (The federal government funds the food stamp program, so this draconian cutback will not save the state any money.)

Wolfeboro Democrats, meeting on Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00p at the Wolfeboro Inn, will hear from two women who know what this means to local people. Sally Humer of 68 Hours Against Hunger and Terri Flynn Sullivan, school-home social worker, will help us grasp the reality of hunger in our area. And then we need to act!

Whether or not you can come on Tuesday, please contact our State Rep, Steve Schmidt at stephen.schmidt@leg.state.nh.us and Governor Sununu at 603-271-2121.

NHPR has some coverage here:

A Florida-Based Think Tank Is Behind A Bill That Would Limit Food Stamp Eligibility In N.H.
And in another NHPR story here:Battle Over Bill Limiting Food Stamp Eligibility Moves To N.H. House

SB 7 “opens the door to eliminating food stamps for 18,000 kids.”

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Edie DesMarais For State Rep from Wolfeboro!

Meet Our Candidate: Edie DesMarais

Carroll District 6

Wolfeboro

Edie established the Wolfeboro Area Children’s Center in 1974 and served as the Executive Director for 24 years. While serving as the Executive Director, Edie established the first certified mainstream preschool special education program in the State of New Hampshire.

Upon her “retirement,” Edie got involved with Friends of Families of Carroll County; an organization dedicated to family needs in the community. The organization identified a critical lack of affordable workforce housing in the county.  Edie was deeply concerned about the issue, having experienced it first hand when her staff at the Children’s Center struggled to find affordable housing. The Eastern Lakes Region Housing Coalition, of which Edie served as the founding chair, grew out of an ad hoc  subcommittee of the Wolfeboro Planning Board. Her work with the coalition gained national recognition and she was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Dorothy Richardson Resident Leadership Award in 2013.

We need Edie in the New Hampshire House! Edie has a website at Edieforwolfeboro.com and a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EdieForWolfeboro/

You can contribute to Edie’s campaign using the link below. Thank you!

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/edith-desmarais

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