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.