Meet the candidates at Spaulding High School April 5th

Some of the candidates for the 1st District Congressional race have attended the most recent Rochester, NH Democratic Committee meetings held at the Rochester Library.  Mindi Messmer showed up for the February meeting.  Deaglan McEachern and Maura Sullivan participated in the March meeting.

Each candidate introduced themselves, discussed local and national hot button issues and took question from the audience.

It would not be proper to say who I favor. I can say that all three candidates are the kind of people that we need in Congress or elsewhere in government. They were all knowledgeable, enthusiastic and genuinely concerned about what is happening to our country and our state, from the opioid crisis to Veterans affairs and of course the economy and DACA.

But, so far, I have only listened to three candidates. You can listen and talk to all eight candidates at a round table forum to meet the candidates. It is being held on April 5th at the Spaulding High School cafeteria beginning at 6:30 PM.

Expected to attend are Mark MacKenzie; Deaglan McEachern; Mindi Messmer; Terence O’Rourke; Chris Pappas; Levi Sanders; Lincoln Soldati; and Maura Sullivan.

Students attend Rochester Dem Comm Meeting to talk gun violence

Last night at the regular monthly meeting of the Rochester NH Democratic Committee, two Spaulding High School students spoke about gun violence and the prevention of gun violence in high schools.

High School seniors David Suoth and Anna Carter are advocates for common sense gun control and the prevention of gun violence. They are helping to organize a school walkout on April 20th, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. They want to join the nationwide chorus of students demanding that something be done to protect our schools and students from the plague of terrorism by psychos armed with automatic military style assault rifles.

These teenagers are standing up despite the attacks by the NRA and misguided Republicans like Rick Santorum, who have maligned other student leaders from Parkland, Florida and across the country.

“We are doing this because, though there isn’t much gun violence around us, we do not want to put our words into action when it’s too late. If the people that represent the greater New Hampshire, and even the country, won’t take the steps towards the right direction, the youth will: and we are sprinting.” According to David Suoth.

The walkout on April 20th will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The organizers say they need donations for food and drinks because, “they we will be missing lunch and want to provide some relief.”  The Rochester Democratic Committee is donating $200.00 to support this effort.

It is great to see this new generation of activists coming to life. Their concerns and fears are real.  Their motives are pure. Their courage is impressive.

From Barack Obama

Philip —

A little over a year ago, at my farewell address in Chicago, I asked you to believe. Not in a candidate, or a politician, or a party — in yourself.

In your own ability to make a difference in your community and your country.

For eight years in the White House — and long before that — I’d seen it happen time and time again: ordinary people who got involved, stayed involved, and pushed for a better future for this country we love.

That’s how change happens.

And this November, we have a chance to make that change happen in local and federal elections across the country. We cannot squander it.

Commit to vote in November 2018. Say you’ll fulfill your duty as a citizen, and that you’ll keep pushing for progress.

That faith I placed all those years ago in the power of ordinary Americans to bring about change — that faith has been rewarded in ways I couldn’t possibly have imagined.

In the past year, I saw people like Kim, an OFA volunteer in Virginia, bravely share her story during the health care fight — of how, before Obamacare, her 13-month-old son Isaac was on the verge of being kicked off insurance as he went through surgery after surgery. She spoke up, and helped save health care for Isaac and millions of Americans.

I saw folks in South Carolina identify a problem with their town’s outdated, dangerous school buses — then roll up their sleeves, do some organizing, and get the statehouse to fund new buses for Charleston’s kids.

And I saw a new generation of young leaders grab clipboards, collect signatures, and decide to run for office themselves.

Throughout 2017, I saw Americans all over the country step up, have the tough conversations, and speak out about the issues affecting us all. We have to keep it up in 2018 — because every ballot measure, every election, every conversation on an issue we care about — it all matters.

There are no do-overs.

So right now, I’m asking you to make a commitment: Seize the power you have. Speak up. Make this democracy work. Do not succumb to cynicism. And say you’ll vote in 2018 — there’s too much at stake this year to sit this out.

2018 is a very important year

2018 is going to be one of the most important election years in our history.  Our country is badly split. The White House is in turmoil. The Republican Congress has abdicated its responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic.  The Republican Congress has abdicated its responsibility to protect our institutions of law and order. The Republican Congress has abdicated its responsibility to be a part of the checks and balance that keeps our government safe and proper.

In New Hampshire we have an opioid crisis. Gun proliferation is on the rise. Our Education system is under threat from multiple directions.

The Rochester NH Democrats want to be a part of this vital election year. And one way of doing that is to jump start our Internet presence and have a voice that people will listen too.

Your voice is also important and we look forward to having many interesting discussions here in the future.