10 Things MAR 6 2019
1. Many thanks to Chris Meier, Dorothy Solomon, and Theresa Swanick who all serve as the Carroll County DEMs Nominating Committee. To county caucus will take place on May 5 and at that meeting, the DEMs of Carroll County will choose its leadership for the next term. We will be electing a Chair, a Vice Chair, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and at large members. This leadership team will be doing the heavy lifting for the next two years and helping to be sure that we are on a good path heading into the 2020 election cycle. Thanks Chris, Dorothy, and Theresa!
2. Blair Moffett of the Wolfeboro DEMs reports that at their monthly meeting coming up on MAR 18, 7 PM at Wolfeboro Inn, the group will be welcoming Rep. Jerry Knirk. If you are a DEM who lives in Wolfeboro, be sure to get involved. This is a great group of people.
3. Congrats to the Conway DEMs for having their town caucus! They elected Ellin, Erik, Deb, David, Don, Laurel, and Chris (Conway has 3 at-large members) to be their leaders for the next term. During a recent phone call, Ellin shared that the Valley DEMs are having a meeting on MAR 14 at the Conway Library. This is good news for a special reason — it means that our friend Tina Craig who is among the leaders of the Valley DEMs and who plans to lead the meeting is feeling a bit better these days. Continued good vibes for her would be be appreciated, I’m sure. Albany recently held its caucus. Surrounding towns of Chatham and Hale’s Location are gearing up for their caucuses, too.
4. Tristan Plummer of Wakefield is in a very interesting position. His friends and neighbors in town pleaded with him to run for the school board seat because there is dyer need for his help (and the only other person running is widely understood to be a not-at-all-good-fit for the position). The wrinkle: He’s not on the ballot for school board. He is wanting to spread the word that residents in Wakefield need to write him in. There is a ton of enthusiasm for Tristan’s candidacy including sound support from parents and teachers in town! If you know of people in Wakefield, be sure that they hear from you to write in Tristan Plummer for the school board position.
5. Tristan is among the handful of people who are leading the charge in the southern most area of the county through the work of the Moose Mountain Area DEMs. Tristan, Penny, Tom, Frank, Penny, Sue, Annie, and others are helping to make sure that Wakefield and Brookfield residents have great opportunities to learn. Their recent event (held at the First Church UCC of Wakefield) drew a sizable crowd who watched the film, The Devil We Know. Mindi Messmer was there to talk about the film. Great going everyone at Moose Mountain Area DEMs!
6. Mary Orsino, Christine Thompson, and Ed Butler are gearing up for their town caucus experiences in the northern part of the county. Those caucuses will take place at the meeting of the Iron Mountain DEMs on MAR 18 at the Old Jackson Library. Mary is organizing the caucus for Bartlett. Ed is organizing the caucus for Hart’s Location. And Christine is organizing the caucus for Jackson. If you’re a DEM in any other those towns — get to the Old Jackson Library on MAR 18th. It matters!
7. Bonnie, Ken, Peggy, and Gloria are paying attention to all of the details for the Tri Town DEMs (Tuftonboro, Moultonborough, and Sandwich). They are meeting on MAR 26 to for caucusing and to hear from a representative from the Concord Coalition about the Federal Budget. Tri Town programming is always good. Consider checking out their bi-monthly meeting at the Moultonborough Library.
8. Presidential candidates are reaching out to people here in the county. Mr. Booker was here as so many of us already know. Ms. Warren is making plans. Mr. Yang will be here in a couple of weeks. The Carroll County DEMs will make Facebook posts about candidates who are making a visit to the county. Be sure to LIKE the Carroll County DEMs Facebook page.
9. If you are like most New Hampshire residents, you are wondering a whole lot about the sustainability of how we fund education. You’ve heard about the Claremont lawsuit, maybe. You’ve been to your town meeting and heard about the complications with property tax increases. Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky might be one of the most intelligent people in the whole state as it relates to Education Funding and Property Taxes. The Greater Ossipee DEMs are hosting him on Monday, MAR 11. RSVP HERE and come to this event at Hobbs. We begin at about 6:30 PM. The cost is $15 and includes a burger or veggie burger and side of fries or cole slaw. Drinks are availably at the bar if that’s up your alley.
10. If you’re a Democrat in Freedom, Madison, Tamworth, Eaton, Effingham, Ossipee — your town caucus will be taking place at Hobbs Tavern in West Ossipee on Mar 11th. Effingham and Ossipee at 6 PM and the four other towns at 6:30 PM. There is no cost, of course, to participate in the 4 minute caucus experience which happens immediately prior to the Andru Volinsky event (which does have a cost).
Be good to each other out there. We’re not going to agree on everything. But let’s remember that DEMs of Carroll County have far more in common with each other than any of the things that might separate us. Together we can help our wider community grow in understanding of the issues, help our fellow citizens feel safer & be treated more fairly, and help our towns be even better places for people to live! Thanks for your good work!