Ten Things to Know — MAR 14

Ten Things to Know …

There’s a lot to know about what’s happening here for DEMs here in Carroll County.

1. Seventy people gathered on Monday night March 11 for the monthly forum offered by the Greater Ossipee DEMs to listen to Mr. Andru Volinsky speak about Education Funding & Property Taxes. People came from 10 different towns! Next up: Sen. Dan Feltes will be at Hobbs on April 8th to talk about, “Paid Family Leave: Why Is It So Hard?”  Learn more at: Greater Ossipee DEMs on Facebook

2. The Valley DEMs switched their meeting time from tonight to March 20th at 6 pm. There is an email list that exists for people who want to know what’s going on with the Valley DEMs (made up of DEMs from towns around Conway). If you live in or around Conway, this regional group is good for connecting and learning and advocating. Learn more at: Valley DEMs on Facebook

3. Of the 19 towns in Carroll County, ten of them have already had their DEM town caucuses. The other nine will be completed by the end of March. Once we hit April, this website will update all of the contact info for the Town Chairs. This will be the first time all of Carroll County’s towns will have completed official DEM caucuses. Great job, Carroll County! It’s a good time to be a Carroll County DEM.

4. The Tri Town DEMs (Sandwich, Tuftonboro, and Moultonborough) will be hosting Tyler Sweeney from the Concord Coalition on March 26th. The Trip Town DEMs meeting every other month at the Moultonborough Library and all DEMs are welcome at their meetings. At this MAR meeting, each of the three towns will have their DEM town caucus. Tuftonboro DEMs FB  **  Sandwich DEMs FB  ** Moultonborough DEMs FB

5. The Wolfeboro DEMs will be meeting on Monday, March 18th and are excited to welcome Rep. Jerry Knirk who will be sharing all kinds of information. Rep. Knirk is one of the eight Carroll County DEMs State Reps who were elected in 2018. Learn more here: Wolfeboro DEMs FB

6. A reminder that the Iron Mountain DEMs (Bartlett, Jackson, and Hart’s Location) meet on Monday, March 18th at the Old Jackson Library. Among the things on the agenda — hearing from Rep. Butler and Rep. Burroughs about what’s happening in Concord these days. Also, the DEM town caucuses for each of the three towns. Join the Iron Mountain DEMs Facebook page: Iron Mountain DEMs FB

7. Former gubernatorial candidate Steve Marchand is traveling to Carroll County with Presidential candidate US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard on March 23rd. Gabbard will be speaking upstairs at Hobbs Tavern in West Ossipee at 1130 AM and anyone and everyone is welcome to attend. Learn more by visiting HERE.

8. Moose Mountain DEMs (Wakefield and Brookfield) are meeting up on the March 27th as they do every month. The back room of the Poor People’s Pub is set aside for the monthly meeting. Annie and Connie are the coordinators of this group. There’s a full agenda including DEM town caucuses, a recap of the Volinsky talk on education and property taxes, reports on local elections, and a discussion about PLASTIC and what people can do to reduce use. All are welcome. Moose Mtn Area DEMs FB

9. The NH Democratic State Committee met last Saturday. Carroll County has a couple of handfuls of people who serve on the State Committee. Knute, Tina, Patricia, Bill, Stan, and John from the executive committee along with Ed Butler, Michaela Andruzzi, and Dorothy Solomon who have special appointments. There were about 150 people who gathered to vote for state leadership.

10. May 5th at 1 pm. County Caucus. Place and speaker TBD. Every Carroll County DEM is invited to participate. Please be sure to come. Elections of county leadership will take place on that day. If you or someone you know could be a good county DEM leader, contact Nominations Committee chair Chris Meier. Email Chris

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10 Things MAR 6

Ten Things to Know …

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!

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