Carroll County Caucus — Tonight!

Join with others from throughout Carroll County for the biennial caucus taking place via Zoom. The leadership of the county is putting forward a list of folks who have the gifts, the passion, and the understanding to move us forward during this upcoming two year cycle. The list:

For Chair — Ed Butler of Hart’s Location

For Vice Chair — Theresa Swanick of Effingham

For Secretary — Annie Robbins of Wakefield

For Treasurer — Bill McKay of Tamworth

For At Large Members — Edie DesMarais of Wolfeboro, Leonard Witt of Sandwich, & Erik Corbett (of Conway).

To participate in tonight’s caucus at 7 PM, you must request the link by 6 PM by clicking HERE. The Zoom meeting is being hosted by the New Hampshire Democratic Party in Concord.

We are thrilled that we will receive greetings from Senator Maggie Hassan who will be with us at 7 PM — sharp!


Sen. Maggie Hassan to visit Carroll County Caucus

To attend the caucus, you must be a registered DEM living in Carroll County and you must request the link for the caucus by clicking HERE. The New Hampshire Democratic Party leaders in Concord are handling all the Zoom logistics for the county caucus.

We are so pleased that Sen. Maggie Hassan has accepted our invitation to visit with us for a few minutes (assuming there is no legislative floor vote or some other important concern that would pull her away).

The present leadership team of Carroll County DEMs have worked to identify a team of nominees that we think are a great fit for the needs of Carroll County in the next two years. We unanimously endorse the nominees that are listed here:

For Chair: Ed Butler of Hart’s Location
For Vice: Theresa Swanick of Effingham
For Sec.: Annie Robbins of Wakefield
For Treas: Bill McKay of Tamworth
At-Large 1: Edie DesMarais of Wolfeboro
At-Large 2: Leonard Witt of Sandwich
At-Large 3: Erik Corbett of Conway

We believe these people have the skills necessary.
We believe it’s a HUGE bonus that they are from throughout the whole county.
We believe that this team can move us from “pretty good” to “wicked awesome” as a county.

There are opportunities for nominations to be made from “the floor.”
And if you or someone you know would be a good fit — please nominate!!

But … knowing that Zoom meetings make it tough for this kind of thing, the present leadership team wanted to put forward a group of people — and all have said YES (assuming you elect them).

The agenda for the evening will be:

Greetings from Sen. Hassan
Update from State Chair Ray Buckley
The Caucus (electing leaders for the next two year cycle)
Report from out-going chair Knute Ogren
Report from Treasurer Bill McKay about our account balance.
Brief remarks from new leaders

Please join the caucus.
We’ve come a long way in the last couple of years. 
And we are still cooking!!

One more time — Get your CAUCUS ZOOM LINK

Questions? Contact Knute at
Thanks very much!
Be good.

PS: If you haven’t made a contribution to the Carroll County DEMs in a little bit, please consider doing so. If everyone gives a little bit here and and little bit there, we’ll have plenty to help our local candidates come 2022! You can do your part by clicking HERE


Training for Treasurers — May 17

Request the Zoom link by emailing The training will go for about an hour and it will cover pros and cons of having a checking account, what to think about regarding having an account for a regional group, and how to learn from mistakes made in the past. Many thanks to the Carroll County Treasurer, Bill McKay, for his excellent stewardship and care of our funds — and for his willingness to help others learn.

And … don’t forget the Carroll County Caucus — May 24 at 7:00 PM. If you haven’t yet signed up to participate in the biennial Carroll County Caucus (via Zoom on May 24), you need to sign up — not with Knute — but with the NHDP. We’ll be electing leadership for the coming two years. Here’s that link: CAUCUS ZOOM REQUEST.


Five Things for May 2021

May 3: There was a great Zoom event for those who were elected to an officer position in the towns of Carroll County. We’ll be doing this again!

May 9: Mother’s Day. Buy a card. Make a call. Remember those for whom the day is difficult for any number of reasons.

May 10: A forum and fundraiser for DEMs in NH with special guests Emily Cain of “EMILY’s List” and NH State Senator Martha Fuller Clark focussed on *Protecting Reproductive Rights” here in NH and beyond. $25 Ticket

May 24: The biennial County Caucus on Zoom (7 PM) … electing leaders for the upcoming 2 years. We need all DEMs from Carroll County to participate. Zoom Link

May 31: Get ready for Pride Month which begins on June 1!


“Protecting Reproductive Rights” with Emily Cain of EMILY’s List. May 10, Zoom

As a way of staying grounded in some of the most important issues of the day, the “Committee to Elect House Democrats” is hosting an event featuring Emily Cain (of EMILY’s List) which will help New Hampshire DEMs think deeply about what’s at stake in the fight to protect reproductive rights. The Zoom event — just one hour in length — will be May 10 at 7 PM and has a cost of just $25. Funds raised will be used in a new effort to offer broader support of House candidates in 2022.

The Committee to Elect House Democrats (CEHD) has a new leader and his vision for how DEMs can do better in 2022 is vitally important. Rep. Matt Wilhelm, together with others throughout the state — including our own Anita Burroughs — will be transforming how local candidates receive support and encouragement. We lost in 2020. But we’ll win in 2022 because we learned our lesson.

Consider purchasing a $25 ticket to the May 10th event. If you can’t attend, but want to participate in the effort to ensure a better 2022 for our House Candidates, you can use the link to make a one-time donation to CEHD. Here’s the ticket/donation link: MAY 10 EVENT


The Carroll County Caucus

May 24 at 7 PM — Zoom.

Executive Committee will make an effort to share a slate of officers — but only so that we can be sure there is a team ready to go. Nominations will be received during the session and can be received leading up to the event, too, by clicking HERE.

Do you think you know someone who would be a great county DEMs leader? Do you think YOU would be a good county DEMs leader? Talk with your fellow DEMs in your circle. Is there someone you know who would be a good fit?

There are six positions. They are: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, At-Large Delegate 1, & At-Large Delegate 2. The NHDP has shared a list of officer responsibilities that they would like everyone to know — it is HERE.

During the last two years, leaders have tried to lead with clarity, transparency, and fairness. Let’s work together so that we can all move ahead with care. The hope is that the next leadership team can continue the work — but to do that work even better!

To get the Zoom link for the Carroll County Caucus, click HERE. The folks at the NHDP are hosting the Zoom event.


Hassan Team Members to Carroll

On March 16th, Senator Hassan will be represented by her staff at the meeting of the Carroll County DEMs. For folks who are already planning to attend the meeting to welcome Former Speaker Steve Shurtleff, this will be easy! But the Hassan Team will be with us starting at 6:45 PM. This event is for registered Carroll County DEMs and for Carroll County voters who are left-leaning Independents.

Why has the Hassan Team been invited? Senator Shaheen and Senator Hassan were two of the US Senators who ended up being an obstacle for increasing the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. We wanted her and her team to have the opportunity to hear our feedback. As has always been the case, when Carroll County DEMs reached out to Senator Hassan’s team, we get a response immediately. In fact, it’s only due to a scheduling issue that Senator Hassan herself is not able to be with us. But her staff members will be! Come and listen!

The March 16 meeting agenda:

6:30 PM — The Executive Committee will briefly meet.

6:45 PM — People in the Zoom Waiting Room will enter for the time with the Hassan Team.

7:05 PM — For those arrive *only* for the Shurtleff segment, they will be welcomed in for the meeting.

Get the link for the event — remember, you will arrive at 6:45 PM for Hassan — by contacting KNUTE.


Steve Shurtleff to Carroll County!

Former Speaker of the House here in New Hampshire, Steve Shurtleff, will be our guest on a March 16th Zoom meeting beginning at 7 PM. He will be in the fun seat with our great segment: “Ask Me Anything About NH Politics.” Our last guest, Andru Volinsky, was fantastic. Numerous people followed up with emails and messages: “I’ve never learned so much in such a short time.” Well … let’s keep learning.

To be part of the Zoom event on March 16 at 7 PM, simply send a message to KNUTE. This event is for Carroll County DEMs and Carroll County left-leaning Independents. Your email request for the Zoom link will be official confirmation that you fit into one of those categories. Thanks in advance!


Volinsky to Visit with CC DEMs!

Carroll County DEMs will be meeting on Tuesday, FEB 23 at 7 PM on Zoom. Among the things on the evening’s short agenda — “Ask Me Anything About NH Politics” with Andru Volinsky. Mr. Volinsky is a former Executive Councilor (a colleague of our dear Mike Cryans) and made a valiant run for Governor of New Hampshire. During these strange times in NH politics — and as the New Hampshire Democratic Party gets its ducks in a row for the 2022 cycle — it’s important for us to listen and learn. To join the meeting on Tuesday, simply reach out to KNUTE for the Zoom link. Be sure to include “FEB 23” in the subject.

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