Carroll County DEM State Reps.

DesMarais, Knirk, Ticehurst, Buco (top row, left to right), Woodcock, Kanzler, Burroughs, & Butler (bottom row).

Carroll County had some wonderful candidates during the 2018 campaign. The DEMs throughout the county worked so hard to elect great people to office to represent Carroll County in Concord. There were lots of reasons for why we were as successful as we were. Hard working candidates, meet & greets, door-knocking, media coverage, strategic placement of signs, and — perhaps most important — excellent messaging about the issues facing the towns of Carroll County and the State of New Hampshire.

Because winning seats for DEMs in this county is hard work, Carroll County DEMs must pay attention to details NOT just during the campaign season but at all times. If you’re a Carroll County DEM, be sure to write letters to the local paper now. Get to your local meeting of the Democratic Party where you are. If there is a need for leadership in your town, consider stepping up and giving leadership a try. Invite a friend or colleague or family member to join you at a regional gathering of Democrats. Engage the young people in your life about the issues facing your town, the county, and the State of New Hampshire.

Lastly, be sure you are offering support to our county’s State Reps: Rep. DesMarais (Wolfeboro), Rep. Knirk and Rep. Ticehurst (Freedom, Tamworth, Madison, & Albany), Rep. Buco, Rep. Woodcock, & Rep. Kanzler (Conway, Eaton, Chatham, & Hale’s Location), Rep. Burroughs (Bartlett, Jackson, Hart’s Location), and Rep. Butler (Northern Carroll County). They are working hard and they need to know that all of us in Carroll County have their backs. If you see them out there in the world, give them a word of encouragement!


Town and County Caucus News

It’s time to caucus!

There is a really good vibe and spirit throughout Carroll County!

Town Chairs have been doing a great job getting Town Caucus dates on the calendar. It’s been wonderful to see everyone taking the *two week notice* direction so seriously. There has been great use of email lists, the Carroll County DEMs Facebook page, and public notices in obvious spots (local library, post office, etc.). Today we can share info we know. As we know more — so will you!


*Wolfeboro DEMs  — FEB 18

Wolfeboro – FEB 18 Contact Blair

*Tri-Town DEMs — MAR 26 @ 6:30 PM at Moultonborough Library

Tuftonboro –  Contact Bonnie

Moultonborough –  Contact Ken

Sandwich –  Contact Peggy or Contact Gloria

*Moose Mountain Area DEMs — MAR 27 at 6 PM Poor Peoples Pub

Wakefield & Brookfield –  Frank – Brookfield    Connie or Annie – Wakefield

*Greater Ossipee DEMs – MAR 11 at Hobbs Tavern  Contact Knute

Effingham – Theresa Swanick (caucus at 6 pm)

Freedom – Chris Hurley (caucus at 6:30 pm)

Madison – Donna Veilleux (caucus at 6:30 pm)

Ossipee – Patricia Pustell (caucus at 6:00 pm)

Tamworth – Bill McKay (caucus at 6:30 pm)

*Valley DEMs

Albany – MAR 2 at 2 PM Tina’s home  Email Tina  or call Dorothy @ 603 447 1199.

Chatham – MAR 12 immediately following the Chatham Town Meeting Contact Bert

Hale’s Location — TBD

Conway at the Conway Public Library – MAR 2 @ 10 AM Contact Ellin

Eaton — Hobbs Tavern in W. Ossipee — MAR 11 @ 6:30 PM Contact Jena

*Iron Mountain DEMs — MAR 18, Location and time TBD

Bartlett – MaryAnne Orsino Contact MaryAnne via FB

Jackson – Christine Thompson Contact Christine via FB

Harts Location – Ed Butler Contact Ed via FB


Members of the Executive Committee of Carroll County DEMs will be meeting very soon to determine the best date. It will be widely publicized and shared. If you have questions or concerns about anything related to the Carroll County Caucus, please Contact Knute.


2018 Cleveland Dinner

Join the Carroll County Democrats and our 2 Keynote speakers, Congressman Joe Kennedy III, and Jason Kander, on October 18th at 7pm at the Red Jacket Resort in North Conway and help support your local candidates throughout Carroll County!

Rep. Kennedy gave the response on behalf of the Democratic party following President Trump’s State of the Union Address in 2018. He is the grandson of the late Senator Robert Kennedy and the great-nephew of President John F. Kennedy. 

Jason Kander is an attorney and combat veteran who founded Let America Vote, a non-profit organization whose mission is to end voter suppression and gerrymandering throughout the country. He is a gifted speaker who gained national prominence while running for the Missouri Senate with an ad featuring him talking about gun safety while assembling a firearm blindfolded; the video went viral and is considered by many to be to be the best ad ever made on gun safety. 

We also expect to have the Democratic nominee for Congress and the Governors office in attendance as well. Come out to hear their vision for our future and help the Carroll County Democrats take the majority on the Carroll County Delegation for the first time in history!

Tickets are available at


2018 Cleveland Dinner Announcement!

We are happy to announce that our keynote speaker for the Grover Cleveland Dinner to benefit the Carroll County Democrats will be Gary Hirshberg, co-founder, chairman and former 30-year “CE-Yo” of organic yogurt company Stonyfield Farm. He is a nationally known, charismatic speaker and we are thrilled he will be here. Mark your calendars for October 12th at Attitash Grand Summit, more info to follow.


Flag Day Picnic

Join us on June 10th around 1pm for our annual Flag Day Picnic at Dick and Ruth Stuart’s house on Squam Lake, 677 Squam Lake Rd Sandwich.  We began this event to try and rally support in the Lakes Region for Democrats a few years ago and after Edie DesMaraishistoric win in the Wolfeboro Special Election are convinced that we can win in every district.  It will take time, and some money, from all of us though.  So come hang out at the lake, enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers, hear from Steve Marchand, State Senator Dan Feltes and Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky as well as our 4 Democratic State Representatives from Carroll County and make a suggested contribution of $25.  


Flag Day in Sandwich

The Carroll County Democratic Committee will be hosting its second annual Flag Day Picnic at the home of Dick Stuart in Sandwich on Sunday, June 12.

The picnic starts at 1 p.m.

All local New Hampshire House and county candidates have been invited, and gubernatorial candidates Mark Connolly, Steve Marchand and Colin Van Ostern are expected, as well as congressional candidates Shawn O’Connor and Carol Shea-Porter.

“Last year’s event was a great success with presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee, now gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern and congressional candidates Shawn O’Connor and Carol Shea-Porter attending,” said County Democratic Chair Erik Corbett.

“We even had a Republican tracker try to sneak in to film and twist our candidates words, so we must be doing something right,” he continued.

“We are looking forward to hearing how they will lead New Hampshire and America forward from our legislative and gubernatorial candidates this year. With the GOP openly rallying around a xenophobic bigot, we have an incredible opportunity to achieve lasting progress for Carroll County, New Hampshire and the United States.”

The Flag Day Picnic will be held at 677 Squam Lake Road.

The Carroll County Democrats will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages, and guests are encouraged to bring a salad or dessert if they choose.

A $25 contribution is suggested but not required.


2016 Elections Heating Up

We’ve had both Democratic candidates for Governor at our last 2 monthly meetings and will see more of them over the Summer.  Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday April 19th at 6pm at the Sunny Villa restaurant on Rt 16 in Ossipee.  The NH Democratic Party Platform Committee will be in attendance to discuss the party platform and listen to input from you about what should be part of the 2016 NH Democratic Platform.

We are also very excited to have a few new faces expressing an interest in running for office in the Fall.  If anyone is interested in exploring a run please contact Erik Corbett at or 978-771-2675.  We have 15 NH House seats to find candidates to vie for, a NH Senate seat, 2 County Commissioner seats and various other County offices.  Typically Democrats do well in Presidential Election years and with the strong Democratic ticket and lackluster Republican candidates this will be a very exciting election season.

Finally, save the date of Sunday June 12th for our 2nd Annual Flag Day Picnic at Dick Stuarts house on the shores of Squam Lake in Sandwich.  Last Summers event was a great success with a Presidential candidate, a gubernatorial candidate, both Congressional candidates and countless local candidates all in attendance.  We’ll have more information about day as it gets closer.


2016 Democratic National Convention Delegate Elections

2016 Democratic National Convention

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia, July 25th-28th, 2016.

Any registered New Hampshire Democrat (or person under the age of 18 who will be 18 on or before Nov. 8th, 2016) can register to run to be a Delegate for your Presidential candidate.

A total of 32 Delegates and 2 At-Large Alternate Delegates will be going to the national convention from New Hampshire. The entire NHDP Delegate Selection Plan is available HERE.

Press Kit

There are different levels at which you can run:

16 District-Level Delegates

The District-Level Delegates will be elected at a caucus of your candidate and his/her supporters on January 30th, 2016 in each of New Hampshire’s Congressional Districts. A total of 8 will be elected from each Congressional District, split evenly between men and women (4 men & 4 women from each District).

District-Level Delegate Filing Period: January 18th, – January 22nd, 2016

3 Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegates

The second level is “Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official Delegate”, these typically include elected officials and Party leaders. We will elect 3 of this category on April 16th, 2016, they will be elected by the 16 District-Level Delegates who were elected on January 30th.

PLEO Delegate Filing Period: April 4th – April 8th, 2016

5 At-Large Delegates

The third level is At-Large Delegate. We will elect 5 of this category on April 16th, 2016, they will be elected by the 16 District-Level Delegates who were elected on January 30th.

At-Large Delegate Filing Period: April 4th – April 8th, 2016

2 At-Large Alternate Delegates

The last level is At-Large Alternates, we will elect 2 At-Large Alternates on April 16th, 2016, they will be elected by the 16 District-Level Delegates who were elected on January 30th.

At-Large Alternate Delegate Filing Period: April 4th – April 8th, 2016

Per DNC rules the entire delegation must be split evenly between men and women.

The NHDP and the candidate’s also must ensure that the delegation is diverse in its representation of historically underrepresented groups (LGBT, Youth, Hispanic/Latino, African American, Disabled, Native American, AAPI).

NHDP Delegation as of 9/13/15:

Automatic Unpledged Party Leaders and Elected Official Delegates

  • NHDP Chairman Raymond Buckley
  • NHDP Vice Chair Martha Fuller Clark
  • DNC Committeewoman Kathy Sullivan
  • DNC Committeeman William Shaheen
  • DNC Member At-Large Joanne Dowdell
  • Governor Maggie Hassan
  • Senator Jeanne Shaheen
  • Congresswoman Annie Kuster

16 District-Level Delegates (Elected 1/30/16)

3 PLEO Delegates (Elected 4/16/16)

5 At-Large Delegates (Elected 4/16/16)

2 At-Large Alternate Delegates (Elected 4/16/16)

For more information on the Delegate Selection process please email Sean Doyle at

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