10 Things FEB 20

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10 Things FEB 20 2019

The Carroll County DEMs leadership team had a meeting this past Monday afternoon. There was a report from the Knute Ogren who shared what he’s been up to since his appointment to the chair two weeks ago. Treasurer Bill McKay gave his report and the group offered sincere thanks for his excellent work on our behalf. Rep. DesMarais shared some highlights about the work of the county delegation. Others participating were Secretary Patricia Pustell and at large member Stan Solomon. There were some former county chairpersons who participated in the call. County Bylaws state that former chairpersons have voice but no vote during leadership meetings. It was great having Chris Meier, Beth Funicella, and Dorothy Solomon participating. 

1. The County Caucus date has been chosen and party leaders from Concord have confirmed they will be with us on MAY 5th at 1 pm. The Bylaws of the NH DEM Party state that New Hampshire’s Party Leadership must be present to run the caucus. The location of the caucus will be announced in the coming weeks. But please — make a note of the date and time.

2. The Moose Mountain Area DEMs (Wakefield and Brookfield) are inviting area friends to join them at their potluck supper on FEB 27 which will be held at the First Church of Christ in Wakefield. They will have a very special guest: Mindi Messmer! There will also be a viewing of the film, “The Devil We Know.” The Wakefield and Brookfield town caucuses will take place at their meeting at Poor Peoples Pub on MAR 27.

3. Congrats to the Wolfeboro DEMs who had their town caucus on MON.  Blair Moffett was re-elected chairperson. State Senator Dan Feltes was visiting and shared all kinds of great info with the group. They will be meeting the third MON of the month in the months of MAR, APR, and MAY at the Wolfeboro Inn. Meetings are at 7 pm. If you’re a DEM in Wolfeboro, you should join in. They are a great and welcoming group!

4. Greater Ossipee DEMs are meeting on MAR 11 for an event on Education Funding & Property Taxes. The guest speaker is Andru Volinsky. If you live in Ossipee or in a town that is nearby to Ossipee, please consider participating in the event which will take place at Hobbs Tavern. RSVP to Knute4NH@yahoo.com. The town caucuses for Freedom (Chris Hurley), Madison (Donna Veilleux), Tamworth (Bill McKay), Effingham (Theresa Swanick), and Ossipee (Patricia Pustell) will be taking place at this meeting.

5. Looks like the Conway State House Accountability Workshop hosted by the New Hampshire Young Democrats & New Hampshire Youth Movement (which had been postponed due to snow) has been rescheduled for MAR 4 at 5:30 pm at the Conway Library. We can be thankful for Rep. Kanzler who has been championing this program offering from the start. Learn More

6. Iron Mountain DEMs (Bartlett, Hart’s Location, & Jackson) are meeting on MAR 18 for the town caucuses for each of those towns. Many thanks to MaryAnne Orsino (Bartlett) — the organizing force around Iron Mountain DEMs — and also to Ed Butler (Hart’s Location) and Christine Thompson (Jackson) for leading those quick town meetings and for organizing the awesome spirit of DEMs in the northern part of the county.

7. The Valley DEMs will be meeting at the Conway Library on MAR 2 at 10 AM for the Conway Caucus. Town Chair Ellin Leonard is fantastic and is very glad to welcome you to the meeting. If you see former county chair Erik Corbett out there, be sure to congratulate him on his recent move to Conway! He’s already attended a meeting of the Valley DEMs (no surprise to anyone!). Other towns that relate to the Valley DEMs will be having town caucuses, too. Eaton (Jena), Chatham (Bert), Albany (Tina), and Hale’s Location (Knute) have already announced their caucus spots and times.

8. Chris Meier, former county chair and recent candidate for State Senate, hosted Cory Booker when the presidential candidate was in town on FEB 16. When you see him around the county, be sure to thank him for his commitment to the work of the party here in Carroll County. Congrats to John Stokke of Freedom, NH who won the “Selfie with Cory” photo contest that was held on Facebook. His pic received 31 LIKES which means he will receive a $31 gift card to a local coffee shop! There are going to be lots of candidates visiting the county. When a candidate’s team reaches out to us here at the county that there’s a plan for a local visit, we’ll absolutely let you know!

9. Thanks to Bonnie Chehames of the Tri-Town DEMs (Sandwich, Tuftonboro, and Moultonborough) who is working on a memorial piece about our friend Dick Stuart. The Tri-Town DEMs are meeting on MAR 26 at the Moultonborough Library.  Healing vibes to vice chair Tina Craig who is reported to be making progress. Healing vibes to county leadership team member John White who is home after a hospitalization. He was at the meeting of the Wolfeboro DEMs on Monday! Encourage Reps. DesMarais, Knirk, Ticehurst, Buco, Kanzler, Woodcock, Burroughs, and Butler. It’s been a very busy period of weeks for those awesome leaders of ours. Tell your friends about the regional group near you. The Wolfeboro, Moose Mountain, Tri-Town, Greater Ossipee, Valley, and Iron Mountain DEMs are great spot to learn and grow!

10. Are you getting Emails from Carroll County DEMs? Are you following what’s what on Facebook? Let’s work together to build a strong network of DEMs in Carroll County. Invite your friends and neighbors. It’s imperative that we mobilize and work together! If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions — contact Knute.


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 https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2018clevelanddinner#


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.


Visibility in Wolfeboro, Friday November 4th

dem1From the Wolfeboro Democrats:

How many of you remember the incredible visibility event we had only four years ago in Wolfeboro?  It’s time to do it again.

This Friday, the last one before Election Day, looks to be a quintessential beautiful fall day, one of the last long days of sunlight this year.  The Democrats of Wolfeboro and other like-minded folks from all around Southern Carroll County will be assembling at Pickering Corner once again to stand proud for our brave candidates.  PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!  Forward this info to anyone wh might be interested.

It starts at 3:30 and goes till dark.  Pickering Corner is “at the top of the hill,” where Route 28 and 109 come together.  If there’s no parking on the street, you can park at the Congregational Church on the left, heading into town.

Please bring signs if you have them – or make your own. There will be some signs available, but definitely not enough for everyone.  

See you there!


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 erik.corbett79@gmail.com 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.

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