Ten Things To Know — AUG 22

I hope everyone is enjoying these perfect and (for many of us) busy summer days. A different variety of busy days will be upon us in no time! School will begin, a new season of beauty will bring people from all over, and we will do some paring down from multiple candidates to a more manageable hunk. New Hampshire people take this job seriously. Carroll County residents are as committed to this as ever.

Thanks for your commitment. Now … Ten Things To Know – AUG 22!

1. Pete Buttigieg is Coming! SUN, AUG 25th! Ossipee at 11:15 AM!

2. Inslee Is Out— A big shout out to the awesome DEMs of Wakefield & Brookfield who worked their tails off to get ready for a visit from Governor Inslee. Sadly, just days before their event, Inslee ended his effort. We can be very proud of the work of the Moose Mountain Area DEMs.

3. The Exec Comm of the Carroll County DEMs met recently at Pizza Barn in Ossipee. During that meeting, we covered important business. All are welcome to attend meetings of the exec comm. A reminder of exec comm members: Knute Ogren (Effingham), Erik Corbett (Conway), Pat Pustell (Ossipee), Bill McKay (Tamworth), Caroline Nesbitt (Sandwich), and LeeAnn Stevens (Madison). Next meeting is WED, SEPT 18 (location tbd).

4. Town Committee members! This one is for you. Many thanks to the super LeeAnn Stevens who is our county’s leader of the *Votebuilder Training* effort. We will welcome Donnie Spencer from New Hampshire Democratic Party — Monday, Sept 16 from 6 – 8 pm in the Tamworth area. Location still being locked in. What is Votebuilder? The online database the Democratic party uses to organize voter and campaign data. Candidates spend lots of money to get access to the data that our town and county committee members can access for free! This is one powerful tool we’re going to need to use to ensure we see another blue wave in 2020! Because access is town-specific, it’s important that we have someone from every town committee participate. We’ll be sending out an email with sign-up details.

5. Cleveland Dinner – The annual fall gathering of Carroll County DEMS will take place on NOV 7 at the Red Jacket. Mark. Your. Calendars. Many thanks to Mary Orsino (chair of the Bartlett DEMs) and her committee for their important work. A press release will be shared very soon (but you heard it here first)!

6. Local DEM Of Note— A big shout out to Bonnie Chehames of the Tri Town DEMs because she continues to share and encourage and engage her circle. She is always communicating all that’s going on. Lots of people do this incredibly well. Today, we can celebrate Bonnie (pictured here with candidate Warren)!

7. Kudos to the DEMs in Wolfeboro for their great work welcoming Bernie and Warren last week. And to the DEMs in Conway for their welcome of Bernie. These visits are important! More to come.

8. The Valley DEMs will be having a fall picnic on SEPT 22. All are welcome! Learn more by reaching out to ellinleonard@gmail.com Ellin is fantastic!

9. The State Convention will take place in Manchester, NH on SEPT 7. Delegates are all town committee officers, those who ran for office in 2018, and county officers. Carroll County will be represented in a strong way as compared to recent conventions. Thanks to all delegates for taking this so seriously!

10.Presidential Candidates in NH— See where the presidential candidates are visiting throughout the state by clicking here: https://www.nhdp.org/events

Thanks for being awesome! Please tell me what should be included in this periodic email. Be good!

County Chair


8/11/19 Ten Things To Know


Happy August, Carroll County DEMs Friends!

Candidates (Sanders, Warren, & Inslee) are coming to Carroll. Get ready!

Here are 10 Things to Know …

1. Bernie Sanders is coming to Wolfeboro on Monday, the 12th at 5 PM! https://act.berniesanders.com/event/event-bernie-sanders-attend/14857

2. Bernie Sanders is coming to North Conway the 12th at 7 PM! https://act.berniesanders.com/event/event-bernie-sanders/14856/signup?source=events-map

3. There is a meeting of the exec comm of the Carroll County DEMs on Monday the 12th at 5:00 pm at Pizza Barn in Ossipee. We will get some pizza and have some conversation about a handful of topics including Vote Builder plans, best practices for welcoming candidates, Fundraising & Events, and more. Our special guest is Mackenzie Murphy who most recently worked on Congressman Eric Swalwell’s presidential campaign. Please contact knute4nh@yahoo.comif you can come.

4. Elizabeth Warren is coming to Wolfeboro on Wednesday, the 14th! Space is limited and RSVP is a must. https://www.mobilize.us/warrenfornewhampshire/event/109693/

5. Governor Inslee is coming to Wakefield on August 23rd at 6 PM! Here’s the link to learn more: https://give.jayinslee.com/onlineac…/I2etDDm6qkWbGXSJ-kURZg2

6a. There is a meeting of the Valley DEMs at the Conway Library on Wednesday, the 15th. Come at 6 PM and spread the word!

6b. Also … The Valley Dems cookout and picnic will take place on Sunday starting  at noon on Sept 22nd   Location: 368 Drake Hill Road  Albany, NH. Mark your calendars and spread the word about this, too. All are welcome at this cookout!

7. We’re hearing that Harris, Buttigieg, and Booker are making plans to come this way in the weeks to come. No doubt others will be reaching out. Stay tuned and read the “Ten Things …” emails, check the Facebook page, and visit our website: https://www.ccnhdemocrats.org.

If you want to know where candidates are going throughout the whole state of New Hampshire, visit: https://www.nhdp.org/events

8. A huge congratulations to the Moose Mountain Area DEMs for an awesome Democrats of the Wakefield Villages event in late July. It was simply fantastic. Check out these great pics!  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.2449681895086801&type=3

9. Sen. Bennet was well received during his visit to Tamworth in late July. There were a few dozen people who gathered behind Tamworth Distilling alongside the river. It was beautiful, classic New Hampshire.

10. Lots of folks are talking about Governor Sununu’s veto of the bills that were sent his way about guns. They were smart and carefully crafted bills that had broad support. Many thanks to the Reps of Carroll County who were part of championing the passage of these bills in the House. It’s unfortunate that Mr. Sununu has made this mistake. Rep. Burroughs of Bartlett shared this editorial from the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript which is a good read for those of us who are disheartened by Mr. Sununu’s (in)action. Thanks for sharing this, Anita!



7/18/19 — 10 Things To Know …

Happy Summer! I hope you are enjoying all the beauty and fun that Carroll County has to offer this summer. Here are 10 Things To Know …

Michael Bennet
Michael Bennet

1. Candidate Michael Bennet will be in Tamworth on Saturday, July 20 from about 11 AM until about 1 PM. I understand that he will walk through the Tamworth Farmers’ Market and walk along Tamworth’s main drag in hopes of saying hi to Carroll County folks. He’ll then talk for a bit at Tamworth Distilling. Senator Bennet of Colorado is very excited to come see us!
Bennet Visit

2. The Conway DEMs is welcoming and lifting up the “Bernie 2020 Conway Barnstorm” to be held on Saturday, July 20 at Tuckerman’s Brewing Company in Conway. One day soon, we hope Carroll County residents will be able to meet Mr. Sanders in person! In the meantime, learn more by visiting the Valley DEMs FB page here:
Bernie 2020 Conway Barnstorm info

3. If you are a delegate to the State Convention on September 7th, you need to register ASAP. The cost is $20. Who is a delegate? If you are an officer of a Town DEM committee … an officer of the Carroll County DEMs … someone who ran successfully or unsuccessfully for office in 2018 … and some others. There are about 80 perspective delegates in Carroll County. To learn more, email Knute at:
email knute

4. The Fundraising and Events Committee is off to a great start. Many thanks to Mary Orsino of Bartlett who is heading up that team. There have been lots of comments over the last many months about ways the county should do things and ideas the county should consider. We can be very glad that — now — we have a working group. It’s their job to listen to feedback and to decide things on behalf of the county. In the coming days we will share the names of people serving on the committee. In the meantime, if you have ideas or concerns about fundraising & events, feel free to reach out to Mary at:
email mary orsino

5. The Moose Mountain Area DEMs are gearing up for their awesome event on July 27th called “Democrats in the Wakefield Villages.” This is a time for people from all over the county to gather together with our friends in Wakefield & Brookfield for a wonderful day! Learn all about what’s in store for the day by visiting:
July 27th Democrats in the Wakefield Villages

6. If you have an interest in gathering with others to watch the debates on July 30 and 31, stay tuned to the county DEMs FB page. We will share details of Debate Watch Parties. This time, the debates will begin at the much more reasonable hour of 8 PM!!
Carroll County DEMs FB

7. Many thanks to all of the JULY 4th parade walkers in towns across Carroll County. It’s a good day when we can celebrate our country’s fight for independence, the spirit of goodness that is alive & well, and the gift of democracy! And many thanks, too, to Blair, Bob, & Donnie who welcomed lots of the county’s town chairs and other leaders for an event on July 8th in Tamworth. By all accounts, the event was fantastic and there was a whole lot of learning going on.

8. Very soon, there will be an announcement of the date of the big Cleveland Dinner to be held in November. It’s going to be simply awesome! Many thanks to the county’s Fundraising & Events Committee.

9. On August 12th, there will be a meeting of the executive committee. All are welcome to attend. Location to be determined. Among the things on the agenda will be a special guest: Mackenzie Murphy who, up until very recently, served on Rep. Swalwell’s presidential campaign. Mackenzie has a boatload of experience and was asked by Knute to come visit and help the county leaders think about some long term “stuff” — including *best practices* for presidential campaign visits.

10. The county is very excited that exec comm member LeeAnn Stevens is spending some time this month at an event meant to help activists get more involved and build enthusiasm. She will be equipped to share her learning with DEMs all over the county in the months to come.

If you have something you think everyone in Carroll County DEMs should know about, give a yell to knute4nh@yahoo.com.


Delaney cancels, Gillibrand edits schedule; Klobuchar to be here July 7th!

Happy July, Carroll County DEMs Friends!

Candidate Delaney has canceled his scheduled appearance for JUL 4 here in Carroll County, New Hampshire. Though it can sometimes be frustrating, now and again campaigns have to make last minute adjustments. We hope he will get to Carroll County soon!

But … not Gillibrand. She’s still coming.

Candidate Gillibrand will be in Tamworth on JUL 6 at 1 PM. Click HERE and let her know you’re coming!

And … Klobuchar is coming, too!

Candidate Amy Klobuchar will be visiting the county on JUL 7. Tuckerman’s in Conway at 12:15 pm for some informal connections. Sign Up For Tuckermans! Then, the word on the street is that Wolfeboro DEM State Rep. Edie DesMarais will host a house party at 3 PM. Send an email to Edie letting her know you’d like to attend: EDIE



Ten Things To Know — June 22

1. It was a great event! The UU Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes opened its doors last week for an event offered by Jerry Knirk and the Greater Ossipee DEMs that focussed on Women’s Reproductive Rights. More than 70 participated in that incredibly worthwhile event. Good job, Carroll County DEMs, for paying attention to important issues!

2. Carroll County DEMs will be hosting a booth at the White Mountains Pride Festival on June 29 in North Conway. If you are willing to be a booth worker on that day for a couple of hours, you’ll want to be connected with LeeAnn Stevens who is doing a fantastic job getting things together for the event. The DEMs will be ready with lemonade for anyone who wants it!

3. June 26: The Greater Ossipee DEMs is teaming up with the Cory Booker campaign and hosting a Debate Watch party at Hobbs on June 26th. As is the case with every town committee and every regional group here in the county, teaming up in ways such as this is simply for the purpose of helping to gather and does not in any way suggest an endorsement of or particular support for a candidate. The Booker campaign (one of many campaigns that understand the value of this kind of special partnership) is eagerly wanting to help build the party here in Carroll County. Come to the Debate Watch party on June 26th. It’ll be great! RSVP HERE

4. June 27: There is talk that a (at least one) town committee is putting together a Debate Watch party for the 27th. Be ready for more info when it becomes available.

5. July 4: Iron Mountain DEMs is calling everyone together to march in the July 4th parade in Bartlett! You are welcome to join them! Contact Mary Orsino to learn more. The Tri Town DEMs is calling on everyone to march together in the July 4th parade in Moultonborough. The DEMs are always sharing positive messages of hope at the annual parade. Join in! Contact Bonnie Chehames to learn more. The Conway DEMs will march in the Conway Parade and the town chair is Ellin Leonard. She’s awesome. Are you a Democrat in Conway? We need you in the parade! There is also a large and well attended July 4th parade in Wolfeboro. Join the Wolfeboro Democrats at that parade if you are able – more info will be posted at WolfeboroDemocrats.org.

6. CANCELED — July 4: UPDATE 6/28: John Delaney has CANCELED his visit to Wolfeboro on July 4th.

7. Amy Klobuchar is coming to the county on Sunday, July 7th. As the details become known, we’ll be sharing that info on the webpage and the Facebook page. 

8. Is there a topic of interest, an issue, that you would like to tackle as a county? Connect with your town committee or your regional group and get something organized. We at the county level can help figure that out, too. 

9. July 8th: A gathering of all town chairs and regional group leaders in Tamworth at 6:30 pm. We are going to do some thinking and some working together. We are a stronger party throughout the county when we are staying in tune. Staying in tune does not happen by accident. It takes a bit of effort. Together, we can have an important impact on the county’s future.

10. Lastly, there are lots of presidential candidates coming to New Hampshire. The county leaders have determined that the good and clear and fair thing is to do the following — share info whenever a candidate is visiting someplace in this particular county. We don’t share when someone is visiting Laconia or Concord or Portsmouth or Berlin or Keene. That said, there are lots of DEMs in Carroll County who are *really* interested in such things! With that being the case, the county will share the link to the website of the New Hampshire Democratic Party which has all of that kind of info — and it’s (mostly) up to date! See about candidates visiting New Hampshire by visiting:Presidential Campaigns


Ten Things to Know June 6th

Happy June! Happy Pride!

There is a lot to know.


1. June 11th — The Tri-Town DEMs (Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, and Sandwich) will meet at the Moultonborough Library. The special guest of the day will be State Senator Dan Feltes. The time of the meeting is 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Seriously! The Greater Ossipee DEMs hosted Sen. Feltes a few months back. He is a great public servant. Spread the word! Learn more by contacting: chehames@gmail.com

Senator Dan Feltes

2. June 13th — The Greater Ossipee DEMs will welcome candidate Andrew Yang to an event at Hobbs Tavern in West Ossipee. This event will begin at 6:30 pm on the second floor. Please come early and grab a bite or beverage downstairs or consider staying later for a bite or beverage downstairs. During the 60-75 minute event upstairs, there will be refreshing water. All are welcome to attend. Learn more by contacting: knute4nh@yahoo.com

Candidate Andrew Yang

3. Women’s Right to Choose. On June 17th, the Greater Ossipee DEMs and Rep. Jerry Knirk will be hosting an event in hopes of gathering folks from all over the county at 7 PM. . From Jerry: “I would like to announce an event at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slope on Monday June 17 at 7 PM.  There will be a panel and community discussion of the medical, societal and personal implications of the recent laws passed in Alabama, Louisiana, and Georgia to restrict abortion. How do we respond and move forward as Democrats to meet this challenge? The inter-generational panel will include a retired Ob-gyn and women of different ages.This event will allow us to wonder together about the implications of the news out of Alabama and elsewhere regarding a woman’s right to choose.” This is an RSVP event and due to space limitations, only the first 100 people will have a spot. Rep. Jerry Knirk will serve as event Moderator. To reserve your space at the event, contact knute4nh@yahoo.com

4. The Executive Committee met on May 28th at Hobbs Tavern. What a great time for the leaders of the Carroll County DEMs. There’s a lot to be done in the months ahead. Our next meeting in on June 17th. We will meet at 6 PM just before the education event sponsored by the Greater Ossipee DEMs. To find out about the meeting’s details, contact knute4nh@yahoo.com

5. June 18 — The Moose Mountain Area DEMs are gearing up for their big July event (Democrats in the Wakefield Villages on July 27) and there will be a meeting on June 18th to get preparations underway. The Moose Mountain Area DEMs is glad to have all DEMs from all over hang out and learn and help. But if you live in Wakefield or Brookfield or Effingham or Ossipee — you are especially welcome! Learn more by contacting: anniemrobbins@gmail.com

6. June 20th — The Iron Mountain DEMs (Harts Location, Bartlett, & Jackson) will meet with Reps Anita Burroughs and Ed Butler for a chance to learn and understand what’s going on both here at the county level and in Concord — including the ins and outs of the state budget. Old Jackson Library at 6:30 PM. All are welcome! Learn more by contacting: maryanneorsino@gmail.com

7. The Valley DEMs enjoyed a great event on June 2 at Runnell’s Hall. Ellin Leonard, chair of the Conway DEMs led a wonderful team for the Ham and Bean supper with all kinds of treats! There’s always something brewing in the center of the county. Learn more about the Valley DEMs: Valley DEMs on Facebook and to learn more about the Conway DEMs contact the town chair, Ellin Leonard: ellinleonard@gmail.com

8. The Carroll County DEMs will be hosting a booth at the first ever White Mountains Pride Festival. Check out the Pride website here: PRIDE The festival is June 29th from 10 AM to 4 PM. If you are someone who would like to help us be present with our LGBTQ friends and to exude welcome and unity — you’re welcome to join the booth team! We are serving up some refreshing lemonade and we’ll need some lemon squeezers! Feel free to contact the team leaders (and Carroll County Executive Committee member at large) LeeAnn: leeanntmlp@gmail.com

9. There will be a meeting of the Town Chairs presently scheduled for July 8th in the center portion of the county. Each of the 19 towns has a town chair and this will be an opportunity for us to learn and to strategize. We are very glad that the town chair of Wolfeboro, Blair Moffett, has agreed to lead a presentation on what Wolfeboro did in the months leading up to the election of Wolfeboro’s first DEM state representative in over 100 years! If you are a town chair (or a leader of a regional group in Carroll County), you’re going to want to come to this event! More info to come!

10. Lastly, there are lots of presidential candidates coming to New Hampshire. The county leaders have determined that the good and clear and fair thing is to do the following — share info whenever a candidate is visiting someplace in this particular county. We don’t share when someone is visiting Laconia or Concord or Portsmouth or Berlin or Keene. That said, there are lots of DEMs in Carroll County who are *really* interested in such things! With that being the case, the county will share the link to the website of the New Hampshire Democratic Party which has all of that kind of info — and it’s (mostly) up to date! See about candidates visiting New Hampshire by visiting: https://www.nhdp.org/events

Then Things for June 6th!

There you have it!

Let me know if you have info that you want shared in an upcoming *Ten Things To Know* message. knute4nh@yahoo.com

Be good.



10 Things – May 17, 2019

Happy May!

I’d say, “Happy Spring,” but it doesn’t seem as though spring has arrived just yet. Ha! Here are 10 Things Carroll County DEMs can know about what’s going on around these parts.

1. Carroll County Caucus — On May 5th, the county had its caucus. Rep. Butler was glad that we didn’t have 100 people in attendance (since he would have had to do a handstand had we hit the 100 number). But — we did have 72 voters and 15 guests. It was a very full room at Runnell’s Hall. And it was a great vibe. Good job, everyone, for spreading the word and making sure we had an awesome county caucus. Many thanks to our guest speaker Rep. Denny Ruprecht who is the youngest NH House Member. He is from the next county north. He was awesome!

2. County Leader Elections — We had an election of leaders of the Carroll County DEMs. Many thanks to all of the nominees for the positions. Elected to serve were: Knute Ogren, Chair … Erik Corbett, Vice Chair … Patricia Pustell, Secretary … Bill McKay, Treasurer … and LeeAnn Stevens & Caroline Nesbitt, members-at-large. The six leaders will be meeting next week to think about the work that needs to be done and the manner in which we can do that work together. When the leadership team can work well together, the organization has a much better shot at being healthy and effective. Send good vibes to the leadership team.

3. The Moose Mountain Area DEMs will be hosting Michael Scarlett from the Cory Booker Campaign during their next regularly scheduled meeting — May 22. Visit the Moose Mountain Area DEMs Facebook page (which is very active) by CLICKING HERE

4. The Moose Mountain Area DEMs has also done some planning for a new summer event which will take place on July 27. This is something that is taking the place of the Democrats & Daylillies event which has been hosted by Martha Pike for years and years. The new event called, “Democrats in the Wakefield Villages” will be a time to connect with candidates and think deeply about issues we face here in Carroll County and the whole state of New Hampshire. Just a note: Wakefield went for Trump over Hillary about 2:1. One way we can help our county continue on its road to blue is to invest energy into the southern part of the county (which tends to be redder than the northern part).

5. The Wolfeboro Democrats will meet on May 20 at 7 PM at the Wolfeboro Inn. There is no charge and no expectation for participants to buy anything. But lots of people do. It’s a good way to thank a local business that makes space available for meetings. The Wolfeboro Democrats is one of very few towns in the whole county to have a full slate of officers. It’s a testament to their organization skills and attention to detail. Wolfeboro leadership can be a big help to town leaders throughout the county as we seek to grow participation and increase energy output. If you live in or around Wolfeboro, get to their Monday meeting on May 20th. They’ll gladly welcome you! WOLFEBORO DEMS ON FB

6. The Carroll County DEMs will be hosting a booth at White Mountains Pride on June 29. This the first time there will be a Pride event in the county. LBGTQ persons need to know that there is one party that is working tirelessly for their rights. Are you aware that Republicans at every level are working to strip LGBTQ rights. The fight isn’t over. If you are someone who is willing to work for an hour or two at the Carroll County DEMs booth on June 29th, please send word to county At Large Member, LeeAnn Stevens: LeeAnn’s EMAIL

7. Greater Ossipee DEMs will be having events in the coming weeks at Hobbs Tavern in West Ossipee.

*   Campaign spokesperson, Steve Marchand on May 21st at 6:30 PM who will be speaking about candidate Andrew Yang.

*   Candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell on May 27th at 1:30 PM

*   Candidate Andrew Yang and then on June 13th at 6:30 PM

There is no charge for any of these events which will be held upstairs. It is hoped that (as a TY to Hobbs) folks will grab a beverage or a bite downstairs before or after these meet ups. learn more about these visits from campaigns: CLICK HERE

8. The Valley DEMs will be having a fantastic event on June 2 at Runnell’s Hall. Here’s text from their invitation from Facebook CLICK HERE

“Join us and representatives from various Presidential campaigns on June 2nd at 4:30 to help support Democratic efforts throughout the Mt Washington Valley. $20.00 per person. This year we will have: Crackers & cheeses, Salads, Ham, Pea and Kidney Homemade Baked Beans, Vegetarian Pea Beans, Traditional Mac & Cheese, Gluten Free Mac & Cheese, Brownies & Ice Cream, Flavored Seltzer Water, and BYOB!”

9.The Conway DEMs will be hosting Maria Dieters and Adam Altendorf who are representatives from Candidate Elizabeth Warren’s campaign. They will be visiting the regularly scheduled meeting of the Conway DEMs (May 21 at the Conway Library). Learn more by contacting Conway DEMs chair Ellin Leonard: mailto:ellinleonard@gmail.com

10. There’s a lot going on in the county. If you know about something going on and want it included in a *10 Things” message, give a yell to Knute at: knute4nh@yahoo.com

Thanks very much. Spread the word.

Be good. Knute (County Chair)


County Caucus — May 5

“Mom’s Favorites” Appetizer/Dessert Feast

We will *EAT*

Bring your mom’s favorite appetizer or bring your mom’s favorite dessert. We’ll have the table set!

We will *ELECT*

A chair, a vice chair, a secretary, a treasurer, and two at-large members. These people will make up the Carroll County DEMs executive committee.

We will *PREPARE*

As we head into 2020, it’s important that we take care of important details. This. Caucus. Matters.


Sen. Feltes to visit Greater Ossipee DEMs

All are welcome to learn more on April 8th at Hobbs Tavern in West Ossipee. RSVP to knute4nh@yahoo.com. We begin at 6:30 PM. Many thanks to Hobbs for making available a meal deal for $15. Choose a burger, a veggie burger, or a smoked chicken salad on a caesar. It includes tax and tip. Beverages for purchase are available at the bar. These events have been a great opportunity to learn.


Ten Things, April 6, 2019

It’s a beautiful time here in New Hampshire. The snows are melting away and if we look closely, we can see little signs of life springing from the earth. It is a time of hope and opportunity. There is hope and opportunity for DEMs here in Carroll County. Here are 10 Things to have in your mind.

First, we are receiving visits from presidential candidates — and we can expect a lot more of them, too. Some have asked how we go about sharing info and how visits are arranged. Here’s the quick version: Party leaders in the county, generally speaking, do not arrange for visits. Campaigns reach out to leaders with what their plan is for a visit right here to Carroll County (we don’t get into sharing info about candidates visiting other parts of the state — it would be too much to manage). Then, we share that info … usually through a post on Facebook. So, if you haven’t LIKE’d Carroll County DEMs FB page, do that. And please share info and make comments.

Second, the executive committee met on Thursday evening at the Brown Church in Conway. The County Caucus will take place on May 5th at Runnell’s Hall. We’ll begin at 1 pm. We’ll enjoy an appetizer/dessert potluck of “Mom’s Favorites” since the following Sunday will be Mother’s Day. We will have visits from friends from other parts of New Hampshire including state party chairman Ray Buckley and state party executive director Amy Kennedy. We’ll also have a special guest speaker who will share, “Three Things My Mom Taught Me That Have Helped Me Succeed.” The goal is to have at least three DEMs from each of the 19 towns and to have at least 100 people present.

Third, every single one of the 19 towns in Carroll County had a caucus. That. Is. Awesome. The word on the street is that has never happened before. Each town now has a town chair. Each town will now have people invited to the State Convention in September on the 7th to be held at Southern New Hampshire University.

Fourth, the Greater Ossipee DEMs recently hosted an event which brought Andru Volinsky to Carroll County for a presentation on Public School Funding and Property Taxes. There were 75 people in attendance and there was a ton of interest in future visits so that others could also learn. Many thanks to Alison Hayford of the Ossipee DEMs who just shared that Andru or his colleague John Tobin will be at the Great Hall of Wolfeboro Town Hall — May 8th at 7 PM. This is a fantastic opportunity.

Fifth, you should know that presidential candidate John Delaney will be at the Met in North Conway on April 15th at noon. Go and learn. Invite friends. You can learn more my checking out: Meet John Delaney  The campaign is picking up the tab for the coffee! Thanks to Conway town chair Ellin Leonard for getting this put together. There are other visits in the works, too, this month. Get ready.

Sixth, the Nominations Committee (Chris Meier, Dorothy Solomon, and Theresa Swanick) are coming up with folks who are willing to serve in leadership for the next term. Elections is one of the things we’ll accomplish at the County Caucus. If you or someone you know would be a good leader for the Carroll County DEMs, reach out! We are only going to get better when all of the great people here in the county can step up and lead.

Seventh, we’ve had visits from Yang, Warren, Booker, Gabbard, O’Rourke and a smattering of others. By primary day, anyone who can show 15 selfies with 15 different presidential candidates will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to a Carroll County restaurant of the winner’s choosing. Get out there and meet those candidates!

Eighth, the Greater Ossipee DEMs will host Senator Dan Feltes on Monday April 8th at Hobbs Tavern in West Ossipee. Feltes will be talking about the Paid Family Leave bill and how DEMs think of it differently as compared to many Republicans. both parties have talked a bunch about Paid Family Leave. The Republicans, while in control of state government never got around to passing a bill on this issue they claimed to care about. The DEMs passed a bill already and now we wait to hear from the governor. Come learn about what this bill is and why it matters for the state of New Hampshire. Learn more at: Greater Ossipee DEMs FB page

Ninth, Representative Ed Butler will be standing on his hands and singing his favorite song at the County Caucus on May 5th at 1 PM at Runnell’s Hall — but only if we’re able to get at least 100 people to participate. Mr. Butler seems to be doubting whether we can do it. Let’s get him turned upside down!

Tenth, we’re getting some committees going. Do you have an interest in serving? Four committees: 1. Fundraising and Events … 2. Outreach (beginning with youth and young adults) … 3. Communications Committee … 4. Elections Committee (long view for local, county, state elections). We’ll need excellent thinkers. We need YOU! Contact knute4nh@yahoo.com and learn how you can help.

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