All are welcome to learn more on April 8th at Hobbs Tavern in West Ossipee. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 email@example.com and learn how you can help.
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
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!
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 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!
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!
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.
Announcing the 1st Annual Red White & Blue Dinner!
With an incredible field of Congressional, Gubernatorial and local candidates we’ve decided to hold a second fundraising dinner to help us further support our great candidates and to give all of you another opportunity to meet and have conversations with many of the candidates who will be working for your support in the NH Democratic Primary on September 11th!
By the Shores of Lake Winnepesaukee
On Thursday June 14th you’ll have the opportunity to hear from potential Presidential candidate Jason Kander as well as meet Congressional Candidates Chris Pappas, Naomi Andrews, Deaglan McEachren, Mindi Messmer, Lincoln Soldati, Terence O’Rourke and perhaps others as well as Gubernatorial Candidates Steve Marchand, candidates who can’t attend will have information about their campaigns available:
* 5:30 – Meet and Greet with candidates – $25
* 6:30 – Dinner with remarks from party leaders, Gubernatorial candidates and Jason Kander – $50
Tickets and more information is available online at ActBlue