Category Archive Elections

ByCat Tanguay

Grand Opening of Nashua’s New Coordinated Campaign Office!

The Nashua Coordinated Campaign Office on 60 Main St – Suite 24 – is now open for business!  Check for special events and guests as the campaign unfolds!

Our office will be the hub of all Democratic activity in the city. We will be launching canvasses, having phone banks, writing letters to the editor, and other activities to turn out voters this November.

Our US Representative, Annie Kuster, and NH Democratic State Chairman, Ray Buckley, helped to open the office on July 19.

 

ByCat Tanguay

It’s Campaign Season!

It’s that time of year again, and we are off to an amazing start! We have a brand new campaign headquarters opening soon, and many great candidates on the ballot! Check out our Meet the Candidates page to read candidate bios and get ready to vote!

Primary = September 11th

General Election = November 6th

 

ByCat Tanguay

3-way Democratic race for NH Secretary of State!

Two Democrats are looking to unseat incumbent Bill Gardner for the office of N.H. Secretary of State – Colin VanOstern and Peter Sullivan.  Bill Gardner has been our Secretary of State for Colin Van Ostern’s entire life – 42 years –  making Bill the longest serving Secretary of State in the nation. Bill is well known nationally as a “guardian” of NH’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.  He has overseen over 500 recounts, including more than 20 that came down to a single vote.

According to the New Hampshire state constitution, there are no term limits for this office and anyone can run. It is chosen every two years by a joint ballot of New Hampshire State Senators and members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

In a controversial 2017 decision, Bill Gardner joined the President’s now defunct Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. In his January 4th statement, Gardner indicated that he had joined this panel to “maintain the most accessible and trustworthy elections” for the state of New Hampshire and was “disappointed the Commission will no longer be able to explore why voters participate and why, sadly, many choose not to.”  On his website, Van Ostern states that his platform consists of standing up for voting rights and modernizing and securing state elections. Both gentlemen support protecting New Hampshire’s first presidential primary.

Colin Van Ostern is a former member of the Executive Council and ran for Governor during the last election.

While Colin has started a political committee, Bill does not attend political events, endorse candidates or accept donations.  Different styles for sure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, Peter Sullivan also announced his interest in the race.  Peter is a 5-term Representative, having served on Judiciary, Criminal Justice, and State-Federal Relations Committees.  Highlights of his accomplishments include:

  • Manchester Board of Aldermen; chair, Revenue Administration Committee – 1 ter
  • Former Member, Manchester Heritage Commission (historic district commission)
  • Former Member, Greater Manchester Joint Sustainability Committee
  • Sponsored legislation to establish a nonpartisan, independent redistricting commission
  • Sponsored bill (endorsed by Granny D) to make lobbyist campaign spending more transparent
  • Authored NH Crime Victim Employment Leave Act
  • Ten years service, US Army Reserve and Army National Guard
  • BA, University of New Orleans
  • JD, University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Admitted to practice before NH Supreme Court, US District Court, and US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

 

For more information, check out the following links:

http://www.wmur.com/article/nh-primary-source-peter-sullivan-jumps-into-race-for-secretary-of-state/19627201

http://nhpr.org/post/former-manchester-lawmaker-adds-name-race-nh-secretary-state#stream/0

http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180324/second-democrat-plans-to-challenge-secretary-of-state