What an election night!
In New Hampshire and throughout the country this past Tuesday, we saw voters reject hateful and divisive rhetoric and policies and embrace candidates who offer a hopeful vision of the future that is progressive and inclusive.
Rights & Democracy was excited to endorse a strong slate of amazing candidates throughout the Granite State, especially in Nashua and Manchester.
In Manchester, Dave Scannell (School Board Ward 2) and Dan Bergeron (School Board, Ward 6) were big winners. Our other endorsed candidates — some of them first-time candidates — didn't win this time around, but we do hope they'll try it again. Peter Macone, who ran for Alderman Ward 6, lost by just 25 votes. In addition, RAD Leader Laura Aronson was elected moderator in Ward 12.
In Nashua, it was a near clean sweep with 9 of 10 endorsed candidates winning, including: Aldermen Dave Tencza and Brandon Laws (At-Large); Alderwomen Jan Schmidt (Ward 1), Trish Klee (Ward 3), and Linda Gathright (Ward 9); and, Ernie Jette (Ward 5). On the Board of Education, RAD-endorsed candidates Gloria Timmons, Heather Raymond, and Ray Guarino won election.
Other election highlights from New Hampshire:
- Joyce Craig became the first woman elected mayor of Manchester.
- Several young Democrats, including young women, and women of color won local seats across the state.
- Transgender leader Gerri Cannon was elected to the Somersworth School Board.
- Democrats also won two more special House elections, including one seat the flipped from the GOP. Out of 10 special elections in 2017, eight have been won by Democrats. A number of them were supported by Rights & Democracy members.
A huge congratulations to everyone who ran for office, supported our candidates, and showed up to vote. If you'd like to get more involved in Rights & Democracy, consider attending our December 10th Membership Assembly and Human Rights Celebration at Lebanon High School.
DECEMBER 10: RIGHTS & DEMOCRACY'S ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP ASSEMBLY & CELEBRATION
WHEN: Sunday, December 10, 1-6PM
WHERE: Lebanon High School, 195 Hanover St., Lebanon, NH
FROM PROTEST TO POWER: ORGANIZING IN 2018 AND BEYOND: Join members of Rights & Democracy from across Vermont and New Hampshire for our annual membership assembly and celebration. We will celebrating RAD members for key victories in our states and DC this year and look to the movement organizing that lay ahead for us in 2018 and beyond, including our multi-issue People’s Platform for each state. If you are not a member of Rights & Democracy, but are interested in learning more about becoming one or if you have child care or accessibility or interpretation needs, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
See you there as we plan for more victories in New Hampshire for 2018!