Last Tuesday’s local elections were a major victory for strong public education as candidates from across the state whose platform includes strong support of public education win seats on school boards.

Rights & Democracy is proud to have endorsed and supported Whitney Skillen, who won her race for Claremont School Board as a write-in candidate. “I believe strong public education is in the bedrock of our democracy. It makes our communities stronger, and healthier. In order for communities to thrive it is a moral imperative to offer free, high quality education to everyone,” said Whitney. “When communities come together on values of honest, accurate and fully funded education, and we rally around these candidates with that voice, and organize to support them we win for everyone in our community.”

Whitney’s victory proves the widespread support for strong public education in New Hampshire. Whitney’s win and those of many other progressive candidates across New Hampshire is a great forecast of what’s to come in the upcoming state elections this November.

On another front, Lebanon voters voted to remove police officers from Lebanon schools. RAD has been organizing on this for more than a year now, and we’re proud to see voters agree that students should not be faced with the criminal justice system when they make mistakes. It is up to the school board now to listen to voters and finalize the  removal of police from Lebanon schools.

This is a very important week in the legislature as most of our priority bills will be voted on this week. Please see bills below and write to your representatives so they know how to vote.

See Rights & Democracy’s 2022 NH legislative priorities

Find your representative here, and see below for the bill and hearing information you need to take action! Invite others to sign up here for these weekly updates.

Until next week, and in solidarity,

David Bates

Sebastian Fuentes

Asma Elhuni, NH Movement Politics Director, Rights & Democracy

Tips for Testifying

In person: Go early to the room assigned for the committee hearing early. There will be a form for you to sign your name and who you are representing. You may sign in as yourself if you are not representing an organization. The higher your name is on the list,  the earlier you get to speak. You will be called on when they open the hearing to the public.

Online: If you cannot attend a hearing in person, you can register your position online up to a week out. (Registration is cut off 30 minutes before a hearing.) After signing in support of a bill, the confirmation page will list the email address where you can submit written testimony. Email committee members to let them know why you support or oppose a bill.

Helpful Links

Senate

  • Register your position and/or submit testimony on a Senate bill here.
  • Find the Senate Calendar here (meeting links are in the Calendar Notice pdf).
  • Find your Senator here.

House

  • Register your position and/or submit testimony on a House bill here.
  • Find the House Calendar here.
  • Find your Representative(s) here.

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