Rights & Democracy believes elections are both opportunities to elect strong champions that represent our movements but also impact the political landscape within which we seek to win change for our communities. RAD endorses candidates for office who champion our values, the issues we are fighting for and the movement we are building.

We’re pleased to announce our first slate of endorsed candidates from our early endorsement round. To qualify for an early endorsement from RAD, candidates must meet at least one of the following criteria: 1.) a current member of RAD, 2.) previously endorsed by RAD for the same office; or 3.) worked closely with RAD and RAD’s vision while in office.

Meet the candidates!

Anthony Harris, Candidate for Manchester Alderman At-Large

Anthony is a RAD member and is part of the NH Overdose Crisis leadership team. He also serves as the Decarceration Organizer for the NH American Friends Service Committee and is the co-founder of Felon to Freeman, a New Hampshire-based organization led by formerly incarcerated people organizing to support others to “walk the path from prison to prosperity.”

Nicole Klein Knight , Candidate for Manchester Alderman Ward 4

Nicole is currently a NH State Representative and works closely with RAD on a number of issues including our overdose crisis bill. She is well known to be a brave voice in the legislature and was endorsed in her race for Alderman by RAD earlier this year.

Chris Potter, Candidate for Manchester Schoolboard

Chris is an active community leader who worked for RAD in 2020 and is now the Faith Organizer with Granite State Organizing Project.

Regan Lamphier, Candidate for Nashua Schoolboard

Regan is a RAD member who has served on the RAD NH Leadership committee team. She worked as a postal worker and is a NH Leadership Series graduate. Regan is also a mentor in the Policy Partners program and a staunch disability rights advocate.

Jordan Thompson, Candidate for Nashua Alderman Ward 6

Jordan is the founder of BLM Nashua and is the Racial Justice Organizer for ACLU New Hampshire, and has worked closely with RAD for the past several years.

Robin Vogt, Candidate for Portsmouth City Council

Robin is a longtime RAD supporter and is a co-founder and Communications Director of the New Hampshire Progressive Coalition. He worked as a Special Education Paraeducator and served as co-president of his NEA-NH union chapter.

Crystal Paradis, Candidate for Mayor of Somersworth

Crystal is the vice chair of the Somersworth Democrats. She is the Director of Strategic Communications and Community Engagement at the NH Women’s Foundation and founder of the Feminist Oasis.

Palana Hunt-Hawkins, Candidate for Mayor in Rochester

Palana is the Care Coordinator for NH Harm Reduction Coalition, was the former Trans organizer with ACLU New Hampshire, and is a longtime RAD supporter.

Pat Long, Running for Re-election as Manchester Alderman Ward 3

Pat is a retired from NH Ironworkers Local 7 and a longtime union activist and elected leader, having served for years as the Ward 3 Alderman in Manchester and as a State Representative.

Jodi Newell, Running for City Council for Keene

Jodi is a longtime RAD leader who has been very active in the RAD NH Leadership Team and RAD Overdose Crisis Team.  She has served as the New Hampshire Coordinator for the Wolf-PAC , was on their national communication team, and was chosen Wolf PAC Warrior of the Month in November 2019.