For my 2018 campaign for State Representative, I am pleased and honored to be endorsed by the following organizations, listed in the order received:
- Teamsters Local 633
- Rights and Democracy
- NH AFL-CIO
- NH Sierra Club
- NH SEA/SEIU Local 1984
- IBEW 1505
Thank you to these organizations for your support and votes of confidence!!
I am pleased to again receive the recommendation from the National Educational Association of New Hampshire (NEA-NH). NEA-NH is comprised of more than 17,000 members, with a mission to advocate for the children of New Hampshire and public school employees and to promote lifelong learning. Members are public school educators in all stages of their careers, including classroom teachers and other certified professionals, instructors at public higher education institutions, students preparing for a teaching career, education support personnel and those retired from the profession. They are committed to improving student achievement in New Hampshire public schools, providing learning opportunities for teachers and students, and ensuring that all students are ready to learn.
I am honored to have been selected by Teamsters Local 633 as one of their endorsed candidates. Teamsters Local 633, the only Teamsters organization in New Hampshire, was chartered in 1934. Since that time, they have grown to over 4,700 members working in New Hampshire for several different employers. Members work in such fields as Anheuser-Busch brewery workers, UPS, warehouse, freight drivers, police departments, correctional officers, court security officers, public works employees, several municipalities, airport maintenance, school principals, concrete drivers, pipeline workers, bus drivers, sheriffs’ deputies and dispatchers, race track employees, power plant and beer distribution workers.
Teamsters Local 633 formed Granite State Teamsters DRIVE (Democrat, Republican, Independent Voter Education). “DRIVE serves a vital role in educating our members on the impact that political decisions make on our members. Laws, rules and regulations enacted by federal, state and local governments directly impact our members. An informed membership is a strong membership. DRIVE’s voluntary contributions help support political candidates — regardless of party affiliation — who fight to support those laws, rules and regulations that protect and maintain workers’ rights.”
I thank Rights and Democracy for their endorsement, which I also received in 2016. They say, “We believe rights and democracy are won when people come together to make their voices heard, so we’re building a strong movement and the people power necessary to win justice and improve the policies that affect us and our communities. From making sure that every worker earns a livable wage, to securing access to quality health care and education for all, we are active in a broad range of issues that people in New Hampshire face every day.
“Together, we create change through grassroots organizing, educating and mobilizing around the issues that affect our communities, recruiting and training candidates to run for office, and working through the political and electoral process to advance progressive policies that lead to happy, healthy, and just communities for everyone.
“Our mission is to bring people together to take action to build healthy communities and make the values of our communities guide the policies of our government. We are building a popular movement to advance rights and build a real democracy. We work in partnership with community groups, progressive unions, faith communities, organizations fighting for human and civil rights, and environmental and climate action groups.”
I am pleased to again accept the endorsement of New Hampshire AFL-CIO. American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO) is a national trade union center, and the largest federation of unions in the United States. It is made up of fifty-six national and international unions, representing more than 12 million active and retired workers.
The New Hampshire AFL-CIO is the state body of the national AFL-CIO. As the state’s largest labor federation, they represent affiliated local unions and their New Hampshire members. The New Hampshire AFL-CIO is a diverse social justice organization that is committed to the dignity of all and united in the struggle to improve the lives of working families and our communities.
As a strong statewide voice for all working people, the New Hampshire AFL-CIO brings together the unions of New Hampshire into one labor movement that fights for economic and social justice in our workplaces, and communities. They encourage the organization of all workers so that they may equally share in the benefits of union organization; work to increase public understanding of the labor movement and its contributions to society; advocate for legislation and policies which will safeguard and promote the principle of collective bargaining, the rights of workers and consumers, and the security and welfare of all working people; and oppose legislation harmful to these objectives.
Other AFL-CIO endorsed candidates can be found at:
The New Hampshire Chapter actively works with a coalition of groups to promote action on climate issues and energy-related pollution, and works to increase renewable energy and efficiency programs in New Hampshire.
Sierra Club held a press conference to announce the candidates that they endorsed. Excited to see a number of friends also received this honor, including another Salem Democratic Candidate, Sean Lewis.
A number of candidates had photos shaking hands with the Sierra Club director, Cathy Corkery. I’ve worked with her on several environmental bills. She’s always been there for me. (Including taking me to the ER, after a nasty fall after a hearing at the State House!) Hugs instead of handshakes!
The political endorsement policy of SEA/SEIU Local 1984 requires the Political Education Committee to vet and vote on endorsements in national, state, and local elections. The committee met individually with major gubernatorial candidates and also held Republican and Democratic candidates’ forums. The committee’s recommendation then went before the Board of Directors for final approval. The organization does not base its endorsements on political party affiliation. It endorses candidates who support working people – the fiber of our nation.
SEA/SEIU Local 1984 represents about 11,500 public and private-sector employees across the Granite State. First formed in 1940 as a social organization, the State Employee’s Association (SEA) won passage of New Hampshire’s Public Employee Labor Relations Law in 1975. Since then, the union has negotiated hundreds of contracts with state, county, municipal and private-sector employers. The SEA affiliated with the Service Employees’ International Union (SEIU) in 1984. With two million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas.
Thank you to IBEW 1505 for having faith in me. My husband was an electronic technician and a member of this union for many years. I am honored that their COPE (Committee on Political Education) has supported my campaign. As a union wife (union for life!), my family has seen first-hand how hard unions work for their members to give them a living wage, job security, a safe work environment, impressive benefits including healthcare, and, now that my husband has recently retired, we know how valuable their pension is, too. When there is a business with union members nearby, other business must be competitive in their employee benefits, which ends up being good for all middle-class employees.