Town of Strafford Democratic Committee
The Strafford Democratic Committee is a local grassroots organization in Strafford, NH working to elect Democrats in all levels of government.
Please join us on Tuesday February 6 at 7:00 PM with special guest Ray Buckley, the NH Democratic Party Chairperson.
Additionally, committee Chair Bob Perry will speak about these issues at the meeting: the lack of adequate planning on behalf of the Trump administration to facilitate an accurate 2020 census, concerns regarding Russian meddling in the 2018 election, and continued voter suppression efforts in NH.
As we look ahead to the mid-term elections,
we will focus on giving Strafford residents opportunities to meet candidates running in the Democratic primary from our Congressional district. Terence O’Rourke will speak at our meeting on March 6 and Mindi Messmer will speak at our April 3 meeting.
UPDATE on House Bill 372
On January 3, every Republican in the NH Senate including our Senator Reagan voted to infringe on the voting rights guaranteed by the New Hampshire Constitution.
In March of 2017 both of our local reps, Harrington and Wuelper, voted in support of infringing voter rights.
Voting is a right and, arguably the most important one, central to democracy, our values, our standard of living; quality of life; and central to our freedoms. That fundamental right to vote in NH is established by our Constitution. It is our civic duty and responsibility to exercise our right to vote.
HB 372 simply put, is a bill intentionally designed to make it difficult for certain citizens to qualify for voting, to include students, whose Constitutional right to vote is specifically also protected by statute (RSA 654), and court rulings.
The bill will soon be on the governor’s desk for his consideration. He has publicly stated he “hates” the bill and hoped the legislature will kill it. Instead they passed it along party lines. Will the governor veto the bill he hates? Call the Governor's office at 271-2121 and tell him to veto HB 372!
On another note, our committee members have be inspired by Granny D's (Doris Haddock) call to action on campaign finance reform. Granny D walked across the US from age 88 to 90, beginning on January 1, 1999 and ending on February 29, 2000, to raise awareness of the issue. Bob Perry presented committee members with clippings of Granny D's ivy plant that used to sit in her kitchen window. We all will keep her memory alive with her ivy and continuing to fight for campaign reform. She was a Laconia native who lived in Manchester for many years until she and her husband retired in Dublin NH.
"People often say with pride, 'I'm not interested in politics.' They might as well say, 'I'm not interested in my standard of living, my health, my job, my rights, my freedoms, my future or any future...' If we mean to keep control over our world and lives, we must be interested in politics." -- Martha Gellhorn (1908 -1998) American novelist, travel writer and journalist