State Candidates Meet and Greet with Voters and Bernie

Yesterday afternoon the progressive group Rights and Democracy hosted a Labor Day celebration and get together at Jim Mitchell Park in Warner, NH.  Rights and Democracy hosted the event to draw attention and support for progressive candidates in the upcoming elections from county commissioner to state house and senate to gubernatorial races.

We were able to capture on camera some of our fantastic progressive state candidates.  We also caught volunteers with Rights and Democracy and other notable state activists who’ve helped in putting forward a progressive agenda for our state.

Along with a crowd of what we’d estimate at about 500, hopeful candidates for various state offices showed up for a meet and greet opportunity.  Some of the candidates had received endorsements from Rights and Democracy.

Volunteers manning the sign-in table at the entrance to event.

RAD volunteers staff the sign-in table at the entrance.

Tim Smith, state rep incumbent and running for his third term, Hillsborough 10, talking to a voter

Tim Smith, state rep incumbent and running for his third term, Hillsborough 10, talking to a voter

Bernie, waiting to speak, studies his notes.

Bernie, waiting to speak, studies his notes.

The numbers of progressive folks who turned out on what came to be a bit of a hot day to listen and talk to local candidates and see Bernie took over every bit of the green and then some. It was quite clear that RAD had under estimated the number of folks coming as the food tent couldn’t keep up with the demand and a line quickly formed.
Bernie gets onstage

When came Bernie on the stage, he received a standing ovation.  He immediately went into the importance of paying attention to the issues coming in the next congressional session.  Bernie mentioned the dangers of TPP and called on people to get involved in pushing their congress people to not pass the TPP which among other ills, includes a provision to have corporate entities empowered to sue countries, states and local governments for infringing on their “rights” to make a profit.

Kris Roberts, state senate candidate, Keene

Kris Roberts, state senate, District 10 candidate (district 10 is southwestern New Hampshire)

He also spoke of the importance of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, to which some folks in the crowd yelled out “Offshore wind!”
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As many would have expected, Bernie closed his speech by a his obligatory push to get progressives to support Hillary Clinton.  Immediately when after utterly the first sentence and her name, the crowd booed loudly and some shouted “Jill Stein!”.  But Bernie was unfazed, holding up his hands while the cacophony continued Bernie charged on, “I know, I know!” the crowd began to quiet down slightly, “I’ve been in politics for thirty years, I think I know something about third party politics!”

He then went on to explain that Trump was like no other candidate in the history of this country and everyone should do what they can to stop him.  What is notable is that Bernie did not praise Hillary or go into anything about her, but stood firm on the idea that right now presents a unique challenge that must be addressed in a unique way.  Certainly, Bernie left no indications of his love of the mainstream Democratic party, or the Democrats at all for that matter, since in fact, as he referenced no doubt in his “I know something about third party politics!” statement, he has run most of his career as an independent.

Rights and Democracy also had a videographer there who was able to capture the speeches on video which were uploaded and we copied here:

 

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Steve Marchand, candidate Governor and Josh Adjutant, candidate state rep, Grafton 9, listen to Bernie.

Dan Feltes, incumbent state senate, running for his second term

Dan Feltes, incumbent state senate, District 15, (southern New Hampshire) running for his second term with his mom and Ken Roos, Vice President of SEIU Local 1984

According to the news release given out at the volunteer tent Rights and Democracy  is ” a bi-state progressive political organization in New Hampshire and Vermont.” Rights and Democracy also states that “over 200 people committed to attend the event in less than six days.”  No doubt demonstrating the hunger of the average voter for a message that speaks to their concerns and their needs.

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“The political revolution that began with Senator Sanders campaign in still only getting started,” said Michelle Salvador, founding chair of Rights and Democracy.  “There is an enormous frustration with the political system in this country, and we believe the best thing we can do is build the movement for change on a local level.”

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Tim Smith, state rep candidate, Hillsborough 10 (Manchester west-side) speaks.

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Mark King, state rep candidate, Hillsborough 33, clowns around with the camera, “Ok, how about if I look up?”

Rachael Booth signs a transactivist's shirt. Rachael spoke about how issues around efforts to legislate bathroom use gave her the final push to run.

Rachael Booth signs a transactivist’s shirt. Rachael spoke about how issues around efforts to legislate bathroom use gave her the final push to run.

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Rachael Booth, candidate state rep Grafton 15 takes the speaker’s podium to talk about what motivated her to run.

More pictures:
Josh Dolman and his partner, Josh works on the Shawn Connolly Congressional campaign.

Josh Dolman and his partner, Josh works on the Shawn Connolly Congressional campaign. Josh appears at nearly every progressive event.

We also got a shot of Eric Zulaski, partner of Elizabeth Ropp who spoke.  Both Eric and Elizabeth were early supporters of Bernie’s campaign and had the first house party in New Hampshire.  Eric works on immigrant rights and also does his share of volunteer community activism in his spare time.

Eric Zulaski, activist and current employee with

Eric Zulaski, community activist currently working on immigration issues.

Anthony, Field Organizer for Rights and Democracy

Anthony, Field Organizer for Rights and Democracy, we got him to stop running and put down his clipboard for a minute!

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Tireless Bernie campaign volunteer and now a tireless Rights and Democracy volunteer Jane Haig, just come to New Hampshire from Alaska and we’re glad she did!

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Folks listen intently.One of many Jill Stein supporters.

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