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RELEASE: President Obama Endorses Nine New Hampshire State Senate Candidates


October 1, 2018

Contact: Nick Taylor,

CONCORD, NH - Today, President Obama endorsed nine New Hampshire State Senate candidates. The nine New Hampshire Senate candidates join a total of 180 candidates from 20 states in receiving President Obama's endorsement. Several of these candidates will also be featured on the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee's Spotlight Races page.

Senate Democratic Leader Donna Soucy issued the following statement:

"As a former State Senator in Illinois, President Obama understands how important it is that we elect strong leaders at the state level. His support for these nine State Senate candidates is further proof that the New Hampshire State Senate is one of the most competitive legislative chambers in the country. In November we will elect a Democratic majority dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to be successful. We will protect public education, pass paid family and medical leave, and ensure that everyone has access to quality, affordable health care. I am incredibly proud of our entire team of Democratic candidates across the state and know that with their hard work, we will elect a Democratic majority in November.

The endorsed candidates are:

District 2 - Bill Bolton of Plymouth is a retired state employee and current Chair of the Plymouth Selectboard.

District 7 - Mason Donovan of Boscawen is an entrepreneur, small business owner, and former Webster Selectboard member.

District 8 - Jenn Alford-Teaster of Sutton is a professional geographer focusing on rural access to health care. She is the proud mother of a three-year old daughter.

District 9 - Jeanne Dietsch of Peterborough is an entrepreneur and established local leader. She serves on the NH Commission on Rural Affairs and Peterborough Economic Development Authority working to improve telecommunications and broadband access in rural New Hampshire.

District 11 - Shannon Chandley of Amherst is a three term member of the New Hampshire House, and is dedicated to community service. In the House, she is the ranking Democrat on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee and is a director on the board of the New Hampshire Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

District 12 - Melanie Levesque of Brookline is the president of a communications consulting firm and former member of the New Hampshire House.

District 16 - Senator Kevin Cavanaugh of Manchester is an official with IBEW 2320, Manchester Alderman, longtime coach, and advocate for working families.

District 23 - Jon Morgan of Brentwood, is a cyber security professional and father of three who will bring his unique business development background to the State Senate.

District 24 - Tom Sherman of Rye is a two-term member of the New Hampshire House and distinguished gastroenterologist. He sat on the opioid epidemic joint task force and brokered the 2016 bipartisan Medicaid Expansion compromise.


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