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Please attend our July meeting!

Please Join Us for our July Monthly Meeting!

Monday, July 9th @ 6:30PM
McAllaster Room, Bedford Public Library

Guest Speakers:
Steve Marchand
Candidate for Governor
https://www.stevemarchand.com/

and

Lincoln Soldati
Candidate for NH’s 1st Congressional District

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Upcoming Events & Important Dates

June 23rd – NHDP State Convention, Stratham
Guests may register starting June 11th:
https://www.nhdp.org/2018-state-convention

July 9th – Monthly Meeting
Lincoln Soldati (CD1) and Steve Marchand (Governor)

August 6th – Ice Cream Social and Senate District 9 Candidate Forum

August 30th – NHDP CD1 Candidate Forum in Manchester

September 11th – Democratic Primary, Bedford High School

September 17th – Post-Primary Meet the Democratic Candidates Social Event, Bedford Old Town Hall

Please Join Us for our June Monthly Meeting

Please Join Us for our June Monthly Meeting

Monday, June 4th – 6:30PM
McAllaster Room, Bedford Public Library

Guest Speakers:

Deaglan McEachern
Candidate for NH’s 1st Congressional District
https://www.deaglanforcongress.com/

Mark Fernald
Candidate for NH Senate District 9
https://www.markfernald.com/

Garth Corriveau
Candidate for Executive Council
http://www.garthcorriveau.com/

Spread The Word!

Any Feedback for the School Board?

Thank you to Jay Nash, the recently elected Chair of the Bedford School Board, who attended our May meeting to provide an update on School Board activities as he promised when running in March. Jay spoke about 2019-2020 planning and the school district’s energy policy. He also asked for advice and personal insights on student stress/anxiety in our schools. If you have feedback on that issue or any other issues or have questions/concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to Jay and the other board members. Additionally, Jay asked us all to support our school district by attending their meetings.

Email to reach all Bedford School Board members:
bedfordschoolboard@sau25.net

School Board website which includes agendas and minutes:
https://sites.google.com/a/bedfordnhk12.net/bsd/school-board

Jay’s website and twitter are great places to visit for updates on issues and events affecting our school district.

https://www.nash.school/

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

School District Dialogue: Wednesday 6/5 from 6-8PM
Bedford Public Library

School Board Meeting Dates: 6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 8/27
Meetings take place from 7-9:30PM in the SAU Boardroom

Thank You to Our May Speakers!

Jay Nash, Chair of the Bedford School Board
Gray Chynoweth, Candidate for Executive Council
Catherine Rombeau, Candidate for Bedford State Rep
Mindi Messmer, Candidate for 1st Congressional District
Molly Kelly, Candidate for NH Governor

Stay Informed By Text!

Would you like to get reminders and updates on Bedford Democrats’ events by text? We are looking to expand our outreach by offering occasional texts to interested members. If you wish to be added to our text distribution list, please email your name and cell number to Katy at vivadofamily@aol.com or respond to this email.

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

June 6th through 15th – Filing Period for All Offices for State Primary

June 23rd – NHDP State Convention, Stratham
Guests may register starting June 11th:
https://www.nhdp.org/2018-state-convention

July 9th – Monthly Meeting
Lincoln Soldati (CD1) and Steve Marchand (Governor)

August 6th – Ice Cream Social and Senate District 9 Candidate Forum

August 30th – NHDP CD1 Candidate Forum in Manchester

September 11th – Democratic Primary, Bedford High School

September 17th – Post-Primary Meet the Democratic Candidates Social Event, Bedford Old Town Hall

October 1st – Monthly Meeting

November 5th – Monthly Meeting

November 6th – General Election, Bedford High School

December 3rd – Monthly Meeting

Please Join Us for our May meeting! Mark Your Calendar! Invite Friends and Neighbors!

Monday, May 7th
6:30-8:30PM
McAllaster Room – Bedford Public Library

Join us to hear from our scheduled speakers-

Mindi Messmer
Candidate for NH’s 1st Congressional District
https://www.mindiforcongress.com/
In addition to her candidacy for Congress, Mindi has been at the forefront in the fight for stricter environmental legislation as well as support for families effected by PFOA groundwater contamination in Bedford, Merrimack, and on the Seacoast.

Molly Kelly
Candidate for Governor
http://www.mollykelly.com/
Molly served as State Senator for District 10 from 2006 to 2016 and recently announced her candidacy for Governor.

This communication ​does not infer an endorsement or favorability of any kind to any Democratic candidates actively engaged in competitive primary contests.

Please Join Us for Our April Meeting!

Monday, April 2nd
6:30-8:30PM
McAllaster Room, Bedford Library

Guest Speakers

Terence O’Rourke
Candidate for NH’s 1st Congressional District
https://orourkeforcongress.com/

Bruce Fox
Candidate for State Senate, District 9

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Events of Note & Upcoming Monthly Meetings

Town Hall For Our Lives
A Town Hall on gun violence hosted by Steve Marchand
Saturday, April 7th, 3:30-5:30PM
Nashua Public Library, 2 Court Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/1002319443254412/

NHDP’s 2018 McIntyre Shaheen 100 Club Dinner
Saturday, April 14th, The Nashua Radisson, Doors Open at 4PM
Speakers: Jason Kander – Let America Vote, Senator Shaheen, Senator Hassan, Congresswoman Shea-Porter, and Congresswoman Kuster
Tickets and information: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/100club2018

Rally For Renewables hosted by 350 New Hampshire
A rally to demand our state move forward on renewable energy
Earth Day, Sunday, April 22nd, 1-3PM, NH State House
https://www.facebook.com/events/1985524175043033/

Upcoming Bedford Democrats Monthly Meetings

May 7th – Mindi Messmer
June 4th – Deaglan McEarchern

Join Us At Our March Meeting!

Join Us At Our March Meeting!

Monday, March 5, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 PM
McAllaster Room, Bedford Public Library

Guest Speakers:

Mark MacKenzie
Candidate for NH’s 1st Congressional District
https://markmackenzieforcongress.com/

Jay Nash
Candidate for Bedford School Board
https://www.nash.school/

 

Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Committee-Volunteers Wanted!

The Bedford Democrats are looking for a handful of earnest volunteers to serve on a Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Committee which will create a strategy for increasing voter turnout for the November 2018 election. This group will help develop a plan, database, and other tools that will be needed to implement action oriented steps in ensuring we maximize voter turnout in Bedford for Democratic candidates – ones we hope all active members will assist with in the coming 8 months. If you would like to be involved with and serve on the GOTV Committee, please contact Richard Friedman, who has graciously offered to spearhead the group, at friedman946@yahoo.com. This topic will be on Monday’s agenda so please come and hear more.

The kick-off meeting for the GOTV Committee will be held on Thursday, March 8th, from 10am – 12 noon.

Town and School Board Elections-Don’t Forget to Vote!

Tuesday, March 13th 2018

Polling Hours are 7:00 am-7:00 pm

Location:
Bedford High School Gymnasium
47 Nashua Road
Bedford, NH 03110

More information on the election including absentee ballots can be found here:
https://bedfordnh.org/491/Election-Information

Are You A Supporter of Gun Law Reform?

Moms Demand Action, a national group for common sense gun law reform, will be holding its initial Bedford meeting on Monday, March 26th to sign up new members and provide an introduction to the organization. This is a non-partisan group. Please share and invite friends.

Bedford New Member/Kick-off Meeting
Monday, March 26th at 6:30PM, Bedford Public Library

If you wish to attend, you can RSVP here:
http://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/8811/signup/?akid=&zip=&source=mdmo_MomsTakeAction

From the organization’s website:
Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to reduce drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to demand action from legislators, state and federal; companies; and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms.

BHS Young Democrats Are Meeting Weekly!

Meetings are held on Tuesdays after school until 3:30PM in Room 319. Know a student who may be interested? They can contact Nolan Raike at npraike@yahoo.com with any questions.

Thank you, Nolan, for speaking at our February meeting and for getting the Young Democrats Club up and running!

Upcoming Meeting Dates & Speakers

April 2nd Terence O’Rourke, CD1 & Bruce Fox, State Senate D9

May 7th Mindi Messmer, CD1

June 4th Deaglan McEarchern, CD1

BHS Democrats Club

The first meeting of the BHS Democrats club will be this coming Tuesday (2/13), after school until 3:30 in room 319! If you know of an interested BHS student please let them know!

Join Us for Our February Meeting!

Join Us for Our February Meeting!

Monday, February 5th

6:30-8:30PM
McAllister Room, Bedford Public Library

Guest Speakers:

Maura Sullivan

Candidate for NH’s 1st Congressional District

Bedford High School Young Democrats

Nolan Raike, a Junior at Bedford High School, will provide an update on the new Young Democrats Club he is spearheading at the high school. Do you know a BHS student who would be interested in joining? Have them contact Nolan at npraike@yahoo.com.

Pizza!
Join us and grab a slice

Important Dates & Upcoming Meetings

Bedford School Board Deliberative Session
Tuesday, February 6th at 7PM
Bedford High School Theater

The Bedford School Board budget contains two warrant articles that affect energy issues. Please plan to attend the Deliberative Session on February 6 and Vote on March 13 to make your voice heard on these efforts.

More info on these warrant articles from the Bedford Energy Commission can be found here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/14X720asfILmm2ExawcRCueRHWOW1MEiYVL0KY20isn8/edit

Congressional District 1 Candidate Forum
Thursday, March 1st in Manchester
Time/Location TBD

Our Monthly Monday Meetings

Monday, March 5th – Mindi Messmer
Monday, April 2nd – Terence O’Rourke & Bruce Fox
Monday, May 7th – Mark MacKenzie
Monday, June 4th – Deaglan McEarchern

2018 Fundraising Update

We’ve collected donations from 60 members for a total of $4,480. Thanks to all the loyal Dems who have donated! Your contributions will fund our very modest administrative costs and, more importantly, help fund events and outreach during a busy and important mid-term election year!

If you haven’t yet donated, Click Here to Complete your 2017-18 Supporting Membership. You can support us either through an on-line contribution or by check.

Thank You!

Successful January Potluck!

Inspiring Candidates, Delicious Food, Great Conversations

Thank you Chris Pappas and Jeanne Dietsch for speaking with the Bedford Democrats at our first meeting of 2018! Thank you to all 50 who attended and contributed such delicious food and drinks to our potluck gathering. What a fantastic kick-off to the new year with messages of positivity and community!

Join us tonight for our 2018 Kickoff meeting!

2018 Kickoff Potluck

Please join us for a potluck gathering to kick of the New Year!

Monday, January 8th

6:30-8:00PM
McAllaster Room, Bedford Public Library

Please visit this link to RSVP and sign up to bring an appetizer, dessert or drink to share for the potluck:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b45aea62ca0fb6-2018

Guest Speakers:

Chris Pappas
Candidate for US Congress

https://www.chrispappas.org/about-chris/

Jeanne Dietsch
Candidate for New Hampshire State Senate District 9
http://jeannedietsch.org

Please Support the Bedford Democrats!

Annual Fundraising Campaign

Once a year – and only once a year – the Bedford Democratic Party asks that you join in supporting us.

With your help, we pay our minimal administrative costs (mostly our P.O. box rental), we fund a few inexpensive local events (i.e. our Old Town Day presence and our Ice Cream Social), and then devote the remainder of our budget to supporting New Hampshire Democrats who share your values.  (The Bedford Democratic Party never supports candidates in a primary campaign. We only support New Hampshire Democrats in general elections.)

As we rapidly approach 2018, your donations will help us hold events and support candidates that promote and represent our shared, progressive values.

Click on the blue link to complete our membership form and to support us either by on-line contribution or by check.

FYI, our average donation is $60 but we’re delighted to have you with us for whatever is comfortable for you.

Thanks for being a loyal Bedford Dem!
Upcoming Meeting Schedule

We have a full slate of candidates and other speakers and events in 2018. Please mark your calendars.

We hope to see you at our meetings!

Monday, February 5th
Monday, March 5th
Monday, April 2nd
Monday, May 7th
Monday, June 4th

All meetings take place from 6:30-8:30PM in the McAllaster Room on the lower level of the Bedford Public Library.

Now is the time to consider running for an elected or appointed position in Bedford!

Have you ever considered becoming more involved in local politics?

Please consider the following openings (some are elected and some are appointed).

The filing period for all offices for Town and School Government is January 24 – February 2, 2018

Open Town Elected Positions :
Town Council 3 seats (3-year term)
Library Trustee 1 seat (3-year term)
Trustee of the Trust Funds 1 seat (3-year term)
Town Moderator (2-year term)
Supervisor of the Checklist (6-year term)

Open School District Positions:
School Board 2 seats (3-year term)

Here are the appointed positions that are open:
https://www.bedfordnh.org/…/BoardCommittee-Volunteer-Opport…
Planning Board
​​Historic District Commission
​Conservation Commission
​Energy Commission
​Town Treasurer ​
Details available at the link above.

How to File:
Any Bedford registered voter wishing to file for Office must do so by contacting Town Clerk Lori Radke at 603-472-3550. The Clerk will be available during office hours at the Town Office Building and until 5 p.m. on the last day of filing. As per RSA 669:19 candidates who file on the last day of the filing period shall do so in person before the Town Clerk.

https://bedfordnh.org/374/Filing-for-Office
https://nh-bedford.civicplus.com/491/Election-Information