Strafford County Democrats - State Senate Candidates to Be Featured at Picnic Sept. 6

DOVER – State Senator Jackie Cilley and Senate candidates Amanda Merrill and Bud Martin will be featured speakers at the Strafford County Democratic Committee’s annual picnic this Saturday, Sept. 6 from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. at the home of Salme and Ken Perry, 380 Rollins Rd. in Rollinsford.

Cilley was elected in 2006 to represent District 6, the communities of Barrington, Madbury, Nottingham, Rochester and Somersworth. She serves on the Senate’s Commerce, Labor and Consumer Protection Committee as well as committees overseeing economic development, energy and environmental legislation. Sen. Cilley brought a solid business background and business-like approach to Concord and quickly established herself as a hard-working and effective legislator.

“The November election,” Sen. Cilley said, “will be about long-term solutions to the challenges that our state faces versus short-term band-aids."

Democrats will also hear from Senate candidates Amanda Merrill of Durham and Bud Martin of Center Sandwich. Merrill, a former legislator who served in the Democratic House leadership, is running in District 21, Epping, Dover, Durham, Lee and Rollinsford, to succeed Sen. Iris Estabrook who is retiring after three terms. Martin, also a former legislator and a retired District and Family Division judge, is seeking the Senate seat in District 3 representing Farmington, Middleton and Milton as well as Carroll County.

The Democratic candidate fell less than 500 votes short of capturing the District 3 seat in 2006. Martin believes he can overcome the deficit in November because "we need a Senator in Concord who is ready to work alongside Governor Lynch to continue to bring about constructive change on behalf of the families and businesses of New Hampshire."

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter will be the headline speaker at the picnic. Speaker of the House Terie Norelli and New Hampshire Democratic Party chair Raymond Buckley will also speak. The county’s House candidates will also be on hand, and picnic-goers can expect other leading Democratic candidates to drop by during the event.

Tickets will be available at the picnic and are $12.50 for individuals. Family tickets are $25. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Caitlin Daniuk at (603) 842-4028 or