NHDP - Sullivan and Burling Unanimously Re-Elected as Democratic National Committee Members

Remaining Democratic National Convention delegation chosen:

Most diverse delegation ever, 50% first-time delegates


CONCORD - Kathy Sullivan and Peter Burling were unanimously re-elected on Saturday to represent New Hampshire on the Democratic National Committee. In addition, the remaining 20 members of the New Hampshire delegation to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte were also selected, rounding out the most diverse NHDP delegation ever, with 50 percent of the delegates attending their first convention.


"It is an honor to be elected again to serve New Hampshire Democrats as their National Committeewoman," Sullivan said.  "I look forward to working with Governor John Lynch and Senator Jeanne Shaheen, as well as my Granite State colleagues on the national committee: Raymond Buckley, Martha Fuller Clark, Peter Burling and Joanne Dowdell, to re-elect Barack Obama and to elect great New Hampshire Democratic candidates in November."   


Burling said: "I'm honored and grateful to have been re-elected to the DNC from New Hampshire. I know that every election feels important, but truly, the future of our nation and state depends on Democratic victories in November. The President must be re-elected, and the radical right attack on our economy, women, seniors and students must be stopped."


Sullivan, of Manchester, is the former chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party and an attorney with Wadleigh, Starr & Peters, PLLC.  Burling, of Cornish, was formerly a member of both the New Hampshire House and Senate and was first elected to the Democratic National Committee in 2008.


The 20 members of the delegation selected Saturday will join the 18 district level delegates elected in January.  Those elected Saturday include four Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official Delegates (PLEO), six At-Large Delegates, two At-Large Alternates, four Standing Committee members, two Delegate Arrangement Co-Chairs and two Delegation Pages.


The complete 2012 Democratic National Convention Delegation from New Hampshire can be found below and on the New Hampshire Democratic Party's website here


High school students Emily Gold and Michael Bloomer were unanimously selected as the Delegation Pledges.  Both were asked to give a short speech on why they are Democrats.  Their speeches can be found below.


2012 New Hampshire Democratic Party National Convention Delegation:


Automatic Unpledged Delegates


Governor John Lynch

Senator Jeanne Shaheen

Chairman Raymond Buckley (Delegation Chair)

Vice Chair Martha Fuller Clark

DNC Committeewoman Kathy Sullivan

DNC Committeeman Peter Burling

DNC At-Large Member Joanne Dowdell


District-Level Delegates


Trevor Chandler 

Garth Corriveau

Carol Croteau

Erin Feltes

Claire Helfman

Ned Helms

Paul Hodes

Richard Komi

Patricia Lee

Christopher Pappas

Lenore Patton

Ricardo Rodriguez

Mike Rollo

Dorothy Solomon

Donna Soucy

Nan Stearns

Alejandro Urrutia

Mariann White


Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official Delegates 

Lou D'Allesandro 

Sylvia Larsen

Donald Manning

Terie Norelli


At-Large Delegates


Jim Demers

Peggy Gilmour

Bette Lasky

Mark MacKenzie

Chip Moynihan

Kristi St. Laurent


At-Large Alternates


CeCe Hackett

Gary Richardson


Standing Committee Members


Deborah Butler, Platform

Katherine Hanna, Credentials

Mary Rauh, Rules

Alan Reische, Rules


Delegation Arrangements Co-Chairs 

Judi Lanza

Ellen Roy

Delegation Pages 

Michael Bloomer

Emily Gold



Speeches by the New Hampshire Delegation Pages to the 2012 Democratic National Convention


At the Organizational Meeting of the NH Delegation

IBEW Hall, Concord, New Hampshire

Saturday, April 28, 2012


Michael Bloomer, 15, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire


Hello, my name is Michael Bloomer and I am going to be one of New Hampshire's two pages to the Democratic National Convention, and I cannot tell you all how thankful I am, both for the chance to have the experience of coming to the convention with you all, but also to be able to assist you in any way possible. Thank you so much for the opportunity.


We are here to further the agenda of the Democratic Party in the state of New Hampshire and in the nation at large, so Mr. Buckley asked me to say a few words on why I am a Democrat.


I am a Democrat because the Democratic Party is the political organization best able to defend our social institutions-our great achievements, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and regulations that safeguard the consumer, the environment, the worker.


I am a member of the party that stands for economic prosperity and justice for all Americans.


I am a Democrat because our party fought to pass a health-care reform bill that allows millions of Americans to be able to sleep tonight knowing if they become ill they will not be thrust into financial ruin. I am a Democrat because this bill will soon allow millions of people to have care, even if they have some "pre-existing condition." I am a Democrat because this bill will most importantly save countless lives.


I am a Democrat because we live on a fragile planet and ours is the party that will protect it and will work to rebuild it. And yes, I am a Democrat because I know in my heart that each and every individual sitting in this very room believes... in science.

I am a Democrat because ours is a party that will work for all our nation's citizens, not just the politically powerful or influential.


I am a Democrat because the Democratic Party stands for rights for minorities of all stripes, not pretending that those minorities are somehow conspiring against the majority.


I am a Democrat because I do not believe that is the government's job to legislate religion.


I am a Democrat because economic equality is justice and that hard-working men and women should be able to take home that which they create with their sweat and toil.


I am a Democrat because the Democratic Party "promotes the general welfare" whereas the opposition pushes corporate welfare.


I am a Democrat because our party does not run on the fuel of fear and hatred.


I am a Democrat, because the Democratic Party fights for America.


And, lastly, and only as my time is running out, I am a Democrat because during my formative years, our country was led by George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, and not necessarily in that order. And now, ladies and gentlemen, I am proud, yes, proud to not be in the party of Rick Santorum, Paul Ryan, Frank Guinta, Charlie Bass, one-term Speaker of the House Bill O'Brien, or the irresolute Mitt Romney.


Mine is the party of the great Governor of New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, the party of Jeanne Shaheen, Carol Shea-Porter, Annie Kuster, the party of President Barack Obama.



Emily Gold, 17, Manchester, New Hampshire


Going to the convention means everything to me. I am going to major in Political Science at the University of New Hampshire next year, and going to the convention will teach me something I could never learn in a classroom. I will be able to see firsthand what the Democratic process is like.


Ray Buckley told me that the most amazing thing about the convention is that you are in a room with 100,000 people who think the same as you do. Growing up in New Hampshire, I am rarely in a room where more than 10 people think the same as me. I am so grateful that I was given this opportunity.


I was basically born and raised a Democrat. My parents always say that if I came home one day and told them I was a conservative Republican, they would kick me out of the house. I know they say it as a joke, but sometimes I think they are serious.

 I was taught from a young age that I am better than no one, and no one is better than me. As a Democrat, I believe we should care for all Americans: from the top 1% to the bottom 1% and everyone in between. I believe that if two people love each other, they should be able to get married regardless of gender. I believe global warming is real, and we need to do something to stop it.


Most importantly, I believe Barack Obama is the only person fit to run this country for the next four years.