NHDP - MEMO: Less than 100 Days Out - New Hampshire Democrats Ramping Up Efforts for this November

To: Interested Parties
From: Ray Buckley, Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party
Date: July 28, 2014
Re: MEMO: Less than 100 Days Out - New Hampshire Democrats Ramping Up Efforts for this November
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As the July doldrums come to an end and campaign season kicks off this fall, the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign, Granite State Forward, is already months into organizing in preparation for this year’s upcoming general election on November 4.
 
Ahead of the Organizing Game 

In an effort to secure the ground advantage for this November, Granite State Forward has been organizing statewide canvassing events and phone banks through the summer to build support for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot, including Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor Maggie Hassan, Congresswomen Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter, and the rest of the Democratic ticket. Across the state, local volunteers, activists, community leaders and elected officials are going door-to-door, calling up their neighbors and friends, and doing whatever else they can to help spread the word about Democratic candidates running this cycle.

In particular this cycle, New Hampshire Democrats are concentrating on increasing voter turnout by stressing the key stakes in this election to any and all voters moved by their message, including seniors, students, veterans and women. Granite State Forward has been accomplishing this so far by organizing events featuring constituencies reaching out to like-minded individuals, like senior-to-senior, student-to-student, veteran-to-veteran and women-to-women voter contact events.

Two weeks ago, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz headlined a successful “coffee and calls” phone bank to connect local Democratic women with New Hampshire women voters to talk about what is at stake in the upcoming election, like reversing the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision that would allow employers to come between women and their health care choices, pushing for equal pay for women, increasing the minimum wage, protecting access to preventive health care choices, and reducing the costs of higher education. Last week, the coordinated campaign hosted a veterans-to-veterans phone bank headlined by Senator Jeanne Shaheen. 

Last week, Granite State Forward organized a student phone bank in Hanover, NH featuring students calling up other young New Hampshire voters to share how Granite State Democratic candidates are working to make higher education more affordable and reduce the burdens of student loan debt.

Over the weekend, Granite State Forward successfully mobilized local volunteers and activists to reach out to thousands of voters across the Granite State through canvassing events and phone banks in order to continue building support for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot, including Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor Maggie Hassan, Congresswomen Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter, and the rest of the Democratic ticket. Many of these events were headlined by candidates and local leaders, including Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, Manchester State Senator Donna Soucy, Laconia State Senator Andrew Hosmer and State Senate candidate Rich Leonard.    

Successful Grassroots Summits Earlier this Year

Granite State Forward’s success this summer follows the campaign’s extensive training programs held earlier this spring. In May, Granite State Forward organized 12 summits across the states, training over 500 New Hampshire Democratic volunteers and activists how to campaign for the re-election of Governor Hassan, Senator Shaheen, Congresswomen Shea-Porter and Kuster and generate support for the Democratic ticket overall. 

At each summit, trainings, discussions, and presentations were led by staff representatives from the State Party’s communications, political, and finance offices. Training sessions included learning about persuasive neighbor-to-neighbor communication strategies, tactics to maximize a social media presence, and effective fundraising methods. Attendees of each summit were also equipped with materials and contact information to increase coordination and ensure all local grassroots organizations have access to the resources they need to build and develop winning campaigns.