(Portsmouth, NH) Sen. Martha Fuller Clark's campaign released a list of organizations supporting her re-election campaign, reflecting the priorities that have made her, in the words of her hometown newspaper The Portsmouth Herald, "a political legend" and a "liberal icon."
NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire has endorsed Sen. Clark's campaign after naming her a "champion of choice" in the Spring. This endorsement is no surprise to those following Sen. Clark's work in Concord over the years. A consistent advocate for women's health and reproductive freedom throughout her career, NARAL NH’s executive director Laura Thibault has called her "always willing to speak up and be a voice for women in the state who don’t have a voice”
Educators have weighed in strongly behind Sen. Clark's re-election campaign with both NEA-NH and AFT-NH standing in solidarity with the veteran lawmaker. Clark, whose political career has been marked by a consistent commitment to primary and secondary public education, has long enjoyed the support of New Hampshire’s teachers. In the last legislative session, Clark championed renewed funding for school building aid and introduced the first legislation designed to restore funding to the state’s university and community college systems – efforts that drove the new funding that allowed for tuition freezes and cuts across New Hampshire’s higher education system.
The State Employees Association (SEIU Local 1984) and the NH AFL-CIO have also endorsed Sen. Martha Fuller Clark‘s re-election campaign. Learning of the SEA's endorsement last month, Clark told New Hampshire Patch said “The 11,000 hardworking people who keep the state government running and work so hard in our town and county offices have again put their faith in me and I won’t let them down if I am returned for another two years in Concord." The state AFL-CIO, meanwhile, represent some of the largest private sector union members in the state, including building trades and commercial employees.
The Sierra Club, recognizing decades of work defending the Seacoast and Great Bay, have endorsed Sen. Clark. Announcing their endorsements, the Sierra Club eloquently made the case for electing lawmakers like Sen. Clark: "We need to elect leaders who know climate disruption is real, and know we need to act. If we don’t go to the polls, extremists like former House Speaker Bill O’Brien will repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (REGGI) and block sensible energy legislation in the State House in Concord. In Washington, if climate deniers continue to block legislation in Congress and support Big Oil and Coal, smart solutions will see more delays. We cannot let that happen again. Be sure to vote this November, and better yet, get engaged now and bring a friend with you to the polls – it matters!"