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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Milton Pride Day 2014 Recap And Photos


Milton Pride Day was a success for us yesterday. We were able to connect with many people in Milton, some who were registered Republicans! Though it started out cloudy the clouds did clear a bit later and we were able to see the sun. Larry Brown who is running once again for NH State Representative and he was talking with people all day.  Ellen Philips, who is running for NH State Representative, was at the booth and John R. White, who is running for NH State Senate, was also there. Candace Cole McCrea, who is running for NH State Representative came by in the afternoon to talk with people You can see all the literature we had below. There were many groups represented. Food vendors, the local PTA, veterans organizations, the Friends of the Milton Free Public Library, and local artists like Susann Foster Brown had booths. The best thing for kids of all ages, was the horse drawn cart ride. We hope you enjoy the photos!



 





 


 



 
















Friday, September 12, 2014

Candidate Larry Brown Question And Answer

 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Age: 72

Political party: Democratic

Elected position you are seeking: State Representative; Strafford 1. That’s a new district with Milton & Middleton together.

Number of years living in the district you seek to represent: 19

Family (name of spouse/partner, number and ages of children if at home, number of grown children):

Susann and I have been married 48 years. Our 2 children are married and on their own.

Education: MA

Current occupation/employer: retired

Employment, military and volunteer history: My employment has been in social work fields: State Psychiatric Hospital Medicaid compliance and administration, Vocational Rehab Counselor, and Social Worker. I worked my way through college and grad school on an apple farm. When our kids were in school, I was a PTO President and soccer league secretary. I’ve scraped, sanded, and painted at Old Nute and the Town House, and I’ve put in over 2000 hours on various Town Boards and committees. Susann and I spent two years running the NH Farm Museum for free and I’ve been a volunteer, Board member, and next door neighbor for almost 20 years.


Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, when and where: In the small rural towns of northern Strafford County, public office is volunteer work. If you show up, a board or committee will find you. In Milton, I was first “written in” to the Cemetery Committee (10 votes) in 1998. Right now I serve on the Planning Board, ZBA, and Budget Committee. I’m also a Cemetery and Library Trustee. I’m past chair of the conservation committee and a former sewer commissioner. As Milton’s Rep, I chaired the Executive Board for the Strafford Regional Planning Commission and presently serve on the Transportation Technical Advisory Committee.

Please list any unsuccessful runs for public office and when:

I lost the last time out — 2012 — by 32 votes and a 4-color glossy postcard sent by Americans for Prosperity postmarked from out of town.

Other prior political and government experience: During my 3 three terms as State Rep (2004-2010) I was an active county delegate, served on the executive committee which has budget/oversight for the commissioners, and was appointed to the State Board of Manufactured Housing


During those 3 terms as a State Rep, I served on the Municipal and County Government Committee. This has been and continues to be a committee remarkable for its collegial work and its impact on local government and our daily lives.

Key endorsements you’ve received: I haven’t asked for any. I expect individuals to vote on their own for what is important in their own lives. If they support funding for the public schools of our state, funding for UNH and the community college system, funding for bridges and roads, paycheck fairness, and health care access, safe air, food & water, and equality, I hope to receive their vote.

Campaign contributions on hand and campaign expenditures to date:

I’m funding this myself. There is no PAC money out there, there is no out-of-state money, there is no “puppet string money” coming in from the shadows. I’ve spent $82.38 on photocopies. If you get a letter from me, read it. I wrote it, I paid for it, and you can call me at 652-4306 to talk more about it.

Top contributors to your campaign fund: I’m funding my campaign out of my own money. Frank Guinta can’t remember what he did with $350,000.00. I spent $82.36 at Staples. You can vote the stock market or you can vote Marketbasket. I value local democracy.


Why should people vote for you? What separates you from your opponent(s)? For my 3 terms in Concord, I was there every day and voted on every bill (over 95% of the time). I voted to raise the minimum wage, for R&D tax credits, job training funds, better workers comp, full-time kindergarten, and increased funding for tech colleges and the UNH system.

I voted to sunset the disability services wait list, expand children’s health insurance, keep civil access to health services for women, and add adult children and the children of divorce to health insurance plans.

Every program here — legislation to protect real people in the hopes and struggles of their lives, was either voted down or dead. That is the legacy of the O’Brien-led House of 2010.

What are the three most important issues you would address if elected? How?

Much good work gets done in committee. A thousand bills come up every year. A solid bipartisan recommendation from committee says a lot about issues that will come up. The question is not how to address an issue, but what to support as fair goals.


1. Foster education — that includes building aid for local school districts, tuition aid at UNH and the Community College system and business investment credit and technical training that grows NH jobs and job skills

2. Environmental Protections, cultural History, and tourism. The New Hampshire advantage is its lands, waters, and the history of its people. Visitors and citizens alike deserve it

3. State infrastructure — nothing wastes money like repairs put on a list and never done.

What other issues do you see as important? Campaign finance reform, Equal health care access, Gambling — to support schools

These three issues share one thing. Americans for Prosperity, Big Pharma/Big Health, and casino interests push money to the top and pit working people against each other.

What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?

A great deal of government is open and accessible. Open meetings, public notice, agendas, minutes, — all under the New Hampshire “Right to Know” Law. The definition of access is access — not agreement. For close to 20 years, I’ve followed public meetings, chaired them, or taken the minutes. Few people come.


Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony), been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics violation filed against you?

No

Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, had your mortgage foreclosed, or been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.

No

Are there any personal details about yourself that voters would be interested in knowing?​

My father’s family farmed New Hampshire before it was a State. My grandfather, a Theodore Roosevelt reform Republican, was still working at 80 and out on strike because the workers deserved fairness. My mother, a widow at 31, had $34.00 left when all the medical bills were paid after my father’s early death. “Time and chance will come”. What is important in our lives is what we build out of our losses.


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Candidate Candace Cole-McCrea Question And Answer

 


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Your name: Candace Cole-McCrea

Age: 67

Political party: moderate and fiscally conservative democrat

Elected position you are seeking: District 1. State rep

Number of years living in the district you seek to represent: 20

Family: Widow. Two grown sons, one, Kestrel, living at home

Education: postgraduate degrees: Concentrations: education, sociology, rehabilitation, addictionology and stress disorders

Current occupation/employer: Independent contractor for rehabilitative and wellness services

Employment, military and volunteer history: Retired professor of social sciences, served in civil service medivac during Vietnam war, foster and adoptive parent for the states of New Hampshire and California, Vista volunteer in Alaska with native peoples, brownie scout leader, little league coach, published author, rehabilitative certificate from California and Montana to work with injured wolves and eagles/owls/hawks.

Currently serve on various state councils. Board director of first battered women’s shelter in California, have been a hospice spiritual minister, counseling work rehabilitating inmates in the criminal justice system, have served on rescue dog organization, volunteer/coach pain/stress reduction classes in the community.




Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, when and where:

Library Trustee, Milton Free Library 2013

Milton School Board Member (unsure of years)

Volunteer Fire Department paramedic, Alaska, 1969



Please list any unsuccessful runs for public office and when:

State Rep, 2012



Other prior political and government experience:

1. State of New Hampshire council: Council on Aging, representing Strafford County

2. State of New Hampshire council: Department of Education, Special Education Council

3. State of New Hampshire council: Elder Rights Council

4. State of New Hampshire: Department of Transportation

5. State of New Hampshire: Behavioral Health Planning Council



Key endorsements you’ve received:



Campaign contributions on hand and campaign expenditures to date:

Received $200 to date.



Top contributors to your campaign fund:

Greg Burdwood, Strafford County



Why should people vote for you? What separates you from your opponent(s)?

My history and life work has included people of many views and positions. My family and many of my friends are Republican so I am used to integrating their wisdom with my own. I am not an extremist. I want to represent our small communities and actively advocate for them in the legislature. For too long, I have been on councils and seen small communities overlooked to fund and support our big cities on major highways, from Concord to Mancheste to Nashua. I do not feel the big cities represent our New Hampshire character. I care about family farms, our wilderness, education options, transportation, ecology. I have seen federal funding come into the state, to get shuffled into state administrative goals rather than community support. I believe very strongly that citizens should have a much stronger voice in deciding Concord’s policies. I will bring issues back to Milton/Milton Mills/Middleton and ask our towns people how they feel and what they want and that is how I will vote…I will represent the people of our communities, even if that violates my personal opinion on an issue, if people communicate with me and let me know what they want.




What are the three most important issues you would address if elected? How?

The needs and futures of small towns and communities in New Hampshire, to include small farms.

Future planning to address the growing aging population needs, to increase long-term independence.

Ecological and environmental needs to retain the nature of New Hampshire and address effects of incoming diseases, insects, pollution, population on our lakes, forests, seacoast, etc.



What other issues do you see as important?

Supporting veterans—very strong in my heart.

Protecting our constitutions, federal and state.

Reviewing all laws we have on the books and eliminating any that are not vital to our well-being.



What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?

I will vote, always, for open and accessibility of government work. I will bring back to my community and seek to publish what I need community feedback on, before I can vote to represent my community.

I will seek to announce hearings that vitally affect our small towns.




Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony), been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give the details. no



Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, had your mortgage foreclosed, or been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? Yes, once a number of years ago, I had a chapter 13 due to a severe medical issue that required two years of convalescence. I paid all debts in full within one year. My credit rating is now very good.



Are there any personal details about yourself that voters would be interested in knowing?​

I am half American Indian. I can my own food, grind my own flour and make my own bread, live as simply as I can, have my own fruit trees, grape vines and blueberry bushes. I recycle everything I can and do my best to respect all peoples and the natural environment of our state. I love the small towns in my district and will fight very hard for them.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Milton Selectmen Approve Contract Detailing Design And Engineering Of Fire Station- Plan Will Go To Voters At March Town Meeting


Plan Will Go To Voters At March Town Meeting

Milton Selectmen Approve Contract Detailing Design And Engineering Of Fire Station


Friday, September 5, 2014

Candidate-Larry Brown-Strafford County District 1: Milton/Middleton


Vote for Two Democratic Candidates in this District One race.

Candidate-Larry Brown-Strafford County District 1: Milton/Middleton


Susann and I live in an old cape just north of the Farm Museum about five minutes from the Middleton Town Line.  We have lived there since 1995.  She was born in Concord.  My father’s family farmed N.H. before it was a state – my great grandfather ran the poor farm down in Milford.  My grandfather was a Roosevelt Reform Republican.  Born in the shadow of the Civil War he was still working at 80 and out on strike for fair wages and worker’s rights.
 
I’ve served on over a dozen Town and County elected boards, committees, volunteer groups and projects and I’ve served three terms as your State Rep in a bi-partisan legislature committed to civil government and the services of government that make NH Democracy work.
There is no democracy without a fair tax system.  I’m the Budget Chair in Milton.  We respect taxes.  We set a tight budget.  We expect full service from our town employees and full value for our local tax dollars.
We didn’t get that respect from Concord this session.  We didn’t get full service and we didn’t get full value.  What we got was trickle down taxes.  Concord threw away close to 20 million dollars in cigarette taxes and about another 100 million in highway funding.
How did Concord expect to get that money back?  From your local property tax.  Check for State aid with your school district.  Ask your road agent about block grant funds for road repair.   It’s time to get the Legislature out of the bedroom and back to work on the budget.  We need to fund safe highways and bridges for business and tourism and our daily use.  We need to fund public education, “Kindergarten through UNH”, to build the skilled workforce we need to bring more employers to our state.
I believe I have a solid bi-partisan reputation for competence, courtesy, and community service.  If you agree, please vote to send me back to Concord as your State Rep from Strafford’s #1 District Milton/ Middleton.



Milton Pride Day September 20th, 11-2, Milton Elementary

Milton Pride Day

When: Sat, September 20, 11am – 2pm
Where: Milton Elementary, Milton, NH (map)
Description: Milton Pride Day from 11 - 2, Milton Elementary The Tri Town Dems will have a booth.

This event will showcase some of Milton's local businesses along with community organizations that are here for our local families. Some of the days events will feature games, and inflatable slide, a clown, face painting and a storyteller. There will be food available for purchase to help fundraise for the various organizations. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the school personnel and to find out how you can get involved in helping to make Milton Elementary School a great place to educate our children.

Candidate-Candace Cole-McCrea-Strafford County District 1: Milton/Middleton

Vote for Two Democratic Candidates in this District One race.

Candidate-Candace Cole-McCrea-Strafford County District 1: Milton/Middleton

 


Candace Cole-McCrea is running for State Representative from Milton/Middleton because she believes that our society must be compassionate, but sees herself as a “frugal Democrat.” Recently, a Milton resident complimented her by referring to her as an old school Democrat..indeed one of her role models for life has been John Kennedy with his motto, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you cn do for your country.” Her other role model has been Dwight D. Eisenhower. Candace has been active on state governing councils for many years and has seen how the state steers towards the needs of the major cities , to the neglect of small towns. In her roles on councils, she has not been able to advocate strongly enough for the needs and goals of small towns/communities. This desire is why she has chosen to run for state rep.



Cole-McCrea serves on the NH Mental Health Planning Council, the Disability

Rights Board, the National Association for Mental Illness board for ethnic issues, and the NH Council on Aging and is newly appointed to the state transportation council. She teaches at the Strafford County Jail and Dover Adult Education. She is a certified employment specialist. She managed a group home for violent youth, served on the board of a battered women’s shelter, and fostered many disabled children.

 A retired department chair of Human Services, Social Sciences, Education and Early Childhood in the NH Community College System, Cole-McCrea maintains an active speaking, writing, and consulting business. She lives in Milton with her adopted son, Kes. 


 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

2014 Milton NH Democratic Primary Ballot


State Primary Election Day September 9, 2014 Emma Ramsey Community Center 8:00 am - 7:00 pm voters may register at the polls on election day.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tri-Town Democrats Meeting September 11th 2014


Tri-town Democrats
Meeting at Emma Ramsey Center, Milton
September 11, 2014
Agenda


Call to order 7 PM Milton Chair, Ellen Kriete

Minutes of Previous meeting

Treasurer’s Report
Social Media and other Committee Reports
Letter writing committee

Old Business

Farmington Hay Day
Strafford County Picnic
 Candidates

New Business
Election Activity
Milton Pride Day
Strafford County Event
visibility events
phone banks/canvassing
yard signs

Communications between towns

Recruiting New Members?

Social activity/fundraiser for the spring or summer?

Next meeting:  Ooctober 9, 2014 in Milton (the Farmington Dems chair)

Adjourn

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SCDC Event-Bernie Sanders Coming To Rollinsford Sept. 27th


Bernie Sanders is coming to the American Legion Hall in Rollinsford on September 27th! He'll be headlining our Annual Strafford County Celebration from 5 - 7pm. We urge you to buy your tickets early https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/straffordcounty2014dinner.

Hearty hors d'oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar. We guarantee you will go home motivated to vote and ensure that NH becomes a BLUE state head to toe!

Super PAC Changes Ads Attacking Jeanne Shaheen Over Inaccuracies


"Scott Brown's Wall Street buddies put up an outrageous attack ad against Jeanne Shaheen that's being pulled off the air because it's dead wrong and completely false," Shaheen campaign manager Mike Vlacich