Campton Forward Meeting Minutes
August 14th, 2018
@Mad River Coffee Roasters, Campton
District 1 US House Candidates
NH Gubernatorial Candidate
Register of Deeds, Grafton County
6:30pm – Mix and mingle
7:00pm start time
Primary election is Sept 11th. Won’t get to meet again before then. Have two candidates on county level here.
Kelley Monahan - 20 years in Orford, seeking 5thterm
Marsha -- didn’t make it
Mike – my job is to keep time, keep the forum open and light. Enjoy a good discussion
Terence – City Attorney of Rochester, NH, Liberal Dem. This fall is an opportunity to defeat republicans, take back the democratic party. Get it back from corporate democrats and Rockefeller party. Rockafellers will defend war, unions, never push the envelope. See them as a part of the ‘wall street dems’. Took the party to the right. We have the same dems that learned nothing from the last election. Reverse direction in 2018. Dems trying to tamp down progressive dems. Coherent vision for the country. Belief in universal health care, Medicare for all, restore Glass-Steagall, raise cap on Social Security, Iraq war veteran (end wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc). Reclaim authority to declare war. Should not be on one person (president), but should be in congress.
Lincoln – NH native, Portsmouth/Exeter, went to St Thomas, University of Notre Dame, first began first protest of Vietnam in 68. ’69 was drafted. Army. Back to Notre Dame, then back to NH for law school. Trial lawyer for 40 years, retired year and a half ago. Ran for county attorney and won, and loved it. Served 18 years for Strafford county. Proud of revolutionizing sexual assault cases and how they were handled. Became a standard for the state. Only prosecutor to testify for the repeal of the death penalty in NH. Criminal defense attorney, Somersworth school board, mayor of Somersworth... 2016, mentored in Palestine. Spent some time in Standing Rock defending water rights. Climate change, have to do something, single payer medicare, anxious to take on questions. Medicare recipient myself. Check out my website. Thank you for coming out.
Steve – Both gents as friends, vote for your favorite dem, don’t get too strategic. Winner of the primary will be favored to win the general. I’m running for governor. Listen to exchange tonight – Kelly (current dem opponent) declined debate this morning. Running because there has been goal post movement (referring to the political standard). It’s messy, people are looking for leadership. Define the future, specific, unabashedly leading. Republicans could define the future (Reagan). Politics have been defined by the right (NRA, other politics). Dems of my life time have been playing between the Rep goal posts. Trump represents transition. We need to define the future before someone else does. Dem party says get dark money out of politics. Public financing of elections is the only way to change the systems that are broken. If we define the future, we will win the future and we will be a better place for it.
Molly Kelly was invited tonight, but she declined.
Q: Have you read the IPCC’s fifth assessment?
--Lincolns’ website had the most info on climate change. Marchand’s website didn’t mention it.
Q: Change of democratic party – how do you feel about the way we do the super delegates – the electoral college?
Q: Did you join up (to run for office) because of 9/11? Did you support the Iraq war?
Q: What do you think about school shootings and guns in general?
Q: Follow up – what do you do about the guns already in circulation?
Comment toward Steve - Dem party needs a direction – you insert yourself into every community, you have been working hard. Kelly got Dem backing, but you have been doing the work.
Plymouth Area Democrats – Get Involved! We need to show up and tell them what we DEMAND. We have to be involved. Need to get people in office, local level. If you don’t get involved with one of the two parties, they’re going to ignore you.
Q: I’m a physician, came back to NH 7 years ago and was startled by attempts made for patients who needed psych care but couldn’t get it for them. Where do you put this on your agenda?
Q: Opioid epidemic – abhorrent job helping these people get over this epidemic – what are your plans for the state with this?
Q: Revenue – how would you pay for the programs you want? Do you feel there is enough money coming into US government?
Q: What do we do about debt for college?
Q: Restaurants and hotels pay sales taxes. What do you think of sales tax?
Q: Feeling on militarization of police departments and private prison system?
Q: Conservation of land on localities backs. How can we change this?
Q: Steve, would you commit to remain in agreement – for Paris climate agreement?
Steve – in Plymouth in the near future. Go on FB page. Come out to the events. Take a yard sign.
Lincoln – thanks to all of you. Go to my website, grab a flier. A lot of information and my resume. Need to tell the people what we would do if we are in power. Need to speak up , speak often, and speak loudly. Give a call, send an e-mail.
Terence – check out handouts, have done virtual town halls on FB live. If you comment, email, etc I will respond. If you vote for me, you’ll have a veteran, counter terrorism prosecutor …
Mike - Need $60 more for website. [Got the money] We will have a website soon for two years!
Next Meeting:Tuesday September 18th, 6:30pm, Mad River Coffee Roasters