PRESS RELEASES from the New Hampshire Democratic Party

For Immediate Release

April 29, 2008

New Hampshire Democrats Elect Convention Delegates

(Concord) - The New Hampshire Democratic Party today announced delegates elected at Saturday's District Level Delegate Caucus.  The following people will join the previously elected District Level Delegates in representing New Hampshire at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado on August 24-28. 


Party Leader Elected Official Delegates (PLEO):  House Speaker Terie Norelli (Clinton), Sen. Peter Hoe Burling (Edwards),  Former NHDP Vice Chair Mary Rauh (Obama)


At-Large Delegates: Former Ambassador Terry Schumaker (Clinton), Former Representative James Demers (Obama), Sen. Lou D'Allesandro (Clinton), Student Erin Thesing (Obama), Rep. Sharon Nordgren (Edward)


Alternate Delegates:  Francis "Chip" Moynihan (Obama), Rep. Jane Clemons (Clinton), Hon. Donna M. Soucy (Clinton), City Councilor Rob Werner (Edwards)


Add-on Delegate:  Former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan (Clinton)


In addition, the New Hampshire delegation also selected DNC Standing Committee members, including:


Democratic National Convention Rules Committee: Sen. Joe Foster (Edwards)


Democratic National Convention Credentials Committee: Hon. Donna M. Soucy (Clinton)


Democratic National Convention Platform Committee: Atty. Paul Twomey (Obama)


New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley, who was elected by the delegation to serve as Chair, was pleased with the delegation noting more than half will be first time attendees to the Convention.


"I am excited by the talented and diverse slate of delegates that have been elected to represent New Hampshire at the 2008 Democratic National Convention," says New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley. "I look forward to representing New Hampshire along with the rest of the delegation at the convention in August. "


Chairman Buckley also appointed the following individuals to leadership positions in the Delegation: 


Page: Meg Hassan (Exeter)

Page: Brady Manning (Manchester)

Honorary Chair: Anita Freedman (Portsmouth)

Whip: Gerri King (Concord)

Arrangements Chair: Rep. David Pierce (Etna)

Assistant Delegation Chair/Liaison to elected leaders: Atty. Martin Gross (Concord)


The full New Hampshire Democratic Party Delegation to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, which meets the affirmative action goals of the Party, includes 30 delegates and 4 alternates:



Superdelegate: Gaetan DiGangi, DNC Committeeman (Merrimack)
Superdelegate: Anita Freedman, DNC Committeewoman (Portsmouth)
Add-on Delegate: Former NHDP Chair Kathy Sullivan (Manchester)
District Level Delegate:  Hon. Christopher Pappas (Manchester)

District Level Delegate: Emily Walsh (Manchester)

District Level Delegate: Russell Weatherspoon (Exeter)

District Level Delegate: Representative Bette Lasky (Nashua)

District Level Delegate: Michael Atkins (Lyndeborough)

District Level Delegate: Senate President Sylvia Larsen (Concord)

Pledged Leader Elected Official Delegate:  House Speaker Terie Norelli (Portsmouth)

At-large Delegate: Former Ambassador Terry Schumaker (Concord)

At-large Delegate: Senator Lou D'Allesandro,  (Manchester)

Alternate Delegate: Representative Jane Clemons (Nashua)

Alternate Delegate: Hon. Donna M. Soucy (Manchester)



District Level Delegate:  Joshua Denton, (Portsmouth)

District Level Delegate: Deborah Bacon-Nelson (Hanover)

Pledged Leader Elected Official: Senator Peter Hoe Burling (Cornish)

At-large Delegate: Representative Sharon Nordgren (Hanover)

Alternate Delegate: City Councilor Rob Werner (Concord)



Superdelegate: Congressman Paul Hodes (Concord)

Superdelgate: Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (Rochester)

Superdelegate: Senator Martha Fuller-Clark (Portsmouth)

District Level Delegate: Paul O'Connor (Exeter)

District Level Delegate: Joanne Dowdell (Portsmouth)

District Level Delegate: Richard Komi (Manchester)

District Level Delegate: Ann Kuster (Hopkinton)

District Level Delegate: Edgar Helms (Concord)

District Level Delegate: Carol Moore (Concord)

Pledged Leader Elected Official: Former NHDP Vice Chair Mary Rauh (Newcastle)

At-large Delegate: Former Representative James Demers (Concord)

At-large Delegate: Student Erin Thesling (Hopkinton)

Alternate Delegate: Francis "Chip" Moynihan (Hampton)



Superdelegate: Governor John Lynch

Superdelegate: New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley

For Immediate Release

April 22, 2008

New Hampshire Democratic Party Hosts Final Round of Delegate Selection

Remaining slate of candidates to be selected on April 26

(Concord) The New Hampshire Democratic Party will hold elections at the St. Anselm College Institute of Politics on Saturday, April 26 at 11:00am to fill the remaining positions in their delegation for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. The fourteen district level delegates, elected during caucuses in December, will select three Party Leader Elected Official (PLEO) delegates, five at-large delegates and four alternates. In addition, two pages, three committee members and one unpledged delegate will be selected.

"I am excited by both the number and diversity of applications we have received for the remaining positions in our delegation to the national convention," says New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley. "I look forward to representing New Hampshire, along with the rest of our delegation, at the convention in August," concludes Buckley.


For Immediate Release
January 17, 2008


Clinton, Edwards, Obama secure NH delegates

(Concord)- The New Hampshire Democratic Party today named the delegates awarded to the top vote getters in Tuesday's record breaking presidential primary. A presidential primary candidate had to receive over 15% of the district-wide vote in order to be allocated any delegates.  The following people will represent New Hampshire at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.

Clinton 1st Congressional District:  Chris Pappas, Emily Walsh, Russell Weatherspoon
Clinton 2nd Congressional District:  Bette Lasky, Mike Atkins, Sylvia Larsen

Edwards 1st Congressional District:  Joshua Denton
Edwards 2nd Congressional District:  Deoborah Bacon-Nelson

Obama 1st Congressional District:  Paul O'Connor, Joanne Dowdell, Richard Komi
Obama 2nd Congressional District:  Ann Kuster, Ned Helms, Carol Moore

"All New Hampshire Democrats should be proud of the diversity of the delegates selected as a result of Tuesdays historical primary. Each campaign did an excellent job in recruiting candidates for delegate and these fourteen delegates will represent us well in Denver. From first time activists to long time party leaders, we have a diverse delegation representing the ethnic, racial, age and orientation of New Hampshire Democrats," stated Ray Buckley, New Hamsphire Democratic Party Chair.

District-level delegates are divided equally between men and women who were chosen at December 11th's Caucus. Positions within each district are designated by presidential preference beginning with the highest vote-getting male candidate in the first congressional district and highest vote getting female candidate in the second congressional district.  This assignment of delegate positions, alternating by gender, continued with the next highest vote-getting presidential preference in descending order until each position has been assigned.

The next step will happen on April 26, 2008, when the district-level delegates will caucus to determine additional delegates.  For those wishing to run for delegate or alternate, the forms will be made available at by March 1, 2008 and the deadline is April 11, 2008 at 5:00 pm.
New Hamsphire District-Level Delegates

Mike Atkins (Lyndeborough) -Vice-Chair of the Hillsborough County Democratic Committee, local attorney

Deborah Bacon-Nelson (Hanover)- World Literature teacher at Lebanon High School

Capt. Joshua Denton (Portsmouth) -Iraq War veteran

Joanne Dowdell (Portsmouth) - Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Citizens Advisors Inc., advisory committee of the Seacoast African American Cultural Center, Board of Directors of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail

Hon. Ned Helms (Concord) -President of the New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy, co-principal investigator for the Empowering Communities Through Access to Information and Training Project

Richard Komi (Manchester) -former refugee from Nigeria, recent bachelors degree recipient in communications from Southern New Hampshire University

Ann McLane Kuster (Hopkinton) - an attorney at law firm of Rath, Young and Pignatelli, boards of trustees of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and New Hampshire Public Radio

Sen. Sylvia Larsen (Concord)-President of New Hampshire State Senate

Rep. Bette Lasky (Nashua)- 5th term in the House and serves as Assistant House Majority Leader

Hon. Carol Moore (Concord) - Former State Representative, social worker, and mental health professional

Paul O'Connor (Exeter) - President of Mills Trade Council and as the Portsmouth Metal Trades Council President, Paul worked to help save the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Chris Pappas (Manchester) - Chairman of the Manchester City Democrats, co-owner of The Puritan restaurant, and former State Representative

Emily Walsh (Manchester) -2007 Graduate of Manchester Central High School

Russell Weatherspoon (Exeter) -Dean of residential life at Phillips Exeter Academy, english and religion teacher


For Immediate Release
December 19, 2007

NH Dems Announce 95 Delegates Slated at Last Weekend's Caucuses

Diversity Goals Achieved

(Concord) - On December 15th, 903 people participated in the New Hampshire Democratic Party district-level delegate selection caucuses where 95 delegates were slated. 28 of the 95 people slated identify with historically under-represented groups, fulfilling the 1/3 affirmative action goal.

District-level delegates, 7 in each district, are divided equally between men and women and positions within each district are designated by presidential preference beginning with the highest vote-getting candidates. Presidential candidates must receive over 15% of the district wide vote in order to be allocated delegates. The next step will happen on April 26th, 2008 when the district-level delegates will caucus at the NHDP headquarters to fill 8 openings for at-large and pledged party leader and elected official delegate openings.

The full list of delegate slates that were chosen by each campaign are now available to view on our website by clicking here. >>

"Our district-level delegate selection process went very smoothly," said Raymond Buckley, Chair of the NH Democratic Party. "I can't remember a time when New Hampshire Democrats were more active than they are now. The success of the weekend caucuses ensured that New Hampshire will send a diverse and committed delegation to Denver next summer."