Much to Celebrate, But More Work Lies Ahead

After Successes in State Primary, Election Day is Less than Two Months Away

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Dozens took part in the SEIU National Day of Action on the Saturday before the primary, getting out the vote for our endorsed candidates, including Colin Van Ostern and Andru Volinsky who are shown at center.

With Tuesday’s primary election in the rearview mirror, our sights are now set on the general election on Nov. 8 — less than 60 days away. Before we move on, however, there is much to celebrate. The big win for Colin Van Ostern is something to be proud of, but we’re more proud that our members stepped forward to run for office or volunteer in greater numbers than we’ve ever seen.

Rep. Deb Wheeler, a Chapter 1 member, was at the polls in Northfield on Tuesday.

Rep. Deb Wheeler, a Chapter 1 member, was at the polls in Northfield on Tuesday.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 endorsed many candidates leading up to the primary, and among those were many of our own members or members’ spouses. Our members are community minded, unsurprising considering many have spent their careers in public service. We have many great member candidates who step up to run in every statewide election, but this year was different and it was something to be especially proud of.

Chapter 1 President Peter Bartlett was at the Ward 10 polling place in Concord in support of his wife, Rep. Christy Bartlett.

Chapter 1 President Peter Bartlett was at the Ward 10 polling place in Concord in support of his wife, Rep. Christy Bartlett.

“This election cycle, we have had more member candidates running for seats in the NH House and Senate than ever before,” said Rich Gulla, president of SEA/SEIU Local 1984. “We congratulate all who have stepped up and run hard primary campaigns.”

In all, we had 34 member candidates seeking offices including state Senate, House, county attorney and county commissioner. The vast majority of these candidates will continue on to the general election in November, but win or lose, we’re proud of these members.

Rep. Dianne Schuett, left, a Chapter 1 member, held a sign at the polls in Pembroke.

Rep. Dianne Schuett, left, a Chapter 1 member, held a sign at the polls in Pembroke.

“We acknowledge the many sacrifices they have made and we thank each of them for standing up for middle class families,” Gulla said. “For all of our endorsed candidates who will be heading to the general election in November, we pledge our continued support.”

Many of our members also sacrificed long hours, volunteering the days, weeks and months leading up to the election in support of our endorsed candidates, particularly Colin Van Ostern. On just one day, the Saturday before the primary, we had 32 volunteers here at the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 office who covered 59 total shifts — that’s almost two shifts per volunteer. That was really just the icing on the cake.

In addition to making calls and canvassing, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members, staff and family took part in a "visibility" event, holding signs supporting Colin Van Ostern outside of the NH1 Democratic gubernatorial debate.

In addition to making calls and canvassing, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members, staff and family took part in a “visibility” event, holding signs supporting Colin Van Ostern outside of the NH1 Democratic gubernatorial debate.

“We appreciate the many hours our members and their families volunteered to support Colin Van Ostern’s campaign by making phone calls, stuffing envelopes, canvassing and showing up in support of candidates,” Gulla said. “They have been tireless in their efforts and generous with their time.”

As we said, the general election is now less than 60 days away. While these few days after the primary are an opportunity to celebrate and be proud, we know the enormity of the task before us. We’ll need to redouble our efforts to elect candidates who will fight for working people on issues that affect all of our families.

Watch your email for updated asks for your help, or if you’re prefer to get right to work you can reach out to Brian Hawkins at bhawkins@seiu1984.org to find out what you can do to help.

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