Members Canvass to Keep Rep. Kurk Accountable

There Are More Opportunities For You to Make a Difference in this Election


Last weekend, nearly two dozen SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members were out in Weare and Deering to hold Rep. Neal Kurk — chairman of the Joint Fiscal Committee — accountable for proposed cuts to retiree health care.

In addition to going door-to-door talking to voters, volunteers on Saturday took part in a visibility event in the center of Kurk’s hometown of Weare. While Kurk’s accountability was a focal point, the real goal of activities on Saturday was to elect several candidates who’ll support working families: in that district’s House race, that includes Ellen Dokton, Arnold Rocklin-Weare and Aaron Gill; in that district’s Senate race, that candidate is John Garvey. Dokton and Rocklin-Weare, by the way, are SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members.

“It’s important that we hold our elected representatives accountable for their votes and actions, and in this case, we did so in support of four excellent candidates,” said John Hattan, chair of the Political Education Committee. “We had some excellent conversations with voters, and during our visibility we got a lot of support from passersby who understand the importance of keeping promises made to workers and their families.”

Kurk presides over the Joint Fiscal Committee of the state Legislature, which, in the last few years, raised health care costs on state retirees. As recently as this weekend, it appeared costs might rise again, however Kurk wrote in a letter to the Concord Monitor that the Fiscal Committee would not make further changes to state retiree health care at its meeting tomorrow, Oct. 14.

The group out on Saturday included retirees and active employees, veteran canvassers and first-timers — all interested in keeping our legislators accountable. That’s what all political volunteering is about, and we’ll have plenty more opportunities to do that in the coming weeks.

Up next are phone banks here at the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 office on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 5 p.m. This weekend, we’ll be canvassing in the Manchester and Keene areas as part of a huge SEIU Day of Action. For the Manchester canvasses, we’ll meet at 266 Mammoth Road in Manchester at 10 a.m. For the Keene canvasses, we’ll meet at 114 Main St. in Keene. In both cases, you can RSVP by contacting Laurie Gordon at or 271-3411, ext 100.

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