Eight SEA members elected to state House of Representatives
With the 2018 midterm elections behind us, SEA/SEIU Local 1984 offers congratulations to its slate of endorsed candidates and thanks to its members who stepped up to run for office and volunteered their time knocking on doors and making phone calls.
“Our members made thousands of phone calls and knocked on thousands of doors, and we clearly saw the results of their hard work with the results,” said SEA President Rich Gulla. “I also want to thank all of our members who ran for office, a majority of whom won.”
Those members include Diane Langley, Kathy Desjardin, Al Turcotte, Mary Heath, Connie Van Houten, Dianne Schuett, Sallie Fellows, and Art Ellison. Ellison, who will represent Concord’s North End, was one of the many first-time candidates to win.
“I’ve been involved in a lot of campaigns, but this is the first time I’ve run for office myself,” Ellison said. “Right now, our country works really well for some, but for others it just doesn’t work at all. I think we to do all we can to make sure that no one is left behind – that’s what drove me to run and that’s what keeps me going.”
Voter turnout for the midterms in New Hampshire was the highest in recent memory and members’ efforts to deliver strong Election Day results are reflected in the following impressive numbers below:
200: Members involved in political activities
150: Volunteer shifts
8,500: Phone calls to members
1,500: Doors knocked
52: Volunteers for final get-out-the-vote push
These seemingly simple efforts collectively created a significant shift in the State House that will help lay the groundwork to push for legislation that benefits all Granite Staters.
“We’re looking forward to working with the governor and the new majorities in the state legislature to move our state forward on critical issues like securing better staffing at our state agencies, finally achieving a cost of living increases for retired state and local employees, and protecting access to affordable health care for all Granite Staters,” Gulla said.
Editor’s note: this story has been updated to include a member quote and election volunteer numbers.