DD in Action !
The Dover Democratic Committee (DDC) is a group of registered Democrats in Dover, NH who work hard to recruit and elect candidates for Dover's state representative seats and participate in programs and events that help the city and its residents
For more information Contact the Dover Democratic Committee Executive Team
Thank you from DDC Chair
November 7, 2013
Dear Dover Dems,
Last night was an amazing victory for Dover! Respect, reasonableness, and civility won. The desire to move the city forward won. Progressive and Democratic values won.
I want to thank all of you who helped bring this amazing transformation to Dover! So many of you made phone calls, held signs, wrote LTE's, placed lawn signs, shared your candidate lists, and VOTED. A very special thanks to Debbie Bodell and her GOTV leadership.
Congratulations to all of the City Councilors and School Board members who represent what we as the Dover Dems want for the City. A special congrats to Debbie T in Ward 3 who is (was?) on our Exec. Committee.
See the official election results here:
Today's Foster's also has many election articles.
Let's spend time celebrating, but remember we still have a lot of work to do!
Dover Democratic Committee
DDC Vice Chair Kristine Baber's LTE to Foster's Daily Democrat!
October 19, 2013
Engage in Dover’s Future
To the editor: The future of Dover is again in our hands. You can participate in shaping the quality of life in Dover and the education provided to our children by exercising your right to vote on November 5th. Local elections have immediate and direct impact on us, yet only 29% of registered voters participated in local elections in 2011. This suggests that if you do not vote in 2013, you may allow less than 1/3 of Dover voters to make choices for you and determine the direction in which the city moves.
On Tuesday, Oct 29, the Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a forum with City Council and mayoral candidates from 6 pm to 9 pm in the Council Chambers in City Hall.
DDC September Meeting
The Dover Democratic Committee met on Sept.19 at Strafford Farms Restaurant. Chair Wendy Alley introduced several candidates for Dover City Council and School Board. They each gave a brief presentation about their candidacy and answered questions from the audience.
The Committee discussed specific strategies for campaigning and GOTV, and program ideas for future meetings. Tom Southworth gave a synopsis of the Cornerstone Symposium held at St. Anselm’s College on September 17.
Wendy Alley, DDC Chair
State Representatives Steve Ketel, Dot Hooper, Bill Baber, Peter Bixby, Jan Gardner, Greg Burdwood, and Peter Schmidt, and State Senator David Watters were the special guests at the August meeting of the Dover Democratic Committee. They each discussed the leading issues of the 2012-2013 state legislative session and highlighted the top issues coming up in the next session. The Reps also discussed their work with their assigned committees.
In an informative question and answer session Reps and attendees brainstormed ways that citizens can be more involved in state government, including testifying at hearings.
DDC July Meeting
The Dover Dems had a great time for our July meeting. We decided to enjoy each other's company with a pot luck dinner. As always, the food was great and the conversation was better ! Thanks to Caroline French for the use of
her awesome house and her tours of her great property ! See a few pictures of this event on our Photos page.
Letter to the City Council
The following letter was sent to our city council. These are important thoughts from a former Dover police officer. Thanks Len !
Dear Dover City Council,
I wanted to specifically commend Mayor Trefethen's position on gun safety. I am proud - and frankly astonished - that he is the only New Hampshire mayor who joined the national Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition. This is a battle worth fighting. When I began my police career in Dover in 1984 it was apparent to me even then that there were too many guns not only in the state, but in the nation, and that the country's love affair with firearms was being stoked by a radical political element waving the Second Amendment like a flag. It has only gotten worse.
I am proud that our mayor has had the courage to stand alone among his peers and fight for sensible gun laws that would protect the community and save innocent lives, and I write this as a gun owner. I find it incredibly ironic that many Americans apparently do not mind the NSA registering their e-mails and phone conversations, but God forbid the government even entertain a national gun registration. If one does the math, many more people are killed by illegal (and legal) firearms in this country than were ever murdered by terrorists.
Thank you Mr. Mayor, and I thank the city council members who also support this position.
Len DiSesa, Deputy Chief of Police, Portsmouth, NH (Ret.)
Dover Dems Present Program with Mayor and City Councilors
The Dover Democratic Committee (DDC) will host a panel discussion, Dover: Current Realities and Future Visions, on Tuesday, June 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Dover Public Library. Mayor Dean Trefethen and other City Councilors will provide their perspective on the challenges facing our city, share their vision for the future, and participate in a stimulating and informative discussion with the audience.
The DDC organizes monthly programs that provide opportunities for Dover voters to learn more about our local, state, and national government. June’s program will focus on the Dover City Council with the hope of giving Dover residents more information about the critical role that City Council members play, encouraging citizen engagement in local government, and providing a forum for interaction between residents and city councilors. The facilitated panel discussion will ask each councilor to make a short presentation. These brief presentations will be followed by a discussion of specific topics affecting our city with time for the attendees to ask questions.
This program is open to the general public and all Dover residents are invited to attend. If you have questions or need further information, please email DDC Chair, Wendy Alley, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dover Dems Attend 2013 NHDP State Convention
Wendy Alley, Chair DDC
The Mid-Term Convention on June 1 was a huge success with over 600 delegates and guests in attendance. According to State Party Chair Raymond Buckley it was one of the best Mid-Term Conventions in years! Dover was very well represented by delegates, officers, and state reps.
Sen. Shaheen, Rep. Shea-Porter, Rep. Kuster, and Gov. Hassan fired up the delegates with calls to action. They outlined important issues currently being debated in Congress and in New Hampshire such as gun control, immigration reform, and education.
Donald Manning was presented with the Peter Burling Legislative Award, and Pam and Don Jorgenson were given the Norm and Anita Freedman award. Ashwin Raghurajan was awarded this summer's Bresler Internship at the NHDP office in Concord. Volunteers staffed informational booths, sold tickets to gift baskets, and signed up volunteers for various Democratic organizations. Dover Democrats sold their Mommy and Daddy books (see article "Why Mommy is a Democrat" below).
DDC May Meeting
The Dover Democratic Committee met on Thursday May 16th at Newick's Seafood Restaurant to get the latest information on the most critical issues still being debated in the legislature, esp. those specifically affecting Dover. Dover's NH State Reps and Senator David Watters provided updates about the proposed budget and bills yet to be voted on in this session.
They also discussed the controversial casino gambling bill and a lively debate was held with the Reps and attendees.
Why is Mommy a Democrat ?
DDC April Program
2012 was a great year for growing the Dover Democratic Committee and we continue working to get more residents involved in our organization and our city. In order to learn more about what issues are important to our younger constituency, we are hosting a Young Democrats Panel for our April meeting. This panel of young people from our area who have been active in Democratic politics will address how and why they got involved in political activities, what they have done or are doing in their communities currently, and what might encourage other young Dems to get involved.
The meeting is scheduled for 7pm on April 18 with a dinner hour beginning at 6pm at Strafford Farms Restaurant, 58 New Rochester Road, Dover. For more information, please contact the DDC. Come join us !
DDC Annual FDR Dinner is a Hit
Wendy Alley, Chair
Our Dover Democrats FDR dinner was a fantastic success!! 95+ people attended. I was so proud of our committee and other Democratic activists who worked so hard on all the details of the dinner. Great food, great conversation, special awards, gift basket give away, two cakes, etc. etc. Our guest speakers were inspiring: NHDP Chair Raymond Buckley, Speaker of the NH House Terie Norelli, and NH Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern. See pics on the photos page and a slideshow at the Strafford County website!
Come to Dover's annual FDR dinner on March 23
Carole Appel, FDR Dinner Chair
Niles center is located on Union St. off Court St., just south of downtown Dover. The dinner will include a magnificent salad, home-cooked spaghetti and meatballs, and delectable desserts.
Proceeds from the FDR dinner will go toward electing all of the Democratic candidates – Federal, state, and local -- on the Dover ballot in 2014, with particular attention paid to helping our state representative candidates.
Let us know now whether you are coming – respond to email@example.com or 749-3899. You’ll have a wonderful time meeting your friends from around this area, celebrating the victories of the last election, and hearing from our special guest speakers (names to be announced soon).
Dover Democrats Elect Officers
Approximately 25 members of the Dover Democratic Committee met on Saturday, February 16 to elect city Democratic officers for 2013-14, and party delegates to the New Hampshire Democratic Party's 2013 Midterm and 2014 State Convention. The officers and at-large delegates elected have a vote at the annual conventions to approve the party platform and other actions.
Officers elected at the caucus were Wendy Alley, chair; Kristine Baber, vice chair; Bill Dudley, secretary; and Carole Appel, treasurer. Also elected were eight at-large delegates: Debbie Bodell, Len DiSesa, Caroline French, Midge Kelley, Freddye Ross, Tom Southworth, Debbie Thibodeaux, and Susan Wright.
The Committee approved revisions to the current by-laws, and discussed how to keep the momentum going in the wake of the results of the 2012 elections, where responsible leaders were returned to office at all levels of New Hampshire government.
During the caucus Saturday, the Committee members agreed to invite guest speakers to address relevant issues affecting the Dover community. This will help ensure that the Dover Democratic Committee uses the political process to help improve the lives of the people who live in Dover. Upcoming programs may include NH State Representatives, Young Democrats, Dover City Council members, Dover social agencies, and members of Congress.
The next major event on the calendar will be the Saturday, March
23 sixth annual FDR home-cooked spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m. at the Niles Park
Community Center, Union Street off
Court, commemorating the 80th anniversary
of the inauguration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Tickets are
$15 per adult, and $5 per child. RSVP is requested at (603)749-3899 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.