Shaheen Endorses Sue Ford for State Senate

Manchester, NH -  Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced her endorsement of Sue Ford for State Senate, calling her “a tireless champion for New Hampshire’s schools, Sue is the leader District 1 deserves.”

“A good education is the key to a good job and a successful future, and we need an experienced educator like Sue representing the interests of students, teachers and parents in the State Senate,” said Shaheen. “A tireless champion for New Hampshire’s schools, Sue will fight to make sure that Granite Staters in the North Country have the resources they need during the pandemic and beyond, and she will work to lower health care costs and ensure quality care across Coos and Grafton County.

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As a member of the NH House of Representatives, Sue has proven she is the leader the people of District 1 deserve and I am proud to endorse her campaign.”


Sue Ford is currently serving her fourth term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and is the Chair of the Division II Finance Committee. Now retired, Sue spent over 40 years working in education as both a teacher and school administrator. Her work in Grafton County and across N.H. earned Sue the 2015 NHDP Peter Hoe Burling Award. Sue also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Guardian ad Litem, is an Educational Surrogate and has served on the House Children and Family Law Committee.


It's an honor and it's humbling to receive this endorsement from Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris. Our country is at a crossroads, it's time to restore decency and respect to all levels of governmentTogether, we can build back better.

Please join me in this effort. 

- Sue




Laborers' International Union of North America

Endorses Sue Ford

DES Ruling Gives Casella an Opportunity​​

I am very disappointed about the DES ruling that allows Casella to increase the size of the Bethlehem landfill...especially the statement from Casella that once they have filled up the Bethlehem landfill they will then start using the Dalton landfill.  It's too early to predict what the town residents of Bethlehem will do as a response to this ruling.  Dalton does have groups currently fighting against the proposed Dalton landfill.  This all needs further study since Casella doesn't even have a permit in Dalton.  This provides Casella the opportunity to modify their permit application and comes with conditions it also requires NCES to submit complete copies of the approved operating and closure plans and is not automatically a green light to expand. But it does provide Casella an a distinct opportunity to bypass the will of the voters who have voted against the expansion numerous times.

We need to examine this further...I stand with the majority of the residents in Bethlehem and Dalton - stop Casella. You can find out more at - Sue 

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Thank you to the New England Laborers for your endorsement and acknowledgment of Sue Ford’s relentless fight to protect Granite State workers and the critical role of unions.

An excerpt from ARMAND E. SABITONI's letter to members published in The New England Laborer's UPDATE Special Election Issue • Fall 2020:

…It’s imperative we remember that the leaders we elect have direct influence over every aspect of our livelihood and our daily lives. These are the people who can direct funding
 to and take funding away from the jobs we work on; the schools our kids attend; the healthcare we receive. Your union leadership evaluated each candidate’s positions on the issues that directly affect us the most, ranging from expanding prevailing wage and prosecuting dangerous contractors who steal wages, to enforcing workers’ rights and creating infrastructure and energy projects that equal jobs for you and your fellow members. Through hundreds of interviews, exhaustive research on voting records and extensive discussion, we’ve created this publication to provide you with information and gain your support for the men and women whose priorities align with our own, and who will best represent us throughout the halls of Washington, our Capitols and our State Houses.

…Brothers and sisters, now is the time to be informed and educated. The enemies of unionized labor seek to tear us down. But since 1903, our union has stood together and weathered every storm that raged against us. We broke down each barrier that tried to block us from achieving fair wages, safe jobsites and dignity for hardworking men and women. Where others have backed down, we push forward. Together, our voice is always louder than those who attempt to silence us – and now we must use our voice to vote together for the candidates who value people over profit and unity over division.


ARMAND E. SABITONI, General Secretary-Treasurer and New England Regional Manager Laborers’ International Union of North America

Sierra Club Picks Sue

Your vote this Election is imperative in order to ensure we elect leaders who will put environmental issues first.   


Fighting the Climate Crisis and placing our State and Country on the path to 100% Clean Energy, are vital to addressing these issues today. We need to adopt common-sense solutions now and not continue to postpone them. 


This is why your vote on Tuesday, November 3rd is so important.  Collectively, we can help elect candidates who will on Day One work to solve these critical issues.  


After a careful questioning and review process, Sue Ford has  earned an endorsement from the Sierra Club. She has earned our confidence in her commitment to a healthy and sustainable environment and we encourage you to vote for her.

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“I’m honored to endorse Sue Ford in her run to represent the people of New Hampshire’s First Senate District.

As an educator, school administrator and a four-term State Representative, Sue knows the importance of uplifting working families and providing high-quality public education to all children regardless of their zip code.

Now more than ever, we need leaders who understand the importance of listening and learning from the people. Sue has proven herself to be a bold problem solver who places people over politics and is undaunted in tackling the systemic problems facing diverse communities. That is why I’m proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Sue in this fight.”

            - Elizabeth Warren


Emily's List Backs Sue Ford

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“With four terms in the state House and over 40 years of teaching and administrative experience, Sue knows the importance of advocating for her community. Sue is a dedicated public servant and experienced educator who will continue to fight for high-quality education and health care in the state Senate. EMILY’s List is excited to support her campaign for the 1st Senate District,” said Geri Prado, vice president of state and local campaigns at EMILY's List.

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End Citizens United (ECU) and Let America Vote (LAV) announced today that their state level project, Fight for Reform, is endorsing Sue Ford in District 01 of NH. This endorsement is a recognition of Sue’s leadership in the struggle to fix our broken political system.

“I’m proud to stand with the people of this district, who are demanding safe voting for everyone and elections free from the influence of big money,” said Ford, “I look forward to serving as Senator so I can ensure that the people of District 1/ the North Country are heard."

Ford highlighted her commitment to reject contributions from lobbyists, and special interests such as the Fossil Fuel Industry as concrete evidence that she will lead by example and fulfill her commitments to her constituents.

LAV and ECU merged earlier this year to combat the two biggest challenges facing our democracy: Big Money and voter suppression. ECU is dedicated to getting Big Money out of politics and fixing the rigged system in Washington so that the government works for all Americans. LAV is building a grassroots effort to fight back against voter suppression and protect every American’s right to vote. The groups’ affiliated project, Fight for Reform (FFR), focuses on reforming government and bringing transparency and accountability through state and local elections around the country.

Not Surprising, At All, That Educators Choose Sue Ford!


NEA-NH announced their recommendation of Sue Ford for Senate District 1 today.

“We’ve always maintained that educator voices should be heard as decisions are being made that impact our students and classrooms. As an educator of more than 40 years, Sue brings unique qualifications and background to the state Senate to help ensure that our public schools receive the help and support they deserve,” said Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH President.

During her time in the Legislature, Sue has consistently stood up for public education. She helped lead the effort to deliver additional funding for school districts and knows the importance of making our school system accessible to every student, regardless of family income or place of residence.

“I appreciate the endorsement of the NEA. As an Educator, I believe the best investment we can make in New Hampshire is for our children,” said Ford.

“We’re confident that Sue will be a Senator the North Country can count on because she understands the need to fix the way schools are funded in our state,” said Tuttle. “Sue knows the terrible burden downshifting costs to local taxpayers creates.”

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Sue Ford

Earns Endorsement of President Obama 

Sue Ford Earns Endorsement of President Obama

Ford’s Campaign recognized as a critical race by our 44th President


[Easton, NH] – Today Sue Ford has received the endorsement of former President Barack Obama in her race for NH Senate District 1. 


“As a former state legislator himself, President Obama recognizes the importance of electing strong leaders at the state level,” said Ford. It is quite an honor to receive the President’s endorsement and know that he believes in our campaign and our fight for healthcare, stronger and safer public schools, civility in government, expanding economic opportunities, and social equity. This distinction will only fuel our fire to win and give the people of Senate District 1 the representation they deserve.”

“With over 6,000 races on the ballot this year, we are excited to join forces with President Obama to highlight the amazing men and women like Sue Ford running in must-watch races for their state legislatures,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) President Jessica Post. “We stand united and will do everything we can to elect candidates like Sue Ford who will stand up for democratic values and work to move our nation forward.” 


You can check out Sue Ford’s website here to learn more about Sue, her platform, why the race is critical to expanding Democratic priorities in New Hampshire, and support Sue Ford’s campaign.


For more information or to schedule an interview with Sue Ford, please email her at For more information about the DLCC, or to schedule an interview with DLCC President Jessica Post, please email Christina Polizzi at

Annie Kuster Wants Sue To Have A Seat At The Table

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As she runs for a fifth term, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster for the first time is endorsing a comprehensive slate of women candidates for state offices in New Hampshire, including several who are involved in Democratic Party primaries.

Kuster is calling the new initiative “A Seat at the Table,” which she says is named after the expression, “If you don’t have a seat at the table, you may be on the menu.”

The phrase “aims to highlight candidates who support women’s autonomy and reproductive rights,” the Kuster campaign says.

The endorsements in Executive Council and state Senate races come with a link to a Kuster For Congress web page for donors to contribute to each of her favorite candidates.

Each endorsed candidate is running for office in a district with at least one town that’s also in the 2nd Congressional District, which Kuster has represented since first being elected in 2012.

While Kuster has made individual endorsements in state races in the past, this is her first multi-candidate coordinated effort, a campaign spokesperson confirmed.

"Annie has been alarmed by attacks on the rights of women by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans and wants to ensure a strong defense for women and their families in New Hampshire,” the spokesperson said. 

“She believes it is critical for women to have a seat at the table in Concord to ensure protections for reproductive rights in the State House, the judiciary and on the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Annie wants to ensure there is a strong bench of women leaders for the future of New Hampshire."

The spokesperson noted that Kuster is also a founding member of Elect Democratic Women PAC, which was formed in 2018 to work to elect women across the country.

Kuster has picked a favorite in the District 3 Executive Council Democratic primary race, endorsing former state Rep. Mindi Messmer of Rye over current Rep. Patricia Lovejoy of Stratham. The towns of Pelham, Windham and Salem are in council District 3 and also in the 2nd Congressional District. 

The Kuster camp said the congresswoman appreciates Messmer’s “dedication to fighting for clean water and addressing PFAS.”

Kuster has picked two favorites in the six-person District 2 Executive Council Democratic primary for designation as “On the Radar” candidates. 

Cinde Warmington and Leah Plunkett, both of Concord, have jointly received Kuster’s endorsement over four Democratic men who are in the race – Emmett Soldati of Somersworth, Jay Surdukowski of Concord, Craig Thompson of Harrisville and John Shea of Nelson.

She has designated two women running in Senate District 15, Becky Whitley of Hopkinton and Candace Bouchard of Concord, as "On the Radar." They are running against former U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes of Concord.

Kuster has also designated both Democratic candidates in state Senate District 5 as being “On the Radar” -- Beatriz Pastor of Lyme and Suzanne Prentiss of Lebanon. They are running to succeed Sen. Martha Hennessey, who is not seeking reelection.

"Annie will carefully monitor 'On the Radar' primaries and may make further endorsements before Sept. 8," primary election day, the campaign spokesperson said.

All of the other Democratic women being promoted by Kuster are unopposed in their primaries.

They are incumbent Executive Councilor Debora Pignatelli of Nashua and incumbent state Sens. Donna Soucy of Manchester, Cindy Rosenwald of Nashua, Melanie Levesque of Brookline, Shannon Chandley of Amherst and Jeanne Dietsch of Peterborough.

Senate candidates endorsed by Kuster as they challenge Republican incumbents are Sue Ford of Easton and Jenn Alford-Teaster of Bradford.

The spokesperson said that in addition to soliciting contributions, Kuster will make her own contributions to her endorsed candidates from her campaign account, which as of July 1 showed $2.4 million in cash on hand.

“In November, New Hampshire voters have a clear choice to take a stand for reproductive rights, equal pay, safe schools, paid family leave, affordable child care and health care, access to mental health care and addiction treatment, ending sexual and domestic violence and saving our planet,” said Kuster in a statement. 

“These candidates will take ‘a seat at the table’ to fight for the rights of women, girls and families in our state," she said. "They will give voice to women across New Hampshire and the men who love them, fighting to protect and preserve our reproductive rights, our livelihoods, our families, our health, well-being and safety and our environment.”

Earlier in the campaign, Kuster endorsed Executive Councilor Michael Cryans of Hanover and state Sens. Kevin Cavanaugh of Manchester and Jay Kahn of Keene, as well as Senate District 2 candidate Bill Bolton of Plymouth.

Gillibrand Endorses Sue Ford

NH Primary Source: Veteran state Rep. Sue Ford is Gillibrand’s first NH endorsement

KEY LAWMAKER ENDORSEMENT. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand later Thursday will announce her first endorsement from the leadoff primary state.

State Rep. Sue Ford, D-Easton, is a four-term member of the House and current chair of the House Finance Committee Division II. She is former chair of the Grafton County Democratic Committee and served as grassroots chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. Her role was to coordinate with activists statewide to promote Democratic caucuses and organize actions.

In a statement shared first with New Hampshire Primary Source, Ford said, “I’m endorsing Sen. Gillibrand because she cares for New Hampshire families as if they were her own. I won’t soon forget her first visit to Littleton where she entered the room and immediately chose to talk to a young boy of about 8 and heard from him about what he’s worried about. It says something that she not only acknowledges different voices, but actively seeks them out.

“Sen. Gillibrand will always fight for the silenced, marginalized, or ignored,” Ford said, “and I know that as president she will amplify those voices as she builds on her record of standing up for what’s right and advocates for the issues that affect our children like education, climate change, and public safety.”

Gillibrand called Ford “an incredible legislator who has used her position to take on the big fights in New Hampshire, like fighting for high quality education and health care, and she has delivered results to families across the state.

“Her bravery and refusal to accept the status quo inspires me to continue to stand up for what’s right and fight back against the corruption and greed that has come at the expense of millions of Americans.

“I’m proud to have her support as we continue to build our grassroots campaign in New Hampshire and look forward to working with her in the coming months to win the first-in-the-nation primary and then head to the White House.”

Sue Ford Announces Candidacy 

PRESS RELEASE- 04/03/2020


Sue Ford of Easton announced on April 3 that she is a candidate for the State Senate seat in NH District #1.  Sue is currently a House Representative from Grafton District #3, representing Bath, Benton, Easton, Landaff, Orford, Piermont and Warren. Representative Ford has been a member of the NH House Children and Law Committee, and she is currently Chair of the NH House Finance Committee Division II.  Division II is responsible for crafting the House budgets of the Department of Safety, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Education, among others.  


Ford’s  work examining the Education Department budget led to her interest in running for Senate District #1.  “It’s clear that the current adequacy funding for New Hampshire’s rural communities is not sufficient,” she states.  “There is a Commission looking at state funding of education, with a member from our area.  However, the Commission will only make recommendations, it will be the House and Senate that will need to implement those recommendations.” As an educator - a teacher, a principal, and a central office administrator for over 40 years,  Ford offers a background in education and experience on the House Finance Committee that will help her ask the right questions and support north country communities and schools by demanding adequate funding while keeping local property taxes in check.  In the House, Sue supported efforts to end property tax downshifting, easing the burden on local taxpayers.    


Educational funding is not the only rural issue that is a concern, Ford says.  “We need to develop economic opportunities without sacrificing our natural environment.  Cell and Internet service is spotty.  Health care costs are rising.”  Some of these issues will likely need to be addressed on the federal level – Ford has worked effectively with the NH federal delegation and will continue to do so. Currently 71 current NH Representatives have endorsed Sue Ford for Senate.  


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