Steve Marchand, Grafton Senate District 1

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The Grafton and Coös County Democratic Committees and Northern Grafton Democrats  sponsored a strategy session on unseating extreme Republican state Senator Carrie Gendreau last month. The hybrid session on zoom and at the Littleton Senior Center featured Steve Marchand, founder of the progressive advocacy group Move the Goalposts providing analysis of the 2022 campaign and its implications for 2024. The three dozen people who attended either in person or online heard how winnable this seat can be for Democrats next year, especially with Gendreau’s recent homophobic remarks regarding public art in Littleton.

Coös Democratic Chair Henry Noel noted there will be two special House elections with the resignations of Troy Merner, a Republican now under investigation for falsely continuing to sit in District 1 for months after he moved out of the district, and William Hatch, a Democrat from Gorham who resigned for health reasons. These represent a real organizing opportunity for Democrats to claim a House majority as well as preparing for the Senate elections in 2024.