Through its website I found the Dover Dems and that their next activity was a pub night at the end of January, 2017. I went. Then I went to the next monthly meeting where I found out that they are looking for individuals to run as At-Large Delegates. Below is what I wrote to express my interest.
I am a mother, a wife, and a pro-choice Catholic. I am also an immigrant career woman who is a two-time cancer survivor. The fundamentals of who I am define what I bring to the leadership of the Dover Democrats.
I came to this country as a student. With my doctorate at hand, I started my 23-year career as a psychometrician working for three educational assessment companies at different levels of corporate responsibilities. My husband and I moved to Dover 17 years ago and both of our children were born here in New Hampshire.
The result of the last presidential election broke my heart. Fifty days into this presidency my heartbreak has turned into anger. I’m angry for students who will not get the education they deserve and for teachers who will not get support for their noble endeavors. I’m angry for immigrant families who are facing separation from their loved ones. I’m angry for anyone who could lose their very lives without affordable health care. I’m angry for girls whose accomplishments will not receive the same recognition and compensation as their male counterparts.
Volunteering for the campaign through phone banks and canvassing was apparently not enough. I am jumping into the fray and will be honored if included in the wave of capable, talented, passionate individuals serving in the Democratic Party. I believe that my life experiences make me extremely empathetic to those underserved by this administration, and my empathy will lead me to represent their interests well.
I was featured in a Dover Dems Sportlight.
Third and fourth from the left are Erica De Vries and Chuck Knox who eventually became the District 1 Delegate for the senator.
Lucas voted for the first time ever
I asked if she has ever met a psychometrician before.
The Amy K District Delegates elected me as the Party Leader or Elected Official (PLEO) Delegate. I became a member of the 33-strong New Hampshire delegation to the Democratic National Convention.
I ran and became one of the eight members of the New Hampshire District 1 Delegate slate for Senator Amy Klobouchar. After the NH Presidential Primary, only the top man (Chuck Knox) and and woman (Erica de Vries) vote getters became District 1 delegates. So I ran again as a Party Leader or Elected Official (PLEO) delegate. Sen. Klobouchar's Districts 1 and 2 Delegates elected me. It was a long process, but I made it. The Presidential Convention was virtual on August 17--20, 2020.
Shortly after I was elected to be a delegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention, I received a call from the chair of NHDP to inform me that as a national convention delegate, I also became a member of the NHDP State Committee for the next four years. I'm honored. It also means I'm a delegate to the state convention.
I had the pleasure of working with distinguished New Hampshire Democrats in putting together the Platform that was voted on on the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic Convention held virtually on May 9,2020.
Being elected to the Executive Committee of the Dover Democratic Committee (Dover Dems) in March 2017, I became an At-Large Delegate to the 2017 and 2018 NHDP Conventions. I became reelected in 2019, thus making me a delegate for 2019 and 2020. The 2020 NHDP Convention is the first state convention held virtually.
The 2016 presidential election had me looking for a community of like-minded individuals. I found the Dover Dems. On the second meeting I attended which was in March 2017, I ran to be a member of the Executive Committee/At-Large Delegate and I won. Later that year I was asked to be the chair of the Program Committee.