Newsletter - February 2019
The Hollis Democrats' biennial caucus will be held on Tuesday, March 26.
Executive officers will be elected. See FAQ's for more information about the caucus. We will also be looking for volunteers to fill key support roles to help us prepare for 2020. If you haven't been involved before, this is a great opportunity to get more involved in our town committee.
During the caucus we will solicit nominations for our Executive Committee (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) and two Delegates-at-Large. We will also be accepting nominations for the following positions:
Newsletter Coordinator. Solicit and content and production of the monthly newsletter and send to the Hollis Democrats’ email list. Familiarity with Mail Chimp or Constant Contact email marketing tools helpful.
Membership Outreach Coordinator. Establish a committee with the objective of growing our membership and volunteer base.
Programming Coordinator. Work with the Executive Committee to book speakers and plan other programming activities for the monthly meetings.
Social Media Coordinator. Establish a committee for posting content on various social media platforms about the Hollis Dems, Democratic successes in Concord and other relevant topics.
Fundraising Coordinator. Work with the Executive Committee to set a fundraising goal as well as plan and oversee various fundraising activities.
If you are interested in any of these positions, or if you have other interests or skills that you’d like to put to use with the Hollis Dems, please send an email to HollisDems@outlook.com.
After the caucus, State Senator Melanie Levesque will present a NH Senate update and Hollis artist Christopher Volpe will present a talk showcasing responses to climate change from artists all over the world. Chris has created a body of work invoking our current self-destructive path toward climate catastrophe while drawing upon Herman Melville’s apocalyptic characterization of the American quest in Moby-Dick.
Saving New Hampshire’s Pollinators Act
On January 16, HB646 was introduced, sponsored by ten Democratic Representatives. The goal of HB-646 is to restrict the use of bee-toxic pesticides, establish best practices for farmers and residents, and create an expert panel on pollinator protection.
HB646 restricts the use of neonicotinoids and other systemic insecticides to protect New Hampshire’s declining pollinator populations. It tasks state agencies with developing best practices to enable farmers and New Hampshire residents to readily replace the use of bee-toxic pesticides, which affect all pollinators, with alternative pest management approaches.
HB 646 also establishes a panel of experts to conduct an annual review of the scientific literature and determine whether other pesticides that pose a threat to pollinators and pollinator habitat should be recommended for restriction by the state legislature. For more information on HB646, click here.
Representative Cathy Sofikitis (Nashua) will be at the Hollis Dems February 26 meeting to answer questions about HB646.
Town Election Day
We are looking for a "few good volunteers" to help hold signs for candidates and greet voters on Town Election Day. The election is from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Shifts are in two-hour increments. If you can spare a couple of hours to hold signs, please consider volunteering. Click here to sign up.
All About Caucuses
FAQs about town caucuses provided by the N.H. Democratic Party
What is a caucus?
A caucus is a meeting where a Democratic town or city organization elects its officers. Hollis holds its caucus every two years.
Why do Democrats hold caucuses?
We hold our caucus for two reasons: Practically speaking, these officers are delegates at the upcoming State Democratic Convention. Secondly, town and city committees are the roots of the grassroots organizing that drives a successful Democratic Party. These elections allow us to elect strong leaders who will build the Democratic Committee, recruit candidates to run for all levels of the ballot and be a Democratic presence in every town.
Who is elected at a caucus?
Each town/city elects its officers: one Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and its Delegates-at-Large. In Hollis, we have two Delegate-at-Large positions. All officers as well as the Delegates-at-Large are delegates for the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention in September.
Who can run for an officer or delegate position?
Any registered Democrat residing in Hollis may run for a position.
Who can vote for candidates running for officer or delegate positions?
Any registered Democrat residing in Hollis may vote in the caucus.
I am a registered Independent but would like to change my party affiliation and get more involved. How can I do that?
There will be a Voter Checklist Session on Saturday, March 2 between 11-11:30 a.m. at the Town Hall Community Room. This will be your opportunity to check your voting status, change party affiliation, and/or register in order to vote in the Hollis Town Election scheduled for Tuesday March 12, 2019.
Capitol View is a monthly column written by our elected officials. This month we are featuring Hollis' Executive Councilor, Debora Pignatelli.
The Executive Council is comprised of five individuals from five geographical districts across New Hampshire.
From our beginnings, and even to this day, New Hampshire has had a skeptical view of government. The Council had its beginnings in 1679 when King Charles separated the territory of New Hampshire from Massachusetts. When our state constitution was written later, the Council was created as a constitutional body to watch over the actions of our governor. The Council meets regularly and has significant power over things such as judicial appointments, appointments of agency heads and members of state boards and commissions, and approval of all significant state spending. That involves the major portion of our state budget.
I began my career in elected politics in 1986 when I served as a State Representative for five years and then a State Senator from 1992 to 2002. I was your Executive Councilor from 2004 to 2010 and the from 2012 to 2014. I am back after a five-year retirement and glad to again be representing you on the Council.
My meeting reports are available on the Executive Council website, along with full meeting minutes and agendas.
My web site is www.debpignatelli.com.
Absentee Ballot Information
Absentee ballot requests are available from the Hollis Town Clerk. The completed form must be returned to the Town Clerk by mail, scan and email or in-person. Hollis Town Clerk hours are Mondays, 1-7 p.m., Wednesdays & Fridays, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., and the first Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Town and School Warrants
The 2019 Hollis budget, warrant, and other supporting documents and presentations are available on the town website.
Both the Hollis School District Warrant and Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District Warrants are available on the SAU41 website. Absentee voting is not allowed for district meetings.
Now is the time to seize the momentum from our wins last fall and the current excitement around the plethora of Democratic candidates throwing their hats into the 2020 Presidential race.
Democrats across New Hampshire have shown that by organizing strong local committees, recruiting great candidates at every level of the ballot and running a neighbor-to-neighbor voter contact effort we can win any race.
They key to our success is our membership, so our first objective for 2019 needs to be focused on increasing our active member base. Over the last two years, we’ve seen a slow but steady increase in attendance at our monthly meetings, and our farm-to-fork fundraiser was completely sold out.
We can do even better this year! If you haven’t been to a Hollis Dems meeting in a while – or if you’ve never been to one – please consider joining us at our next meeting on Tuesday, February 26. As usual, Chow & Chat starts at 6:30 p.m, with our programming starting at 7 p.m.
This month we’ll be talking about the upcoming town elections that will be held on Tuesday, March 12 as well as a new vision for community outreach, including a new website and an increased social media presence.
Hollis Dem Maureen “Mo” Maisttison is Candidate for Hollis Selectboard 3-Year Term
Mo Maisttison is running for Selectman of Hollis. Mo has provided us with the following statement about her candidacy.
"Hello, Hollis! My name is Mo and I’m running for Selectman of Hollis. I am a native NH resident, born and raised in nearby Lyndeborough. I went to college in NY, lived in Maryland and the District of Columbia, but now my family and I are finally settled in our dream town, Hollis, and we are here to stay! I have two full time jobs. My first job is as a wife to Nathan, a service disabled veteran, and a mom of two small kids, Lucy who is in the second grade and Jacob who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall. They will both be in Hollis Primary School, of course! My other full time job is serving our nation as an aerospace engineer for the federal government. I’m proud of my 20 year career performing flight test and aviation engineering for both military and civil aircraft.
Throughout my career I have solved complex problems and built strong coalitions in the process. Hollis has some complex problems and would benefit some fresh perspectives and engaged leadership. We need someone who listens to and represents everyone. We deserve leadership that fights for strong schools while fighting to keep property taxes from creeping up. We need someone to conserve our land and resources while continuing to grow but in a smart and planned fashion.
Let’s build a better Hollis for our kids, one that is affordable, safe and quaint. Please vote for me, Mo Maisttison, on March 12!"
Presidential Hopefuls in New Hampshire
Interested in meeting presidential candidates? The New Hampshire Democratic Party is listing all visits to the Granite State on their website. Bookmark this page to stay in the loop. NECN is also keeping track of candidate visits.