Bernie 2020

February 4, 2020

Bernie 2020 Surpasses 2016 Field Records in New Hampshire

At first event of the swing, Sanders breaks record for largest Bernie 2020 rally held in Granite State

MANCHESTER, N.H. – As Sen. Bernie Sanders returns to the Granite State today to campaign ahead of the first in the nation primary, the Bernie 2020 campaign in New Hampshire announced it had surpassed the 2016 record for doors knocked. Just this past Saturday, Bernie 2020 knocked more than a door a second, or 69 doors per minute.

Tonight, at Sen. Sanders’ first Granite State rally since the Iowa Caucuses, 1,324 people turned out in Milford to hear the candidate speak – breaking the previous Bernie 2020 state record and coming in at one of the largest 2020 rallies in New Hampshire of any candidate in the race to date.

“With just a week until primary day, I am confident in the dedicated volunteers, supporters, and staff who are powering this campaign in the Granite State,” said Shannon Jackson, Bernie 2020 New Hampshire State Director. “I wouldn’t want to cross the finish line with any other team.”

In the week leading up to the Iowa Caucuses, Bernie 2020 knocked more than 93,000 doors in New Hampshire, bringing the total number of doors knocked since the start of the campaign to over 471,000, well above the campaign’s 2016 record.

The Bernie 2020 ground game in New Hampshire is led by a base of more than 14,000 volunteers and supporters, and many more who pitch in where they can. The Sanders campaign has 17 offices throughout the state, including the northernmost office of any Democratic campaign this cycle, and has welcomed a staff of more than 150. 

Since the campaign launched, Sen. Sanders has spoken directly to well over 24,000 Granite Staters at more than 50 events across all 10 counties. 

Sen. Sanders’ growing coalition of support in New Hampshire includes the state’s highest ranking Democrat and gubernatorial candidate Andru Volinsky, 22 State Representatives, more than 100 community leaders, and seven local and county elected officials, as well as APWU-NH representing 1,000 postal workers and SEA/SEIU Local 1984 representing 10,000 employees across the state.

Growing support for Bernie 2020 in New Hampshire continues to be reflected in the polls, including a new poll out this week that shows Sen. Sanders leading among likely Democratic primary voters.

The Sanders campaign has aired seven ads in New Hampshire produced entirely by Sanders’ in-house team: “Strive,” “Our Side,” “Patients Before Profits,” “Fights For Us,” “Belongs To Us,” “Social Security,” and “For All.”

Bernie 2020
January 23, 2020
Contact: Freeland Ellis

NEWS: New Hampshire for Bernie Knocks Over 100,000 Doors in Two Weeks 

MANCHESTER, N.H. – With less than 20 days until the New Hampshire primary, grassroots support for Sen. Sanders has continued to grow in the Granite State. Bernie 2020 announced today that the campaign has knocked more than 100,000 doors in the last two weeks alone, spanning all 10 counties. Since the start of the campaign, Bernie 2020 has had more than 10,000 active volunteers in New Hampshire.

Growing support for Bernie 2020 in New Hampshire is reflected in a new poll out today that shows Sen. Sanders leading among likely Democratic primary voters.

Sen. Sanders has spoken directly to more than 23,000 Granite Staters at 51 events across all 10 counties, and held one of the state’s largest 2020 rallies to date.

“I am constantly impressed by the dedication and energy of our volunteers. We are not taking a single Granite State vote for granted,” said Sean Ward, Bernie 2020 New Hampshire Field Director. “This movement isn't powered by one person, but by the thousands of grassroots volunteers who are rallying around Bernie Sanders’ message for a better future. Together we are building a diverse coalition that gives the people a seat at the table. Bernie 2020 will not be slowing down until the last vote is counted on election night, February 11.”

Later this week and ahead of another weekend of action, Bernie 2020 National Co-Chair Ben Cohen and national surrogate Jerry Greenfield, the co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, will campaign in New Hampshire — hosting Students for Bernie ice cream socials across the state, including stops in Plymouth, Henniker, Keene, Manchester, Durham, New London and Hanover.

Bernie 2020
December 16, 2019

NEWS: New Hampshire For Bernie Hits Milestone Doors Knocked

MANCHESTER, N.H. – New Hampshire for Bernie announced today that the campaign knocked 36,682 doors over the past two weekends. In total, 167,978 doors have been knocked in New Hampshire by staff and volunteers since the launch of the campaign. 

“The volunteers in New Hampshire understand that real change comes from the bottom up,” said Sean Ward, Bernie 2020 New Hampshire Field Director. “Despite rain, snow and cold weather, our volunteers knocked almost 18,000 doors this weekend alone. This weekend's weather was miserable and these results are a testament to the hard work of our team as well as the dedicated volunteers.” 

The accomplishment comes on the heels of a visit to the Granite State from Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ilhan Omar. The visit to New Hampshire focused on the importance of youth engagement, with events for students and young voters, including a rally at Nashua Community College. The rally exceeded 1,300 attendees -- the largest of any candidate in the race -- reflecting the growing grassroots support on the ground in New Hampshire.

Bernie 2020
November 1, 2019

New Hampshire for Bernie Announces Updated Staff, Office Numbers

Campaign now has 90 staffers and 13 field offices across Granite State

MANCHESTER, N.H. – On the heels of Sen. Sanders’ successful trip to the Granite State where he officially filed to be on the First-in-the-Nation primary ballot, New Hampshire for Bernie announced its latest staffing and office numbers.

The team now includes 90 staffers, the majority of whom are focused on field and community organizing. To accommodate its expanding ground game, NH for Bernie has opened a total of 13 field offices, plus its headquarters in Manchester. The campaign's newest offices are located in Exeter and Claremont, along with locations in Berlin, Concord, Conway, Dover, Keene, Laconia, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, Plymouth, and West Lebanon.

"We are in it to win it," said Shannon Jackson, New Hampshire State Director. “For months, we have been steadily building the ground game needed to win in New Hampshire. Granite Staters expect candidates to work hard and earn their votes, and that’s exactly what we are doing. Recent polls and endorsements show we are building momentum here and across the country, and we will continue to ramp up our campaign to bring home a win on February 11th.”

Bernie 2020
October 8, 2019
Contact: Carli Stevenson

New Hampshire for Bernie Announces State Co-Chairs

New Hampshire State Representative Renny Cushing and Executive Council Candidate Mindi Messmer to serve as state co-chairs
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Following a successful college tour which included rallies on the campuses of Plymouth State University, New England College, Dartmouth College, and the University of New Hampshire, Bernie 2020 announced its co-chairs today for the New Hampshire campaign.
State Representative Renny Cushing, a longtime anti-death penalty activist and dedicated progressive champion in the state legislature, will serve as campaign co-chair alongside former State Representative Mindi Messmer. As a State Representative and advocate, Messmer has successfully pushed through safer protections on drinking water and the environment to prevent cancer and chronic disease in New Hampshire. Representative Cushing’s bill abolishing the death penalty in New Hampshire was passed and signed into law earlier this year. 
"Bernie is honest, consistent, and authentic. He has led the fight to improve wages for working people, end the corrupting influence of big money in politics, and take bold action to stop climate change. As a longtime human rights activist, I am also proud to endorse a candidate who has been a lifelong opponent of capital punishment. 
In order to ensure the current occupant of the White House is a one-term president, we need a candidate who is brave, bold, and above all else, a fighter. Bernie is that candidate and I am proud to endorse him for president and serve as his campaign co-chair in New Hampshire," Rep. Cushing said.
Messmer, former state representative, environmental scientist and justice activist, and current candidate for Executive Council, said this of her endorsement and role as co-chair:
“Bernie Sanders has the most comprehensive plans to address climate change and environmental justice. He has a record of organizing to create change. On January 21, 2021, we will only have nine years to rein in fossil fuel carbon emissions. We need a President who will treat climate change as the existential threat and crisis that it is. That President is Bernie Sanders.”
“This campaign is both living our values and fighting for a better future,” said Shannon Jackson, NH State Director.  “As we kick our campaign into high gear, we are honored to have Reps. Cushing and Messmer join us as co-chairs. With their leadership, and the support of our steering committee, endorsers, and volunteers, I am confident we are in a strong position to win in New Hampshire on February 11th.”

Bernie 2020
July 11, 2019
Carli Stevenson

Bernie 2020 expands staff, offices in NH

MANCHESTER – Bernie 2020 announced Thursday it has 45 staffers on the ground in New Hampshire, the majority of which are focused on field and community organizing. The campaign will also be opening field offices in Manchester, Portsmouth, Dover, and West Lebanon. The Greater Nashua field office was opened last month with Sen. Sanders and Campaign Co-Chair Ben Cohen. Including campaign headquarters, NH for Bernie now has six offices throughout the state.
"From day one of this campaign, I have said we will take nothing for granted here in the first-in-the-nation primary. We're building out the organization we need to talk to every Granite Stater in every corner of New Hampshire and earn their vote. I'm proud of the team we put together," said Joe Caiazzo, State Director.


Bernie 2020
May 30, 2019
Carli Stevenson

New Hampshire for Bernie Announces Political and Field Hires

MANCHESTER, N.H. – New Hampshire for Bernie announced Wednesday a new round of senior hires in the political and field departments. The senior hires represent new and returning campaign staff with extensive experience in progressive electoral politics, community organizing, issue advocacy and local, state, and federal government work. The announcements come on the heels of a successful two-day swing through the state by Senator Sanders, reaching 2400 Granite Staters in 48 hours.

"We are building a robust and diverse team who brings a wealth of experience not just in New Hampshire politics, but in the deep community organizing and field work necessary to win the Granite State. We’re taking nothing for granted, and look forward to talking and listening to the voters of New Hampshire to win their support for Bernie on Primary Day," said Joe Caiazzo, State Director.
Here are the details:               

Will Bateson, Political Director

A nine-year veteran of the US Marine Corps Reserve, Will comes to the campaign from Sen. Maggie Hassan's Nashua senate office where he handled military, veteran, and first responders outreach and constituent services. Will brings more than seven years of democratic campaign experience to the team. He previously worked as an Assistant to Mayor Donchess in Nashua, and in 2016 managed Dan Weeks’s campaign for Executive Council in NH's 5th district.

Mo Baxley, Political Outreach Coordinator

Mo has been an activist and leader in the LGBT and progressive communities for 30 years at the local, state, and national level. As the former Executive Director of NH Freedom to Marry, she led the successful fight for marriage equality in the Granite State, the first to pass marriage equality at the legislative level without the threat of judicial action. A former state representative, she has been a city and county Democratic Party Chair and was most recently a Second Vice Chair of the New Hampshire  Democratic Party. She was a Sanders delegate to the 2016 DNC Convention.

Suraj Budathoki, Political Outreach Coordinator

A leader in New Hampshire’s New American community, Suraj is a founding member and previous Executive Director of Building Community in NH (formerly known as Bhutanese Community of NH), a community-based nonprofit serving refugee and immigrant populations in central NH. A former refugee from Bhutan, Suraj was expelled at age nine with his family during a government campaign of ethnic cleansing. He lived in a refugee camp in Nepal for 19 years before coming to the US in 2009. In addition to founding the International Campaign for Human Rights in Bhutan, Suraj serves as a member of the Conduct Board for the City of Manchester and as the NH delegate for the US Refugee Congress. He was honored as a member of the 2015 class of the Union Leader’s 40 Under Forty.

Sean Ward, Field Director

Sean is an accomplished grassroots specialist with experience in electoral and union organizing campaigns with six cycles of experience in seven different states. He most recently managed Working America’s midterm electoral program in Pennsylvania, netting an 89% win rate. A 2016 NH for Bernie veteran, Sean worked in the North Country as a Regional Field Director. He went on to work for the campaign in Nevada and Pennsylvania, and was part of the field leadership team that narrowly won Michigan by 1.42% in one of the greatest political upsets in Democratic primary history. In the 2016 general election, He served as the Deputy Field Director for the Nevada Democratic Party.

Caty Wagner, Deputy Field Director

A native New Englander, Caty comes to the campaign from NextGen America, where she served as a Regional Organizing Director for the Central Valley of California. She is an experienced community organizer focused primarily on immigrant rights and environmental issues, including helping to get a buffer zone of protection against pesticide spray around schools in California, and ban fracking near drinking water in the rural Central Valley community of Arvin. A former social worker, she previously worked in Haiti, Uganda and Colombia on issues of poverty, trafficking and human rights.                                             

Michael Ortiz, Deputy Field Director

An alumnus of Bernie 2016, Michael brings significant field experience in multi-candidate primary campaigns. He served in leadership roles on the campaigns of two historic candidates in Cook County, IL: Kevin Morrison, who defeated the Chair of the Illinois Republican Party to become the first openly LGBTQ County Commissioner, and Fanny Lopez Benitez, the first Latina Trustee in Hanover Park, IL. On Bernie 2016, he was a field organizer in Iowa, and Regional Field Director in Illinois. Most recently, Ortiz served as the Campaign Manager for Illinois State Senator Cristina Castro.