NH Dems overwhelmingly vote to reelect DNC members that navigated FITN primary crisis

The New Hampshire Democratic Party’s executive committee has voted to reelect Bill Shaheen and State Senator Donna Soucy as committee members for the state party’s Democratic National Committee delegation, which represents the state party in matters before the national party. (Photos courtesy)

By Colin Booth

March 30, 2024

The New Hampshire Democratic Party’s executive committee has voted to reelect Bill Shaheen and State Senator Donna Soucy as committee members for the state party’s Democratic National Committee delegation, which represents the state party in matters before the national party.

They beat out challengers Richard Komi and Shanna Potvin by significant margins. 

These are the same members that successfully navigated the DNC-created calendar crisis over the date of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary that ultimately resulted in a successful write-in campaign for President Joe Biden and was the starting point nationally for what has become a strong kickoff for the incumbent president.

NHDP Chair Ray Buckley said the impressive results were a display of the confidence New Hampshire Democrats had in the organization they had put together.

“When it mattered most, this team stepped up. We were faced with an unprecedented situation, defended the most important institution in New Hampshire, and emerged as a state party stronger than ever. I’m grateful for their work and honored to serve with them for another four year term.” Chairman Buckley said.

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Bill Shaheen is an attorney from Dover and husband to Senator Jeanne Shaheen. He was first elected to fill the remainder of Peter Burling’s seat in 2014 and is now serving in his fourth term on the committee. State Senate Democratic Leader Donna Soucy is from Manchester and is serving in her second term. She replaced former NHDP chair and longtime DNC member Kathy Sullivan.

The newly reelected members are joined by DNC at-large members appointed by President Biden: Joanne Dowdell, 1st vice chair Martha Fuller Clark, and NHDP Chair Raymond Buckley who has served as a DNC member since 1999 and is the longest currently serving state party chair in the nation of either party. 

Since the success of the FITN primary, which saw higher turnout per-capita for the President than states like South Carolina, despite his not being on the ballot, the Biden campaign has allocated significant time and resources to New Hampshire.

Biden has already visited the state, coming shortly after his State of the Union speech last month, and the campaign has opened three offices already in Exeter, Concord, and Manchester, with two more set to open by the end of next week, and more on the way. In New Hampshire the Trump campaign has only opened one office with no public plans on further openings.

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  • Colin Booth

    Based in Epsom, Colin Booth is Granite Post's political correspondent. A Granite State native and veteran political professional with a deep background in journalism, he's worked on campaigns and programs in battleground states across the country, ranging from New Hampshire, Texas, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.

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