It has been a busy couple of weeks in New Hampshire and the Every Child Matters in New Hampshire team was there up close and personal the whole time!
The week started with MacKenzie and Hali attending Martin O’Malley’s “#ActionsNotWords Town Hall” at the University of New Hampshire on Tuesday 11/4. Here he spoke mainly on climate change and environmental issues. During the question and answer portion MacKenzie got a question answered by him regarding the opportunity gap. To hear his response and read more regarding this town hall, head over to our Website’s blog page and ECM NH FaceBook page to read our summary of this and other events!
Wednesday kicked off the NH Primary Filings at the State House where candidates came to pay their fee and get their name on the First in the Nation primary ballot. Martin O’Malley was there to start the day at 8am. He was followed by Donald Trump who filed later that morning and also held a press conference on the State House steps. Inside the State House MacKenzie was able to introduce herself and our organization to Mr. Trump and he even signed our “Invest in Kids” poster!
On Thursday we were back at the State House bright and early for Marco Rubio’s filing. He said a quick thank you to his supporters and other organizations outside the Secretary of State’s office and then headed to a Town Hall event. Later that afternoon, Carly Fiorina was there for her filing after having attended a Candidate Café earlier that morning. There were many people asking about our organization at this event so it was a great opportunity to spread our message and awareness on children and family issues!
Afterwards, we watched the busy bodies of the Bernie Sanders campaign set up for a big rally on the lawn. When he finished filing he came outside and spoke to the huge crowd outside about the policies he wants to implement as President; including paid family leave and college debt. His event ended our long Thursday but we would be back for more the next day!
Friday it was John Kasich’s turn to file. He then headed to a supporter reception at the Barley House across the street. Later that afternoon Chris Christie came to the NH State House to file and he spoke to our State Director MaryLou Beaver about our organization and our Candidate Forums on child and family issues!
TGIF! But we would be back Monday for Hillary!
Monday kicked off with Hillary Clinton’s filing and rally which had a giant crowd! She spoke about women’s rights and equal pay and college debt.
As the candidates continue to file and crisscross their way across the state, we will keep you all updated on what’s next!
The Republican Debate was Tuesday night (11/10) and we are so glad so many of you tweeted along with us! Although there was not a lot of talk regarding children’s issues – there was some mention of the minimum wage. Donald Trump and Ben Carson both stated that they would not raise the minimum wage. Marco Rubio stated that as a father he knows that “it is expensive to raise children in the 21st century” and that he would increase the childcare tax credit. To see all of our tweets regarding the Republican Debate and candidate events head over to our twitter page! (@ECMNH)
My final note! Don’t forget to live tweet with us the Democratic Debate this Saturday at 8pm on CBS! Follow us on twitter @ECMNH and like us on Facebook : Every Child Matters – NH! Thanks for reading!