Adopted June 23rd, 2018


New Hampshire Democratic Party Platform

New Hampshire Democrats stand for policies that support strong, healthy communities and families, a strong economy with opportunities for all, and a fundamental system of fairness and justice. We believe government has a vital role in creating healthy communities and a vibrant business environment. We believe that essential elements of an attractive business environment include a healthy, well-trained workforce, quality public education, affordable housing and a comprehensive transportation and communication infrastructure. We are committed to upholding the right of every eligible voter to cast their ballot free from unreasonable restrictions.


To promote the strength of our communities, the health of our families and to create a vibrant, growing economy, New Hampshire Democrats are committed to the following values.

Jobs and the Economy
  • We believe government serves a vital role in creating a vibrant business environment and economic opportunity for all.


  • We believe in a government that promotes business development by ensuring the availability of a well-trained workforce with the skills needed to compete in a globalized economy.


  • We believe in a government that establishes a comprehensive transportation infrastructure to allow the transport of people, goods, and services across our state, and make it possible for our businesses and communities to thrive.


  • We believe in a government that establishes a comprehensive telecommunications and broadband infrastructure that promotes business development in both urban and rural areas of our state.


  • We believe in a government that ensures high quality public education, affordable workforce housing, and the availability of health care services to make our communities attractive to businesses and allow them to attract qualified employees to our state.


  • We believe public education is a bedrock principle of our free and democratic


  • We believe public funds should only support public schools, as per the New Hampshire state constitution. We reject all efforts to privatize public education.


  • We believe all students have the right to a quality education, from early childhood
    through post-secondary college or technical training.


  • We believe all students should be able to attend college or post-secondary
    training without the burden of excessive debt. Lowering in-state tuition costs by responsibly funding our public community colleges and universities is critical to this mission.


  • We recognize the achievement gap between and within our communities. We support
    policies to equalize education funding and eliminate the gap for children across
    income levels.


  • We believe children and teachers have the right to be safe in school. We support enforced anti-bullying policies and laws. We support gun-free schools. We will fight any attempts to arm teachers or militarize schools under the pretense of school safety.


Health Care
  • We believe health care is a basic human right and support universal health care coverage.


  • We believe quality health care must include physical, mental, and oral health care.


  • We support policies to improve access to health care in our rural communities and other medically underserved areas.


  • We believe mental health care must be delivered in the right setting at the right time; and we oppose a broken system that forces individuals in crisis to wait for long periods of time in hospital emergency rooms.  We oppose the criminalization of people with mental illness or the transfer of the mentally ill who have not been charged with a crime to a prison setting.


  • We believe in access to the full range of reproductive health care, including contraception and abortion care, in a manner that is respectful, private, safe, and free from government interference in private medical decisions.


  • We believe in the availability of sexual and reproductive health education as a means of promoting the health and safety of our young people.


  • We believe in a comprehensive approach to ending the deadly opioid crisis facing our state including the expansion of prevention and treatment programs.  


Environment, Energy, and Agriculture
  • We believe climate change presents a real and imminent threat to our future and that it is our responsibility to proactively address and counter its effects.  We reject all efforts to deny the validity of science.


  • We believe we must reduce our dependence on fossil fuels by investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy resources and infrastructure.


  • We believe it is our duty and responsibility to preserve clean air, clean water and a healthy environment for today and tomorrow.


  • We believe that economic development must occur in a way that protects our environment and preserves our natural resources for future generations.  We believe that achieving energy efficiency and economic growth are complimentary goals.


  • We support the protection of our public parks and recreation areas which enable us all to enjoy the beauty of our state.  


  • We believe that all residents in every community should have physical and economic access to a safe and healthy food supply.


  • We support local family farms that feed New Hampshire and its economy.


Public Safety & Justice
  • We support our law enforcement, firefighters and EMS personnel who keep our citizens safe.  We support proper staffing in accordance with national standards and the recommendations of subject matter experts.


  • We believe in universal background checks to protect our communities from gun violence.


  • We believe that military-style weapons, bump stocks, and high-capacity magazines do not belong on our streets.


  • We believe in the establishment of gun-free zones in certain public places, such as schools, as a means of reducing gun violence.


  • We support a ban on guns in and on the floor of our State House for the safety of our residents, guests, and children who visit.


  • We believe that prevention, education, treatment, and rehabilitation are the most effective means of curbing violent and repeat offenders while maximizing taxpayer resources.


  • We support drug courts and other diversion programs that prioritize treatment and rehabilitation, rather than incarceration, for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders.


  • We believe that marijuana should be legalized, taxed, and regulated.


  • We support full, fair, and timely access to our courts, both criminal and civil, and the protection of the constitutional right to a trial by jury.


  • We oppose unreasonable bail for the indigent as well as incarceration due to an inability to pay bail or criminal fines.


  • We support the repeal of capital punishment in our state, consistent with Part 1, Article 18 of the New Hampshire Constitution which states “the true design of all punishments being to reform, not to exterminate mankind.”


  • We believe the privatization of prisons creates improper incentives toward imprisonment rather than prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, and unnecessarily increases the cost to taxpayers.


Transportation and Infrastructure
  • We believe that a comprehensive transportation system promotes social and economic justice by allowing all of the people and businesses in our state to take advantage of opportunities regardless of their geographic location or economic circumstances. 


  • We believe in policies that promote the growth and development of multiple modes of interconnected, affordable public transportation, including commuter rail and bus service, throughout our state including our rural areas.


  • We believe investing in our roads, bridges, ports, airports, water systems, electric vehicle infrastructure, and utilities is essential to ensuring future business development and to protecting the safety of our residents.


  • We believe that access to emerging telecommunications and information services technologies, including broadband and wireless service, is essential to supporting business development as well as the safety and growth of our communities.


Voting Rights & Democracy
  • We believe that voting is a right and responsibility and not a privilege.


  • We believe in policies that broaden voter participation.  We reject laws that unreasonably restrict the right to vote.  Voter identification laws or other measures that are aimed at preventing students, the elderly, voters with disabilities, or minorities from exercising their constitutional right to vote are counter to our democratic principles.


  • We support automatic registration and the continuation of same-day registration.


  • We support a non-partisan state redistricting process designed to be free of partisan gerrymandering. 

  • We believe educating our citizens regarding their rights, beginning with civics education in our schools, is essential to our democracy.

Supporting our Veterans and Military Families
  • We believe the best way to honor all our veterans is to keep our commitment to provide physical and mental healthcare, education, and disability support for their lifetime.


  • We support policies that create employment opportunities for veterans and address the problem of homelessness.


  • We support the expansion of access to health care through contracting with local hospitals and doctors to ensure veterans have access to health care services in both urban and rural areas across the state.


Support for Our Workers
  • We believe that government, at its best, supports and protects the rights of workers.


  • We support the rights of all public and private sector workers to organize and form unions in order to collectively bargain for livable wages, fair benefits, and safe working conditions.


  • We oppose efforts to undermine these rights to collectively bargain, especially so-called “Right to Work” legislation and efforts to reduce bargaining unit membership.


  • We believe the growing wage gap and the resulting struggle of middle class workers to provide for the needs of their families undermines our families and our communities.


  • We believe that all public and private sector workers are entitled to fair, competitive wages and that the minimum wage should be a livable wage.


  • We believe the promises of pensions should be upheld and not infringed. Every person should be able to retire and live in retirement with dignity and good healthcare.


  • We will fight for the rights of women and minorities in all aspects of society, including the workplace, and in equal pay for equal work.



The Next Generation
  • We recognize the future prosperity of our state requires us to actively create communities that keep and attract young people to our state.


  • We believe in policies that allow students to afford public higher education and training without the shackling burden of excessive debt.


  • We support family-friendly policies, such as paid family leave and affordable childcare, that enable our young people to work and support healthy families. 


  • We believe affordable housing is critical to making our state more accessible to young people and to maintaining a thriving workforce.


  • We believe the availability of telecommunications and information technology services across rural and urban areas is critical to enabling our next generation to live and work, grow families, and establish businesses in our state.

Diversity Makes Us Stronger
  • We believe diversity is our strength and investing in it makes us stronger and more welcoming to newcomers and business.


  • We support all people regardless of race, religious beliefs, disability, immigration status, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ+).


  • We believe in basic protections and security for all people in our state, and that everyone should be free from discrimination in all areas of our society including in employment, housing, education, health care, our justice system, and in accessing all areas of public accommodations.


  • We believe immigration is not a problem to be solved. It is an opportunity for growth.

  • We object to the use of state funds and state authorities to enforce federal immigration laws which destroy families and disrupt communities.



First in the Nation Primary
  • We are proud to support and defend New Hampshire’s first in the nation primary and will fight to protect this important status.


  • We welcome all candidates to our state, treat them fairly and take the responsibility of hosting primary candidates seriously.


  • We are committed to maintaining fairness and respecting all candidates in primary elections.



Fiscal Responsibility
  • We believe an effective and efficient government provides essential services including supporting the health and safety of our residents, public education, the protection of our environment, access to courts and justice, consumer protection, and the physical infrastructure necessary to maintain a robust economy and expand employment opportunities.


  • We believe the budget must not only reflect the true costs of operating an effective and efficient government, but must also be supported by sufficient revenue and honest revenue estimates.


  • We oppose unfunded mandates and downshifting costs to the local property taxpayer. 


  • We respect both the will of the people and the constitutional requirement of fair and equal taxation.


  • We are committed to engaging New Hampshire residents in an effort to develop fiscally sound, transparent, and accountable approaches to a balanced budget designed to serve the needs of our residents and our economy.



Respectfully submitted,


The 2018 New Hampshire Democratic Party Platform Committee.


Cinde Warmington, Chair

Rep. Cindy Rosenwald, Co-Chair


Sen. Donna Soucy, Co-Chair

Gerri Cannon

Dan Chartrand

Shoshanna Kelly

Gene Martin

Michelle Moge

Susan Moore

Laura O'Neill

Ken Roos

Dario Scalco

Meredith Shevitz

Michael Strand

Margaret Rice

Zandra Rice-Hawkins



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