August 17, 2020 Press Releases

Mayors from Across NH Endorse Shaheen for Re-election

August 17, 2020
Contact: Ally Livingston,

Endorsement event

Manchester, N.H. — Today, Jeanne Shaheen was endorsed by mayors from across New Hampshire, who highlighted how she has made a difference for the residents of their cities by securing federal investments that create and protect jobs, strengthening local infrastructure, and improving veterans care and affordable housing. At events in Manchester and Dover, Shaheen was endorsed by Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess, Concord Mayor Jim Bouley, Laconia Mayor Andrew Hosmer, Dover Mayor Robert Carrier, Rochester Mayor Caroline McCarley and Somersworth Mayor Dana Hilliard. Shaheen was also endorsed by Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier.

“New Hampshire’s mayors make such a difference for their communities, fighting to improve public schools, protect our local fire departments, and ensure every Granite Stater has a place to call home,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen. “During the pandemic, our mayors have been critical partners in our federal efforts to support New Hampshire. I am grateful to have them standing with me in this campaign so we can continue to work together to make a difference for Granite Staters.”

“When it comes to making a difference for Manchester, Senator Jeanne Shaheen gets the job done,” said Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig. “From bringing good-paying jobs to our city, to helping expand the Manchester VA Medical Center and providing a tenfold increase in funding to address the addiction epidemic, Senator Shaheen has consistently delivered for the City of Manchester. I’m proud to endorse her in her re-election because I know she will continue to work to make New Hampshire a better place for all Granite Staters.”

“In Nashua, we know that we can rely on Senator Shaheen to not only listen to the real challenges facing our community, but to deliver results,” said Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess. “She helped secure funding to Nashua’s Harbor Homes to renovate their facilities and to continue serving hundreds of veterans at risk for homelessness in our city. Senator Shaheen helped expand affordable housing opportunities and community development efforts in Nashua, and she has brought hundreds of thousands of federal dollars to our region and galvanized our efforts to make sure our city’s residents have a roof over their head and a place to call home. It is clear that we can count on Senator Shaheen to fight for us in Washington, and that’s why we need to re-elect her this fall.”

“Senator Shaheen understands the unique challenges facing mayors across New Hampshire, and she has worked across the aisle to benefit our cities and residents,” said Concord Mayor Jim Bouley. “Revitalizing Downtown Concord was one of my top priorities as mayor, but it would not have been possible without the senator’s ongoing support and her efforts to deliver federal resources to our city. She has consistently fought to support our local infrastructure, and made sure that we got the funding to expand I-93, which has made such a difference for Concord and the surrounding area. Jeanne Shaheen has always fought for Concord, and I know that she will always put New Hampshire first.”

“Throughout her career—as governor and in the Senate—Jeanne Shaheen has taken on fights for the people of Laconia and the Lakes Region and she has won,” said Laconia Mayor Andrew Hosmer. “She has delivered major grants to support our local infrastructure, secured significant federal funding to support our local airport, which serves the whole region. Senator Shaheen has also been a critical ally to our firefighters in the Senate, securing federal resources for our local fire departments to ensure the brave people who keep us safe have what they need to do their jobs and help our communities. We need Jeanne Shaheen in the Senate fighting for us.”

“A former teacher at Dover High School, Senator Shaheen has been a critical ally as we have adjusted to life during the pandemic,” said Dover Mayor Robert Carrier. “When Republicans tried to ram through a COVID package without any education funding, Jeanne Shaheen held strong, negotiating a better deal for New Hampshire and delivering millions to our state for public education and e-learning. Senator Shaheen knows how crucial small business is to the region and the state, and has supported jobs and businesses in Dover through the State Trade Expansion Program and, during the pandemic, through the Paycheck Protection Program that she helped write. I am endorsing Jeanne Shaheen today because she has made such a difference for Dover and for communities across our state, and I look forward to re-electing her in November.”

“Jeanne Shaheen has stepped up time and again for Rochester, especially as we confront the coronavirus,” said Rochester Mayor Caroline McCarley. “She has consistently advocated for state funding to support our cities in New Hampshire, and she made a big difference to our community in Rochester, delivering $13.5 million to support Rochester jobs with a major contract for our Lydall Performance Materials here in Rochester to help produce materials for lifesaving personal protective equipment. I am proud to give her my endorsement today, and I will work hard to re-elect her on November 3!”

“Jeanne Shaheen understands the challenges of being a local mayor, and she has been our best advocate on the federal level — fighting to secure resources to invest in our kids, make our communities safer, and bolster our local infrastructure,” said Somersworth Mayor Dana Hilliard. “When COVID hit New Hampshire, she helped deliver a robust package to help hospitals, schools and small businesses and an additional $1.25 billion directly for our state, even after Republicans proposed a package with nothing for our state and our cities. She has been our strongest advocate in the fight against the opioid crisis, and brought a tenfold increase in funding to our state to help boost treatment, prevention, recovery, and law enforcement. The stakes are incredibly high for New Hampshire and the nation during this election, and I’m ready to work to make sure she wins in November.”

“Throughout her career, Jeanne Shaheen has made a big difference for Berlin and the North Country, and we will continue to have her back in this campaign,” said Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier. “She has brought hundreds of jobs and millions of federal dollars to the region and continues to spur economic development and investment through the Northern Border Regional Commission. The federal investments that she has delivered to boost our infrastructure, including the repair of Hutchins Street and the expansion of cell service and broadband have been a real benefit to the region. I have seen firsthand how Senator Shaheen has fought for Berlin and North Country families, and I will work hard to ensure she is re-elected.”

Endorsement event

The first woman in U.S. history to be elected both Governor and U.S. Senator, Jeanne Shaheen is helping lead efforts in Congress to secure funding for states, cities, and towns during COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, Shaheen has been in close contact with mayors across New Hampshire, and she has been advocating for them in Congress. When Republicans proposed a COVID response package that included zero dollars for state and local relief and $3 billion in bailouts for big oil, Shaheen worked to eliminate the big oil bailout, and secured $1.25 billion for New Hampshire to benefit the state, cities, and local municipalities. She continues to press in COVID-19 negotiations to ensure local governments have the resources they need to support hospitals and health care providers, to keep small businesses afloat, and to safely reopen schools.

Social-distancing and masks were required at Shaheen’s events to ensure the health and safety of attendees and the media.

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