States & Candidates

States can change the direction of our country.

New Hampshire 2020

Goal

Defend Senate majority

Chamber Makeup

State Senate

14 Democrats

10 Republicans

State House

233 Democrats

165 Republicans

2 Independents

Opportunity Assessment

In 2018, Future Now Fund helped flip New Hampshire, where lawmakers have since been busy improving lives. But New Hampshire has a long history as a “purple” state that sits squarely in the center. With four Senate Democrats in Trump seats, it’s critical to defend hard-fought gains in this state.

The Stakes

Picking a president begins in New Hampshire—and so does setting the policy agenda for the entire country. After flipping the New Hampshire Legislature in 2018, its new majority is showing what state lawmakers can really do for everyday people.

  • Pushed for automatic voter registration—a far cry from the former majority’s efforts to restrict voting rights through voter ID laws and student disenfranchisement.
  • Advocated for fairer districts.
  • Worked to create a 21st century support system for working families that includes paid family and medical leave, a livable wage, and eliminating non-compete clauses for low-wage workers.
  • Invested in kids: expanding mental health care, bringing free breakfast to schools, and bolstering nurse home-visiting for newborns.
  • Attacked water pollution after years of the state government standing idly by.

2020 Political Landscape

  • In 2020, the entire State Senate is up for election, including four Democrats in seats that Trump won in 2016.
  • The Trump campaign has signaled it will attempt to flip the state in 2020 after it narrowly voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and both gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races could prove to be competitive.
  • In 2018:
    • Democrats won control of the State Senate by flipping four Republican-held seats, all of which were targeted by Future Now Fund.
    • Democrats also flipped control of the State House, which tends to move in the same direction as the State Senate (they have been controlled by the same party all but four years since 1992).  

Meet the candidates

  • Sue Ford
    Sue Ford
    SD-1

    A former teacher, principal, and administrator for over 40 years, Sue is running to fight for better education and to advocate for families in NH’s rural communities.

  • Bill Bolton
    Bill Bolton
    SD-2

    A two-term Selectman in Plymouth and a retired state employee who served over 30 years, Bill has been committed to public service his whole life. He’s now running for the Senate to better his community.

  • Jenn Alford-Teaster
    Jenn Alford-Teaster
    SD-8

    Raised by her grandmother and mother in a small Seacoast apartment, Jenn experienced first hand what food insecurity meant for a family. Now, she is running for State Senate to ease the burdens on NH families in need.

  • Jeanne Dietsch
    Jeanne Dietsch
    SD-9

    A leader in her community, Jeanne has worked tirelessly to help those in her community struggling in the COVID-19 crisis. In the Senate, she is fighting to support working families.

  • Shannon Chandley
    Shannon Chandley
    SD-11

    The daughter of a firefighter and a school food service worker, Shannon learned the value of public service early. She is running to end the divisiveness in Concord and find solutions that work for all New Hampshirites.

  • Melanie Levesque
    Melanie Levesque
    SD-12

    A Nashua native and a businesswoman, in the Senate Melanie fights to advance pressing issues like quality education and economic expansion, all without breaking the bank.

  • Jon Morgan
    Jon Morgan
    SD-23

    Raised in a little apartment on the East side of Manchester, Jon was brought up on Granite State values. In the Senate, Jon is using them to fight to protect working families in NH, not corporate special interests.

  • Tom Sherman
    Tom Sherman
    SD-24

    A physician and leader in his community, Tom Sherman has deep experience in both healthcare and in public service. In the Senate he is working to solve New Hampshire’s most critical issues.