The Wire 4.11.2012
Watters Announces Conservation Endorsements
Watters for Senate Campaign received endorsements this week from the
New Hampshire Sierra Club and Conservation NH. Rep. David Watters who is
running for State Senate District 4 was recognized as an environmental
champion for his concern for the New Hampshire environment and the
impact of pollution on human health. Watters serves on the House Fish
and Game and Marine Resources Committee and on the Atlantic States
Marine FIsheries Council.
At the endorsement on
October 15, Jerry Curran, the political chair for the New Hampshire
Sierra Club said that candidates like Watters "are our best hope for
preserving clean air and clean water and protecting the wild places for
the people of New Hampshire and all of the business which benefit from
our abundant environmental wealth." He also noted that Watters and other
incumbents "worked hard to dismantle Speaker O'Briens radical
conservative agenda that has dismantled smart, popular energy programs
and threatened others." The New Hampshire Sierra Club endorsed Watters
based on responses to an in-depth questionnaire, voting record and
history of environmental involvement.
NH executive director Susie Hackler and chair of Board of Directors
Elizabeth Hager announced the endorsement of David Watters at an event
at Diamond Hill Farm in Hopkinton on October 17. This non-partisan
group works with environmental organizations across the state in order
to coordinate its efforts and to work together to preserve the quality
of life New Hampshire citizens enjoy. The endorsement was based on a
detailed questionnaire and an in-person interview. Watters articulated
his positions on top environmental and conservation issues facing New
Hampshire, such as land and water use, transportation, climate, energy,
and health. The endorsement recognizes his deep knowledge of the issues
and commitment to preserve the environment in Senate District 4 and
across the state.
David Watters expressed his
gratitude for these endorsements, "I am honored to have the support of
conservation voters across the district, and I will continue to fight
for the environment so people can have access to our special natural
resources for fishing, hunting, and recreation. I am especially
committed to maintaining our resources in the Great Bay Region and along
our coasts so that they can support economic activities of our tourism
industry and fishing. The quality of life in our communities depends on a
healthy environment." Watters is also committed to working in the
Senate to reduce pollution and to support measures to increase
conservation and green energy.
Fosters Daily Democrat 10.19.2012
— David Watters, a Dover resident running for the Strafford County
District 4 Senate seat, said his three goals as a state senator are to
strengthen education, focus on the environment and balance the budget.
running to bring some common sense and stability back to Concord. I’ve
been up there the last couple of years and saw the divisiveness over the
social issues,” he said during an editorial board meeting. “We didn’t
get the work done that we needed to get the economy moving and to create
Watters says a priority of his is preparing people for jobs
right now by increasing the importance of technical colleges and
“For me, I think we need to focus on
education. That is going to bring the kind of quality and trained work
for 21st century jobs.”
Watters, a professor at the University of New
Hampshire since 1978, said he moved to the area to begin his career in
education. His wife is also a professor and he has family throughout New
“I’m running for community values,” he said. “We take
care of our own. We take care of our children. We take care of our
elderly. We make sure that a town like Dover has a beautiful
environment. The quality of life here is extraordinary. People love it.
They don’t want legislators to mess it up. There are things that we need
to do here.”
One issue in our state Watters is concerned with is
the Great Bay estuary. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed
to reduce Dover’s nitrogen discharge, which currently operates between
15 milligrams to 20 milligrams per liter, to a limit of 3 milligrams per
liter. The coalition did a number of studies and proved it does not
need to be below 8 milligrams per liter. To meet this goal, the Great
Bay Municipalities, which include Exeter, Newmarket, Rochester,
Portsmouth and Dover, would have to make millions of dollars in upgrades
to their facilities.
“I am 100 percent behind the coalition for
the 8 milligrams per liter. I think that is the sweet spot. I worked
with legislation last time to say, ‘Look, it is very hard to get below
that. We have winter around here,” he said. “If the EPA had a shred of
common sense to sign off on the eight and put a program in place as they
have in Durham, and are working on in Newmarket to deal with the storm
water, we would do a much better job.”
Watters said he met with
the heads of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services just
before the coalition sued them.
“I said, ‘Look, it is federal, but
you have a role to play as DES because you provide opinions … and what
we talked about was a 5-5-5 plan.”
This plan, he said, gives the city five years to design, five years to build and then five years to look at the results.
idea was, you could build to the eight (milligrams per liter), then
have five years to learn and then have 15 years to build other
processes,” he said. “You could, for not much cost, design that plant,
so that if you have to add on to it later on, you would design it to do
that, just in case, but you would have the 15 years there to let the
science catch up and find other ways, and also have time to develop
Watters is also concerned with moving forward in regards to the state’s economy and the people of New Hampshire’s future.
said his opponent, Phyllis Woods, wrote that no real woman would ever
use contraception. He also said she signed the Cornerstone Pledge.
Cornerstone Pledge, you can read it. She signed it. It brings back all
that business of life beginning at conception. So you can say goodbye to
IUD, say goodbye to in vitro, say goodbye to some kind of birth
control. It also says parent’s have natural rights over their children,”
“Why sign a pledge that brings back everything that tied the House up in knots?” he asked.
During the last budget process, he said, certain cuts were made with the Republicans in control, which he did not agree with.
But I will agree, that by law, we need a balanced budget. I’m a frugal
Yankee,” he said. “I do not support income or sales tax. I’m against
that because I think that is the New Hampshire way. It is the New
Hampshire advantage, too.”
He said the bottom line for him is to grow the economy.
“I have great faith in New Hampshire businesses to make money. This is an entrepreneurial state,” he said.
Watters said this election will solve problems many residents have right now.
think also this election will get rid of a lot of uncertainty,” he
said. “People are waiting. There is a lot of money to be invested. We
are going to see some real growth.”
Democracy for America Endorsement 9.27.2012
The Watters campaign is proud to announce the endorsement of Democracy for America. On our Democracy for America
page, supporters may become a fan of the campaign as well as view
David's biography, his reasons for running as well as the values he
considers to be important.
Watters Campaign Announces Sets Fundraising Records and Announces Endorsements
Watters for Senate campaign filed record fundraising numbers with the
Secretary of State for the first filing period on August 22, 2012. With
over 300 individual donors, the campaign has more contributors than any
previous campaign for state senate in communities comprising the new
District 4, Barrington, Dover, Rollinsford, and Somersworth. “This
grassroots campaign has hundreds of supporters in New Hampshire who want
common sense leadership in Concord, and we will continue to bring our
message of jobs, community values, and fairness to the voters to build a
winning campaign,” according to Watters. The number of donors far
surpasses those of the previous senators, Merrill, Cilley, and Groen.
campaign has also raised more new money for this filing than the
previous senators, with nearly $47,000.00 raised. Watters’ campaign
manager Duncan Fleming noted, “This success means we will reach every
voter through direct mailing, door-to-door flyers, and phone calls.
Voters will hear about David’s support for education funding, protecting
the environment, collective bargaining, and women’s health. It’s time
to turn back Speaker O’Brien’s Tea Party candidates for the state
The Watters for Senate campaign also announced its
growing list of endorsements and supporters. Through a pro-business
economic development plan, Watters has earned the support of New
Hampshire Association of Realtors, Federal Express PAC, Associated
General Contractors of New Hampshire, Independent Pharmacy Association.
For his support of education and restored funding for the community and
technical colleges as well as the University System of New Hampshire,
the National Education Association-NH, the American Federation of
Teachers-NH, and the American Association of University Professors have
given their endorsement. David Watters thanks teachers for their
support, “As an educator, I know the commitment teachers give to help
every student learn, and, working together with parents and local
communities, we can improve public education. The state must pay its
fair share. We can’t grow the economy without strong public schools.”
The Watters campaign has also gained the support of
middle-class working families who care for our elderly citizens, make
our government run efficiently, take care of our infrastructure, and
keep our communities safe. This includes the Professional Firefighters
of New Hampshire, SEIU Local 1984--the State Employees Association of
New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Public Health Association. The
campaign is also supported by members of the building trades, including
the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Union Local 3, the Plumbers and
Steamfitters Local Union 131, the New Hampshire Carpenters Local 118,
the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2320, and the
Granite State Teamsters. David Watters said, “I will fight for New
Hampshire’s middle-class families by keeping taxes low, opposing
downshifting of costs, and ensuring fair bargaining practices.”
you to all who made this possible for your continued support of the
campaign. Together, we will win this fight for the citizens of District
Thank You! 8.27.2012
big thank you to all of the supporters who showed up to canvass this
weekend! It was a very successful trip through Somersworth and Dover. I
also thank the nice people at Organizing for America who were kind
enough to take my literature out on their canvasses.
Strafford County Democrats also held their picnic yesterday and it was a
great success. We saw a fantastic turnout and lots of delicious food!
Thanks to the Strafford County Democratic Committee for putting another
Fosters Daily Democrat 7.27.2012
— A set of State Senate hopefuls will meet with administrators and
residents of Riverside Rest Home next month to share information about
Medicare in honor of the program's 47th birthday.
Watters, District 4, and Richard Leonard, District 6, hope to speak with
these individuals about how a Republican-driven plan to provide the
state legislature the ability to alter Medicare will affect them.
two argue this plan dovetails a national Republican plan that seeks to
run Medicare on what they called a voucher program, increase the age
someone must be to become eligible for Medicare, and increase costs.
"We've got to stop this plan," said Watters.
Leonard echoed Watters, calling it "common sense" to stop such changes from occurring.
to Watters, the state only reimburses roughly 10 percent of the
Medicare costs for Strafford County. Leonard noted the continual
decrease in reimbursement because of budget cuts and the deficit caused
the assisted living facility to loose programs due to lack of funding.
stressed, continually cutting the budget and the reimbursement for the
county will eventually have a "dramatic effect" on the County Farm Road
home and the care provided to its residents.
The two noted in its
47th year, Medicare shows to be one of the most "successful" health
care programs, and altering it, as proposed, would have significant
consequences for seniors.
According to Watters, the Granite State
has one of the largest population of senior citizens in New England.
Because of this, altering Medicare would affect a large percentage of
the state's population.
"Seniors have a tough time making ends
meet as it is," said Leonard, noting he has heard countless stories of
citizens who went without medication due to rising costs. "It's a
problem for a lot of older folks."
The meeting between Watters,
Leonard and those who live and work at Riverside Rest Home is
tentatively scheduled to take place on August 13 at the assisted living
Fosters Daily Democrat 6.15.2012
"DOVER — It's official.
Democratic State Rep. David Watters, of Dover, formally entered the race for New Hampshire Senate last week.
turned in his election papers at the Secretary of State's office in
Concord on Wednesday, June 6. He was joined on the trip by 13 other
Democratic candidates for state Senate.
A two-term member of the
New Hampshire House, Watters is seeking the Democratic nomination for
the District 4 Senate seat. The district encompasses Dover, Barrington,
Rollinsford and Somersworth.
"It is time to put aside the
divisive social issues and extreme rhetoric in Concord," Watters said in
a statement this week. "We need to create jobs, support education, and
preserve our community values, and protect our natural resources."
is a University of New Hampshire English professor. He is an active
member of the Dover Democratic Committee, and was chairman of Strafford
County's Democratic Committee, according to information provided by his
campaign. He is also a commissioner on the Atlantic States Marine
Fosters Daily Democrat 5.24.2012
Watters for Senate announces campaign team appointments
— The Watters for Senate Campaign announced key appointments to the
campaign team, including campaign manager, campaign treasurer, and
In making the announcement, Rep. David
Watters stated, "I am excited to bring this team together to create a
winning campaign for District 4, Barrington, Dover, Rollinsford, and
Somersworth. Having met early fundraising goals, the campaign is gearing
up to take our Democratic message to the voters."
manager is Duncan Fleming. He served during the 2011-12 session as an
intern in the New Hampshire State Senate in the office of Sens. Kelly,
Larsen, and Merrill, and he volunteered for the 2008 Barack Obama
Presidential campaign. He is a member of Psi Sigma Alpha, the Political
Science Honor Society, and he was the Londonderry High School class
valedictorian. Rep. Watters welcomes Duncan to the Watters for Senate
campaign team: "Duncan has campaign experience as well as experience
working on senate legislative issues, and he brings to the campaign a
passion for reaching out to voters about core Democratic values. His
fundraising experience will also be an asset to the campaign."
campaign treasurer is Carol Appel, vice chairperson, Strafford County
Democratic Committee, treasurer of the Dover Democratic Committee, and a
member of the 2012 New Hampshire Democratic Party Platform Committee,
Carole Appel was chair of the Strafford County Democratic Committee from
1996 to 2006. She served a term as secretary of the N.H. Democratic
Party. Appel has a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree
in linguistics. She worked in scholarly book publishing for 25 years
before moving to Dover in 1993. Senate candidate Watters notes, "I am
grateful to my good friend and Democratic Party colleague of many years
for her commitment to this campaign. She has been honored for her work
as a Democratic activist, and she knows how to create a winning
grassroots campaign in District 4."
The Watters for Senate
Campaign has also contracted the services of Bridge Communications, of
Newington, Ct., and Washington, D.C. to provide messaging, direct mail,
and polling services. CEO Doug Hasson will work closely with Rep.
Watters to get the message of jobs, education, community values, and
equality out to the votes of Barrington, Dover, Rollinsford, and
Somersworth. Bridge Communications has worked on campaigns across the
country, from the local to the presidential levels, as well as many
campaigns in New Hampshire.
For further information on the Watters for Senate Campaign, visit www.wattersforsenate.org or call 969-9224."
Fosters Daily Democrat 5.5.2012
Rep Watters joins Chamber
Letter to the editor
the editor: The events last week in Concord show why we need to restore
civility and common sense to the legislature. The State Senate tabled
or sent to interim study bills that would undermine unions, restrict
abortion, and permit unconstitutional limits on legal refugees. Whether
one agrees with these positions or not by the Republican majority in the
senate, it is that body's right to act as it sees fit on legislation.
O'Brien in the House responded by inserting the union decertification
bill into a Senate measure on snowplowing. The anti-abortion bill and
the anti-refugee bill went into important Senate bills to increase the
business investment tax credit. These pro-business bills are bipartisan
efforts, which I strongly support, to promote economic growth and create
jobs. It would be terrible to see them fail for the sake of a squabble
started by Speaker O'Brien. At the end of the session on Wednesday, the
House Republican leadership tabled seven Senate bills, including one
needed to pass now to gain $13 million for the prisons. This was done,
it was said, to "send a message."
The message being sent is that
the legislative process and important bills will be sacrificed to
extremism. I went to Concord to do the people's work, to make government
and legislation serve all the people, and to listen to all sides in
creating my bipartisan legislation. At its best, the legislature works
well and wisely. I am running for State Senate in District 4,
Barrington, Dover, Rollinsford, and Somersworth to restore fairness and
balance in Concord. The people of this district deserve legislators who
will work together for the good of our families, our schools, and our
State Rep. David H. Watters
Foster Daily Democrat 5.2.2012
The New Hampshire 5.1.2012
professor David Watters started working at the University of New
Hampshire in 1978 and has been an active member of both the UNH and New
Hampshire communities ever since. He has served on the boards of various
local organizations and worked with many others, including the New
Hampshire Historical Society, the New Hampshire Humanities council, and
the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
Four years ago,
Watters took his service into the political realm when he ran for and
won a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives as the
representative of Strafford county District 4, which consists of Dover’s
first and second wards.
Watters was inspired to participate in
community service by his parents. His father served as a doctor for the
Veteran’s Association and his mother, a survivor of polio, worked with
Easter Seals, an organization that gives aid to those with disabilities.
said that he was inspired to run for office when he met then candidate
Barack Obama at an event in the summer of 2007 and listened to a speech
about giving back to the community.
While serving in the House,
Watters also has had to balance his job as a professor. He said that his
UNH job comes first, and that he puts one hundred percent of his effort
into every one of his classes. When he first was thinking of running
for office, he spoke to the administration to ensure that it was an
acceptable act for a UNH professor and found that he was not the first
to take on a second job as a legislator.
Watters teaches a
variety of English classes at UNH and said he loves teaching New England
or New Hampshire studies. He currently specializes in black New England
history, particularly early African-American New Hampshire culture. In
addition, Watters said that he enjoys teaching his students about Robert
Frost and watching them connect to his poetry.
that the New Hampshire House is a “citizen legislature,” and that it is
by no means unusual for a member to also be a working person in the
Watters is now running for a seat in the state Senate
where he said he hopes he can work to “affect important changes.” His
primary concern is the education system in the state. In particular, he
is worried about funding for public education, which he views as
extremely important to maintain the high technology jobs that make up a
large portion of the New Hampshire seacoast’s job market.
he views education and equality for all as extremely important issues,
Watters believes that the economy is going to be the most talked about
issue in the coming election. “People are anxious. There is too much
uncertainty about good jobs coming into the area,” he said. “We need to
make sure jobs are growing.”
Watters’s philosophy on government
is one shared by many in New Hampshire. “It’s all about hearing people
and about how government can help, or get out of the way when
necessary,” he said.
So far, Watters has been working on building
the infrastructure for his campaign. He has been working evenings and
weekends, making phone calls and speaking to as many community groups as
possible in an effort to reach his 54,000 possible constituents.
his last election, Watters was able to knock on all 1,800 doors of his
possible voters, a feat that he says may be much more difficult this
Fosters Daily Democrat 4.4.2012
State Rep. Watters to seek state Senate seat
Fosters Daily Democrat 3.27.2012
Dover Democrats eat spaghetti, talk about fall elections
Union Leader 3.27.2102
WMUR Political Scoop 3.2.2012
"Dover: With State Rep. David Watters about to throw his hat in the ring for the newly created State Senate district four, it could mean that Dover will have it’s first State Senator since before Madbury’s Jeanne Shaheen defeated Dover’s Frank Torr in 1990, 22 years ago."
Foster's Daily Democrat 2.10.2012
Speaking at a public hearing in Dover on the EPA decision to lower nitrogen discharge limits from the city's wastewater treatment plant.
"State Rep. David Watters, D-Dover, stressed that another few hundred dollars from the wallets of city sewer uses each year will put them in a place where they have to go without medicine, and other household and every day necessities.
"The taxpayers' dollars are not an endless resource," said Watters.
He called the Adaptive Management Plan suggested by the Great Bay Coalition communities "extraordinary," and urged the EPA to strongly consider it as an alternative method of addressing the declining health of the estuary."
UNH Media Relations 3.10.2011
Watters Appointed To Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission