Mindi for Congress
New Hampshire District 1
On the Issues
Justice is the salvation of Democracy. I will fight for economic, gender, racial, social, criminal and environmental justice in Washington.
We must move forward, not backward. I will work to transform this country into a nation that affirms the value of people regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender identity or sexual orientation.
Healthcare is a basic human right; every citizen, regardless of health or economic status, deserves full access to high-quality healthcare. Health is key to overall well-being and economic stability for all. The only way to solve our national healthcare crisis is to expand Medicare to all.
I will fight for at least a $15 minimum wage and for a tax code that works for the 99% of us—not just for corporations.
Every American has a right to clean air and clean water. In Congress, I will continue to fight lobbyists, the administration, and special interests to safeguard and reform regulations and policies meant to prevent cancer and chronic illness.
I will fight to expand Social Security to lift Americans out of poverty, let people retire with dignity, and take care of our veterans and disabled citizens and their families.
Advocating for Public Health in our Communities
If you had told me a few years ago that I would become an elected official or a Congressional candidate, I would have never believed you. I am not a career politician or an attorney - I'm a scientist and a mother who identified a problem in my community a few years ago and I had to use my expertise to help. Here's the story about what happened next.
In 2014, I discovered that kids were getting sick and some were dying of rare pediatric cancers across the New Hampshire Seacoast.
I was horrified. As a mom and as a trained scientist, I knew we needed an investigation. Two years after I reported it, the State of New Hampshire finally admitted there was a double pediatric cancer cluster in a five-town area of the seacoast. When the state dragged its heels on my recommendations to test the water and soil of affected homes, I notified the press and we started a fight for those families that continues today.
After being elected to the state legislature in 2016, I saw how my problem-solving approach as a scientist helped bridge gaps and bring people together on environmental policy-making and many other issues. Now I need your help to do the same in Congress. Read More ->
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Please join me in welcoming another scientist to our Brand New Congress family. Mindi and I have a lot in common. We are both environmental scientists, activists and mothers. And we are running for environmental justice for our children.
Mindi Messmer represents the new wave of progressive politics this state requires. As a scientist and activist, she became the voice of grieving New Hampshire seacoast families whose children were dying from rare cancers.
The time has come for bold progressive leadership. I am endorsing the only candidate in this race with a proven record of major legislative accomplishment and decades of fierce advocacy for science and protecting the environment and public health. It is time for State Representative Mindi Messmer to take her scientific background to Congress and take on a reckless Administration that is hell-bent on destroying decades of common-sense health, safety, and environmental regulations.
Democratic 1st District U.S. House candidate Mindi Messmer was endorsed Wednesday by Brand New Congress, a political action committee formed by former staffers and supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.
We have wonderfully accomplished women in our Legislature.
One of my freshman colleagues, Rep. Mindi Mesmer, from Rye, has declared her candidacy for Carol Shea Porter’s seat. Mesmer is an accomplished geologist with expertise in environmental toxins. She uncovered a rare pediatric cancer cluster at the Seacoast and has lead the work on understanding the PFOA water contamination in the Seacoast area. She advocates for legislation to protect drinking water, with three of her bills passed and signed into law during her first year. We are lucky that she was able to follow her passion and make such important contributions. Now we need to get her elected to Congress to continue to fight for policy based on good science.
“As an environmental scientist and an experienced state rep. Mindi is the perfect person to represent us in Congress. I am proud to endorse her.”
"I endorse Mindi Messmer, because I have seen her in action. I have had the honor of serving with her on several committees and have worked with her on several actions. She passionately works on a multitude of issues, with fierce determination, and is not afraid to cross party lines to get it done. I have never seen someone attack issues like Mindi does. She is a fighter. Her scientific background, and research skills, are an added bonus. New Hampshire and the US needs people like her."
“Just spend one minute with Mindi and you will understand. Or listen to her at a meeting, making a presentation. Sure, Mindi is a scientist and she knows her stuff...but her message - what she cares about - are the things we care about. She cares about giving kids a healthy environment and a great education and the decent healthcare they deserve; she cares about protecting senior citizens. Her message is delivered with profound empathy. Yeah, she's smarter than most, she knows the issues better than most...but, unlike most politicians, she never condescends. And, boy, when she discovers that our kids are in harm's way...watch out! She will raise hell on earth...and goodness knows, we could use a few more hell-raisers in Congress...I believe Mindi and I believe in her. She's my choice. Take a hard look at her. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. An amazing person who will protect what we care about. She's the one.”
"I endorse Mindi Messmer because she has effectively impacted lasting change on the Seacoast and throughout the State of NH in regard to both our environmental and personal health through her tireless advocacy as well as her three thoughtful pieces legislation that were signed in to law in her first year serving as State Representative at the NH Statehouse. Mindi is the voice of the people and we need more of that!"
"I have recently moved to New Hampshire. I am an environmental scientist by schooling and work in the water infrastructure sector. In researching water quality issues before our move in order to protect my wife's health, I found a wealth of information provided by Mindi Messmer. I started regularly following her posts in social media. She is a true champion of the people and very committed to helping the community. I have been extremely impressed by her as a person, a scientist, and a tireless advocate for the people. How lucky New Hampshire is to have such a statesperson in public service. How lucky the whole country will be if we can send Mindi Messmer to Congress!
"I have given a lot of thought about the growing field of candidates and how to evaluate who is best for NH and America. I have followed Mindi for a while now and three things really stand out: 1) Mindi's expertise is uniquely suited to the needs of Congress today. We have plenty of lawyers and business people. We could use more scientists that drive evidence-based policy. In a time where partisianship is turning off so many Americans, her approach following facts and science is not partisian. 2) Her work ethic stands head and shoulders above many other elected officials. 3) Her ability to build a coalition and keep constituents informed and engaged is very important and refreshing.
"A Scientist - An IDEAL Politician! Thank you for working so hard to ensure clean air and water for NH citizens!"
"I endorse Mindi Messmer because she generally is concerned about clean water in NH and the health of the citizens and really understands the science.
"I support Mindi Messmer because she is a passionate advocate for safe drinking water and a clean environment."
"Mindi has true interest in the welfare of the people of NH and of the environment--the common good."
"Many people talk a good game. Mindi shows up. She does her homework. She brings highly specialized knowledge to the table. She files legislation. She reaches across the aisle. And she doesn’t give up. She will be a worthy successor to CSP.
"As an environmental scientist and an experienced state rep. Mindi is the perfect person to represent us in Congress. I am proud to endorse her.
"Mindi fights for change that will benefit not just the here & now but the future as well. She has been and will continue to fight for issues that have long term, lasting impact on our future generations."
"In Mindi I see a strong leader with skills to identify and coalesce a team to find solutions. Sometimes a person seeks a position; other times, the circumstances call for someone to step up to accept the challenge. Mindi is in this for us - for NH, for the country. Congress needs the experience, expertise, energy, and passion to be a public servant that she brings forth."
Letter to the Editor
"We have wonderfully accomplished women in our Legislature.
We are lucky that she was able to follow her passion and make such important contributions. Now we need to get her elected to Congress to continue to fight for policy based on good science."
Scientists have been expressing concerns about the detrimental effect of fossil fuels on the planet from at least as far back as 1912 as evidenced by a 14 August 1912 article in a New Zealand newspaper, headlined “Coal Consumption Affecting Climate,” which read:
"I support Mindi Messmer for Congress because Mindi embodies what it truly means to be a representative of the people and has proven herself a steadfast champion of the people of the district she serves as a NH State Representative. Mindi is a fighter and a no-nonsense candidate who we can trust to keep her promises. Mindi refuses to accept any money from corporations or DC Lobbyists and cannot be bought."
In 2018, Democratic primary voters in the 1st Congressional district will have several excellent candidates to choose from. But Mindi Messmer has clearly separated herself from field.