State Representative Marcia Moody
State Representative in NH https://www.facebook.com/marcia.moody1?fref=ts
1 Maple Street
Primary Election Date: 2014-09-09 General Election Date: 2014-11-04
Who am I?
I am running for my 6th term as a State Representative in NH. Serving in the House for 10 years I learned that a bill can pass or fail in Committee or Session all too often by one vote. That first hand experience reassures me that... my vote counts! I need to ensure that we Democrats keep our majority. I served 8 years on an Environmental Committee protecting our precious water resources, preventing over-development of the land, and stopped the burning of toxic refuse. During the past 2 years I have had the privilege of serving on the Election Law Committee. The importance of the protection of every citizen's right to vote is a fundamental issue. However, it is not a Constitutional right and I want to change that with a legislative petition to Congress for a Constitutional Amendment to ensure that everyone is granted the franchise. In January of 2013 "The Nation" magazine selected me as "Legislator of the Year". I want the chance to try to live up to that honor.
Why am I running?
The American Legislative Exchange Council ( A.L.E.C.) is the voice of corporate special interests in State Legislatures. At conferences elected officials are wined & dined by corporate members. Then they are given previously researched and written 'model legislation' by corporate lobbyists to take back to their respective states to introduce as bills. This is why so many states pass the same bills into law. In NH, we were able to defeat ALEC bills such as: Right to Work; the Privatization of Social Security, Medicare and Prisons; and requiring Payroll Cards. I want to run to defeat ALEC bills such as: School Vouchers; Voter ID; and Stand Your Ground. I submitted a bill last year to make ALEC bills transparent and requiring the authors to register as lobbyists. It was defeated. I want to return to re-submit a better bill. I am running to get big money out of elections. I am running to bring core values and a Progressive agenda to NH. I am running to support, mentor and elect new Democratic candidates with Progressive ideas. I am running again because I believe my 10 years of experience as a legislator has value.
Transparency in government:
I intend to keep trying to get a bill passed that exposes the source of "model legislation" such as the ALEC bills. I will keep trying to get the corporate organizations that author model legislation to register in our state as lobbyists
Pass a Legislative Resolution that the right to vote is a Constitutional right:
First repeal the NH voter ID bill that disenfranchises the elderly, minorities and students. Get a Resolution written that guarantees that no citizen is disenfranchised by local state laws such as those being passed in Texas and North Carolina. Get a
joint Resolution to send to Congress for a Constitutional Amendment guaranteeing the right to vote by all eligible citizens.
Get big money out of the election process:
The Supreme Court's decisions on Citizens United and McCutcheon have turned our Democracy, as author John Nichols so succinctly states it into a "Dollarocracy" We have become an oligarchy. First we need to pass campaign reform bills that have teeth. And once more have a legislative petition for a Joint Resolution to overturn Citizens United and all related decisions that allow unlimited money to flow into the electoral process, effectively buying elections. 16 States have already submitted such resolutions. I want NH to be the 17th state.
My DFA Values
I am a Progressive Democrat. I firmly believe in social justice, fairness, equality and democracy for all. Some of the things I am most proud of is casting a yes vote for Marriage Equality, Paycheck Equality, and protecting the rights of workers for collective bargaining and the right to form a union. I won my first election as a write-in candidate who was inspired by Governor Howard Dean. I took to heart his advice that politics is not a spectator sport. If you want to make a difference, you can't just sit around and complain. You need to run for office yourself. I recruit, support and mentor candidates who also hold Progressive values. We cannot continue to be afraid to advance ideas and values we hold dear because we might lose an election. There is no shame in losing. You pick yourself up and run again. And then again, until you prevail. If you don't at least try to incrementally advance that which you know will benefit your neighbors, your community and your state, then it will never happen. You must have the courage to fight the "establishment" if necessary, and never to compromise your core values.
My Campaign is People Powered!
As outreach to the community, every year I attend the 4th grade class in our elementary school and divide the class into House and Senate members. Then I walk them through the whole process of passing a bill. I do this as part of their civics lesson a week before their scheduled visit to visit the State House. Before an election, I look for grassroots candidates with a progressive agenda. My strategy is to take potential candidates to the State House to observe a House Session to help them understand the process. I introduce them to Caucus members to make them aware that we Democrats act as a family unit. Those who run in my district run as a team of Democrats. We combine at least one piece of literature promoting all of us on the ballot when going door-to-door. We also have our individual flyers expressing our own priorities. We also reach out to the community through the internet social media such as Facebook and Twitter to let our views be known and to encourage our network of friends and supporters to campaign and vote for us.