MANCHESTER, NH (October 30, 2017) – Today, Manchester State Representative Mark MacKenzie announced his candidacy to represent New Hampshire’s 1st District in the U.S. Congress.
“I am entering this race today and will join with thousands of working men and women throughout our state and country who find themselves struggling in an economy which has failed them. The American dream has dissolved into the American struggle as more and more people try and stay above water.
“Wealthy Americans are the beneficiaries of a system which has allowed a small minority of people to amass enormous amounts of money while the majority continue to work harder to make ends meet. Working families deserve an economy which works for them.
“My service to working families and the community span more than 40 years. As a firefighter in Manchester the state’s largest community I had the honor to work with my sisters and brothers in the fire service community making our city a safer place to live and work.
“As a community activist and a leader, I joined with people all over our state working shoulder to shoulder in the fight for fair wages, good pension benefits, health care for all and fair treatment of people.
“I enter this race tempered by this lifetime of work and ready to help lead a movement which will restore ‘Liberty and Justice for All.’
“I want to thank Carol Shea-Porter for her legacy of service to all of us in the first district, and I hope to continue and renew her efforts to fund community-based solutions to the opioid crisis, fight for jobs rebuilding our infrastructure and work for affordable childcare and paid family leave policies. My attempts with Carol over the years to raise the minimum wage to a living wage has been extremely rewarding and meaningful to me. I will continue to seek her counsel as we move forward.”
MacKenzie has been a resident of Manchester since he joined the Fire Department at the age of 21 in 1974, eventually earning the rank of Captain and being chosen to represent his fellow firefighters, achieving improved working conditions and livelihoods for public servants across the state of New Hampshire. His 25-year tenure as President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO was recognized nationally for his numerous achievements including defeating anti-worker “right to work” legislation in many legislative battles.
Mark has been at the forefront of virtually all successful Democratic campaigns over many years in New Hampshire, including Representatives Shea-Porter and Kuster, Senators Shaheen and Hassan, Governors Shaheen, Lynch and Hassan including countless State Senators and Representatives. He has also worked closely with New Hampshire elected officials from both parties.
I Believe In:
A health care system which is available and affordable to all Americans and would include the expansion Medicare system to more people by reducing the eligibility age.
A public college education which is affordable and moves us towards a free education at public universities. This would open up opportunities for thousands of people and relieve the crushing burden college debt has cause for too many of our citizens.
Justice and equality for all. This phrase is not just a slogan but a declaration of our values. It should apply to all Americans regardless of the color of their skin, nationality or sexual orientation.
An energy strategy which first acknowledges climate change is real and moves this country away from fossil fuels and towards renewable sources of energy. This strategy would create millions of good-paying jobs.
Investing in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure of county. Thousands of roads and bridges are in disrepair. Aging system in communities and all over the country threaten our way of life and put at risk our water and air. This too will create thousands of good paying jobs in communities all of the country.
We can do better as a nation to address these problems and many others which undermine the lives of working people in this country.
We have an opportunity in the election and similar elections around the country to send a clear message about what we want and expect from our elected official.
Let’s come together and help redefine what “making America great again” means for us.
Education & Qualifications
- M.A. IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, Graduated Summa Cum Laude, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
- Strong focus on policy and statistical analysis as well as organizational development
- Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society) – Beta Phi Chapter
- B.A. IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION – Franklin Pierce College, Range, NH
- In-Residence Trade Union Program, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
- Member of the Harvard Alumni Association
- Local & State Board Affiliations
Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board – Department of Labor Post Secondary Voc-Tech Education System § New Hampshire State Job Training Council § Manchester United Way § New Hampshire Charitable Trust § National Council of Public Employees Retirement Systems § New Hampshire State School-to-Work Team § NH Citizens Commission on State Courts §e NH Citizens Health Initiative
Representative MacKenzie helped to form the NH Bernie Sanders Steering Committee in 2015 and remains an active member of that group. He has degrees from The University of New Hampshire (B.A.), Franklin Pierce College (Public Administration) and Harvard University (Trade Union Program).