The New Hampshire Democratic Party’s longtime chairman, Ray Buckley, is facing a challenge from a young activist who says the party needs to do a better job supporting down-ballot candidates and connecting with local communities if it wants to turn New Hampshire blue. Emmett Soldati, who runs the Teatotaller Café in Somersworth and heads that city's Democratic Party, is running to unseat Buckley in the party’s election next month. Buckley has had a strong voice in local and national Democratic Party politics for decades but has been criticized recently for how many seats the party lost to Republicans in the legislature and executive council this past November. At an online forum organized this weekend by the progressive group Rights and Democracy,...
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