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Candidate Forums for upcoming elections

The calendar lists the candidate forums and debates about which we have information. Events listed here are NOT all sponsored or moderated by the League of Women Voters. When we know who is moderating or hosting, we list the organization. --Organizations hosting forums are encouraged to send us details for posting via "membership" on our Contacts page.

Upcoming local and state general election dates are also posted here. Special elections are posted on our Calendar page.

Forums/debates/candidate information

If you have information about an upcoming candidate forum in NH, please send the information for posting via email to the League president on our Contact Us page.
Date & Time        Place        Description
Monday, May 14, 2018
12:30 - 2:30 pm
UNH School of Law
2 White St
Concord NH
Congressional Candidates Forum on Campaign Reform. Organized by Open Democracy Action and Take Back Our Republic.

All filed CD1 and CD2 candidates were invited.

Watch the YouTube video of the forum here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjT3U3iHJw8&feature=youtu.be

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
12:30 to 2:30 pm
Gibson Center
14 Grove St.
North Conway, NH 03860
Candidate forum (Democrats). All candidates whose names appear on the Democrat Primary Ballot in Northern Carroll County are welcome to have 5 minutes to share their platforms, or answer questions.

Organized by the Gibson Center for Senior Services.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
12:30 to 2:30 pm
Gibson Center
14 Grove St.
North Conway, NH 03860
Candidate forum (Republicans). All candidates whose names appear on the Republican Primary Ballot in Northern Carroll County are welcome to have 5 minutes to share their platforms or answer questions.

Organized by the Gibson Center for Senior Services.

Thursday, August 23, 2018
9 am
Grand Hotel
North Conway, NH
Debate Democrat Candidates for Congressional District 1. Hosts: The MWV Economic Council.

$10 fee and advance registration. https://mwvec.com/

Thursday, August 23, 2018
7 pm
Jaffrey Civic Center
40 Main St.
Jaffrey, NH
Candidates forum for NH Senate districts 8 & 9. Organized and moderated by the League of Women Voters NH PeterboroPlus unit. All candidates for Senate districts 8 and 9 have been invited. Written questions from the audience will be asked by the moderator.
Monday, August 27, 2018
7 pm
Nashua Community College
505 Amherst St
Nashua, NH 03060
Debate: Republican Candidates for Congressional District 2. Free; no tickets needed. Organized by the Nashua Republican City Committee.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
9 am
Grand Hotel
North Conway, NH
Debate Republican Candidates for Congressional District 1. Hosts: The MWV Economic Council.

$10 fee and advance registration. https://mwvec.com/

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
7pm
televised WMUR Channel 9
(live at St. Anselm College)
Pre-primary debate Democrats for Governor. Channel 9 WMUR Adam Sexton (political director) will host and moderate this debate. Limited number of tickets to be in the live studio audience at St. Anselm College Institute of Politics. Enter your name in the ticket lottery at this link: https://www.anselm.edu/new-hampshire-institute-politics/pre-primary-debates-registration The debate can also be live-streamed at WMUR.com (Note: Republican incumbent Chris Sununu is unopposed, so no Republican debate is planned.)
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
7pm
televised WMUR Channel 9
(live at St. Anselm College)
Pre-primary debate Democrats for District 1 Congress. Channel 9 WMUR Adam Sexton (political director) will host and moderate this debate. Limited number of tickets to be in the live studio audience at St. Anselm College Institute of Politics. Enter your name in the ticket lottery at this link: https://www.anselm.edu/new-hampshire-institute-politics/pre-primary-debates-registration The debate can also be live-streamed at WMUR.com
Thursday, September 6, 2018
7pm
televised WMUR Channel 9
(live at St. Anselm College)
Pre-primary debate Republicans for District 1 Congress. Channel 9 WMUR Adam Sexton (political director) will host and moderate this debate. Limited number of tickets to be in the live studio audience at St. Anselm College Institute of Politics. Enter your name in the ticket lottery at this link: https://www.anselm.edu/new-hampshire-institute-politics/pre-primary-debates-registration The debate can also be live-streamed at WMUR.com
Friday, September 7, 2018
7pm
televised WMUR Channel 9
(live at St. Anselm College)
Pre-primary debate Republicans for District 2 Congress. Channel 9 WMUR Adam Sexton (political director) will host and moderate this debate. Limited number of tickets to be in the live studio audience at St. Anselm College Institute of Politics. Enter your name in the ticket lottery at this link: https://www.anselm.edu/new-hampshire-institute-politics/pre-primary-debates-registration The debate can also be live-streamed at WMUR.com (Note: Democrat incumbent Ann Kuster is unopposed, so no Democrat debate is planned.)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
evening
Conway area
details TBA
Candidates forum for Mt Washington Valley. Details to be announced. Save the date. Organized by the League of Women Voters NH Mt. Washington Valley unit.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
6:30 pm
Nashua Public Library
2 Court Street
Nashua, NH
TENTATIVE: Meet the Candidates for NH House of Representatives (Hillsborough Districts 28-36). Organized by the League of Women Voters NH Greater Nashua unit. Public welcome; bring your questions and comments for the candidates.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
12:30 to 2:30 pm
Gibson Center
14 Grove St.
North Conway, NH 03860
Candidates forum. All candidates whose names appear on the November ballot in Northern Carroll County are welcome to have 5 minutes to share their platforms or answer questions.

Organized by the Gibson Center for Senior Services.

Thursday, October 25, 2018
6:30 pm
Nashua Public Library
2 Court Street
Nashua, NH.
TENTATIVE; Executive Council District 5, and state senate districts 12 and 13. Organized by the League of Women Voters NH Greater Nashua unit. Public welcome; bring your questions and comments for the candidates.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
check with town clerk
local polling places General election for county, state, and congressional seats. If you are not already registered, you may register on the day of the election.

Training or Assistance Offered for Candidate Forum Organizers

If your civic club or organization is interested in organizing a candidates forum in your community, the League of Women Voters New Hampshire is happy to work with you. We can advise you on protocols. We can also supply a moderator, if requested. With years of forum experience in our background, we have prepared a manual to make it easy for any civic group to organize and to run a forum. We offer a free training, or if you have some experience and just want advice on a point or two, feel free to contact us. Email the League president via our Contact Us page.