Rocks and Dinosaurs

In 1981, Mindi Messmer enrolled at Syracuse University and started to study computer science. Soon told her mother that this particular major was not for her.  “Well,” said her mother, “You’ve always liked rocks.”  And so Mindi switched her major to geology. 

Mindi graduated from Syracuse in 1985 and went on to study bedrock geology at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

In 1988 Mindi started to work in the environmental science field.  She continued to work in that field starting her own woman-owned business in 1998.  

Later that year, Mindi's son Justin was born and in 2002 Mindi's son Kegan was born. Working at home in her own business afforded Mindi the opportunity to keep up with the needs of her family and her business at the same time.

In 2013, Mindi decided to try classes at Georgetown University to better understand how toxins impact public health.  She enrolled and graduated with an M.S. Degree in Clinical and Translational Science in May 2018.

Cancer Cluster

In early 2014,  Kegan Messmer, ten, of Rye, NH, told his mother that kids in his elementary school were getting sick.  Really sick.  One of the boys had leukemia and others had cancer.  Kegan’s mom, environmental consultant Mindi Messmer, had recently enrolled in a graduate program in epidemiology at Georgetown University.  She was taking classes remotely, visiting the Washington, DC, campus about once a month.  

Mindi was alarmed by Kegan’s news. It seemed to her an unusually high concentration of childhood cancer cases for such a small area.  She talked with friends who were equally concerned.  Four cases of a rare childhood soft-tissue cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), come to light.  The women suspected that the cause of the outbreak was environmental.

Mindi investigated further.  Based on her research, in March 2014, she contacted the State of New Hampshire Cancer Registry, based at Dartmouth University’s Geisel School of Medicine, and reported the cancer cluster in Rye.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a greater-than-expected number of cases of the same type of cancer, occurring in a limited geographical area over a limited period of time, comprises a cluster.

The Cluster 

From 1972 to 1982 the Coakley Landfill, a 27-acre site located in the towns of Northampton and Greenland, abutting Rye, accepted municipal and industrial waste products from surrounding towns.  When this practice was discontinued, the site was used for disposal of incinerator residue from the Pease Air Force Base.  As early as 1979, residents of properties near the landfill complained to the state about the poor quality of their well water; in December of 1983, the Superfund National Priorities List, which tracks known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States and its territories, identified the following “substances of concern” (read: carcinogens) at the landfill: benzene, tetrachloroethene, arsenic, 2-butanone, phenol, diethyl phthalate, chlorobenzene, dichloroethane, chromium and nickel.  In 1989 the landfill was declared a source of contamination in local surface waters, groundwater and, to an unknown extent, in wetlands to the west.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, “The primary source of contamination is the landfill. VOCs and metals are the primary contaminants. On- and off-site surface water and groundwater are contaminated. The site is located on a groundwater/surface water divide, and residential wells to the south, southeast and northeast are contaminated with low levels of VOCs. Residential and commercial areas surround the site.” https://cumulis.epa.gov/superc... 

On February 11, 2016, two years after Mindi Messmer voiced her concerns to the New Hampshire Cancer Registry, Mindi and another mother were called to the Rye Library, where state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan told them that, in fact, cases of children with cancer were occurring at a higher-than-expected rate in Rye, Portsmouth, North Hampton, Greenland, and New Castle.  But the NH Department of Health and Human Services said no action would be taken because the cause of the outbreak could not be definitively determined.

A month later, speaking to Rye residents gathered at the Rye Elementary School, Dr. Chan repeated that a high number of cases had occurred in the five towns in close proximity to the Coakley Landfill, from which, according to the EPA, the various carcinogens listed above had leaked.  

On the evening of Tuesday, March 15, 2016—two years after Mindi Messmer voiced her concerns to the New Hampshire Cancer Registry, state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan told a gathering of residents at the Rye Elementary School that, indeed, an unusually high number of cases of RMS had occurred in the five towns in close proximity to the Coakley Landfill, from which, according to the EPA, the various carcinogens listed above had leaked.  

Residents at the meeting expressed concern about the Coakley Landfill.

But Dr. Chan repeated that no action would be taken because the cause of the cluster could not be definitively identified.

Not everyone was convinced.

Activism 

In 2016, then-New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, a resident of nearby Exeter, quickly created a Task Force on the Seacoast Cancer Cluster.  The governor appointed Mindi to the task force.  Later it was converted to a commission whose work is still ongoing.

Among those who were impressed by Mindi’s work on the cluster issue was State Rep. Dr. Tom Sherman of Rye.  Sherman, who had decided to run for a seat in the State Senate, urged Mindi to run for his open seat.  

She told him he was nuts.  She told him she was a mom, a scientist, a business owner, but not a politician.  He told her, “We need more scientists in policy-making.”  

She ran.  She won.  She was the top vote-getter in the district.

In less than two years, she has passed three bills that were signed into law in her freshman year that formed three commissions working to prevent cancer and chronic illness in New Hampshire and protect drinking water.  She is also credited with raising awareness about drinking water protection in the state. This session she has worked on 41 bills, about half that she sponsored, to prevent cancer and chronic disease, protect workers’, minorities’, and women's rights and for economic and social justice.  She has continued to seek justice and closure for the families of cancer sufferers who live in close proximity to the Coakley Landfill.

The Next Chapter

Last fall, after U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH announced that she would not run for re-election, Mindi considered entering the race to succeed her.  

She examined the makeup of the current Congress and noted that the great majority of its members were lawyers or businessmen.

You could count the number of scientists on one hand and have fingers left over.

During her time in the State House Mindi has effectively advocated for an increase in the minimum wage; reproductive rights; gender equality; universal health care; expanded Social Security, and a range of environmental issued based on her conviction that every American has the right to clean air and clean water.  

She determined that, in one way or another, a scientist’s perspective would enrich the conversations about each of these issues on the national level.

On November 14, 2017, she announced her candidacy.  

She has been working hard running a grassroots campaign ever since.

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    “I am 68 and had never registered to vote because my view of political races was that elections were bought and sold by the PACS and Special Interest contributions. Through some research of my own I found that Mindi was not being bought by anybody....so I immediately registered to vote and donated to Mindi's campaign and this is my 2nd contribution. Take the money out - Take the corruption out. GO Mindi!”

  • endorsed

    “Mindi is a truly extra-ordinary individual. She combines an extensive knowledge of scientific and technical concepts with a deep desire to help solve "people problems" and "community problems". Those skills are quite rare to be combined in one individual, let alone in an individual that is committed to serve our best public interests as a politician. We can't let those rare gifts and skills get away in a time when our difficult scientific and technical issues of health, environmental contamination, and survival scream out for someone with Mindi's skills and expertise . She deserves our complete support to be elected to New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District in the primary election September 11th, and in the general election in November.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Mindi Messmer because of her dedication to clean water, appropriate regulations regarding contamination and accountability of polluters.”

  • endorsed

    “Mindi Messmer is a passionate advocate and a seasoned fighter for the principles I care most about - womens' rights and reproductive choice, public health and environmental protection, universal health care, common sense gun safety laws, LGBTQ rights, labor rights, and economic justice. As a scientist, she knows the importance of making evidence-based policy choices. As a legislator, she is well-respected by Democrats and Republicans and knows how to reach across party lines to find common ground. She refuses to take SuperPAC money because she has seen the powerful influence wielded by national and state lobbyists and her vote is not for sale. She has deep connections to New Hampshire and is the most worthy successor to Carol Shea-Porter in the first congressional district. Join me in supporting her grassroots, people-powered campaign and help send her to Washington!”

  • endorsed

    “She's a smart and passionate and works for proactive improvement.”

  • endorsed

    “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.”

  • endorsed

    “Mindi's views and legislative successes, based in both scientific expertise and citizen common sense, have protected people's rights, by protecting what these rights ultimately trace back to--our ecosystems and our equal access to opportunity.”

  • endorsed

    “Because she has already proven herself as a warrior for Economic, Social, Racial and Environmental Justice and is going to take the Political Revolution that Bernie Sanders started to the U.S. House of Representatives!”

  • endorsed

    “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.”

  • endorsed

    “We need to have policy makers who understand science!”

August 14, 2018

ALL PEOPLE no PACs!

My campaign is drawing a line in the sand and we are not taking any special interest or ANY PAC money. We cannot continue to elect people who are taking money from fossil fuel companies or healthcare insurance lobbyists and expect to make the changes we all need and want like Medicare for All and real solutions for climate change and drinking water contamination.  

We cannot afford to sit on the sidelines. We are running a grassroots campaign and we need you.  

Vote for Mindi Messmer for Congress on September 11 in the NH Democratic Primary.

June 17, 2018

Rep. Jackie Cilley Endorses Mindi Messmer for CD-1 Seat

I am so grateful to have an endorsement from Representative Jackie Cilley whom I have looked up to and have looked to for support and guidance during my tenure as State Representative in New Hampshire.  Jackie is an important woman progressive leader in New Hampshire and I am humbled by her support.

Statement of Support for Mindi Messmer for Congress From Rep. Jackie Cilley on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

"As I have watched the field of candidates for CD1 unfold over these past few months in the wake of Representative Carol Shea-Porter’s announcement to retire from Congress, I have been impressed by those who have come forward to offer their service.  

However, as good as the overall field is, there is one candidate who has stood out for me, one who resonates with me on a deep and personal level.  That candidate is Mindi Messmer, who we have just seen make formal her bid for the First Congressional District of NH.

There are two separate but interwoven conditions that I look for in a candidate to whom I will give my time, energy, and most especially my vote.  The first is the candidate’s position on policy issues about which I am passionate.  Having been an elected official myself, I have dedicated myself to specific policies and could only support a candidate with whom I feel fully in alignment.  The other area is the personal characteristics of the candidate and I will speak to that in a moment.

The most important policy issues for me are those that speak to economic justice. I believe the only way we prosper as a society and as an economy is if our workers receive the respect they deserve, and that respect begins by shielding their ability to organize and it includes providing livable wages, safe working conditions, strong benefits such as healthcare as well as family/medical leave.  Our working men and women built this country and they toil every day to ensure that we continue to enjoy the highest living standard in the industrialized world.  They have earned our respect, our support, and our willingness to protect their ability to be heard.

Mindi believes that, too.  As the daughter of a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199 Vice President in NYC, an emergency room nurse who was responsible for a historic union settlement with a hospital blocking nurses from returning to their jobs, Mindi saw firsthand how unions can be the great equalizer in controversies with large institutions. As the granddaughter of the man who started the Brewer’s Union at the Rheingold plant in the Bronx following the death of his friend on the job, Mindi learned early on how unions succeed in making the workplace safer for employees. And, as the daughter and granddaughter on her father’s side of members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, she has seen how strong unions have built our middle class.  Furthermore, Mindi is herself a member of the National Writers Union. 

Mindi was born and raised by workers who had a keen sense of strength in numbers and the benefits of organizing.  She believes in the preservation of strong collective bargaining rights and she stands for the principle that if you enjoy the benefits of a unionized workplace, you should pay your fair share for those benefits.  She has fully embraced a progressive platform which includes a minimum wage of at least $15 per hour as well as robust benefits.  She believes in and has voted for policies reflecting economic justice.  I have every confidence that Mindi will fight for the policies I, and our working men and women, care most about in this regard.

But here’s something else Mindi understands: these men and women cannot go off to work each day and concentrate on their jobs if they are worried about their family’s safety.  As the only scientist in this race, Mindi knows firsthand the emotional, physical and financial toll environmental hazards inflict upon both working families and the poor, in whose backyards the origins of contaminants are frequently located. These families, and especially the children who are most often affected, have no voice.  That is why Mindi has determined to be their champion. 

Mindi brings a unique perspective on the hazards we are facing as a state. I’ve watched her fight for responsible legislation to ensure our families receive the protections they deserve to have against corporate polluters that wreak havoc on the lives of our citizens, often robbing them of loved ones.

And that brings me to the second factor that moved me onto the Mindi team – that is the absolute passion and determination she has shown to make a real difference in the lives of real people. Mindi has worked tirelessly over the past two years as a New Hampshire State Representative to bring a bright spotlight onto the problems of PFAs in water supplies in the seacoast area, contaminants that may well be at the heart of a number of cancer cases.

Despite being counseled to not bring legislation forward as a freshman Rep, or to focus on only one bill, Representative Messmer brought four bills forward to deal with these issues.  She successfully marshaled three of those into law, with the Governor having signed them.  In those battles and others, she has shown herself to not only be dogged in her drive to protect her constituents, but she has also proven her bona fides in being able to work in a bipartisan manner to get things done for the citizens of New Hampshire. I personally watched her work very effectively with some of the most conservative members of the NH House.  This passion and commitment deserve recognition and respect.

It is for those reasons that I announce my endorsement of Mindi Messmer for CD1 in New Hampshire and dedicatemy efforts over the upcoming weeks and months to doing everything in my power to see her as our next Congresswoman. I hope you will join me today and I hope you will reach out to your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to inform them of the stellar candidacy of Representative Messmer – a champion of working-class values and someone who will fight for economic, gender, racial, social, criminal and environmental justice when she gets to Washington."

May 29, 2018

Team Mindi - All People, No PACs

This campaign is ALL PEOPLE and NO PACS. Chip in your contribution today!

May 13, 2018

$ay NO to money in politic$ and policy-making!

Although planned, I will not be able to attend the Open Democracy Candidate Forum on May 14. I have a legislative scheduling conflict beyond my control. I am the primary sponsor of HB1766, an act relating to the remediation of Coakley Landfill Superfund Site.  The Committee of Conference was scheduled by the House and Senate conferees at 1:00 p.m. in Concord and is beyond my control.  This is a crucial piece of legislation that identified the authority that the Department of Environmental Services has to compel the Coakley Landfill Group to address the toxins flowing from the site that threaten and contaminate surface water and drinking water of 5 towns in the Seacoast. The Coakley Landfill Superfund Site is geographically central to the Centers for Disease Control-defined Pediatric Cancer Cluster that I identified and reported to the state cancer registry in 2014. 

Additionally, I am the cosponsor of HB1565, requiring the secure psychiatric unit to be accredited as a behavioral health facility which will have a committee of conference at 1:30 p.m. the same day. This is also an extremely important piece of legislation that attempts to correct a long-term injustice in our mental health care system.

My campaign for the first Congressional District seat is a grassroots campaign, continuing the model used by Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter used that was supported by Granny D. They both rejected the palms greasing that has become so influential in policy-making and politics. 

 Our campaign will never have the most money because we will not take special interest or corporate lobbyist PAC money. People are sick of the influence of money in our political system and our elections.  

I am running a people-powered campaign and that is what matters most on primary day. I have a proven track record of fighting against special interests for public health in New Hampshire, both in my elected position in the State House and in the communities of this state.  

As a congressional candidate, I have been to over 60 of the cities and towns in the district. I have talked with people one on one, hearing their concerns and discussing what we are going to do to address them.     This is what people want and we are seeing an outpouring of support.    I will continue to fight for the people of New Hampshire just as I have every day. The voters of this district recognize my passion, dedication, and commitment to them and their needs. The endorsement of the citizens of New Hampshire CD-1 is the only one that matters. I will continue to work to earn the voter’s trust and support.

April 22, 2018

On Earth Day, We Should Focus On Reversing The Effects Of Climate Change

We celebrate another Earth Day and again draw attention to protecting our earth and the health of our communities. The President has taken some very disturbing actions which promote continued reliance on fossil fuels and threaten the future health of our nation. He has appointed Scott Pruitt to the US EPA who has recently announced roll-backs on proposed fuel efficiency standards in the wake of public discovery that he has taken a $50 per night deal on a condo from an industry fossil fuel lobby. 

Trump has also announced that he will open up nearly all offshore waters to oil drilling –I have joined with others to actively protest against this continued industry development at the expense of public health.  One after another fossil fuel-related projects are proposed and planned and fought in the State of New Hampshire and other states. 

The greatest threats to our National Security include climate change and access to clean, safe drinking water. According to the Center for Naval Analysis, there are currently 65 million climate change refugees on the move in the world and they predict there will be 400 million people on the move to escape the effects of climate change by 2050. Portions of the United States will face extreme flooding from storms at increasing frequency while other areas of the world and our country will face droughts and famines.

We saw how when extreme weather events struck Puerto Rico, residents did not have access to clean, safe drinking water and were fed hazardous contaminated water from a Superfund site.

Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and elderly nursing home residents were floating in their flooded homes.  As a result of Harvey, more than two dozen storage tanks holding crude oil, gasoline and other contaminants failed spilling at least 145,000 gallons of fuel and spewing toxic pollutants into the air.

On April 20, I attended a conference at Boston University School of Public Health where Dr. Barbara Ferrer reported that vector borne disease seasons transmitted by mosquitos have extended at least 2.5 months and has resulted in increased cases and deaths from West Nile Virus in L.A. County as a result of climate change.  Sabrina McCormick of George Washington University reported that heat stresses caused by climate change are adversely affecting the health of pregnant women. 

We can make a difference if we start now making incremental changes to reduce our greenhouse emissions and support use and development of solar and wind energy. Government programs to promote solar and other forms of renewable energy in Germany resulted in a record with 85% of their energy used on April 30, 2017 renewable energy generated by renewable sources.  German government incentives resulted in massive solar panel installations and now Germany typically feeds excess solar-generated energy back into the European grid. The sooner national and state leadership makes the commitment to programs that promote renewable sources of energy, the closer we are to a shot at lessening the impact of climate change on future generations. We all must understand that incremental changes, however big or small have a direct impact on the length of time it will take to slow down or overcome the impact of climate change. We must reduce our reliance on fossil fuels now to protect the future of our children and their children for generations to come.

February 25, 2018

Eileen Ehlers endorses Mindi Messmer for Congress!

We are so grateful for Eileen Ehlers' support for Mindi Messmer for Congress in #NH01!

February 18, 2018

Kind words by Less Cancer Founder, Bill Couzens about Mindi Messmer

We want to share this video and very kind words spoken by Less Cancer Founder, Bill Couzens at this year's Cancer Prevention Day on Capitol Hill:

"If you are raising a family in NH and she is your representative - you are lucky because she is doing the job of every mom and dad in our community. She is guarding them like they were her own." 

See the full video here.


February 4, 2018

More Trump Threats to Public Health

I have to tell you about yet another issue coming from Trump’s administration, which if not fought will seriously impact public health in a very direct way.
 
At meetings held this past week at the National Academy of Science, concerns were raised about the 2018 Senate Appropriations Bill which proposes massive cuts to EPA’s budget. 

In addition to concerns about budget cutbacks to EPA that would threaten the protection of drinking water and the environment, the wellbeing of a very important but small organization is at risk. 
 
The appropriations bill proposes to eliminate the Integrated Risk Information System or IRIS. This is the only division of the EPA that operates independently and it is vital to properly assess risk from toxin exposures. Independent scientific evaluations conducted by IRIS are critical to be sure that regulations adequately protect public health.
 
The plan is to move the scientists from IRIS into the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention which is operated by Nancy Beck who appears to be influenced by ties to her former position in the chemical industry.

New Hampshire’s public health is at risk. We already have the highest incidence of breast cancer in the nation and a double CDC-defined pediatric cancer cluster in the seacoast where children are sick and dying of rare cancers. Pediatric brain cancers are also almost 3 times higher than expected in the same 5-town area. The incidences of bladder and other cancers associated with toxin exposures are also high in New Hampshire. 
 
Without accountability, the organizations that protect our lives and health will fail. This is why, as a scientist and a legislator, I am called to represent the people of New Hampshire in Congress. 
 
We must not back down from the threats to our environment and our health. Please donate what you can so I can bring this fight to Washington.
 

February 1, 2018

3 big endorsements

BRAND NEW CONGRESS ENDORSES MINDI MESSMER FOR CONGRESS.

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This week Mindi picked up the endorsement of Brand New Congress, adding her candidacy to the slate of progressive Congressional candidates across the country who are committed to sweeping reform. 


This endorsement is given to candidates whose platforms most embody the goals of social justice, environmental protection, and standing up for the 99%.


Mindi is proud to stand alongside these candidates who are committed to changing the course of our government and putting the power back in the hands of the people.

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BURTH COHEN, FORMER NH SENATE MAJORITY LEADER ENDORSES MINDI MESSMER.

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"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.


She blew the whistle on the seacoast cancer cluster, taking on EPA bureaucrats who lied about PFC’s leaking from the Coakley Landfill. Her legislative effectiveness and her ability to reach across the aisle to enact much-needed reform is saving lives.
 
Mindi is the voice New Hampshire needs in Congress. She has the rare skill of connecting and empathizing with all whom she meets, and the energy, fight, dedication, and expertise to win this election.
As one of the most effective NH legislators in recent history, I have no doubt she will be a dedicated and powerful voice for our state. I am proud to endorse Mindi Messmer for Congressional District 1."

- Burt Cohen, former Senate Democratic Majority Leader, 7 term state senator, Progressive activist, Host of "Keeping Democracy Alive."

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BERNIE SANDERS DELEGATE CHRIS LIQUORI ENDORSES MINDI MESSMER FOR CONGRESS.

ENDORSEMENT OF MINDI MESSMER FOR CONGRESS NH CD-1

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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 MindiMessmer 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.

Mindi Messmer is not afraid to make waves. She is not afraid to take on the fights she has been told she cannot win. I’ve seen her outwork the opposition time and time again and get real results. When she discovered the Coakley Cancer Cluster, she forced action from Governor Hassan and got major statewide commissions off the ground investigating ongoing groundwater contamination. She was the one member of the entire legislature who forced a reconsideration vote on HB-587, which will finally ban the atrocious conversion therapy in NH.

Mindi has demonstrated the rare ability to compel her colleagues on the other side of the aisle to not only work with her, but to get important legislation passed and signed into law, all while being in the minority party in the House, Senate, and despite not occupying the Corner Office. She has broad appeal that is required to win in this super-competitive district, but she will not for one second compromise on core progressive values. She is leading a campaign based on the issues: Medicare for All, Single Payer Healthcare, Tuition Free Public College, Ending the War on Drugs, Campaign Finance Reform; these are all a part of her bold platform that puts the needs of the 99% first. As a member of the Bernie Sanders Steering Committee, she was on the right side of history in 2016 and has proven that she has the vision and character to represent New Hampshire in Congress. This is why I am proud to endorse Mindi Messmer for the First District.

- Chris Liquori

Bernie Sanders National Delegate NH-CD-1

December 28, 2017

EPA's Pruitt Slap in the Face to Vets

New Hampshire has the highest rate of breast cancer in the country. We also have the first double pediatric cancer cluster in the history of New Hampshire in the Seacoast area.  Children have higher than expected rates of brain and central nervous system cancers in the seacoast. We have a problem. 

EPA’s Pruitt is delaying bans of 3 hazardous chemicals despite clear directives from Congress for him to act to protect public health. One of the three, TCE, poisoned 900,000 veterans at Camp Lejeune and pollutes the water at Pease Air Force Base. EPA, IARC, and our National Toxicology Program have all classified TCE as a known human carcinogen. TCE is one of the most prevalent chemicals found at Superfund sites across America including Pease.This decision by the Trump administration indicates a complete reversal of President Trump's promise to our military members and veterans. 

Right now, there is only one scientist, Bill Foster, in Congress who says he’s “lonely” fighting against changes to EPA that will cause “damage long-term” to the Agency. It’s going to take a lot of work to fight against and unravel what is being done to EPA.  

MSgt. Ensminger says this about my candidacy for the CD-1 seat:

"In this era of "science denying" by elected members of our United States Congress, it is imperative that we fight back and elect candidates who believe in science. Mindi Messmer not only believes in science...she is a scientist. It is time for sanity and honesty to reclaim our Congress. Let's do our part by sending Mindi Messmer to represent New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives." – J. M. Ensminger, MSgt, USMC (Retired)

 

In Congress, I will fight to keep regulations meant to protect us and restore the EPA. But, I need your help to reach the fundraising goal by the end of December.  Please, give $27, $50 or more right now - or whatever you can spare by December 31- to help send me to Congress so I can use my experience to fight for the health of our families and children and for generations to come.

Thank you for joining the fight,

Mindi

December 12, 2017

Administrator Gina McCarthy is worried and so am I.

Last night in Exeter, she told a crowd of close to 200 that our environment should never be a partisan issue. “I don’t know any Republican or Democrat who doesn’t want their kid to be healthy, to have clean air and drinking water.”

I couldn’t agree more. Across New Hampshire, there are a growing number of kids and parents who are not only dealing with contaminated water—but also with federal EPA leadership that is scaling back actions against polluters, placing restrictions on enforcement officers, and burying basic science.

As your representative in Washington, I will continue to work across the aisle and fight I’ve started in Concord to create evidence-based policy and investigate the causes and consequences of environmental contamination. While we can debate how to get there, we must do a better job of helping the families that have been affected. We also need to take firm steps to better enforce current standards as well as to minimize future pollution and contamination.

Now is not the time for Gina’s successor, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, to be weakening environmental enforcement standards. As a scientist, I know how important it is for enforcement staff to do their jobs.  I also know how critical it is for regulation to keep pace with emerging science and emerging threats to our health. I know it’s important to hold the EPA administrator to concrete steps to stop our dependence on fossil fuels, protect our drinking water, air and soil so that our children will inherit a safe environment for generations to come. As your Congresswoman, I will fight for a strong, independent EPA enforcement and modernized regulations rooted in science that protect our families.

I’ve seen what happens when we take clean air and water for granted.  There’s too much at stake to let this continue.  We have a big job ahead of us but we are already working around the clock to make sure we get it done. 

December 9, 2017

Senate Tax Scam


As each day passes, the status of the tax reform legislation now under consideration in Washington gets murkier and murkier. The same people who were once pledging to create a tax code so simple that the average person could file their return on a postcard are now trying to iron out confusing differences in the bills passed by the House and the Senate.

For individual taxpayers, both versions of the bill are a complex, mixed bag. While the standard deduction will increase, deductions that many homeowners depend on for mortgage interest and state and local taxes will likely be capped or eliminated. As a result, homeowners will feel the pinch and so will our housing industry. The potential elimination of the individual health care mandate would also lead to a spike in insurance premiums for people who are self-employed or don’t get coverage through an employer. When the shell game is finally over, it’s very likely that the tax bill will create more losers than winners—especially if the tax cuts are allowed to expire in 2025, as they would under the Senate bill.

The big corporations and those in the high tax brackets are the winners. Eliminating or capping inheritance tax would be a huge win for wealthy donors—not to mention the sons and daughter of our billionaire President. Meanwhile, even as the corporate tax rate is slashed to 20%, several CEOs readily admit the bulk of any tax savings will likely go back to shareholders instead of being used to create new jobs or drive innovation.

According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, the final bill would also likely add at least $1 trillion to the national deficit. Rather than make changes to the bill to make it revenue neutral, Republicans have attacked the Joint Committee on Taxation's conclusions and argued that economic growth will close any deficit. And if it doesn’t? Expect them to argue in a year or two that programs like Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid are “unaffordable” and need to be slashed.

Tax reform itself isn’t a bad idea. Our taxes are too complicated. But this legislation isn’t reform. It’s a scam. A failed bill created by a failed process, rigged by failed House and Senate leadership, and rushed to votes in both the House and the Senate without meaningful public hearings or comprehensive debate—or even the time for most members of Congress to read it before voting on it. Tax experts are already pointing out unintended consequences resulting from this shoddy, poorly written legislation. These range from tax cuts on pass-through business that open the door to new tax avoidance schemes to doing things like taxing the endowments of universities without defining what constitutes an endowment.

I fully support efforts to stop this harmful and unconscionable attempt to finance a tax cut for corporations and the wealthy on the backs on students and working people. As your representative in Washington, I will always work with Republicans and Democrats trying to change the tax code to make it simpler and fairer. But I will never vote for changes that transfer wealth from low and moderate-income people to corporations and the wealthy.

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December 3, 2017

NHDP Announcement Speech

Rep. Mindi Messmer

1st Congressional District Democratic Candidate Forum

Manchester Public Library Auditorium

Dec. 2, 2017

My name is Mindi Messmer and I’m a proud candidate for the 1st Congressional District. You may know that I’m an environmental scientist with 30 years of experience and know my record of fighting for the health and safety of our families. You may not know that I’m also deeply influenced by a time when we made sure every generation did better than the one before.

I come from a line of union leaders – it’s where I get my perseverance and my passion. My grandfather organized a union fueled by the memories of seeing his friend die on the job. My mom led nurses in her union – and she was my biggest champion.

When I was a girl, I’d pick up rocks and examine them, always interested in the earth. My mother encouraged me to become a scientist. My mom taught me to follow my passion, no matter the obstacles, and she helped me think I could “clean the world.”

“Cleaning the world” was what I thought I was doing. Until, in 2014, when I realized that kids were sick – and some had died – in a pediatric cancer cluster on the Seacoast. I’m a scientist and when I saw what was happening, I felt empowered and thought: I am a mother who is also a scientist…I can do something about this! Which meant I was going to fight the polluters, EPA and the state regulators.

So I did.

I blew the whistle and I stood up to them. I am still standing up to them – on the Seacoast, in the New Hampshire legislature, fighting toe-to-toe with the EPA, DES, and polluters. I’ve learned that big industry cares a lot more about their profits than they do about people.

I am on the side of people.

And then, when Carol Shea-Porter made her announcement, I thought…I can do something about this!

For most New Hampshire residents, the economy is between tenuous and terrible. Our incomes are insecure, our health coverage is unstable, our retirement plans are endangered.

We see appalling racism and discrimination on the rise. And our fundamental rights and liberties are under attack.

I’m running for Congress to fight against the rich and powerful who have rigged the system against the average citizen of New Hampshire. I’m running to give everyone a fair shot, make sure everyone gives their fair share, and ensure that everyone plays by the same fair rules.

I will work to stop the deregulation and privatization of the federal government. Conservatives in Washington are dismantling government regulations and agencies that are supposed to be there to protect people.  And what they can’t dismantle, they’re selling to the highest bidder.

Whether it’s continuing to battle the EPA, take on Betsy DeVos, or block the Department of Labor from rolling back worker safety provisions or overtime – you can count on me. I will work to improve the economic security of everyone. I am a supporter of the Fight for 15, but when given the opportunity I’ll go even further. I believe everyone who works full-time should be able to take care of their family – not just financially, but also with the time and support necessary to foster its full development.

That means you can count to on me to fight for increased wages and benefits, job growth, the right to organize, paid leave, criminal justice reform, single payer, Medicare, Medicaid and social security. I won’t stop until we have an economy that really works for working people.

I will work to end discrimination and expand your rights, whether you’re a woman, a person of color, LGBTQ, a person with a disability. No matter your religion, your age or your immigration status.

As the mother of two teen boys, I’ve been deliberate about helping them understand their role and their responsibility in a misogynistic society. You can count on me to fight against sexual discrimination, harassment and assault. I will fight to protect a woman’s right and access to birth control and abortion. I will fight for the rights of trans people to access quality health care. And I will fight to make sure we have the programs and the services needed to treat our opioid and substance misuse crisis.

If you remember anything from today, remember this. I have the perseverance and the passion to work for all our citizens. I have the training and the temperament to build effective coalitions that can get things done. I am experienced in tackling large, complex challenges.

And I won’t let Trump or anyone in Congress distract me from making sure everyone’s well-being is protected, everyone is playing by the same rules, and everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

As we know too well, it’s not just enough to just be right on the issues. We need to win this seat. I’m running for Congress because we need to organize people like we’ve never organized before. We need to knock on doors, talk to our neighbors, and remind people that WE ARE ON THEIR SIDE. Our party needs to be stronger after the election than it is before.

Let’s all work together to build the transformational movement we need to take our state and our nation forward.

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November 3, 2017

Wikipedia page, blogs and legislation

I write blogs which are published by Less Cancer, a non-profit fighting to prevent cancer.  Here's a link to my blogs: https://medium.com/@mindimessmer_65573

Here's my wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Most of my legislation this year (fall 2017) is related to public health and environmental issues. Some also relates to government transparency and public access to government and other issues.  Here's a link to the bills I submitted and co-sponsored this session: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/lsr_search/LSR_Results.aspx

Here's a link to the legislation I sponsored or co-sponsored last session.  https://legiscan.com/gaits/sea...Three important commissions were formed that are now getting to work to solve complex issues in our state. 

October 31, 2017

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    “I am 68 and had never registered to vote because my view of political races was that elections were bought and sold by the PACS and Special Interest contributions. Through some research of my own I found that Mindi was not being bought by anybody....so I immediately registered to vote and donated to Mindi's campaign and this is my 2nd contribution. Take the money out - Take the corruption out. GO Mindi!”

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    “Mindi is a truly extra-ordinary individual. She combines an extensive knowledge of scientific and technical concepts with a deep desire to help solve "people problems" and "community problems". Those skills are quite rare to be combined in one individual, let alone in an individual that is committed to serve our best public interests as a politician. We can't let those rare gifts and skills get away in a time when our difficult scientific and technical issues of health, environmental contamination, and survival scream out for someone with Mindi's skills and expertise . She deserves our complete support to be elected to New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District in the primary election September 11th, and in the general election in November.”

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    “I support Mindi Messmer because of her dedication to clean water, appropriate regulations regarding contamination and accountability of polluters.”

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    “Mindi Messmer is a passionate advocate and a seasoned fighter for the principles I care most about - womens' rights and reproductive choice, public health and environmental protection, universal health care, common sense gun safety laws, LGBTQ rights, labor rights, and economic justice. As a scientist, she knows the importance of making evidence-based policy choices. As a legislator, she is well-respected by Democrats and Republicans and knows how to reach across party lines to find common ground. She refuses to take SuperPAC money because she has seen the powerful influence wielded by national and state lobbyists and her vote is not for sale. She has deep connections to New Hampshire and is the most worthy successor to Carol Shea-Porter in the first congressional district. Join me in supporting her grassroots, people-powered campaign and help send her to Washington!”

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    “She's a smart and passionate and works for proactive improvement.”

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    “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.”

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    “Mindi's views and legislative successes, based in both scientific expertise and citizen common sense, have protected people's rights, by protecting what these rights ultimately trace back to--our ecosystems and our equal access to opportunity.”

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    “Because she has already proven herself as a warrior for Economic, Social, Racial and Environmental Justice and is going to take the Political Revolution that Bernie Sanders started to the U.S. House of Representatives!”

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    “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.”

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    “We need to have policy makers who understand science!”

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    “We need clear headed science people making policies!”

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    “I support Mindi Messmer because she is a passionate advocate for safe drinking water and a clean environment.”

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    “Mindi has true interest in the welfare of the people of NH and of the environment--the common good.”

  • endorsed

    “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.”

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    “I am endorsing Mindi because we need more scientists, clear-thinkers, and progressives in Congress.”

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    “Her voice is needed in Washington.”

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    “A Scientist - An IDEAL Politician! Thank you for working so hard to ensure clean air and water for NH citizens!”

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