In 2014, I became aware that children were getting rare cancers in the Rye area. Moms were talking at playgrounds and in social circles about the children who were getting sick with cancers that had very poor prognoses.

Having spent 28 years as an environmental scientist I set out to get to the bottom of this. After two years of talking to families, doctors and gathering information along with persistently following up with the State of New Hampshire, they finally determined that there was in fact a cancer cluster in our five-town area.

They went on to say that they planned to continue to watch for additional cases of cancers but would not follow with any other action. Having a long history of environmental industry experience, I was dumbfounded. I asked questions such as, are you going to test the water or the soil at their homes or try to find common links? The answer was no. The DHHS report was going to be placed on the state website.

I knew it was my duty to act as a concerned citizen and environmental scientist. I alerted the press to these findings and as a result the state worked with local residents and Governor Hassan created a Task Force on which I was proud to serve.

As a result, I was encouraged to run for State Representative. Although at first I doubted the need for scientists in government, I now see the crucial perspective  we can provide in policy making.

At a time when the EPA is being dismantled, and environmental policy and regulations are being decimated, we need people in office to drive evidence-based policy. Despite being encouraged to sit back and wait to propose legislation and while serving in a legislative super-minority, I drafted and got three important pieces of legislation passed and signed into law, which deal with some very important issues in my district and the state. I have a proven track record of bipartisan coalitions that put people first, work hard for them, and keep constituents engaged and informed.  

I am a third-generation labor union member. I grew up hearing about my mother’s fights for nurses' rights as vice president of SEIU 1199NY in New York City, and my grandfather’s action that formed a labor union to protect worker safety at Rheingold Brewery in the Bronx after his coworker and friend died on the job. As a woman who began working in the late 1980s in a male-dominated field, I had my own challenges to overcome, directing drillers operating rigs and being under-recognized for scientific work.

Fighting for workers’ rights and constituents is engrained in my fiber. Our families are overworked, under-employed and one debilitating family illness away from bankruptcy. We need to support and re-vitalize labor and implement a $15 minimum wage. We have to provide students with an affordable public education, and make sure they can get a commensurate job when they get out of school and are not saddled with student loan debt.

It’s no wonder we have an opioid crisis – people have to overcome these challenges and try to provide for their children and family members. The opioid crisis is a complex problem that requires entrusting and investing in the medical profession, not the criminal justice system. We need a more proactive approach that assumes chemicals are guilty of causing disease until proven innocent, and that keeps chemical industry influence out of the EPA. We need to protect and enact regulatory standards that protect our drinking water and the environment to prevent illness, chronic disease, and cancer.

Every life is important; not one is expendable. Healthcare is a basic human right and the US needs to join every other major country by expanding Medicare to make it available for everyone.  

I am not a seasoned politician. But there are plenty of life-long politicians, lawyers, and big business owners in D.C. who don’t work for 99% of us. Time for fresh faces who will work for the people, not special interests.

This is truly a grassroots campaign. We learned from Bernie the importance of planting seeds of change in our communities. Change takes patience and care, but the result is a strong, people-powered movement that works for all of us. Join us and grow the seeds of change together.


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  • Robert Sprague 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.”

  • Monica Christofili 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.”

  • Wayne Merritt 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!”

  • Caroline Lawless 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.”

  • MJ Baumann endorsed

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

  • Anne Feuer endorsed

    “We need clear headed science people making policies!”

  • Susanne Veal endorsed

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

  • Fran Ludwig endorsed

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

  • Carol DiPirro 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.”

  • Sherry Frost endorsed

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

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

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Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Robert Sprague 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.”

  • Monica Christofili 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.”

  • Daniel Carson endorsed

  • Wayne Merritt 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!”

  • Caroline Lawless 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.”

  • MJ Baumann endorsed

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

  • Anne Feuer endorsed

    “We need clear headed science people making policies!”

  • Amy-Kate Andrews endorsed

  • Sarah Gao endorsed

  • Tom Sherman endorsed

  • Susanne Veal endorsed

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

  • Fran Ludwig endorsed

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

  • Carol DiPirro 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.”

  • Theodore Bosen endorsed

  • Sherry Frost endorsed

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

  • Tom Maher endorsed

    “Her voice is needed in Washington.”

  • Sheri Gushta endorsed

  • Nancy Murphy endorsed

  • Kim Loosmann endorsed

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

  • Diane Cotter endorsed

  • Ann Wright endorsed

  • Doris J Gagne endorsed

  • Rusty Page endorsed

    “Always ready to endorse an environmental candidate.”

  • Mary Lou Marzian endorsed

    “Mindy is just what we need in Congress- tough, smart, and compassionate”

  • bonnie endorsed

  • Kathy Komar endorsed

  • Chris Hurley endorsed

    “As an environmental scientist and an experienced state rep. Mindi is the perfect person to represent us in Congress. I am proud to endorse her.”

  • Grant Whittle endorsed

    “I have recently moved to New Hampshire. I am an environmental scientist by schooling and work in the water infrastructure sector. In researching water quality issues before our move in order to protect my wife's health, I found a wealth of information provided by Mindi Messmer. I started regularly following her posts in social media. She is a true champion of the people and very committed to helping the community. I have been extremely impressed by her as a person, a scientist, and a tireless advocate for the people. How lucky New Hampshire is to have such a statesperson in public service. How lucky the whole country will be if we can send Mindi Messmer to Congress!”

  • Anne Jacobs endorsed

    “I have known Mindi since she was born. She has always been tough, committed and above all honest. I am her proud Mom.”

  • Jillian Lane endorsed

    ““I endorse Mindi Messmer because she has effectively impacted lasting change on the Seacoast and throughout the State of NH in regard to both our environmental and personal health through her tireless advocacy as well as her three thoughtful pieces legislation that were signed in to law in her first year serving as State Representative at the NH Statehouse. Mindi is the voice of the people and we need more of that!””