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Race for the 1st: A Conversation with Mindi Messmer (D)

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

In this Race For The 1st conversation, we talk with Mindi Messmer, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

Scroll down for NHPR News takeaways from this interview

Messmer, a first-term legislator from Rye, runs an environmental consulting firm.  As a legislator, she serves on the Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee, and on the Commission to Study Environmentally-Triggered Chronic Illness and the Commission on the Seacoast Cancer Cluster Investigations. 

Our Race For The First conversations will focus on the issues at the forefront in the CD1 race, including opioids, guns, veterans, and how each candidate plans to stand out in a crowded race. 

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Interview Takeaways:

  - by Dan Tuohy

Congressional hopeful Mindi Messmer says environmental issues are a national security concern—and that climate change is the big threat, including to local institutions like the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

"I think that if we don’t prepare for things like sea-level rise we are facing a huge threat to our national security. We’ll see people having to migrate away from coastal areas," she said.

Messmer is one of eight candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. It is an open seat in 2018.

Speaking today on NHPR's The Exchange, Messmer said she supports a Medicare-For-All program to provide universal access to health care, tuition-free college, and Medicaid expansion as one way to combat the opioid crisis.


Messmer runs an environmental consulting firm and is also a state representative from Rye.

Related Reading:

"State Rep. Mindi Messmer Announces Run for Congress," from NHPR. 

"New Hampshire's Chemical Reaction: Lawmakers seek to put tighter controls on PFCS," from NHBR. 

"Revised Arsenic Bill Would Tell N.H. DES: Pick a Better Number," from NHPR. 

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