Mark MacKenzie is a Manchester firefighter and N.H. state representative running for Congress. (COURTESY PHOTO)

TAMWORTH — Mark MacKenzie, a Democratic candidate for the congressional seat being vacated by Carol Shea Porter will appear at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth on Monday, March 19, at 6 p.m.

MacKenzie, who serves as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, will speak at a series of events sponsored by the Carroll County Democrats.

MacKenzie has been a resident of Manchester since he joined the Fire Department at the age of 21 in 1974, eventually earning the rank of captain and being chosen to represent his fellow firefighters, achieving improved working conditions for public servants across the state.

His 25-year tenure as president of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO was recognized nationally for his numerous achievements including defeating anti-worker “right to work” legislation in many legislative battles.

Mark earned a bachelor's degree in public administration from Franklin Pierce College and a master's in public administration from UNH. He was also a participant in Harvard University’s In-Residence Trade Union Program.

“I am entering this race today and will join with thousands of working men and women throughout our state and country who find themselves struggling in an economy which has failed them," MacKenzie said in a statement.

"The American dream has dissolved into the American struggle as more and more people try and stay above water. Wealthy Americans are the beneficiaries of a system which has allowed a small minority of people to amass enormous amounts of money while the majority continue to work harder to make ends meet," he said.

"Working families deserve an economy which works for them. My service to working families and the community spans more than 40 years. As a firefighter in Manchester, the state’s largest community, I had the honor to work with my sisters and brothers in the fire service community, making our city a safer place to live and work.

As a community activist and a leader, I joined with people all over our state working shoulder to shoulder in the fight for fair wages, good pension benefits, health care for all and fair treatment of people.”

Carroll County Democratic Chair Erik Corbett noted that “we’re excited to continue to host each of the amazing candidates running to fill the very big shoes of Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.

"It is the Granite State way to give all the voters an opportunity to meet the candidates who are running to represent them in Washington, and we’ll continue to host candidates in Tamworth and throughout Carroll County. We need more civil servants and labor activists in Congress who will stand up President Trump and challenge the regressive Republican agenda.”

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