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Ray Buckley

candidate for Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

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Raymond Buckley is currently serving in his fifth term as Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. First elected President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs in 2009, Ray also serves as a Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

The Ever-Handsome Ray Buckley campaigning for Jimmy Carter in 1976.

The Ever-Handsome Ray Buckley campaigning for Jimmy Carter in 1976.

He is the first openly gay DNC Vice-Chair or ASDC President.

Buckley began his official political career as a teenage organizer for Jimmy Carter’s 1976 presidential campaign. Elected County Chair at age 18, he has since worked for the Democratic Party at the local, state, and national levels in nearly every capacity. In addition, Buckley has served in elected office, representing the largely blue collar mill city of Manchester both as a city alderman and during his eight terms in the NH House of Representatives. He has been a lead recruiter and trainer of NH legislative candidates for over three decades, making important strides in electing women, youth, labor members, and people of color to office.

Buckley was elected Chair of the NHDP in March 2007, and has overseen the most dramatic record of Democratic victories in NH history, including bucking national tides in 2014 and 2016. Since March of 1999, Buckley has been a member of the DNC. He has been elected two terms as Chair of the DNC Eastern Region and is a member of the DNC LGBT Caucus. Since 2001, he has served on the DNC Executive Committee and has been a member of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee since 2009.

Buckley was a founding member of the NH Citizens Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Rights in 1985. He served on the boards of the New Hampshire Pride Committee and the National Stonewall Democrats. He has received many awards for his lifetime of work for equality and diversity on the state and national levels.

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Why Ray?


Why Ray?


Experience in state and local party-building

After managing a state party for 10 years—and leading the Association of State Democratic Chairs for eight—Ray Buckley understands what it will take to strengthen state and local Democratic committees.

Under Ray’s leadership, Democrats have consistently won elections in a purple state—in no small part because of the strength of the state party and local committees.


A PERSPECTIVE FROM OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY

Ray understands that elections are won through the work of volunteers in towns and cities across the country—not by consultants in Washington.

Ray believes the DNC can’t just focus on winning the White House: we need to win thousands of state, county, and local races across our country.


A LIFELONG COMMITMENT TO GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING

Ray didn’t discover the importance of grassroots organizing in 2016—it’s been his life’s work. His bold, detailed 15-point plan to reinvigorate state parties reflects this commitment to our grassroots.

Ray will be more than just a full-time chair, never using his position as a step stool to higher office. He’ll be committed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to leading, reforming, and growing the Democratic Party—just as he’s been his entire life.