NH Primary Source: Attorney Cinde Warmington announces run for District 2 Executive Council seat

Attorney Cinde Warmington is making it official on Thursday: She’s running for the District 2 Executive Council seat being vacated by gubernatorial candidate Andru Volinsky.

We’ve reported on the Concord Democrat’s interest in the seat and on her filing of a candidate’s committee.

In an announcement shared with New Hampshire Primary Source, Warmington says, “I am running because the people of this district deserve an executive councilor with a proven track record of fighting for our shared values.

“In this race, the stakes have never been higher. Reproductive rights, workers’ rights, voting rights, and LGBTQ+ rights are all in jeopardy. Health care, education, the environment, and economic justice are on the ballot. As an experienced health care advocate and Democratic activist, I have been fighting for these values for decades.

“The Executive Council serves a critical role in health care funding and I will work to expand access and lower costs for New Hampshire families.”

View Warmington’s full statement here.

Warmington, a partner and chair of the Health Care Practice Group at the Shaheen and Gordon law firm, worked in the health care profession prior to becoming an attorney. She formerly chaired the board of the Lakes Region Mental Health Center and is currently a member of the board of Riverbend Community Mental Health in Concord.

She has also been active in the New Hampshire Democratic Party and currently serves as chair of the party platform committee.

Warmington said in an interview she had not considered running for an elected office until Volinsky began to pursue a gubernatorial candidacy and she realized the council seat would be open in 2020.

“It’s a place where I can make a difference,” she said. “And I’m at the point in my career in which I can dedicate my full attention to the council.

“I started knocking on doors for Democratic candidates 20 years ago, and when I convinced a voter that we have the most important instrument of change in our own hands – our vote – I knew I had made a difference and I have been knocking on doors ever since.”

Managing Warmington’s campaign is Olivia Bergen, who was the organizing director for Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig’s successful reelection campaign and a field organizer for the state Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign in 2018.

Warmington is one of three Democrats who have announced candidacies for the seat – along with attorney Jay Surdukowski and University of New Hampshire School of Law associate professor and dean Leah Plunkett.

Read John DiStaso’s piece for WMUR’s New Hampshire Primary Source here.