On March 9, longtime political activist and fabulous DTBF story contributor Doris “Granny D” Haddock passed away. She was 100 years old. “Granny D” started generating media attention at the tender young age of 89. That was in 1999, when this amazing woman decided that she would walk across America to raise awareness of campaign finance reform. During this cross-continental walk, Haddock slept in tents, scaled mountain peaks, walked through deserts, and gave passionate speeches on the need for reform. Just after turning 90, and 3,200 miles later, she reached her ultimate destination of Washington, D.C., greeting thousands of supporters upon her arrival. (Granny D’s DTBF story is an excerpt from her book, “Walking Across America in My Ninetieth Year.”)
A few years later, after turning 94, Haddock ran as a Democratic nominee for a newly opened Senate seat in New Hampshire. Film-maker Marlo Poras documented her campaign for this seat in the film “Run Granny Run.” Poras was in her early ’20’s and says “filming her was the most exhausting thing I’ve ever done – and the most inspiring.”
May Haddock’s courage, conviction, and message continue to be an inspiration to people everywhere.