On June 8, the Republican-sponsored New Hampshire Senate Bill 3, which may complicate same-day voter registration for New Hampshire college students, …… passed in the state Senate 14-9. It was signed into law in July. The bill changes what domicile means in the context of voting and stipulates that proof of residence is required for same-day voters, including a written statement that verifies voters’ home addresses. It also authorizes government agents to visit a voter’s home to make sure that it is the voter’s primary residence. A domicile exception is typically extended to college students. SB3 is designed to tighten this up by requiring that college students provide letters, or other paperwork, proving their domiciliaries when they register to vote.
The NH Democratic party, the League of Women Voters and three individual voters are suing the state over this law, under a single lawsuit, which they believe will keep people who are legally entitled to vote from voting.
In September, Hillsborough County Judge Charles Temple placed a temporary restraining order on the state to keep officials from imposing any of the criminal penalties part of the law. “The average voter seeking to register for the first time very well may decide that casting a vote is not worth a possible, $5,000 fine, a year in jail, or throwing himself/herself at the mercy of the prosecutor’s discretion. To the Court, these provisions of SB3 act as a very serious detriment on the right to vote, and if there is a “compelling” need for them, the Court has yet to see it.” Temple wrote.
Trial is scheduled to begin on August 20, 2018.
In spite of this lawsuit, on Jan 3, the Senate passed HB372, which further tightens eligibility requirements for voters.
As of Feb 20, the state of NH is refusing to comply with a request for a voter database, which the plaintiffs believe will prove that there is no issue to address. The state is saying that complying with the request will take too much time.
Per the NH Grassroots Newsletter of Jan 2:
“Why this matters: On November 28th, an amendment to HB 372, authored by Republican Senators Regina Birdsell and Jim Gray, passed the Senate Election Law Committee on a 3-2 party-line vote. The bill would redefine “domicile” status for voting purposes, effectively forcing registrants to declare residency upon registering to vote, chilling the right to vote for college students in New Hampshire. By forcing students to declare residency, this bill would act as a de facto poll tax, moving the goal posts on students who are legally allowed to vote in New Hampshire.”
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS !!
The Board of Aldermen is the governing body of the City of Nashua and, as such, is the policy-making entity of the City, except where otherwise expressed in the City Charter. The Board of Aldermen consists of 9 ward aldermen elected for a term of 2 years at every municipal election and 6 at-large aldermen elected for a term of 4 years, 3 of which are elected at each municipal election.
Alderman At-Large pays $5,000 annually.
Dave served the city of Nashua as a prosecutor with the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office for just under 10 years from 2007 to 2017. In 2014 he became a founding member of the Adult Drug Court to help address the opioid crisis locally. He is now an attorney in private practice with an office in Nashua.
This is Dave’s first run for public office. He became involved in New Hampshire politics as a student at Saint Anselm College during the 2000 New Hampshire Presidential Primary and has been very active in local campaigns in Nashua since 2011.
Dave will always be thankful to his wife, Andrea (LaMontagne) Tencza, for bringing him to live in Nashua in 2007. They have decided to raise their two children, Luke (7) and Maeve (5), in the community because of all that it has to offer. In his spare time, Dave likes to coach his kids’ sports teams, spend time with his family at the beach and in the mountains and he occasionally gets to play golf with his friends and family.
On Oct 26, Dave held a press conference encouraging Alderman Moriarty to disclose the financial backers of his current lawsuit against the city budget. Details are on the front page of the Oct 27 Nashua Telegraph.
I’m a 37 year old small business owner, part-time bartender, and investor who has lived in Nashua since I was 4 years old. I bought a house in Ward 3 about six years ago and I live there with my wonderful girlfriend Sophia, and our greatest of Great Danes: Jack. We spend most of our free time doing small projects in our 117 year-old house, reading about and discussing current events, and stopping by our families’ houses for dinner. Since my first trip to Europe in 2008, I’ve made it a point to leave the country at least once a year to experience other cultures. Most recently, Sophia and I travelled with a group of her family members to Italy in September. I live by the philosophy that everyone has something to teach and something to learn, and I always look forward to meeting new people and hearing their stories.
Alderman pays $5,000 annually.
Over the years I have heard from enough of the voices of the citizens of Ward 1 to know that many feel disconnected from the city and all that happens downtown. With the barriers of the river to the south and the highway between us and most of the city, we have become a small community of our own. Middle-class families, and blue collar workers, retirees who find the peaceful neighborhoods unchanging from decade to decade. Many often just head to Boston or Manchester for their entertainment, and that’s the direction they take to go to work as well.
We have the opportunity to change this, to keep people here by growing our affordable housing stock, enticing young families to come and then welcome the businesses that follow the workforce growth. This is an exciting time for our region and all we need to do is to take that step forward.
While working in the state legislature, Trish learned about the upflow and downflow of dollars from our towns and cities to the county and state. Sadly, Nashua’s cut of the pie is not directly proportional to what we send up to the state and county. This became one of the reasons that she felt it was important that there was a continued flow of information and focus on this activity and decided to run for Ward 3 Alderman. The state’s reneging on the promised public pension funding has created an extreme issue for those cities and towns that joined the state pension plan. In addition, as a taxpaying citizen of Nashua, Trish wanted to be involved in helping to move Nashua forward. As she feels, on the state level, it is imperative that we are proactive in attracting new and young families to our city. This means it is necessary to ensure that we have the best PUBLIC schools and attractions within our city limits. It is time for Nashua to be a Destination place that young families want to Work, Play and ultimately STAY and not be just a Tax-Free Shopping border destination for Massachusetts residents. Trish has been actively, once again, knocking on doors in Ward 3 and getting to know more of her Ward 3 voters and citizens.
I’ve lived here all my life and have had a law office here for 47 years and served as a court-certified mediator for over 20 years. I have degrees in Law and Economics from Boston College. I was a Captain in the U.S. Army; Chairman of Nashua Regional Planning Commission, President of the Nashua Rotary Club, the Nashua Bar Association, and the Nashua Youth Council; Director of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Nashua Mental Health Center; volunteer to the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, Corpus Christi Food Pantry & Assistance, Habitat for Humanity, and Home Health & Hospice Care; member of Symphony NH Chorus and Nashua Choral Society; coach for the Nashua Youth Soccer League; member of Immaculate Conception Parish Council.
I am struck by how many people who now live in Nashua were originally from somewhere else. People who have lived all over the country and the world have chosen Nashua as their home. That tells me that Nashua has a lot of positives, and national magazines that have rated Nashua as a great place to live have verified that. I’m running because I want to help Nashua continue to be a good place to live, work, and raise a family for our children and grandchildren.
We must attract and keep good employers and good paying jobs. I support good schools and great teachers to give our children the best education possible K-12 no matter which neighborhood they live in. I support professional police and firefighters to keep our city safe. We must be good stewards of our infrastructure by maintaining our streets, buildings, and other facilities. I support the arts, recreational activities, and green spaces. We must be sensitive to the burden we place on our taxpayers, so I believe in sound fiscal policies, which keep our spending within our ability to pay while investing in growth to increase our tax base.
Former Ward 9 State Representative
Board of Education
The Board consists of nine members who are each elected to four-year terms. Members serve city-wide and terms of office are offset such that either five or four positions are elected every two years. Since 2013, two high school representatives also serve the Board. NHS North students and NHS South students vote each year to elect a student representative from each school to serve as non-voting members of the Board.
Four seats on the Board of Education will be contested in November. This position pays $4,000 annually.
Ray and his wife have lived in Nashua since 1999 and have two children, a son graduated from Nashua High School South in June 2017, and a daughter currently attends Nashua High School South. Ray is a product of the public school system and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts (M.S. Boston Campus). He has spent 24 years in the transportation field involved in traffic congestion and safety studies. Ray has been active in Nashua as a current member of the Knights of Columbus and has volunteered in fundraising for the Cub Scouts Pack 253 and Boy Scouts Troop 272 both in Nashua and also as a coach for the Nashua Youth Soccer League. Ray ran as a write-in candidate for the Board of Education two years ago. He is running again for the BOE to be an advocate for Public Schools and to protect our community’s most important asset, our public schools, for the sake of our children’s future and to preserve the character of our city.
Gloria lives in Nashua, Ward 2 and chairs that ward. She has been working with Focus Group 1, children from birth to kindergarten. She has two adult children that attend the Nashua Public School, has twelve grandchildren in multiple elementary grades and various schools in Nashua and three that will attend kindergarten in 2018. She has teenage grandchildren in both Nashua High Schools.
Gloria is focused on ensuring that her grandchildren have the same great public education as her children. She is very involved with their education.
Professionally, Gloria Timmons is a retired disabled veteran who served in the U.S. Army. She also retired as the Assistant Director, for the Department of Employment Security. As a state worker, she served 17 years as a SEIU steward.
Gloria graduated from Rivier College, earned many certificates on leadership skills, working with management, diversity training, working across generations, primary, and advance leadership certificates. She had attended Nashua Police Academy 2016, and Nashua Citizens Academy 2017.
Board of Public Works
This Board consists of the mayor and four members chosen by the public. All are elected to four-year terms. Two seats are being contested in the November election. Members of the Board of Public Works Commission are paid $2,000 annually
Subject to approval by the Board of Alderman, this board is responsible for the following:
Moderators are the chief election officers in charge of each ward’s polling place. They assure that the full staff is available and trained for election day. They make sure that all polling activities are executed legally and orderly. Moderators are the authority for all decision making on Election Day.
Moderators are elected for a two-year term. They are paid $225 per election
No one filed for this position, which motivated William to enter the race as a write-in. This would be his first political office. William and his wife have been Nashua residents for 35 years. He is a US Army Veteran. During the last election, William was a campaign volunteer.
William completed the City of Nashua’s course of study for the Nashua City Academy in June 2017. This provided him with an overview of city services inspiring him to serve his community.
William is currently retired. Previous to his retirement, William operated a small business and achieved Director-level status in the Corporate world.
Ward Clerks are elected for a two-year term at the biennial municipal election, every odd-numbered year. They are paid $225 per election.
The ward clerk shall report directly to the moderator. The primary duty of the clerk shall be to administer and prepare the documentation required at the polling place. This would include not only the election return and tally sheets and associated reports, but will also include such documentation as poll workers time sheets, payroll records, W-4 forms, etc.
The ward clerk must pick up the ward supplies and documentation package at the city clerk’s office before reporting to the polling place.
The ward clerk shall also aid any voters who may need assistance in the polling area. The clerk will assist the moderator in the course of managing the polling place.
Other duties require the clerk, at the direction of the city clerk and the Secretary of State, to require the selectmen to sign and post warrants announcing the upcoming election.
Steven Goldstein is a retired software engineer and has been a resident of Nashua since 1978. He and his wife Judy raised two boys who went through the school system. This is his first time running for an elected position. Last election he worked as a volunteer helping to register new voters in the Ward 1 polling location. That experience helped him decide to run for Clerk of Ward 8 as a means of returning something back to the city.
Selectman are elected for a two-year term. Each Ward elects three Selectman. They are paid $190 per election.
Selectman choose the polling place for their wards, maintain voter checklists and aid voters in the election process. They are signatories on warrants and reports and are responsible for accurate counting of votes
- Ward 2 – Teresa Moler
- Ward 3 – Sherry Dutzy
As a resident of Nashua since 1970, Sherry has been engaged in civic and political causes over the years. At present, she chairs the Nashua Conservation Commission and volunteers at the Police Athletic League after-school program. Sherry is a member of the League of Women Voters for Greater Nashua and the World Affairs Council of NH. Her career spanned the fields of psychiatric social work and business development in the technology arena.
Democracy is not a spectator sport; it’s not only imperative that we educate ourselves so we can vote responsibly and elect those who share our values and vision for the community, we must have a choice in candidates. Too often voters have no choice since there is no contest. Ward moderator, clerk, and selectmen are frequently offices that go unopposed or unfilled. For these reasons, I made the decision to step up to the plate and run for my first elected office, Ward 3 Selectman.
The quality of Sherry’s life was enhanced by all those who came before her who contributed their time to support and improve their community. She wants to continue to pay it forward by running for elective office.
- Ward 5 – Rich Green – Write-In Candidate
No one filed for this position, which encouraged Rich to enter the race as a write-in. This would be his first political office. Rich has been a Ballot Inspector for the past several elections and also serves as the NDCC webmaster.
Rich currently works as a software Project Manager and has run two small businesses over his career.
- Ward 8 – Laura Telerski
A long-time resident of Nashua, Laura is a product of Nashua public schools and holds degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Chicago. Laura is a former PTO President and Volunteer Coordinator at Bicentennial Elementary School, and is the New Hampshire State Chairperson for the Georgetown University Alumni Admission Program. Laura and her husband, Jason, have three children and she works part-time as a substitute teacher for the Nashua School District.