Monthly Archive September 2017


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Byrich green

NH Grassroots Newsletter


Dear Friend,

The NHDP has worked closely with Town and County Committees to recruit and elect Democrats to run for local office, but now we need YOU to head to the polls and cast your ballot!

Secretary of State Bill Gardner has signaled that the elections will move forward despite the snow storm. That means we can’t let inclement weather keep us from electing an incredible slate of Democrats.

Last year proved that every district can be competitive. Let’s keep this momentum going by having a successful Town Meeting Day tomorrow!

If any issues arise, call Erin Turmelle at (603) 418-5998. To report results, please email Erin at
Please continue to use this regular newsletter as a tool for your local committee meetings or as a supplement to your own regular newsletter.  
As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.


Sue Ford                                                                   Erin Cotton
NHDP Grassroots Chair                                           Operations Director, NHDP
Fmr. House Democratic Floor Leader             

Nick Taylor                                                                 Erin Turmelle
Director, House and Senate Democrats                    Political Director, NHDP

On the Floor

The House will be in session on Thursday, March 15th

Commuter Rail

House of Representatives / Full Vote

HOUSE – HB 2018, relative to the state 10-year transportation improvement program

Why this matters: Last week, New Hampshire Republicans removed commuter rail from this 10 year proposal despite its overwhelming popularity. They will vote on the final bill this week where there is the chance a last minute amendment will be added to include rail in the proposal.

Abortion Viability Ban

House of Representatives / Full Vote

HOUSE – HB 1680-FN, relative to prohibiting abortions after viability

Why this matters: This bill would prohibit abortions after “viability,” an unscientific and baseless term that would effectively limit women’s access to abortions. This restriction is not only unconstitutional but dangerous. The vast majority of abortions take place before a woman is 20 weeks pregnant. When women have abortions after this period, it is because their lives or the lives of the fetus are in danger.


Urging the pardon of Jerry DeLemus

House of Representatives / Floor Vote

HOUSE – HCR 11, urging the pardon of Jerry DeLemus

Why this matters: Jerry DeLemus is currently in jail after famously aiding anti-government white supremacist Cliven Bundy in a standoff against the federal government in Nevada. DeLemus is the founding member of the fringe right-wing group, Rochester 9/12, which Governor Sununu secretly met with last Summer.

Online Voter Registration

House of Representatives / Floor Votes

House – HB 1772, permitting online voter registration

Why this matters: Amidst a sea of New Hampshire Republican attempts to restrict the voting rights of Granite Staters, this Democrat-sponosred bill would allow eligible voters to register to vote online. 38 states currently allow for online voter registration, a process that streamlines and simplifies voter registration.

Be sure to call your State Representative and Governor Sununu’s office (603-271-2121) directly, to register your opinions on these important issues. If you’d like to attend one of these hearings or find out when the next session will take place, email Sue Ford (

Priority Hearings

Guns in Schools

Tuesday, March 13th, 10:00AM / Education / Representatives Hall, State House

SENATE- EDUCATION – SB 357, relative to safe school zones

Why this matters: During this hearing, the Senate Education committee will be hearing testimony on Democratic State Senator Martha Hennessey’s amendment that would give schools the ability to ban schools on their campus. In the wake of the devastating Parkland shooting, this amendment is incredibly important in preventing mass shootings on school campuses.

Legislative Review

Last week, the New Hampshire Senate voted 17-7 in favor of SB 313, a bill that seeks to reauthorize New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion program, which currently covers more than 50,000 Granite Staters. Democrats rightfully expressed concerns about the toughest hourly work requirement in the country, and are working steadily to ensure that nobody loses coverage under the reauthorization program, something the Republican leadership has agreed to. The reauthorization now heads to the House of Representatives.

Also last week, Democrats in the New Hampshire House carried through a transgender rights bill that was tabled at the hands of Republicans a year earlier. This is an outstanding step in the pursuit of equal protection for transgender Granite Staters. Thank you to everyone who came forward to create the groundswell of activism and enthusiasm for these basic protections and human rights. HB 1319 now heads to the Senate.

Platform Committee

We need your help. Over the next few months, the New Hampshire Democratic Party Platform Committee will travel around the State to hear from you on the content of our 2018 Platform. We are charged with building a Platform that finds the common ground among us, and helps make the case for why Democrats, Independents, and Republicans – our friends and neighbors – should support the Democratic vision for moving New Hampshire forward. The Platform is a statement of our principles and a direct appeal people of New Hampshire.In an effort to hear from as many democrats as possible, the Committee has scheduled hearings across the state.

April 2 at 7 pm, Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua (Hillsborough)
April 14 at 10am, Manchester Library, 405 Pine St, Manchester, NH

Here is the current NHDP Party Platform for your review. Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments to

County Summits

This winter and upcoming spring, the NHDP staff is hitting the road for thirteen County Summits that will be packed with trainings and discussions relevant to strategic planning for 2018 elections! With more than 50% of statewide local committee officers being new members this year we are traveling the state to provide the training and organizing skills that will lay the foundation for success in 2018We have the momentum, we are fine tuning our skills, and we are building our capacity in every town and county. Please add the following dates to your calendar and RSVP to join us at your county summit!

Nashua – March 17 10AM – 2PM
(Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St, Nashua, NH 03060)
Click HERE to RSVP


Byrich green

Local Nashua Candidates – 2017


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.

The only real difference between the At Large and Ward Aldermen is that the At Large positions represent the entire city and serve a four-year term whereas the Ward Aldermen just represent their ward and serve a 2 year term.

Alderman At-Large

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.

  • Shoshanna is a long-term Nashua resident and a passionate downtown business owner. As a mother with a daughter in our public school system, and homeowner, she understands the unique challenges our city faces and is ready to put in the hard work to listen and lead. With your support, she can offer her service, insights, and dedication to the community and City Hall.
  • Shoshanna’s key concerns are:
Education: a strong focus on retaining teachers and improving our schools
Safety: supporting our fire and police forces and continuing the hard work with the opioid crisis
Economic development: weighing the benefits of projects like the Performing Arts Center, the Riverfront Development, and commuter rail.

 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.

I was the first graduate of the Politics and Society major at UNHM, where much of our focus was on political philosophy and ethics.  While studying for my bachelors degree I had the opportunity to work with several Presidential Candidates in 2008.  I volunteered for the ONE Campaign to end global poverty while the election was in full swing, and New Hampshire’s role as 1st in the Nation afforded me a rare opportunity to rub elbows with everyone from former Mayor Guilliani to then-senator Barack Obama.  It was during my tenure as a volunteer for ONE where I first observed that people from all over the political spectrum can find areas of agreement, and I carry that with me to this day.  I believe that everyone can work together towards common goals so long as they take the time to understand each other’s positions and backgrounds.  In a world that seems to divide people by design, I want to unite people to achieve what everyone wants:  a better life for us all.
I’m running for Alderman at Large because I love this city, I love my friends and family and neighbors who live here, and I think that if elected I can do what needs to be done to elevate the standard of living for everyone who lives here.  Part of my mission is to engage voters who feel forgotten or disenfranchised.  I want to show folks from all parts of this city that their opinions, their needs, their voices, and their dreams matter.


Alderman pays $5,000 annually.

  • Ward 1 – Jan Schmidt – current (and former) Ward 1 State Representative

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.

  • Ward 3 – Patricia (Trish) Klee – current Ward 3 State Representative

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.

  • Ward 6 – Ken Gidge – current Ward 6 State Representative
  • Ward 7 – June Caron
  • Ward 8 – MaryAnne Melizzi-Gofja
  • Ward 9 – Linda Harriott-Gathright

 Former Ward 9 State Representative

    • Served in the Criminal Justice Committee and Budget Committee for Hillsborough County
    • Former NH Commissioner for the Status of Women
    • Trustee of New Fellowship Baptist Church Nashua, NH
    • Treasurer of Tri-State Baptist Convention.
    • Nashua substitute teacher K-12, since 2009
    • Background in writing contracts for third party vendors as well as writing processes and procedures for then new technology (DSL, Fiber)
    • Served on many boards and co-founder of several community organizations.  Linda has managed teams of 4-240 personnel.
    • Former IBEW 2320 Steward
    • 36 years of community service as an advocate for civil rights and justice
    • Retired from Verizon after 34 ½ years in non-management and management positions.
    • A 38-year resident of Nashua and 33-year resident of Ward 9
    • Mother of 5, grandmother of 10


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.

Click here for more information on the Nashua Board of Education

  • Raymond Guarino

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 Timmons

  • Chairperson of Ward 2
  • President of the Greater Nashua NAACP
  • Member of the Executive Committee of My Brother’s Keeper (MBK)
  • Secretary for the Nashua Community Conversation on Race & Justice (NCCRJ)
  • Outreach for Black Unity (OBU)
  • Commander for Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 1994-1996, Chapter 37, Nashua.

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.

  • Heather Raymond

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:

  • Decisions relating to the construction and maintenance of a range of Nashua’s infrastructure – streets, bridges, sidewalks, public water, sewer and drains.
  • Purchase and maintainance of our infrastructure for electric lines, poles & lights.
  • Purchasing land and maintaining green spaces



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

  • Ward 1 – William Bordy – Write-In Candidate

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 8 – John Lisle

Ward Clerk

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.

  • Ward 8 – Steven Goldstein

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.

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.