The accolades just keep coming!!
In December, Money Magazine ranked Nashua as the best place to live in NH. “Residents enjoy the perks of being an hour’s drive from the cultural and educational hub of Boston, but arrive home to a charming town with no sales tax and a rich history”
Earlier this year, WalletHub ( a personal finance website) rated Nashua as the 9th best-run city in the US out of 150 surveyed.
Nashua ranked 2nd in providing city services. Six categories were considered:
In December, this site declared Nashua as the safest city in America. 182 cities were analyzed in the December study.
AND Nashua was also voted the 34th safest city to retire in the US by Security Choice analysts (out of 495 metropolitan areas). No other NH city was listed in the top 100. Factor weighting (Nashua’s rating = 80.53):
SPECIAL THANKS TO LATHA AND KRISHNA MANGIPUDI FOR AGAIN HOSTING THE NDCC COOKOUT ON JULY 7 AND TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS WHO MADE THIS YEAR’S EVENT A GREAT SUCCESS.
AND KUDOS TO OUR PHOTOGRAPHER DEEPA JACOB. MANY MORE PICTURES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE LINK BELOW.
The weather was perfect and the event was very well attended by candidates, officials and NDCC members alike. If you follow local and state politics, you’ll recognize many of the faces. And your webmaster is in this menagerie too.
On Dec 5, the new NH House and Senate re-elected Bill Gardner to serve his 22nd term as NH Secretary of State. It took two votes to declare a winner! Bill won by only 4 votes!
Two Democrats were looking to unseat him – Colin VanOstern and Peter Sullivan. Colin won a straw vote to continue his candidacy in November.
Bill Gardner has been our Secretary of State for Colin Van Ostern’s entire life – 42 years – making Bill the longest serving Secretary of State in the nation. Bill is well known nationally as a “guardian” of NH’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary. He has overseen over 500 recounts, including more than 20 that came down to a single vote.
According to the New Hampshire state constitution, there are no term limits for this office and anyone can run. It is chosen every two years by a joint ballot of New Hampshire State Senators and members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
In a controversial 2017 decision, Bill Gardner joined the President’s now defunct Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. In his January 4th statement, Gardner indicated that he had joined this panel to “maintain the most accessible and trustworthy elections” for the state of New Hampshire and was “disappointed the Commission will no longer be able to explore why voters participate and why, sadly, many choose not to.” On his website, Van Ostern states that his platform consists of standing up for voting rights and modernizing and securing state elections. Both gentlemen support protecting New Hampshire’s first presidential primary.
Colin Van Ostern is a former member of the Executive Council and ran for Governor during the last election.
While Colin started a political committee and campaigned aggressively, Bill does not attend political events, endorse candidates or accept donations. Different styles for sure.
Peter Sullivan is a 5-term Representative, having served on Judiciary, Criminal Justice, and State-Federal Relations Committees. Highlights of his accomplishments include: