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ByCat Tanguay

Welcome to the Nashua Democratic City Committee!

Interested in politics? Why not start local?

ByCat Tanguay

Nashua voted 9th best-run city in the US out of 150 surveyed!

Welcome to America’s 9th best-run city in the US out of 150 surveyed according to personal finance website, WalletHub.

 

Click here to view the entire survey

Nashua ranked 2nd in providing city services.  Six categories were considered:

  • Financial stability
  • Education
  • Health
  • Safety
  • Economy
  • Infrastructure / pollution

 

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):

  • 50% – 2016 crime data
  • 10% – % of population 65+ (2010 data)
  • 10% – city cost of living (2010 data)
  • 10% – healthcare costs (2010 data)
  • 10% – laws protecting against elder card abuse
  • 10% – state’s average retirement age

 

ByCat Tanguay

Thanks for a wonderful July cookout!

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.

https://deepajacobphotography.smugmug.com/PhotoSets/2018-DNCC-Summer-Cookout/

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.

ByCat Tanguay

Jan 2 – NH Secretary of State vote

Secretary of State will be decided on the first day of the 2019 term!  In the first Democratic Caucus of the new term, Colin VanOstern won the Democratic straw vote last week.

Two Democrats are looking to unseat incumbent Bill Gardner for the office of N.H. Secretary of State – Colin VanOstern and Peter Sullivan.  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 has started a political committee, Bill does not attend political events, endorse candidates or accept donations.  Different styles for sure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, Peter Sullivan also announced his interest in the race.  Peter is a 5-term Representative, having served on Judiciary, Criminal Justice, and State-Federal Relations Committees.  Highlights of his accomplishments include:

  • Manchester Board of Aldermen; chair, Revenue Administration Committee – 1 ter
  • Former Member, Manchester Heritage Commission (historic district commission)
  • Former Member, Greater Manchester Joint Sustainability Committee
  • Sponsored legislation to establish a nonpartisan, independent redistricting commission
  • Sponsored bill (endorsed by Granny D) to make lobbyist campaign spending more transparent
  • Authored NH Crime Victim Employment Leave Act
  • Ten years service, US Army Reserve and Army National Guard
  • BA, University of New Orleans
  • JD, University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Admitted to practice before NH Supreme Court, US District Court, and US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

 

For more information, check out the following links:

http://www.wmur.com/article/nh-primary-source-peter-sullivan-jumps-into-race-for-secretary-of-state/19627201

http://nhpr.org/post/former-manchester-lawmaker-adds-name-race-nh-secretary-state#stream/0

http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180324/second-democrat-plans-to-challenge-secretary-of-state