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Democratic lawsuit – SB3

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. 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.

The NH Democratic party, the League of Women Voters and three individual voters are using the state over this law, which they believe will keep people who are legally entitled to vote from voting.

Hillsborough County Judge Charles Temple let stand all the non-penalty provisions of the new domicile law and his 13-page ruling came just before the opening of the polls for a New Hampshire House of Representatives special election Tuesday in Laconia and Belmont.

“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,” Temple wrote.

Recently, Judge Temple combined the NH Democratic Party and League of Women Voters lawsuits into a single lawsuit.

Next step is a structuring conference scheduled for Oct 30 in Hillsborough County Superior Court.

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NH Grassroots Newsletter

NOTE THAT THIS IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE NEWSLETTER
FEATURING THE SUMMARY AND ANYTHING SPECIFIC TO THE NASHUA AREA.
Dear Friend,

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter for her tireless years of service to our state and to our country. As the first New Hampshire woman elected to federal office and as part of the country’s first-ever all-female, all-Democratic Congressional delegation, she has always spoken out for New Hampshire citizens from Washington. New Hampshire is certainly a better place to work and to raise a family thanks to her consistent dedication.

Congresswoman, you are a terrific role model for those who will follow in your footsteps and carry on your work fighting hard for the middle class and for those who need a voice.

Because we could not have said it any better, please read the below statement from NHDP Chairman, Raymond Buckley:

“Thank you Carol-Shea Porter for your four terms of service to New Hampshire and our country. You have served the Granite State with great distinction. Your unflinching devotion to the ‘99% of the rest of us’ for over a decade has been a clear call for reform & progress. New Hampshire is proud and honored to have you represent us in Washington and your presence will be dearly missed after 2018. Your leadership has undoubtedly inspired so many to stand up and fight for what they believe in. As the first New Hampshire woman elected to federal office, you are trailblazer and a role model for us all. While we are saddened by your departure, we know your leadership will have paved the way for another great New Hampshire leader to follow in your footsteps . . . ” Chairman Raymond Buckley (D-Manchester)

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Best,

Sue Ford                                                                   Erin Cotton
NHDP Grassroots Chair                                           Operations Director, NHDP
Fmr. House Democratic Floor Leader                       ecotton@nhdp.org
sueford06@gmail.com

Nick Taylor                                                                 Erin Turmelle
Director, House and Senate Democrats                    Political Director, NHDP
ntaylor@nhdp.orgeturmelle@nhdp.org

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Local Nashua Candidates – 2017

Nomination deadline for the 2017 local elections was Sept 8. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

NDCC is familiar with the following candidates and encourages you to support them.

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.

  • 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

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.

  • Ward 6 – Ken Gidge – current Ward 6 State Representative
  • Ward 6 – Efstathia Booras – former Ward 6 State Representative

I am running for the Board of Alderman because I’m passionate about representing my constituents and creating a City of Nashua where no voice is neglected.  My family and I have lived in Nashua for 30 years and my children were born and raised here.

 

  • Owner / Operator – Alpha Mortgage & Financial Services (located downtown for 20 years)
  • Two-term State Representative (2012 – 2016)
  • Efstathia’s key concerns are:

Commuter rail
Education
Public safety
Affordable housing
Revitalizing downtown by providing cultural and entertainment opportunities
Fiscal budget that meets the city’s needs without eliminate essential services

“Let’s make Nashua a place to “Work, Play and Stay!”

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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 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.

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.