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Brookline Democrats – NH Legislature This Week

NH Legislature This Week—March 12, 2018

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Quotes of the Week

My daughter will be part of the 4% that take advantage of this.” Sen. Harold French (R-Franklin) regarding the Medicaid extension bill (SB313), which he voted against.

The affirmation this bill will provide to our transgender citizens, friends and community members is critical … it is the first major step toward equality.” Rep. Ed Butler (D-Hart’s Location) on the passage of HB1319, which added transgender people to the state civil rights laws.

“… people being fired just because they are transgender; people being thrown out of their apartments because some guy doesn’t like who they are. That’s absurd in this day, especially in New Hampshire. We’re supposed to be able to live free.” Transgender activist Gerri Cannon on the passage of HB1319, which added transgender people to the state civil rights laws.

While I’m glad this order temporarily exempts two of New Hampshire’s largest trading partners, including Canada, I remain concerned about the significant impact that a tariff on steel and aluminum will have on New Hampshire’s economy, which is supported by $4 billion in exports.” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on President’s Trump executive order to create new taxes on imported steel and aluminum.

Important Dates this week

Tuesday, March 13th is election dayHollis is voting 7am to 7pm at Lawrence Barn. Brookline is voting 7am to 7:30pm at Captain Samuel Douglass Academy. Mason is voting 11am to 7pm at Mason Town Hall.

Wednesday, March 14th is Brookline Town Meeting at 7pm at Captain Samuel Douglass Academy

Thursday, March 15th is the Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District Meeting at 7pm at the Hollis Brookline High School.

Saturday, March 17th is Hollis Town Meeting at 10am at the Hollis Brookline High School

Saturday, March 17th is Mason Town Meeting 9am at Mason Elementary School

Republicans block Democratic attempt to tighten gun laws

At the start of last week’s session, the House Democrats asked for a rule suspension so that they could bring in new legislation to prohibit the sale and possession of bump stocks and to raise the age for purchasing rifles and shotguns from 18 to 21. While a majority voted in favor, it fell short of the 2/3 majority needed. The motion was supported by 191 Representatives and opposed by 125 Representatives. Rep. Carr and Lewicke voted in favor of the suspension. Rep. Ammon and Belanger voted against the motion. Rep. Gargasz did not vote on the motion.

Transgender rights supporters celebrate several victories this week

Supporters of equality for Transgender people have a lot to celebrate this week. HB1319 was passed by the House 195-129. The bill adds “gender identity” to the list of categories in which discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations is prohibited, along with race, sex, religion and sexual orientation. If ultimately passed, New Hampshire will become the 21st state with such a law, joining all other New England states.

Additionally, the House defeated two anti-transgender bills. HB1560 would prohibit Medicaid from covering gender reassignment surgery or hormone therapy. This was defeated 140-188. Rep. Gargasz opposed the bill while Rep. Ammon, Belanger, Carr and Lewicke voted in favor of it. Similarly, HB1532 would have prohibited gender reassignment surgery for minors. This was defeated 157-172. The bill was opposed by Rep. Ammon and Gargasz while Rep. Belanger, Carr and Lewicke voted in favor of it.

HB1319 now goes to the NH Senate where the bill enjoys the support of several Republican Senators who are sponsoring the bill, along with Democrats. In January, Gov. Sununu told the Union Leader that he is “inclined to move forward with it.”.

Medicaid expansion extension passed by the Senate

The Republican version of a bill to extend the expanded version of Medicaid (SB313) was passed by the Senate with support of half of the Republicans and all of the Democrats. A Democratic version had earlier been rejected on a party line vote. The bill adds a work requirement, but an attempt by the Democrats to provide funding to achieve that ($1.5 million) was rejected. Senator Avard and six other Republican Senators voted against the five year extension.

We and other news sources have stated that about 50,000 people are served by Medicaid in New Hampshire. It would be more accurate to say that about 125,000 people to have benefited from it at some point since 2015, averaging around 50,000 at any given time. Only around 15,000 who participated in the program early on are still on the program.

NH Firearms Coalition targets Sen. Hennessey

In the wake of the tragic shootings in Florida, schools are looking into their gun safety policies and one of the more disturbing aspects is that, in NH, the schools cannot prohibit non-students from entering the schools with loaded guns. Many are concerned about the prospects of having deadly weapons within easy reach in a school, which is a tumultuous and emotional time for most teenagers. Sen. Martha Hennessey (D-Hanover) recently offered an amendment to SB357 that would allow school districts to be able to keep guns out of our public schools on an everyday basis.

The NH Firearms Coalition, a militant gun rights group, responded with a posting on their Facebook page showing a picture of Sen. Hennessay as it would appear looking through the scope of a rifle. The group said “we reject the concept that the acts of a criminal who violated Florida’s gun free school zone law and then committed murder in any way justifies increased gun control on law-abiding gun owners anywhere.” They further went on to say that Sen. Hennessey, by introducing this amendment, was engaging in a “sneak attack, reminiscent of the terrorists’ attacks on September 11, 2001.”

A public hearing on the amendment is scheduled for Tuesday at 10am in Representatives Hall.

Last week, the House voted on the following bills:

HB1587 would set the minimum age for anyone to marry at 16. A person under the age of 18 would need permission of a judge. There would be no distinction between opposite sex marriage and same sex marriages. Current law allows females as young as 13 and males as young as 14 to be married in opposite sex marriages. For a same sex marriage, both individuals must be at least 18. A judge’s authorization is required for any marriage in which at least one participant is under 18. The House passed the bill as amended by the committee on a voice vote (consent calendar).

HB1433 would require candidates for President and Vice President to disclose federal income tax records. The House defeated the bill on a voice vote (consent calendar).

HB1666 would have required redistricting for any district in which the election results indicate that the district was gerrymandered according to a specific algorithm . The House defeated the bill on a voice vote (consent calendar).

HB525 would have stopped part of the planned reduction in state funding of local schools. State funding for schools has been dropping, causing increases in local education property taxes to make up the difference. The House defeated the bill on a voice vote (consent calendar).

HB1575 described by the Committee: “This bill, as amended, allows for the hunting of small game with an air rifle. The amendment addresses all the issues raised by the Fish and Game Department. The bill, as amended, will finally remove New Hampshire from the distinction of being the only state in the nation that does not allow hunting of any kind with an airgun. The committee was invited to and attended an air rifle demonstration at Sig Sauer.” Sig Sauer is based in New Hampshire and also makes the MCX rifle used by the shooter at the Orlando night club. Sig Sauer says that it “developed the MCX rifle for America’s special forces. Their goal: a firearm that’s as quiet as an MP5, as deadly as an AK-47, and more modular than anything ever designed.” They are available at several stores around New Hampshire. The House passed the bill as amended by the committee on a voice vote (consent calendar).

HB1438 would allow landlords to place restrictions on the possession of firearms and explosives by tenants. The House Judiciary Committee believes that such restrictions can already be placed in leases and therefore the bill is not needed. The House defeated the bill on a voice vote (consent calendar).

HB1315 would prohibit the University System from using University funds to oppose the formation of unions. The House passed the bill 204-118. The votes were not recorded.

HB1798 would prohibit the state from waiving the federal work requirement for certain individuals who receive food stamp benefits. The House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee notes that the bill would currently only affect 38 people in towns identified as having few employment opportunities by denying them $150 per month in funding provided by the federal government. Sen. Avard is a cosponsor of the bill. The House defeated the bill on a voice vote.

HB1804 is similar to HB1798 in prohibiting waivers to federal work requirements for food stamps, but also creates a new system of work requirements for other welfare programs. The House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee recommends that the bill be defeated and the members that support the bill note that they “sided with the intent of the bill more than the legislative language.” The House defeated the bill 183-110. The votes were not recorded.

CACR15 is proposed amendment to the NH Constitution that would allow any taxpayer to file a lawsuit against the government relating the spending of certain funds. This amendment is in response to recent rulings by the NH Supreme Court that have curtailed this ability. The House passed the amendment 309-9. Rep. Ammon, Belanger, Carr, Gargasz and Lewicke voted in favor of the amendment.

HB1241 would establish a commission to assess the benefits and costs of a “health care for all” single payer program. The House defeated the bill 149-176. Rep. Ammon, Belanger, Carr, Gargasz and Lewicke voted against the bill.

HB1516 would establish a commission to examine the feasibility of the New England states entering into a compact for a single payer healthcare system. The House defeated the bill on a voice vote. There was a motion to reconsider this decision, but that failed 141-185. Those votes were not recorded.

HB1354 would make the Speaker of the House and the Senate President voting members of the University System Board of Trustees. The Board currently consists of 27 members. The House passed the bill 164-155. Rep. Belanger, Carr, Gargasz and Lewicke voted in favor of the bill. Rep. Ammon voted against the bill.

HB1756 would allow for a 1.5% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for state and local retirees with lengthy service and low pensions. The pensions have not been adjusted for COLA since 2010. The House passed the bill on a voice vote. Before this, there was a motion to defeat the bill which failed 157-163. Based on this, Rep. Ammon, Belanger, Carr, Gargasz and Lewicke voted against the bill.

HB1532 would prohibit gender reassignment surgery for transgender minors. The House defeated the bill 157-172. That vote was not recorded. However, before this vote, there was a motion to pass the bill which failed 162-164. That vote was recorded and Rep. Belanger, Carr and Lewicke voted in favor of the bill. Rep. Ammon and Gargasz voted against the bill.

HB1560 would prohibit Medicaid from paying for gender reassignment drugs, surgery or hormone therapy. The House defeated the bill 140-188. Rep. Ammon, Belanger, Carr and Lewicke voted in favor of the bill. Rep. Gargasz voted against the bill.

HB1319 would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations. The House passed the bill 195-129. Rep. Gargasz voted in favor of the bill. Rep. Ammon, Belanger, Carr and Lewicke voted against the bill.

This week, the House will vote on the following bills:

HB1759 would place restrictions on the use of drones. The House Executive Departments and Administration Committee cited several concerns with details in the bill and the lack of time available to address them and so recommends that the bill be defeated 17-0. Note: the bill had been on the consent calendar, but Rep. Neal Kurk (R-Weare) removed it.

HR20 is a resolution “affirming state’s powers” and opposing federal authority over states. The House State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee notes that “one could interpret this bill as a prelude to secessation” and recommends the resolution be defeated 17-1. The resolution is sponsored by Rep. Dan Itse(R-Fremont and Vice Chair of the House Children and Family Law Committee), Rep. J. R. Hoell (R-Dunbarton), Rep. James Spilane (R-Deerfield), and Rep. Victoria Sullivan (R-Manchester). Note: the bill had been on the consent calendar, but Rep. Hoell removed it.

HB1443 would allow jury nullification by instructing jurors in a trial that they can find the defendant not guilty even if the state has proven its case if they so choose. The House Judiciary Committee recommends that the bill be passed 9-8.

HB1787 would allow medical professionals and pharmacists to refuse to provide treatments or medications that conflict with their personal beliefs, such as contraception, sterilization, and pregnancy termination. The House Judiciary Committee recommends that the bill be defeated 14-1.

CACR19 is an amendment to the NH Constitution that would allow towns, cities and counties to enact their own laws that protect the “health, safety and welfare” of their citizens. Currently, towns, cities and counties can only enact regulations that the state explicitly allows them to make. The House Judiciary Committee recommends that the amendment be defeated 11-8.

HCR11 is a resolution urging the pardon of Jerry DeLemus. DeLemus was sentenced to seven years in prison for traveling to Nevada to support an armed standoff against the federal government. He spent more than a month in an encampment organizing armed patrols and threatening law enforcement officers who were attempting to protect federally owned lands. The House Judiciary Committee recommends that the resolution be passed 9-8.

HB1259 would require the use of seat belts in vehicles. Currently, only minors are required to wear seat belts. NH has the lowest seat belt usage in the country (67%). 73% of fatal accidents victims in NH were not wearing seat belts, compared to 41% nationally. The House Transportation Committee recommends that the bill be defeated 10-9.

HB1442 would allow a waiver for the driver education requirement for those under 18 if the parents provide a written statement that they trained their child. The bill does not specify any standards for such training. The House Transportation Committee recommends that the bill be defeated 16-3.

HB1686 would extend the “education tax credits” program that allows businesses to send their tax dollars to private schools and homeschool parents by allowing individuals to “contribute” tax dollars that they would otherwise pay in the Interest and Dividends tax. Combined with deductions from federal tax returns, this would allow wealthy tax payers to make a profit, receiving more in tax breaks than they paid in “donations”. The House Ways and Means Committee recommends that the bill be passed as amended 13-10.

HB1432 would require that any private school or homeschools that receives “public funds through scholarships, tax credits, freedom savings accounts, or vouchers” to performbackground checks on all employees and volunteers and conform to state and federal nondiscrimination laws, as is required of public schools. The House Education Committee recommends that the bill be defeated 11-8.

HB1772 would allow voters to register online, as is done in 37 other states, including Massachusetts and Vermont. The House Election Law Committee recommends that the bill bedefeated 11-9.

HB1707 would place restrictions on pregnancy termination by requiring a 24 hour waiting period and require that the patient be given graphic and medically questionable information intended to make her reconsider her decision. The House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee recommends that the bill be sent to interim study, effectively defeating it, 11-9. However the minority of the committee supports defeating the bill directly.

HB1680 would prohibit pregnancy termination after the fetus is “viable”. The House Judiciary Committee recommends that the bill be passed 10-8.

HB1721 would prohibit “coercive” pregnancy termination, but defines “coercive” so broadly that it would describe almost all such terminations. The House Judiciary Committee recommends that the bill be defeated 15-3.

HB1313 would allow people to carry loaded guns on Off-Highway Recreational Vehicles (such as ATVs, trail bikes and UTVs) and snowmobiles. The Resources, Recreation and Development Committee recommends that the bill be passed 11-7.

Last week, the Senate voted on the following bills:

SB 438 would clarify the process that towns use to postpone elections but requires them to get final approval from the Secretary of State. As many readers will remember, a blizzard last year caused the postponement of voting in many towns, and created confusion over who had the authority to postpone elections. The bill also gives moderators the power to change the date of the town meeting at the last minute due to weather emergencies. The Senate passed the bill on a voice vote.

SB313 is the Republican bill to extend the expansion of Medicaid. The Senate passed the bill 17-7. Sen. Avard voted against the bill. The other 6 Senators to vote against the bill were also Republicans (Sen. Regina Birdsell, Sen. Sharon Carson, Sen. Gary Daniels, Sen. Harold French, Sen. Bob Giuda, and Sen. Andy Sanborn). The bill was supported by 7 Republicans and all 10 Democrats.

This week, the Senate will vote on the following bills:

SB525 would prohibit financial assistance to higher education students who are not a legal resident. The Senate Education Committee recommends that the bill be defeated 5-0 because it would deny asylum seekers and green card holders access to important educational services. The bill is on the consent calendar to be defeated. Sen. Avard is a cosponsor.

Senate Hearings for this coming week:

Senate Education Committee (Representatives Hall)

SB357 is regarding safe schools. This hearing is for an amendment that would allow schools to prohibit guns. Tuesday 10am.

Senate Judiciary Committee (Statehouse room 100)

SB593 would repeal the death penaltySen. Avard is the primary sponsor. M


Where to find more information

The New Hampshire legislature web site is Here, you can find the full text of all bills, find the full list of sponsors of bills and see more detailed status. If you have questions about how to use the state website, we would be glad to help. Just email us at

Watch and listen to House and Senate sessions live and archived

Terms and Abbreviations

ITL means “Inexpedient To Legislate”. If the full House or full Senate votes to ITL a bill, then the bill is defeated.

OTP means “Ought to Pass” meaning that a committee is recommending that a bill be passed.

Consent Calendar: If a bill receives a unanimous recommendation from a committee, the committee may place the bill on the Consent Calendar. When full House meets, the first vote taken is to approve all recommendations on all bills in the consent calendar. This allows the House to quickly dispense with non-controversial bills and move on to topics that need discussion. If any legislator requests that a bill be removed from the consent calendar, then it will be removed and it will be brought up for discussion and a vote along with the other non-consent calendar bills.

Resolutions: Sometimes the House, the Senate or both will pass resolutions. These are just public statements of opinion or interest, but they have no legal standing. It is similar to issuing a press release. HCR is a House resolution. HJR is a joint resolution (both House and Senate) that originates in the House.

LOB refers to the Legislative Office Building, which is immediately behind the statehouse. Most committee hearings are held in this building.

Reps Hall refers to Representatives Hall in the Statehouse where the House of Representatives meetings. This room is used for hearings that are expected to be very large.

Retained” means that a Committee has voted to keep a bill until next year. Next year, any bills that have been retained must be sent to the full House/Senate for a vote. Any bill that does not get retained must be sent to the full House/Senate for vote by Crossover or the end of the session.

Crossover” is March 31st. The House will vote on all bills introduced in the House by this date except for bills that have been retained until next year. Similarly, the Senate will vote on all bills introduced into the Senate by this date except for bills that are being retained until next year.

Tabled”: The full House or full Senate can “table” a bill which means that the bill is kept in “limbo” without being passed or defeated. For tabled bill to be brought back up for a vote again (to pass it) requires a 2/3 majority. If the bill has not been passed when the legislature adjourns at the end of the year, it is defeated. Tabling a bill usually happens when the legislature wants to defeat a bill but doesn’t want to directly oppose it. It can also sometimes happen if there are not enough votes to pass, but leadership hopes to be able to come up with enough votes later—but this then requires a 2/3 majority.

A brief guide to how legislation becomes law

Bills introduced in the House:

  1. The bill is assigned to a committee and the committee holds a public hearing.
  2. The committee either retains the bill or votes to recommend that the bill be passed (OTP), changed (OTPA), or defeated (ITL).
  3. Except for retained bills, all other bills go to the full House which can pass, defeat, change a bill or send it to a second committee.
  4. If sent to a second committee, the committee must then retain or recommend to pass, change or defeat the bill. It then goes back to the full House for a second vote.
  5. If passed by the House, the bill goes to the Senate
  6. The bill is assigned to a Senate committee which then holds a public hearing
  7. The Senate committee either retains the bill or votes to recommend that the bill be passed (OTP), changed (OTPA), or defeated (ITL).
  8. Except for retained bills, all other bills go to the full Senate which can pass, defeat, change a bill or send it to a second committee.
  9. If sent to a second committee, the committee must then retain or recommend to pass, change or defeat the bill. It then goes back to the full Senate for a second vote.
  10. If passed by the Senate, the bill goes to the Governor who may sign the bill into law or veto it.
  11. If the Governor vetoes the bill, it goes back to the House
  12. If 2/3 of the House votes to override the veto then the bill goes back to the Senate
  13. If 2/3 of the Senate votes to override the veto then the bill becomes law.

For Senate bills, the process is the same except that it goes through the Senate before it goes to the House.

For Constitutional Amendments (CACRs) the process is slightly different.

CACRs introduced in the House:

  1. Assigned to a committee and the committee holds a public hearing.
  2. The committee votes to recommend that the CACR be passed, changed, killed or sent to study
  3. Regardless of the committee recommendation, all CACRs go to the full House which can pass, kill or change a bill or send it to study. Passing a CACR requires 60% of the House members present to vote in favor.
  4. If passed by the House, the bill goes to the Senate
  5. Assigned to a Senate committee which then holds a public hearing
  6. The Senate committee votes to recommend that the bill be passed, changed, killed or sent to study
  7. Regardless of the committee recommendation, all bills go to the full Senate which can pass, kill or change a bill or send it to study. Passing a CACR requires 60% of the Senate members present to vote in favor.
  8. If passed by the Senate, the CACR will put on the ballot at the next election (November 2012). If 2/3 of the voters vote in favor of it, then it becomes part of the NH Constitution.

Where to Send Letters to the Editor:

Nashua Telegraph

Hollis Brookline Journal

The Journal welcomes letters from its readers that are exclusive to this newspaper. Letters must be 400 words or fewer and are subject to editing either for content or for length. Letters must be received no later than noon on Monday. The Journal does not publish anonymous letters, those written under an assumed name or containing only the writer’s initials. Nor does it publish form letters, or those written as part of an orchestrated campaign. Letters must be in good taste and free of libel or personal attacks. Important: Letters must contain the writer’s name, home address and day/night telephone numbers and e-mail for confirmation purposes. Only the writer’s name and hometown will be published. The deadline for submitting letters is noon on Monday. The Journal is published every Friday.

The Mason Grapevine

Residents of Mason can submit letters to the Mason Grapevine at

Hollis, Brookline, Mason Reps:

Sen. Kevin Avard (R) (603) 271-4151

Nashua Wards 1, 2, 5, Hollis, Brookline, Mason, Greenville, New Ipswich, and Rindge

Rep. Jim Belanger (R) P: (603)465-2301


Rep. Carolyn Gargasz (R) P: (603)465-7463


Rep. Keith Ammon (R) P: (603)296-9879

Hollis, Milford, Mont Vernon, New Boston

Rep. John Carr (R) P: (603)673-3603

Brookline and Mason

Rep. John Lewicke (R) P: (603) 878-2610

Brookline and Mason

Byrich green

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. 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.”

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.


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Nick Taylor                                                                 Erin Turmelle
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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)
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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.