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This meeting will be held at the Nashua Library in the auditorium downstairs!
We need a good turnout – this is the last “scheduled” meeting before the election.
Minutes for the September meeting published below.
And to give special consideration to the candidates that have offered their credentials and views below!
Absentee Ballot link: https://www.nashuanh.gov/195/Voter-Registration-and-Elections
State Representative Candidate – Nashua Ward 3 / District 6
I am running as a first-time candidate for State Representative. I feel I can no longer sit on the side lines while bills are being passed into laws that limit our rights, seek to marginalize groups of people, and decimate our public education system.
Nashua is a wonderful place to live. People are caring and involved. And after all the traveling my husband and I have had to do for work, this place is home. I don’t want to see it become prey to special interest groups and agendas not in keeping with our “live free” ideals.
I believe that good government is the result of hard work done by legislators who take time to find out what people need then investigate the most practical way to provide solutions. This requires the ability to listen, research and problem-solve, things I have done my whole career. Only together can we strengthen our communities and our economy.
As a first-time candidate, I have done my homework to understand the background and current state of the key priorities I would work on as a legislator.
(Details for these priorities can be found at www.NashuaWard3Dems.com)
- Support for Science-based Public Education and Fair School Funding
- Support for Women’s Health Care including rights to an abortion
- Support for Diversity and Inclusion
- Support for Alternative Energy to reduce dependance on fossil fuels
- Support measure to reduce Gun Violence
- Support legislation to make Voting more accessible
- Support measures to reverse the state tactics for overburdening our communities with Taxes
- Support better access to health care especially for the elderly and those requiring mental health services
- Degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Systems Engineering.
- 53 Years (including 23 years at BAE Systems, Nashua) as an engineering manager working on projects from Apollo to the F-35 across many technologies.
- Continue to travel the world photographing endangered large animals. Along the way, learning how children of other countries view climate change and their efforts to reduce its impact.
- Born in NY with 3 brothers and one sister.
- Father was a shop teacher (no college degree then); mother was a homemaker. Recognizing the importance of education, all 5 kids have completed graduate school.
- Nashua Ward 3 resident for 25 years.
- Married to Danny Mills 34 years.
- I can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
NH State Representative Candidate Hillsborough 9: Nashua Ward 5
“Not a robotic politician. A normal person doing the right thing.”
I grew up in Lowell, MA and moved to Nashua when my husband and I wanted to start a family.
I was raised by a single mom in an economically disadvantaged environment. I know how hard it
is to advance in life and want to make the system fair for the little guy. I worked extremely hard
to buy my first home at 22 and get through undergrad, law school, and a master’s degree in
Eventually, I became a criminal defense attorney here in Nashua and Lowell. Many of my cases
are serious felonies. A lot of people do not like my clients however, I believe that everyone
deserves the best defense possible. I fight for the underdog. Also, by running my own firm, I
know the struggle it is to run a small business. My mixture of hard work and experience gives
me a unique perspective.
BA – Spanish and History (Double Major) Suffolk University
MBA – Suffolk University
JD – Suffolk Law School
Why I’m Running:
Our system of laws and democracy itself is under attack. I want to do my part in safeguarding
our rights. I want to bring the business and law education and experience to the State House. We need to bring smart solutions to complex problems like addiction and housing.
What I Will Do:
I will advocate for policies that make the system fair. People don’t know that New Hampshire
does not have a state civil rights bill. I think that should change. I will protect voting rights. Also,
New Hampshire is currently suffering from a public defender shortage. I will help solve the
crisis. I will not be a robotic politician. I want to be a normal person doing the right thing.
Will Darby has lived in Nashua since 2003, having originally moved to New Hampshire in 1994. After graduating from Clarkson University and receiving a Master’s from Villanova, he worked for Lockheed Sanders, Digital, MITRE and most recently Arista Networks as a software engineer and manager. Married to his amazing wife Deb for almost 20 years, they have six daughters, including two public school teachers and a mental health nurse. An ardent outdoorsman, Will prefers to spend his free time fishing and exploring New Hampshire’s forests.
“I love New Hampshire and respect those who call it home. I am running for State Representative to preserve the health of our beautiful environment, and ensure dignity and equality for all.“
Read more about Will’s thoughts on the issues at willdarby4nashua.com
Laura Damphousse Telerski is a two-term State Representative running for re-election. She serves as Deputy Ranking Member of the House Transportation Committee. During her first term she served as Clerk of House Transportation, and in 2020 was the Chair of the Nashua Legislative Delegation acting as the liaison between the city’s state representatives and the Mayor’s Office.
Laura grew up in Nashua’s Ward 8 neighborhood and is a product of Nashua public schools. After graduating from Nashua High School in 1989, Laura obtained a bachelor’s degree in History from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago. Laura worked as an account executive for a number of years before she and her husband, Jason, made the decision to have a full-time parent at home.
In 2002, Laura and Jason returned to Nashua, settling in the Bicentennial neighborhood Laura called home. Over the years, Laura became engaged in the school community as a parent volunteer. Since 2006, Laura has served as the New Hampshire State Chair for the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program. In 2017, Laura became a Selectman for Ward 8. She was elected to the State House in November 2018 and re-elected for a second term in 2020, where she has continued to advocate for Ward 8 families.
Laura and Jason have three children, Noah, Ben, and Alanya, graduates of Nashua High School South.
- Prime sponsor of HB1085, signed into law, closing a loophole in the DUI statute.
- Prime sponsor of 1214-FN, signed into law, eliminating fees for walking disability placards.
- Co-sponsored SB 241, signed into law, to advance bringing rail to Nashua and the Southern Tier.
Qualifications / Experience:
NH House of Representatives – Ward 9 / District 10 – Running for a 4th
President – Greater Nashua Area Branch NAACP (GNANAACP)
Served 2 terms as Alderman – Nashua Ward 9
At Large Executive Board member – Nashua Democrat City Committee (NDCC)
Co-Chair & Founding Member – Nashua Community Conversation on Race & Justice (NCCRJ)
Member of My Brother’s Keeper (MBK)
Phone: (603) 880-4537
My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is a community strategic action plan, to ensure all our young people can achieve their full potential. Below are the primary goals of Nashua MBK Community Challenge:
Entering School read to learn
Reading at grade level by third grade
Preventing violence and providing second chances
Co-Chair Nashua Conversation on Race & Justice (NCCRJ) our mission is to provide continuous conversation between the community and law enforcement by increasing safety, trust, and empathy. Building positive communication in the community where everyone will be heard and taken seriously.
As an Alderman I serve on several committees in the capacity of co-chair, secretary, member, liaison and sub liaison. Attended other committee meetings when able to, i.e., Budget
Trustee – New Fellowship Baptist Church
Treasurer – Tri-State Baptist Convention (UBC of MA, RI & NH Inc).
Ranking Member to Criminal Justice and Public Safety (CJ&PS)
Work to defeat a bad bill SB294, that would detain a defendant up to 72 hours requiring a decision from a judge, verse bail bonds person. Tabled!
Co-sponsor HB455, which passed eliminating the death penalty in NH
Appointed by the Deputy Speaker of the House to serve on SB384- which was a study committee to determine the best practice to regulate synthetic cannabinoids in New Hampshire. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis that can affect the brain
Former NH Commissioner for the Status of Women. Instrumental in raising funds to place markers of phenomenal women in several towns across NH. Continue to be a part of the Women Heritage Trail under the umbrella of NH Women Foundation.
Served on the budget committee for Hillsborough County Valley Street, Sheriff and Department of Corrections
Nashua resident for 43 years (37 of which are in Ward 9)
Mother of 5 – grandmother of 12, great grandmother 1
AS & BS degrees from Daniel Webster College
I am retired from Verizon after 34 ½ years, with a background in writing contracts for
third party vendors as well as process and procedures for new technology (DSL, Fiber
etc.). I have served in the capacity of steward and chief steward IBEW 2320, non-management and managed a team of 4-240 personnel.
Substitute teacher – Nashua School District
Why I’m running:
I view the state of our City and State as needing to move forward, with innovation that
will attract young people, as well as an inviting state for our children, so they will return
to NH after their continuing education is completed. We must be a future State, with
easy access in and out for our millennials and all that work in other towns or states.
My top priorities for the State are rail, essential services as public education, mental and
medical health, police department, firefighters, affordable housing, sustainable wages,
women choice over her body, clean air and water, and our infrastructure.
I understand the plight of teaching today. I serve as a substitute teacher when I can
and very active in the community as an advocate for civil rights.
I am a servant of the people!
Please donate to champion my run for Nashua Ward 9 State Representative Donate to Linda Gathright
Thank You for believing and trusting my abilities to represent Nashua in Concord NH!
Nashua Democratic City (NDCC) Minutes
7:12 p.m.– 8:47 p.m.
Call to order by chairman Mike Pedersen at 7:12 p.m.
Mike Pedersen announced ground rules and everyone did intros.
Naomi and Bekah from the Coordinated Campaign spoke about getting volunteers. Most are from Massachusetts we need to get people in the community out.
Max Webber from Voting Protection presented.
- Hot Line – 6034668683 7 days a week
- 5 Key things
- Voter Protection Team
- The Big Lie
- Fight Back
- Absentee Ballots went back to previous rules – preCovid
- Why does Voter Protection Matter
- 3 Threats
- Voter Integrity Group
- Removal of Voting Machines
- Voter Suppression Bills
- They need help
- Answer calls
- Poll observer
Bill Bordy delivered the treasurer’s report.
The Fundraising Gala on 10/6 was discussed by Laura Telerski. We have until the last week of September to buy tickets.
Reminder Saturday at 4:00 Tom Sherman Meet and Greet at Sherry Dutzy’s house.
Olivia Martin talked about using the DVCC list.
Derek Thibeault went over city happenings at City Hall.
Joann St. John went over plans to protest the Asphalt Manufacturing plant before the planning board in Ward 7.
Motion to adjourn at 8:47PM
NO MINUTES PUBLISHED FOR AUGUST MEETING
Nashua Democratic City (NDCC) Minutes
7:04 p.m.– 8:18 p.m. (Zoom)
Call to order by chairman Mike Pedersen at 7:04 p.m.
Naomi Gewirtzman and Bekah Meigs from Organize NH’s Coordinated Campaign spoke. They are at our Main St. office and will be out canvassing. More info below:
**SIGN UP TO CANVASS**
Naomi Gewirtzman– Field Organizer
60 Main St Unit 240
Campaign Literature was discussed.
The Summer Cookout is set for Saturday with around 100 people signed up.
Bill Bordy went over the Treasurer’s Report.
Derek Thibeault discussed the state of the city.
- BOE and BOA both have an opening. Both will be taking letters of intent. The BOA is for Ward 7.
- Sue Newman asked about the Daniel Webster Property – Derek would look into it.
- Elm St property discussed
- City Budget passed
- Meeting for Candidates to Speak for the BOE position scheduled for 7/20
- Former Alderman Fred Teeboom is suing the city over the spending cap
Sherry Dutzy mentioned Ward 3 candidates will host a meeting greet with Dr Tom Sherman on Sept 10 at 4:00 PM.
We plan on reconvening in 2 weeks to discuss compensation for Asma Ackbar and to discuss Walk Cards and Candidate Buy ins.
We discussed an idea Dave Lisle had about candidate forums at hotels with speakers, but most people though cost, logistics and cutting into the gala made this infeasible.
The Gala has no date yet but the committee is working on it.
Motion to adjourn at 8:18PM
Nashua Democratic City (NDCC) Minutes
7:00 p.m.– 8:05 p.m. (Zoom)
Call to order by chairman Mike Pedersen at 7:05 p.m.
Senator Cindy Rosenwald spoke about getting all 27 state rep seats filled, both state senate seats (Rosenwald, Melanie Levesque) and Executive Councilor (Shoshanna Kelly)
6/17 Friday the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Fundraising Dinner
6/11 Saturday 1:00 Library Hill Students walk for gun safety – 10AM they would canvas first.
6/21 Silver Knights Fundraiser
6/25 Candidate Training State House
6/25 Nashua Pride Parade – We will have an info booth
7/16 Fundraising Picnic – Laura Telerski’s House
Asma Ackbar has offered to do the photography and the literature for the elections. Some discussion on buy-ins and fundraising.
Laura Telerski confirmed 373 candidates for state rep across the state.
Derek Thibeault spoke about the importance of these elections and the work we will need to do to win.
Ward 1 candidates were filing on Friday at 10:30 at City Hall. Maggie Hassan was also filing at 10:30 at the state house in Concord.
Nikki Arguin said we would need sponsors for the BBQ.
Adjourned 8:05 AM.
The accolades STILL just keep coming!!
- Financial Stability
- Quality of City Services: #9
- Total Budget per Capita: #9
- Violent Crime Rate: #4
- Quality of Roads: #2
- Safety: #1
- Infrastructure & Pollution: #15
You can read a complete explanation of what went into developing WalletHub’s rankings here: https://wallethub.com/edu/
In 2018, WalletHub rated Nashua as the 9th best-run city in the US.
“Being repeatedly recognized by WalletHub and Money Magazine, as well as receiving a AAA bond rating from the Fitch and S&P, shows off the effectiveness and efficiency of Nashua’s city government,” Mayor Jim Donchess said.
In 2019, Money Magazine continued to rate Nashua as the best place to live in NH and #71 in the country. In New England, only Portland ME, Somerville MA and Brighton MA did better.
For those of you who I have not yet had the opportunity to meet, my name is Josie Weck, and I am the Regional Organizing Director for Nashua and the greater Hillsborough Region for Organize NH, the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign.
I am thrilled to let you know our campaign office for the November election is now open! We are so excited to welcome you all into our newest field office and celebrate what we will accomplish together this year as we work to elect Democrats up and down the ticket.
The office is located in the Telegraph Building at 60 Main Street. Please park in the back parking lot, accessible via Pierce St. We are located in Unit 240. Signage will be posted throughout the building.
If you have any questions, you may reach me here by email or by phone at (505) 553-5696.
House Democratic leader, Renny Cushing, died of prostate cancer on March 7. The following is from NH Democratic chairman, Ray Buckley.
This week, New Hampshire lost a great and courageous hero, and I lost a good friend, with the passing of New Hampshire House Democratic Leader Renny Cushing. Renny’s passion for justice was unparalleled in New Hampshire history. Leader Cushing spent his entire life fighting the good fight and always courageously championing the cause of those who needed a champion.
Personally, I was inspired by his charismatic leadership as a teen, and followed him in the fight against the Seabrook nuclear plant. Just ten years later, we were both elected to the NH House in 1986 — both by 9 votes. Together we worked on issues both great and small, his clarity of thought, strategic mind and heart of gold were a wonder to behold. His sense of justice never wavered or compromised. His epic determination and strength led to impressive victories both inside the legislature and out.
All New Hampshire Democrats are feeling an immense loss and mourn the passing of Leader Cushing. Our heartfelt condolences go to his wife Kristie Conrad and his three daughters, Marie, Elizabeth and Grace.
On April 10, Representative Kathi Rogers died of cancer. I am heartbroken to have announced the passing of eight term New Hampshire State Representative Katherine D. Rogers of Concord, my closest friend of nearly fifty years.
Kathi’s heroic battle with cancer is now over. Right up to the end she was working hard on legislation. She never gave up the fight. She died peacefully Sunday afternoon surrounded by friends and her beloved pug, Romeo.
Kathi was brilliant, skilled, and tenacious in everything she did-– but most of all she was loyal to her friends, who she considered family.
Throughout her life Kathi’s underlying concern was protecting those from abuse; animals, children, women and all disenfranchised peoples. She has left a lasting legacy in Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire and the Democratic Party.
Our hearts are broken, we will keep our promise to continue their fight.