November has been a very good month for our NDCC, enjoying tremendous success in the Nashua Municipal Election on November 7th. Although the election is non-partisan, it is extremely important that those who hold office in our city reflect our values and goals. And it is vitally important that the office holders of our city are supportive of our excellent Mayor, Jim Donchess. Otherwise our city can be hamstrung by obstruction and progress would be difficult or impossible.
The results of the election exceeded our expectations, with Dave Tencza, Shoshanna Kelly, and Brendan Laws sweeping all three of the Alderman-at-Large positions; and Heather Raymond, Gloria Timmons and Ray Guardino capturing three of the four city-wide School Board positions. We now hold 12 of 15 positions on the Board of Aldermen and a majority on the School Board. Additionally, our endorsed candidates won 30 additional ward positions. In all, we won 34 of 37 contested positions. This outstanding electoral result has been recognized throughout New Hampshire and beyond. Furthermore, Democrats have won 8 of 10 special elections for the legislature around the state—half of those in majority Republican districts.
This success is due to the unbelievable hard work on the part of our great candidates, the enthusiastic work of our many volunteers, including a host of Young Democrats; and a campaign plan created and administered by our Chief of Staff, Will Bateson, and the hard work of our campaign coordinator, Adam Huberty.
Our annual Gala on October 27 at the Nashua Country Club was a huge success in every way, thanks to our outstanding Gala Coordinator, JoAnne St. John. Not only was it a wonderful evening of enjoyment and celebration, but it was also an enormously successful fundraiser. These funds were instrumental in the success of our efforts in the Municipal Election.
The Gala honored our Congresswoman, Annie Kuster. Also honored was our State Senator, Bette Lasky, who was given our Lifetime Achievement Award. Others receiving awards were Maryjo Cannarella, Chairman’s Award; Michael Pedersen, Bob McGrath Memorial Award; Dave Tenzca, Outstanding Service Award; and David Cote, the Bette Lasky Award.
Many of us attended the annual Kennedy Clinton Dinner on November 17 at Alpine Grove Banquet Facilities in Hollis. This event is the primary event of our New Hampshire Democratic Party, and Nashua Democrats were very prominently honored. For starters, our three successful Alderman-at-Large candidates, Shoshanna, Dave, and Brendan, led the large, crowded room in the pledge of allegiance. Senator Bette Lasky received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award; and Representative Amelia Keane was presented with the Emerging Leader Award. Amelia is also the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Young Democrats. The NDCC purchased two tables at the dinner.
Our next monthly meeting will be on Monday, January 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Nashua Public Library. Our guest speakers will be former Congressman Paul Hodes and Chase Hagaman, both of the Concord Coalition. Please join us! In lieu of our December meeting we will have a Service Day, holding a fund raiser for the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter. We will meet at the San Francisco Kitchen on Main Street at 6:30 p.m. for a buffet and drinks. Please see details on the website.
And speaking of this website, we hope you like and appreciate the exciting new design. Thanks very much to Jan Schmidt and Rich Green and their crew for an outstanding job well done.
As enjoyable and successful as the 2017 election was, we are moving Onward to 2018! We learned a great deal in the municipal election, and we are excited to begin planning for 2018. It is abundantly clear that fundraising and large numbers of volunteers will be absolutely necessary for success in this critical race. We all know just how important 2018 will be for our NH Legislature and our US Congress. Your help is very much needed, and we look forward to working with you.