Nashua Democratic City (NDCC) Minutes

Monday, April 5th, 2021

7:00 – 8:41 p.m.  (Zoom)

Our NDCC April meeting was called to order by Chairman Dave Tencza, at 7:05 p.m.   

 The First Monday’s of the Month will continue for our NDCC Meetings for the next couple months, at least.    The next NDCC General Meetings will be May 3 and June 7th, and our NDCC Elections will be on May 12th.    

Several of our Nashua State Representatives and Democratic members on the Nashua BOE were in attendance.    Slate Goodwin, from NHDP, attended, reminding us all about the upcoming Merrimack Special Election, which will be held on April 13th.    Wendy Thomas (“Water Warrior” and former State Rep.) is seeking election to go back to the Statehouse.   Slate gave us the link to sign up for “volunteer opportunities” with Wendy’s campaign.    

Dave brought us up to date on what will be going on over the next few months with our City Committee.   He said that Slate will also be at our May 3rd zoom meeting, to let us know how our NDCC elections will be handled.   Dave said that an NDCC Nominating Committee will be gathering names of people interested in running for NDCC positions, and said that Floor Nominations also will be accepted.  Four NDCC Officers, 4 At-Large positions, and 9 Ward Chair positions will be elected at our May 12 meeting.     Also, each Nashua Ward will have 4 elected officers, and everyone in Ward Positions is a Delegate to the State Convention.       Goals for the next NDCC Board include strengthening our Committee, making sure we stay in good financial shape, and preparing for the Nashua City Elections.  ALL NDCC members are encouraged to help recruit good candidates to run for City positions!       

Nashua BOE members at the meeting discussed current goings on with their Board.   It’s been a very tough year for the Nashua School District and Board of Education members.    A professional Superintendent search is underway and concerns associated with fully opening our schools have remained a main topic of discussion for our school community and the BOE members.      

With Republicans in charge of State Government now, our Democratic State Reps have also been facing significant challenges.     At the City level, the financial impact of the State’s ‘down shifting’ of costs remains concerning.     On a positive note, the Capital Corridor (commuter rail plan) made it to Amtrak’s proposed plans, while the rail cost/feasibility study continues.      

Motion was made and seconded (Dave and John) for adjournment, and our Meeting adjourned at 8:41 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by,

Sue Newman, NDCC Secretary

Nashua Democratic City Committee (NDCC) Minutes

Monday, March 1, 2021

7:00 – 8:58 p.m.

ZOOM Meeting

Chairman Dave Tencza called our Zoom meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.  

Current NHDP Chairman, Ray Buckley, was our scheduled guest this evening.   Ray is running for re-election to Chair of the State Democratic Party.   Regarding the Presidential Election, Ray spoke about NH generally ‘becoming Bluer’ (we kept our Democratic Congressional Delegation and have President Biden) but acknowledged that at the State level, we Democrats have work to do.   Ray spoke about his vision for NH Democrats going forward, and took some questions from those present.

Nashua’s Senator Bette Lasky is also on the NH State Committee ballot, running for re-election for the 2nd Vice Chair position.   Bette’s comments included the need to focus on the Towns in Hillsborough County, in elections going forward.   Bette was thanked for ALL the years of service she has given on behalf of Nashua and how supportive she has been of our local Nashua Democratic Committee. 

In Jan’s absence, Laura gave a ‘report from the Statehouse’.   Legislative committees are ‘hybrid’, and Session Days have been held ‘off site’ – due to Covid.   A legal filing asking for remote Session Day capabilities (for members who cannot physically attend), failed.     The ‘good news’, though, is that many feel that due to technology, the ‘legislative process’ is much more transparent now.   It’s easy to go on-line to register support or opposition to bills being heard, as well as be able to virtually attend various committee hearings.   

Dave gave a brief update of what’s is going on in the City, commenting that this year’s City budget is expected to be challenging.    It likely will be May before all City financial decisions are made, and there is hope that some Federal money might be forthcoming, to help. 

Gloria spoke about the School Dept. briefly, and that a Search Consultant firm is being hired to help facilitate the search for a new School Superintendent for Nashua.  

Nashua Democratic City Committee:   April has typically been when our NDCC elections take place.  This year, though, our NDCC elections will take place in MAY, and the State Democratic Party conducts these elections.  ALL NDCC Officers, Executive Board, and Ward Chair positions are open!     Ray and John both asked some questions about the upcoming NDCC elections: how will a Nominating Committee and voting work, how will ‘breaking into caucuses’ work when we’re ‘zooming’, etc.

 John reminded everyone to be thinking about our City municipal elections, and that it would be useful for our NDCC to know in May, which candidates are interested in running. 

Manny made a motion to Adjourn, seconded by John, and at 8:58 p.m. – our March NDCC Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted by,

Sue Newman, NDCC Secretary

Nashua Democratic City Committee (NDCC) Minutes

Monday, February 1, 2021

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

ZOOM Meeting

Chairman Dave Tencza called our remote meeting to order at 7 p.m.

Mayor Jim Donchess gave an update on how things were going overall for the City, and how things Public Health/Covid – related, were going.    He reported Nashua’s positivity rate is now about 7.9%, reduced from the previously reported 11%.    He reminded us that due to the even more contagious Covid variants that have emerged, we still need to remain vigilant and get signed up for vaccinations.   Mayor Donchess also commented about the continued ‘downshifting’ by the State, especially in the area of pension costs, and how it affects Nashua’s property taxpayers.  

Dave spoke about the upcoming NHDP Elections.   Two people (Emmett Soldati and Ray Buckley) are both running for NH Democratic Party Chair this year.  

 Dave introduced Emmett Soldati, a Sommersworth activist and entrepreneur, who was on the Zoom meeting with us.    Emmett proposes a Local First Plan, a strategic 10 year plan, and an NHDP staff that would include a salaried Finance Director and Youth Organizer for the State.   He believes that younger Democrats need to be encouraged to get involved and ‘find a home’ with the NH Democratic Party.    He   spoke about establishing a 21st Century toolkit for all cities and towns, how important our “First in the Nation” Primary is, and how important it will be to build a NH donor base.   In brief Q&A, Emmett spoke, about the need to have a strategic plan, and the importance of the State Party staying involved with all the local Democratic committees.   His website is:  Emmettsoldati.com   and email is:  emmettsoldati@gmail.com.    

We also heard a presentation from Zandra Rice Hawkins, Executive Director of Granite State Progress – a” Progressive Research and Communications hub”.    Zandra spoke in chilling detail, about extreme right-wing groups   in NH, and that, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 10 ‘hate groups’ operate here.   Their website:  granitestateprogress.org .

Dave spoke briefly about the upcoming State Party elections.  Voting for State Committee positions will be done remotely, from Feb. 11-March 13.   Nashua’s Bette Lasky is running for re-election for the Second vice Chair position.    State Senator Cindy Rosenwald   and Rep.  Jan Schmidt spoke briefly about what’s going on at the Statehouse.  Both said that there were some good bills, as well as lots of BAD ones this Session.        

Dave wrapped up our meeting and said that our next NDCC Meeting will be held on March 1st, and that Ray Buckley, who’s running for re-election for NHDP Chair, will be our guest speaker.     Julia Jefferson, with the NH Defender Program, will also be a guest, speaking about criminal justice reform.   In April, our NDCC has elections, and all positions are available.  Watch for details.

It was good for all of us who could attend this meeting to ‘see’ each other again!   Saying that it’s been a ‘difficult year’ for everyone – is an understatement.     But, we Nashua Democrats are still here – and we’re looking forward to better days ahead – for ALL of us!

Dave adjourned our meeting at 9 p.m.  

Respectfully submitted by,

Sue Newman, NDCC Secretary