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