NDCC Meeting Minutes

Nashua Democratic City Committee (NDCC) Minutes
Subject to Approval

Monday, March 4th, 2019

7:15 – 7:50 p.m.

Nashua Public Library – NPL Theater

Chairman Skip Cleaver called our March NDCC Meeting to order at 7:15 pm.

Skip’s first order of business was to remind everyone about the Nashua Special Election scheduled for the next day.    Our Democratic candidate for the vacant Alderman-at-Large seat  is Ben Clemons, who not only got the ‘nod’ from the Nashua Democrats, but  also got the ‘nod’ from our Nashua Telegraph newspaper!

Our NDCC elections are coming up in April, and will be conducted by the NHDP at our monthly NDCC General Meeting, which is scheduled to be held on April 1st, at the Nashua Senior Center; we have rented the cafeteria room there from 6:30 until 9:00 that night.    Our NDCC Nominating Committee is led by our current NDCC Vice Chair, Mike Pedersen, along with Dave Lisle and Ben Telerski.  (Thank you Mike, Dave and Ben!)    IF you are interested in becoming even more involved with our NDCC, please consider signing up to run for a position, and see and/or speak with Mike, Dave or Ben.   We will be electing:  Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and four At-Large positions.    These 8 people are the Primary Officers for our NDCC.   There will be a second election, held the same evening that elects Ward Chairs and other Ward Officers, from each of Nashua’s 9 Wards.   Ward Chairs are also voting members on the NDCC Executive Board.   The other Ward positions are important as they also are ALL Delegates to the annual NH State Democratic Convention that is scheduled to be held on September 7th, 2019.  (There will be 100 delegate positions for Democrats from Nashua, to fill at the convention!)

Our NDCC Executive Board is also having a Special Executive Board Meeting on March 18, to go over unfinished business from the meeting the Board held just before this meeting.

The NHDP State Committee Meeting is set up for this coming Saturday, at St. Anselm’s.   Our NDCC four officers and our four At-Large members, are voting members.    Bette Lasky is running for one of the State Positions, as well as Nashua’s Maitri Chitidi.

Manny introduced Lauren Reyes, an Organizing Director here from North Carolina, and with the Castro campaign.  Cindy introduced Jocelyn, here from Arizona, who is here with Sen.  Elizabeth Warren’s campaign.

Mike spoke about encouraging people to get involved with our NDCC, and to run for one of the available spots, at our April election meeting.  Each of Nashua’s Wards has a Chair position that will be voted for, at this meeting.   Our Ward Chairs are also members of our Executive Board, which has generally been meeting on the First Monday of the month.

Ben Clemons spoke about the election tomorrow.  He’s put in a lot of hard work and has had lots of help from volunteers, also.   It is expected that all of Ben’s and his supports’ efforts will pay off tomorrow!   If you can hold a sign for a shift at one of the polling places tomorrow, please see Ben.     And…. While we’re (always it seems!) speaking about elections, remember that our Nashua Municipal Election will be coming up in November.   We will be electing and re-electing offices for:  Mayor, Alderman-at-Large, Board of Education, Ward Aldermen, and Ward election officers   Nominating Petitions will be available soon.

Skip reminded everyone in attendance about the cost of elections.   Our NDCC has a TERRIFIC ‘track record’ of getting our Democrats elected, and we are optimistic about doing it again in the municipal election!     Folks were/are encouraged to consider being a DEM — Donate every Month — go directly to our website:    www.nashuademocrats.org —     and you can check out the Act Blue link, so that donating directly to our NDCC is facilitated.

Our meeting was short, due to the election the next day, and the fact that our Nashua election officers have to be at the polling places very EARLY!      Get out and vote tomorrow!

Motion made to adjourn at 7:50 p.m. – and ALL were in favor.

Respectfully submitted by:

Sue Newman, Secretary

Nashua Democratic City Committee (NDCC) Minutes

Monday, January 7, 2019

7:00 p.m. – 8:25 p.m.

Nashua Public Library – NPL Theater

Skip called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.   He reminded everyone in attendance that this was our first regular monthly meeting since the Election, where we Nashua Dems worked exceptionally hard, and saw BIG WINS!   (Look for those Nashua 27 pins that Jan Schmidt designed!).

Skip also reminded everyone that we’ve got a Special Election coming up on March 5th, to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Brian McCarthy.   Then, in November, we’ll be having our Municipal elections, and Mayor Jim Donchess will be up for re-election.  There will also be several positions on the Nashua Board of Education that need to be filled.

Mayor Donchess was introduced.   His remarks included how important and effective it was to have strong candidates run and be supported by us, in the last election, and how successful we were.  Many of our current Aldermen are also current State Reps. and he spoke about the much better possibility Nashua now has, to get passenger rail here.

In taking questions from attendees, Sherry brought up the condition of the voting machines in Ward 3, specifically, and also suggested that some actual hands-on training would be very useful for new ballot inspectors. The Mayor said that approval for the ‘next generation of ballot machines’ is needed, and that he will look into the issues that got raised.    Under the topic of School Board, the Mayor emphasized how important those positions are, and that the School Board in Nashua needs to return to focusing on the needs of our kids.      There were also comments about the traffic congestion down at Exit 1, the possibility of an on/off ramp into Gateway Hills on the southbound side, and the potential benefits that the net metering bill could make.   He also spoke about the possibility of a joint city/State solar array project at the Gilson Road hazardous site.   He concluded his remarks by speaking about property assessments in Nashua, and that an audit is currently being done in the Assessing Dept.

Ben Clemmons was introduced to speak with us.   He told us how he worked in the financial industry, moved back here in 2004, ran for Alderman at Large in 2007, and that after some time off, he ran in 2015 for Ward Alderman.   Ben is well aware that our   municipal elections are non-partisan, but, also knows how important it is  for Nashua’s City Government to maintain its ‘super majority’ ,  in order to keep moving Nashua forward, in areas such as our schools, the proposed downtown Arts Center, and development of commuter rail.   Ben will be a strong candidate, and we will be working to help get the vote out for this Special Election.

Skip took a few moments to remember our beloved friend and colleague, Vivian McGuire, as well as former Senator Mary Nelson’s husband, who also had recently passed.

Manny spoke about preliminary planning for November – we will be working to support Jim Donchess, and to get our Aldermen re-elected.   This municipal Mayoral election will, as always, require planning, work, volunteers and fund-raising efforts.     Amelia Keene introduced herself as Exec. Director of the NH Young Democrats, and Allison sent in a Finance Report, that Skip reported.   Sue commented that the General Monthly Meeting Minutes get posted on our Dems website.

Skip commented that Candidates for President will and have been coming through Nashua.   So far, Mayor Bloomberg, Sen. Jeff Merkeley, Congressmen Delaney and Swalwell have been here.    In April, our NDCC will be having elections of its own, run by the NHDP, and there should also be By-Law updates to vote on.     John reminded people about the importance of ward officer positions; By-Law proposed changes should be available for review between February and March.

There was a Motion to adjourn at 8:25 p.m. made by Deb, seconded by Dave.  ALL were in favor!

Submitted by:   Sue Newman, Secretary

Next NDCC Monthly  Meeting:  Monday, February 4th, 7 p.m.