NDCC Meeting Minutes

Nashua Democratic City Committee (NDCC) Minutes

Monday, October 7th, 2019

7:10 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Nashua Public Library – NPL Theater

 Secretary’s note:  Our next NDCC meeting will be on October 28th.  Two meetings in October, NO meeting in November.  For December, it was decided (when we set meeting dates up) to have an Executive Board Meeting only, and that is scheduled for: December 2, 2019.  

 Chairman Dave Tencza wasn’t able to stay for our General Meeting, and he asked Mike Pedersen to conduct our meeting.

Mike called our meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.

Introductions were done, we had good attendance, and several candidate organizers were also with us.

Joanne gave us an update on the Gala, which is our biggest fundraiser of the year.   The Gala is scheduled for Thursday, October 10th – social hour will be from 5:30-6:30, followed by dinner and the program.   As Joanne said, it will be a night for us to be with ‘like-minded people, for a night of fun!”

Mike reminded us that our last election had been really successful and we elected 27 Democratic State Reps from Nashua, and two State Senators – Cindy Rosenwald and Melanie Levesque.   We have lots to be proud about!

We had a brief overview about recent ‘doings’ at the Statehouse.   In spite of the Governor’s record number of vetoes this year, we finally do have a budget that accomplished many of our Democratic goals: funding for education was increased, and there was some success in holding down the amount of ‘down-shifting’.  WE made progress!  Perhaps most significant, was the successful overturning of the NH death penalty.

Josh, our municipal election coordinator spoke about the upcoming election.  Mike reminded everyone to volunteer and help with canvassing and making phone calls.

Candidates for local office, who were in attendance, introduced themselves.  Mayor Donchess spoke briefly, reminding us that our hard work in the 2017 and 2018 elections saw Democrats elected and re-elected.    While this upcoming municipal election will probably have low voter turnout, it’s important that we get our Democrats out to vote — local elections MATTER!

On October 22, Nashua High School South will have a BOE candidate forum organized by the students, and on October 30th, The League of Women Voters will have another BOE candidate forum at the Library.

Mike reminded everyone about considering becoming a DEM (donate every month) – found on our NashuaDems.org website.

Organizers and volunteers from Presidential candidates’ campaigns were all given the opportunity to give us an update on their respective campaigns.   The campaigns of Beto O’Rourke, Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren were represented.

Grace, from Hudson, had come to our meeting – and graciously invited us to come over to Hudson on the 3rd Thursday of the Month – and meet our fellow Hudson Democrats!   Their meetings are held at the Hudson Library, Derry Road, 7 p.m.

Laura reminded everyone that there was still time to encourage people to change their Party Affiliation;   John reminded everyone that there will be 2 ballot questions to also get voted on in our municipal election, (regarding sports betting and filling elected board vacancies).

With nothing more to discuss this evening, a motion was made to adjourn, (and all were in favor of this) at approximately 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by,

Sue Newman, NDCC Secretary

Nashua Democratic City Committee (NDCC) Minutes

Monday, September 9th, 2019

7:10 p.m. 8:20 p.m.

Nashua Public Library – NPL Theater

 Chairman Dave Tencza called our meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.  He reminded everyone in attendance that our Nashua Municipal elections were coming up in November – just a couple of months before the very important NH Primary.   Dave reminded us all that we Democrats have made GREAT strides in the City of Nashua, and in the State – by running ‘vigorous campaigns’!

While our municipal elections are non-partisan, we try and let voters know who the candidates running are, and that they share our values.

Josh Query has been working with us – helping us get our campaigns organized, and he stressed how very important it is to get out and knock on doors and build support for our candidates.   Josh encouraged all in attendance, to volunteer to help out canvassing in the various Nashua wards.    Audience comments included:  the need for candidates to raise funds for their campaigns, make sure to lend a hand to first-time candidates, and remember how very important the ‘undeclared’ voters are!   Our efforts are going towards electing reasonable people to serve in Nashua’s government and on various Boards.

Our guest speaker this evening is former US Representative and retired US Naval officer, Joe Sestak.  Admiral Sestak represented Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district from 2007-11, and was the Democratic nominee for the US Senate in 2010.   Admiral Joe Sestak was the highest ranking military officer to be elected to office, at the time of his 2006/07 election.    Presently, Joe Sestak is also a candidate for President.      The book he has written is:   Walking in your Shoes, which “is about restoring the American Dream, and the steps we must take to do that….”

Joe Sestak was a very interesting speaker.  He spoke about his time in the military – and how the ‘military can stop a problem – but can’t ‘fix’ a problem’.    He spoke about his time in Congress (in the midst of our recent BIG recession), life on, and commanding an aircraft carrier, and about his daughter’s battle with brain cancer.    He reminded us that now is a time when we must heal the soul of our country, and that ALL Americans need to trust that our government is accountable.

Admiral Sestak took questions which included: Afghanistan, Iraq, and trade wars with China.       Thank YOU, Joe Sestak, for your service and for being with our Nashua Democrats this evening!

Joanne gave an update on the October Gala fundraiser (October 10th, at Nashua Country Club).

Watch information on the various  Presidential candidates’ websites and our Nashua Democrats websites, for  up- to -date information about current ‘happenings’ at campaign offices, and opportunities for canvassing, phone banking, etc.

The NDCC Executive Board needed to resume its’ earlier meeting, so our General September Meeting was adjourned, by voice vote, at approximately 8:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by,

Sue Newman, NDCC Secretary

Nashua Democratic City Committee (NDCC) Minutes

Monday, August 5th, 2019

7:10 – 8:45 p.m.

Nashua Public Library – NPL Theater

Chairman Dave Tencza called our August meeting to order at 7:10 p.m., and everyone in attendance was welcomed.     (Note:   our meeting – on a hot August night, was VERY WELL attended!)

We had a guest speaker with us for this meeting – Congressman Ro Khanna – who has represented California’s 17th district since 2017.  In February, 2019 – Congressman Khanna was named a national co-chair for the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign.

To be clear – our City Committee is NOT endorsing any presidential candidate at this time!

Congressman Khanna was very interesting to listen to, and spoke about his CA district (which includes the South and East San Francisco Bay Area – and parts of Alameda and Santa Clara County.  His district also includes Silicon Valley — Apple and Google headquarters).  He spoke about his grandfather (who fought   with Gandhi, for India’s independence), and about the issues of education, minimum wages, and Medicare for all — which he feels so strongly about and supports.       We thanked Congressman Khanna for coming to our Meeting!

Dave spoke about the upcoming Nashua municipal elections.   The Board of Education will have 5 seats to fill; two potential BOE candidates were at our meeting this evening.  We were all reminded of the need to help make sure that good committed Democrats also run for Ward officer positions in all our wards!

Representatives/organizers/volunteers from many of the other campaigns, were also in attendance and spoke with us briefly.  (The campaigns of: Gov. Inslee, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand were represented.)     The various campaign volunteers/organizers thanked us for being made to feel so welcome here in Nashua!

Dave reminded us all about the NHDP Convention – on September 7th, in Manchester.

September 8th, will be our NDCC fundraising grassroots kickoff breakfast, in Nashua, at the Moose Café.  Details are being finalized, and Deidre Reynolds is in charge of this event.  Watch for details!

October 10th is the date of our Fall Gala.   Joanne is in charge of this, gave us updates, and ‘emerging details’ about this event are continuing.

BEN TELERSKI – Ben was acknowledged for all his efforts on our behalf, during these summer weeks!   Thank you BEN – and we all wish him the BEST year at college!

There was motion to adjourn at around 8:45 – and all were in favor.

Respectfully submitted by,

Sue Newman, NDCC Secretary

Nashua Democratic City Committee (NDCC) Minutes

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

7:10 – 8:10 p.m.

Nashua Public Library – NPL Theater

Chairman Dave Tencza called our June Meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.    Those in attendance introduced themselves to others in the Theater room, and we even had two Hudson Democrats in attendance!   Slate Goodwin, Political Director with NHDP, and former Congressman Paul Hodes, was also there.

The program that Dave had for all of us, were introductions from several campaign staffers, who were with us, updating us about the campaigns they were working with.

Candidate for President, Maryann Williams is scheduled to be at Rep. Latha Mangipudi’s home tomorrow evening (June 3rd).    Contact:    Maryann2020.com   for more information about the event.

Campaign staffers in attendance, who gave brief introductions about themselves and their candidates, included:

Nick Paul (Amy Klobuchar); Blake Tyler (John Delaney); Soham Pandit (Beto O’Rourke); Doris Donelan, Manny Espitia our NDCC Vice Chair , and Noah Telerski ( Julian Castro); Joseline Mata, Cassidy Ballard and Lili Welch (Elizabeth Warren); Mackenzie Murphy (Eric Swalwell); Will Bateson (Bernie Sanders); Paul Hodes (Maryann Williams); Vincent (Tulsi Gabbard); Rep. Cole Riel (Goffstown)  (Pete Buttigieg); and Emma (Cory Booker).      It was great to see all the enthusiasm that these campaign staff people brought to our meeting, on behalf of their respective candidates!

Slate Goodwin, from NHDP gave us an update on the NH Dems’ interns, and reminded us all that the State Convention is scheduled for September 7th.   Watch for email to register to attend the Convention – where ALL the candidates will be with us!

Dave told us all about a July Nashua Silver Knights’ game at Holman, and that all candidates and campaign people would be invited to attend, (schedules permitting).      Maybe there will be a candidate who will throw out a ‘first pitch’!

Dave encouraged those in attendance to get involved with a campaign, and that are and will be plenty of opportunities – both with local campaigns and Presidential campaigns, to help out with phone calling, canvassing, etc.

Rep. Suzanne Vail reminded us all to be very aware of how we are using social media.   Sites should be promoting events, and informing people about city committee events, etc.   She reminded everyone to post responsibly and to use our social media sites in ways that best serve our NDCC.

Deidre reminded us all that there would be Visibility on Friday – Wear Orange – MOMS Demand Action –   5-6 p.m. City Hall Plaza.

There was a motion made by Bette that we adjourn, and all were in favor.    Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by,

Sue Newman, NDCC Secretary

Nashua City Democratic City (NDCC) Minutes

Monday, May 6th, 2019

7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

Nashua Public Library – NPL Theater

Note that the April NDCC meeting was the bi-annual election conducted by the state party.

Dave Tencza, Chairman, called our meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.   He welcomed everyone in attendance, and asked that people introduce themselves — a really nice, welcoming touch!

The featured speaker for tonight’s meeting was Executive Councilor, District 2, Andru Volinsky.   Councilor Volinsky had been the lead attorney in the Claremont case, from several years ago, which dealt with school funding in NH.   Councilor Volinsky was with us, to speak about how school funding ‘works’ in New Hampshire.  Suffice to say, there are still persistent school funding issues in this State.   Councilor Volinsky’s point is that the way New Hampshire funds our public schools, continues to be unfair.

Councilor Volinsky had several graphics showing revenue distribution.      More than 70% of the cost of educating our children is paid by local property taxpayers at tax rates that are “wildly disproportionate” from town to town.      While the state average spent per pupil is $15,865 – the average spent per pupil, in Nashua, is $13,127.   Manchester and Nashua, have the lowest per- pupil spending in the State, and there are huge disparities within our State, i.e. with issues of poverty and diversity, within school districts.   Councilor Volinsky’s opinion is that, over the years, BOTH political parties have failed to meet OUR NH kids’ needs.   Consequently, there are significant differences between the ‘property rich’ and ‘property poor’ towns, as evidenced by what they are able to spend on their schools, and what their tax rates are.

The NH Constitution sets two core requirements for K-12 public education:

   The State has a duty to pay for the cost of a constitutionally adequate education for every K-12 public school student; and the taxes that the State uses to pay for this education must have a uniform rate across the state.

Councilor Volinsky suggests that a specific Commission needs to be set up, to actually evaluate  the NH school funding ‘mechanisms’  currently in place, and how we can get more funding for our public schools.

We are required to get our kids prepared for the ‘marketplace of ideas’; our school funding issues (and disparities) continue to exist (the Claremont suit was filed in 1991!), and the “Pledge” to raise NO NEW TAXES, is an ever-present election reminder of the challenges facing people running for office in New Hampshire.   If you believe that “Education is a tool of opportunity” – then NH can do a lot better for our students.

Councilor Volinsky urged people to use school funding talking points when evaluating candidates for office, urge them to NOT “take the pledge”, and to demand ‘leadership’.

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There was recognition and introductions from other guests in attendance:   Amy Bradley from LEAD NH, a new organization that is helping identify and train people running for office – they are having a candidate training in Concord on May 18-19.

Emma from Sen.  Cory Booker campaign said they will be opening a Nashua campaign office at 83 West Pearl St;   Cassie from Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign asked us to keep “Pints and Policy” in mind at Martha’s Exchange, and an upcoming “Potluck”;    Jeff Taylor, was with us from Sen. Kamala  Harris’ campaign — Sen. Harris will be in Nashua in the next week.

In the month of June, maybe, there could be something like a “Candidate Fair” – with representatives from all the campaigns available.

Latha reminded us of an upcoming Yoga presentation, focusing on stress reduction and mental health/wellness.   And, today being May 6th, it’s Nurses Appreciation Day.   Hug a Nurse!

Our meeting was completed, and Dave motioned for adjournment at 8:15 p.m., and all were in favor.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Sue Newman, NDCC Secretary

Nashua Democratic City Committee (NDCC) Minutes

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.