Nashua Democratic City Committee (NDCC) Minutes
Subject to Approval
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.