NDCC Meeting Minutes

Nashua Democratic City Committee (NDCC) Minutes

Monday, October 16, 2017

7:00 p.m. – 8:10 p.m.

Nashua Public Library – NPL Theater


Skip called our October meeting to order at 7:10 p.m., reminding us that the November 7th, municipal election was quickly approaching, and that lots of help was still needed to help with our coordinated campaign efforts.

Skip reminded us all that it’s extremely important to be ‘out there’ talking about the upcoming election with friends, neighbors and co-workers.   Everyone was encouraged to be in touch with Adam, our campaign coordinator, and to volunteer for phone bank and canvassing shifts.

All candidates in attendance, were introduced and enthusiastically greeted!    Our candidates are working hard on their campaigns, and our coordinated efforts include Tuesday and Wednesday phone banks, and Saturday and Sunday canvassing.

Our newly designed website:  www.nashuadems.org – is great!   Any enhancement suggestions should be directed to Jan Schmidt.   The site’s donation link, ActBlue, is operational, and everyone is encouraged to donate and consider being a DEM:   Donate Every Month.   Senator Bette Lasky reminded us of the political reality that we live in — that it takes money to run a successful campaign.

Joanne gave an update on the Fall Gala, reminding everyone that the October 27th date of the event was quickly approaching and she encouraged everyone to get their tickets.   The Gala will be held  at Nashua Country Club, and features a cash bar, appetizers, sit-down dinner, a digital photo show (Thank you, Mike!), awards, and our special guest – Congresswoman Annie Kuster.  The first Bette Lasky award will also be presented.  Joanne reminded us that this event is the biggest fund-raiser of the year, with proceeds from it carrying the Nashua Dems into next year.  Joanne also spoke about our own beloved Bob McGrath, who recently passed.   Bob was a Democratic Volunteer extraordinaire over the years, and worked on numerous campaigns with us.   His enthusiasm, support, and joyful spirit, will be missed.

Skip reminded us that there will be no regular monthly meeting in December, and we’ll have our Holiday gathering instead, at San Francisco Kitchen, with the proceeds going to the Nashua Soup Kitchen.  The event is scheduled for December 11th – $15.00 at the door.  The event is social, with appetizers and cash bar.   NO agenda, no phone-bank or canvass schedules, the election will be over —   Just Come and have some FUN!

Dates to remember:


November 9th is the next Executive Board Meeting – Large Meeting Room at the NPL – 7 p.m.

November 13th – Monthly General Meeting – to be held at the Nashua Senior Center – 7pm.

December 11th – Holiday social get-together – San Francisco Kitchen – 6 p.m.

January 8, 2018 – First Monthly Meeting in 2018 – NPL Theater – 7 p.m.

REMEMBER:    ActBlue – go to www.nashuadems.org – go to DONATE at the top, and follow instructions to donate on line, or by check to Deidre Reynolds (Treas.) – details on line.  Volunteer for upcoming phone banks, canvassing and visibility for candidates; Dave Lisle has Access Nashua TV show, and Paul Bergeron, hosts a radio show.     LOTS going on, LOTS of opportunities to be involved, LOTS of good Democrats to help get elected!

Motion to adjourn was made at 8:10, seconded by Linda, unanimously agreed to.

Respectfully submitted by:

Sue Newman, NDCC Secretary


Nashua Democratic City Committee (NDCC) Minutes

Monday, September 11, 2017

7:00 p.m. – 8:20 p.m.

Nashua Public Library – NPL Theater

Our September meeting was called to order at 7:05p.m.   Skip noted that a lot was going on in Nashua; these were important times, and that it remains important to elect Democrats in our upcoming municipal election and in 2018.

The guest speaker for the evening was Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky, whom Skip welcomed.    The activist lawyer, avid hiker, and current NH Executive Councilor, began by commenting that our Nashua teachers still didn’t have a contract.  He also remarked that while Nashua has been advocating for commuter rail for quite a while – the Executive Councilor for our District (Councilor David Wheeler), has not been supportive, nor have the current Republican- led NH House, Senate and our current Governor.    Councilor Volinsky can receive email at:   Andruvolinsky@gmail.com, also.

The Councilor said that the Governor will be appointing another State Board of Education member the first of the year, and   reminded us all to identify what we believe in, be straightforward, go forward, and to create the ‘power of standing up for one another’.   Its things like this that produce change, he said.

He also spoke briefly about  the business tax cut that was put in place this year, the opioid crisis that the State still faces, and the legislative passage of  Keno gambling, that is supposed to fund  full day public Kindergarten throughout the State.     Voters must remain aware of who the people are who run for Executive Council, what they stand for, and if they REALLY want things to go in a different direction, then they must VOTE accordingly!

Questions for and comments from Councilor Volinsky included the State not doing enough in the area of mental health services.  Workforce development, affordable housing,   and a State education system that continues to rely on property taxes to fund our public schools, remain issues.      Comments from NDCC members in attendance included the currently unsettled Nashua teachers’ contract.  We were reminded that both the NTU and the BOE share the same dilemma – how to deal with limited revenue sources.

Candidates in our upcoming municipal election were introduced –Skip wished them all good luck!

There was a reminder about the  fundraiser for Congresswoman Annie Kuster at Rep. Cindy Rosenwald’s house,  and that the League of Women Voters has municipal candidate forums scheduled on 9/27, 10/19, 10/25, 10/6 and 11/1 – for the Ward Aldermen, Aldermen-at-Large, and Board of Education candidates.   There are still openings for Moderators and Selectman in various Wards, and people were encouraged to think about a write-in campaign, if they are still interested in one of those positions.     An Aldermanic committee meeting regarding the Arts Center for downtown Nashua is scheduled tomorrow 9/12, and SAVE THE DATE of October 27, when the NDCC Annual Fall Gala will be held!   Please contact Joanne St.John with any Gala questions:  joannestj@gmail.com.

Skip is looking to get both a Volunteer and a Fundraising Committee started.  Jan, Rich Green and Cat Tanguay are working on updating the NDCC website, and work will be completed shortly.      Candidates are urged to get their biography and pictures submitted for inclusion, and current office holders can also submit updated bio information and pictures, if they want to.      Phone banking is scheduled every Thursday evening at Sumathi’s house – 5:30 p.m. start time.   Our NDCC Act Blue on-line fund-raising account is set up, and our NDCC is thinking BIG – in terms of fundraising efforts between now and the 2018 Election.

Our next NDCC Monthly Meeting is scheduled for October 16, at the Nashua Public Library, in the Theater.      Our November Meeting will be held at the Nashua Senior Center, (note the change in location for November’s meeting).

A Motion to adjourn made at 8:20 p.m., and was unanimously voted on.

Respectively submitted by,

Sue Newman, Secretary


Nashua Democratic City Committee (NDCC) Minutes

Monday, August 14, 2017

7:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Nashua Public Library – NPL Theater


Our August meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m., by Chairman Skip Cleaver, who began with opening remarks and introductions.

The Treasurer’s Report was received by email and there were no July Meeting Minutes to go over (no Meeting in July).  Skip introduced Ray Lessard, from the Hillsborough County Democrats, Erin Turmelle, the NHDP Political Director, and Ray Buckley, our NHDP Chair, who was our featured guest speaker.

Chairman Ray Buckley’s remarks began with comments about the horrible events that had just occurred in Charlottesville, VA.  and asked Gloria Timmons to share some thoughts.  Gloria encouraged ALL of us to support and join the Nashua NAACP chapter, and strongly stated that the NAACP supports ALL people and is definitely against hate.

Ray spoke about how important our local elections are and will be; and said that the best way to send a message to the Republicans who currently hold office, is to support, work hard, and elect the Democrats who are running against them.  The State Democratic Party supports our upcoming City elections, and we Democrats need to make sure that people, and especially our young voters, get out and vote     Erin Turmelle spoke about the large number of NH people who didn’t vote in the last mid-term election.    She encouraged us to work at making sure that people know just how important our upcoming municipal and the 2018 mid-term elections will be.    Voter turnout affects elections — and election results affect how our City and State of NH are governed.

Ray answered questions about voter data information and about the fees that fundraising organizations charge for their solicitation phone calling efforts.     Ray concluded with telling us that the Democratic State Convention is scheduled to be held on September 16th, and that it should be an exciting event for New Hampshire Democrats.

Trish Klee spoke about ongoing Candidate Training and Nikki Arguin has been working on recruiting candidates for the Ward election officials’ positions (Moderator, Clerk, and Selectman).     The NDCC Executive Committee will be discussing how candidate endorsements will be handled in the upcoming municipal election.     Trish asked that Ward candidates let their Ward Chairs know about any events that get planned, and that the Ward Chairs coordinate their calendars to avoid scheduling conflicts.     Jan Schmidt offered to be a resource for anyone running for office; current and past office holders are also good resources.    Many local campaign strategies were discussed, and are best summarized by …Make your ‘meeting’ with a likely voter… COUNT!   (Thank you, Manny!)

As fundraising still remains a huge part of any run for office,   Sue Newman spoke about the commemorative pen that is planned as a raffle item at our October Gala, handcrafted from authentic USS Constitution wood.     Gary Hoffman spoke about setting up a process to make it easy to become a regular contributor to our Nashua Democratic City Committee, so that those who may not be able to attend Regular Meetings or events, have the opportunity to donate, stay engaged, and still support us.

The ballot Petition filing period begins on August 29th and runs through September 8th.    Watch calendars and postings for upcoming candidate forums.

There will be an NDCC Executive Board Meeting at 6 p.m. on September 11th, in the Library Theater, before our Regular Meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m.   NH Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky will be the guest speaker at our September Meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 pm

Respectfully submitted by:

Sue Newman, Secretary