NDCC Meeting Minutes

Nashua Democratic City Committee (NDCC) Minutes

Monday, August 6, 2018

Subject to September Approval

7:00 p.m. – 8:05 p.m.

Nashua Public Library – NPL Theater

 

Skip called our August General Meeting to order at 7:10 p.m., and welcomed everyone who came out on such a warm August night.

The Coordinated Campaign Office is now open at 60 Main Street.   He reminded everyone to stop by and volunteer – phone banking and canvassing will be being organized.   He asked people to watch the Nashua Democrats website and/or Facebook, for information about volunteer opportunities with the upcoming campaigns.   Go to:       www.nashuadems.org

Adrienne Viarengo was introduced — she’s now the Political Director for the NHDP, and    Erin will be overseeing the Coordinated Campaign Offices.   Adrienne is now be the point of contact for anything regarding NHDP and administrative and/or political concerns.    Our local organizers are Hannah, Lucas and Naheem.    Adrienne also spoke about the importance of the Executive Council race and of having Deborah Pignatelli elected to take back an Executive Council Seat.   The NH Executive Council has approval all large State large contracts and appointments by the Governor.  Skip commented how important it will be for the Democrats to have a majority on the Executive Council, especially if the NH Governor doesn’t change.

Skip asked that those in attendance who are currently serving and/or running for election – introduce themselves.   THANKS to everyone who is serving or running!

Skip spoke about the importance of the upcoming Mid-Term election – and what we’re all trying to accomplish.   September 11th is the State of NH Primary — A Democratic gubernatorial candidate will emerge from the two candidates who are running.  He stressed the importance of Nashua in the State Election.   The Primary will decide the Democratic candidates moving on to the General Election, and two of Nashua’s wards have Primaries for State Rep positions.

Joanne gave an update on the Gala, which is scheduled to be held on Friday, September 14th, at the Nashua Country Club.    Joanne was the original ‘founder of the event’ – and the Gala Team is very glad that she agreed to be part of the Gala event again this year.  She’s anticipating that the Gala will (again) be a great success.  Tickets will be $65.00, 5:30-6:30 cocktails (cash bar), and a sit-down turkey dinner, with dessert and coffee, guest speakers, etc.    Manny will be letting everyone know the details as they all come together.    Watch emails, the website, etc.    Entire tables can be ‘purchased’ for the event, at a discounted price.   The Gala team is headed by Skip, with Manny, Joanne, Sumathi and Sue also on it.

We WILL be having our September meeting on the 10th of September, the night before the Primary.  The current State Reps have Veto Day on September 13th – at the Statehouse, and on the 14th the Gala takes place.

Sherry Dutzy continues to work on the Letters to the Editor group – and is compiling a list of people who are considering submitting LTE’s.   Letters going through Sherry, will be sent along for submission to newspapers here as well as Salem, Derry, Peterborough and Concord.

The Gubernatorial forum that was recently held at the NPL was VERY well attended – standing room only!   Dave Lisle set up his studio and did a live stream of the forum.   So far, it’s been reported that there have been over 168 views on YouTube already.   We were reminded that on August 20th, 3 hours have been blocked, to do live interviews with Dave Tencza.   That show will be live streamed through Access Nashua.   Get in touch with Dave Lisle if interested in taking part.   (FYI – DoubleDave Entertainment, is Dave Lisle’s business).

NEWS:  It was just brought up at the NDCC Executive Meeting held just prior to this meeting, that effective    August 17th, our Treasurer, Deidre Reynolds is giving up her position as Treasurer for our group.  Deidre has done an outstanding job as Treasurer, and her position is a key one, on with our NDCC.  If someone is interested and qualified to take on the position of Treasurer, please see Skip ASAP.

New Business:  Vivian urged everyone to SUPPORT OUR DEMS IN THIS ELECTION, and reminded everyone that it’s time to pull together!    Nadia Jaffery is Cindy’s campaign manager, and she encouraged everyone interested to come and get some of Cindy’s signs.

A motion to adjourn was made by Dave, there was a second – and all were in favor.  Our meeting adjourned at 8:04 p.m.

Addition to these Minutes:   Right after our meeting adjourned, Allison Nutting-Wong saw Skip, saying she had experience, and was willing to help out with the Treasurer position.   Vivian McGuire also said she could help out – but deferred to Allison.

We rounded up as many Executive Board Members who were still there, and motion was made by Skip, and vote taken to elect Allison Nutting-Wong to our Exec. Board – as our new Treasurer.  The vote was unanimous.      Voting YES were Exec. Board members:   Skip, Deidre, Sue, Joanne, Dave (Proxy for John), Linda and Mike.   There were sufficient votes to constitute a quorum

 

Respectfully submitted,

Sue Newman, NDCC Secretary

 

Nashua Democratic City Committee (NDCC) Minutes

Monday, July 9, 2018

7:00 p.m. – 8:19 p.m.

Nashua Public Library – NPL Theater

The July Meeting of our Nashua Democratic City Committee was called to order at 7:09 p.m., by Chairman Skip Cleaver.

Skip noted that the Executive Board has been working very hard on behalf of the NDCC and met again, just previous to this meeting.

The COOKOUT was a HUGE success!   There were over 70 in attendance, including both Democratic candidates for Governor, and our Democratic candidates for State Senate.    HUGE Thank-you to Latha and Krishna for hosting the event at their home, to Sumathi for the most generous donation of food, for donations made, for the skills and grilling  efforts of Chef Mike (Pedersen), and for a terrific mid-summer Democratic event that featured “dogs, burgers and absolutely outstanding Indian dosas!  It was a wonderfully succe$$ful event!        Namaste and heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to make the event such a success!

On July 30th, the Nashua Democrats are hosting a gubernatorial forum at the Nashua Public Library, in the West Wing, in the lower level.   Molly Kelly and Steve Marchand will be there, to meet people and answer questions, and the event is being well publicized.   Hopes are that there will be LOTS of Southern NH Democrats taking advantage of this opportunity to meet and ask questions of these fine candidates.  It will also be an opportunity to meet with Melanie and Tom, our Senate Candidates (Cindy will be unable to be in attendance that evening), and Deb Pignatelli.      Skip encouraged all of us to make plans to be there, and to bring friends, neighbors, etc. The event will run from 7-8:30 p.m.   Skip will be the host moderator, and there will be introductions, alternative questions and responses, closing remarks, etc.

Our Fall UNITY Gala – will be held on Friday, September 14th, and it will take place after the Primary, when voters will have chosen the Democratic candidates who will move on to the November general election.   This will be the perfect occasion to get ALL our Nashua Democrats together, ‘raise the roof’ and LOTS of funds,  – as we head towards the November election.

Our Coordinated Campaign Office is set up and Manny is our NDCC Political Director; and our ‘grand opening’ is scheduled for Thursday, July 19th.  Congresswoman Annie Kuster will be there, along with lots of other people (Ray Buckley, staff from NHDP etc.).    Lucas Harrington from NHDP will also be working with us at the CCO, and will be a real emphasis on getting voters turned out for our Nashua Democratic State Rep candidates.  We can TURN NH BLUE by electing Democratic State Reps, State Senators, Executive Council member, and Governor.   It is also exceptionally important to send Congresswoman Annie Kuster back to Washington.

Sue read Minutes’ summaries from our last monthly  Meeting and the 2 NDCC Executive Meetings that were held in between our June and tonight’s meeting; Deidre gave a Treasurer’s Report  ( we did VERY well at the recent cookout),  and are in good shape moving forward towards the election.   Skip again emphasized the importance of volunteers getting involved in volunteering for phone banking, canvassing, supporting ward candidates, and of donating money to help get our Democrats elected!

Sherry took charge of heading up an NDCC Letters (to the Editor) writing committee —  the group currently consists of Sherry, Mike, Tracy and Jean – and will be meeting Wednesday (July 11th) 10 a.m. at Bonhoeffer’s Cafe – to ‘strategize’.   People are encouraged to use this group as a resource, if they want help in getting a draft of a LTE they have, edited and ready for submission.   Sherry Dutzy:     sdutzy@myfairpoint.net.      The 80th Anniversary of Nashua’s historic Holman Stadium is scheduled for July 17th – This is an all day long event.

Catherine Sofikitis – Ward 7 Rep, and running for re-election, will be hosting a backyard party on July 18th, from 6-7:30 p.m. at her home at 54 Marshall St.     It will be an opportunity to speak with and show support for both Deb Pignatelli and Cindy Rosenwald.   Steve Shurtleff will also be there…..and it’s a chance to also meet Catherine’s puppies!

The Governor’s Diversity council will meet on July 26th – 6-8:30 p.m. at Nashua High School South, and Rights and Democracy will be meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 6:30 p.m., on July 31st.

At 8:19 there was a motion by Elaine to Adjourn, Seconded by Sherry, and everyone was in favor!

 

Submitted by:

Sue Newman, NDCC Secretary

Nashua Democratic City Committee (NDCC) Minutes

Monday, June 11, 2018

7:00 p.m. -8:40 p.m.

Nashua Public Library – NPL Theater

 Our June meeting was called to order at 7:08 p.m. by Chairman Cleaver.  Skip had prepared Introductory Remarks that he read, that stressed the importance of the upcoming 2018 election campaign.

Our Nashua Dems had a really successful State Representative ‘group filing’ at City Hall – and we have candidates running in every Ward — in fact, there are 29 candidates for Nashua’s 27 positions!   Two Wards will have Primaries, and we are optimistic that we can get ALL of our Democratic candidates elected.   Cindy Rosenwald is running for Bette Lasky’s State Senator seat, Deb Pignatelli is looking to go back on the Executive Council, and Annie Kuster is looking to be back in DC as our District 2 Congresswoman!

Skip’s proposed agenda referred again to the revision of our By-Laws, and adoption of an NDCC Platform.   (Note: since this meeting it was thought best to delay By-Laws for a while longer, and to get through the coordinated office opening, and the NH Primary and Election processes.)

The State Democratic Convention is scheduled to take place June 23 in Stratham, NH.   Elected NDCC officials and our Ward Officers are eligible to attend the convention as delegates.   The State Party Platform will be voted on at the Convention, and Skip’s thought is that our NDCC Platform can be finalized sometime after that.

Everyone was urged to get involved in the upcoming election, and there will be plenty of volunteer opportunities!

Dates coming up:

Wednesday, June 13th – Cindy Rosenwald having a fundraising event at her house; a cookout is scheduled at Shoshanna Kelly’s house on Friday, June  15th, where Steve Marchand will be in attendance.    Bette Lasky is hosting a fundraiser event and chance to meet Gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly on June 21st, and on July 8th, Stephanie and Mike Ballentine  (9 Bartlett Ave.) are hosting an event for Steve Marchand.

This coming Saturday (June 16th) Senator John Delaney will be in town, at Ja Ja Bell’s  – 10 a.m.;   and on June 29th, Melanie Levesque is having a fundraiser at the Lawrence Barn in Hollis.   July 7th, is our NDCC summer cookout, which will be held at Latha’s house.

Our NDCC plans are to have Manny Espitia guiding our NDCC campaign – and we’ll be working on opening up a combined campaign office here in Nashua, very soon.  This was all briefly discussed at the Executive Meeting held prior to this meeting – and another Executive Board Meeting is scheduled.

Funding for all this (coordinated campaign office and candidate support) was brought up, and Skip again spoke about the benefit of using Act Blue to ‘donate ever month’.

Skip spoke a little bit about the Fall Gala, and the date for the event needs to be worked out.   Joanne mentioned how important it is (when deciding on events and selecting dates) to be sure and check calendars, especially with the NHDP.

The State Convention in Stratham, is scheduled next week (the 23rd) and candidate training takes place after that – 1-4 p.m.     Training also will take place on June 24th in Concord, at the NH Technical Institute.

Other possible coordinated campaign office locations were brought up, along with the need for committee’s to be set up for the Fall Gala, and a LTE group (see Mike Pedersen, Communications Chair).

Hannah Chism is going to be our Nashua Organizer for Field Operations – and her focus will be on the ‘down-ticket’ races.     Skip is getting a gubernatorial forum organized, the last week in July – and details will be sent out.

Meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:35 p.m., after a motion was made, seconded, and unanimously approved, to do so.

 

Submitted by:

Sue Newman, Secretary

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Nashua Democratic City Committee (NDCC) Minutes

Monday, May 7, 2018

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Nashua Public Library – NPL Theater

 

NOTE:  Our NDCC Monthly meetings are scheduled to be held the first Monday of each month – with no meetings scheduled in July or December.  * The June meeting, however, will be on June 11, (2nd Monday in June) because a Reception for Congresswoman Annie Kuster, is being held on June 4th.    The Reception will be at the home of Bill Barry and Helen Honorow, 46 Raymond St.,  5:30 – 7pm.  Contact Cayla Eck (603) 903-9153 or cayla@kusterforcongress.com, for details.

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Chairman Skip Cleaver was still recovering from his recent surgery, so Vice Chairman, Mike Pedersen called our meeting to order at 7:12 p.m.

Mike introduced Erin Turmelle from NHDP, and she introduced Emma Tyler, Will Desato, and Tova (Annie Kuster’s campaign manager).

Dan Vallone, with NHDP Veterans and Military Families Caucus, our featured speaker, was introduced.     Dan grew up in Epping, NH, attended West Point, served in Afghanistan, and was part of the Obama Administration for a year and a half.   Dan got out of the Military in 2013, is with the NH Veterans and Military Families Caucus, and works with city and town Democratic committees, to emphasize Veterans’ issues.

He spoke about the challenges that caregivers of Vets have, that the largest number of our veteran population coming along will be those who served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, and that women vets make up a large part of our veteran population.   Dan pointed out that the number of our nationally elected Representatives who have actually served in the United States armed forces, is low.    Dan and the Veterans and Military Families Caucus want to be a resource for Veterans and promote policy initiatives that support veteran’s issues.  The Caucus helps veterans transition to civilian life through Facebook and veterans networks, monthly meetings, and email newsletters.   Check out NHDP Veterans and Families:     @NHDPVeterans.  Dan can be contacted at DanVallone@gmail.com, for any questions, advice, or ideas you might have.

Cindy had an update on House candidate recruitment.  There is considerable emphasis on both Nashua and Manchester to have BIG Democratic wins.     Cindy is hosting a Committee to Elect House Dems event at her house on Saturday the 12th,   3:30 p.m., where Julian Castro will be a featured guest.

As you have read, OUR State Senator, Bette Lasky is retiring.    THANK YOU, BETTE, for ALL the time you have devoted to serving Nashua, both locally and at the State House!

 

There was an update on the June 1st True Blue Dinner – attendance numbers are needed by May 13th (Mike, Deidre and Sue will be working on that), and phone calls need to be made ASAP, to try and boost attendance at this fundraising event.  Sue gave information about the handmade pen, crafted with wood from the USS Constitution,  that will be raffled at the Dinner.      Mary Jo graciously volunteered to coordinate a True Blue Dinner phone calling team, and the other volunteers are:   Elaine Thomas, Teresa Moler, Vivian McGuire, Pam Jordan, Bill Bordy, Joyce Meyer, and Will Pisano.   THANK YOU ALL!       TBD event tickets for our high school kids  will be $30, and Regular tickets will be $60.00    Act Blue on -line payment is fine, or a check made payable to NDCC.     Checking on expected attendance is necessary, to determine whether the Fundraising Dinner event will still be able to take place.

John Lisle reminded us that NDCC will not be endorsing any candidates if there is a Primary in any of the Wards.

Office Space is being sought for Annie Kuster’s Nashua campaign hdqtrs; the space could also be used by the NDCC.

We are anticipating a ‘group sign-up ‘when filing period opens — June 6-15.

Contact Sara Guggenheimer at NHDP for any help you might need for Letters to the Editor.

May 15th – Meet and Greet with Police Chief Andrew Lavoie    6-7:30 p.m. at New Fellowship Baptist Church    — Please contact Linda Gathright for any questions: 880-4537.

May 19th at Shanghai Osaka in South Nashua – Dave Lisle will be hosting a ‘candidate announcement event’ – come and be seen and heard!   Dave also has his local TV show, and has openings on July 18th and August 15th – for any candidates interested.    Contact Dave at:    dlisle@lislefornh.com        or media@doubledveemt.com

May 24th – NPL —    NH Democratic Party Veterans and Military Families Caucus – 7-8 p.m. – Large Meeting Room

If anyone needs help with ‘cutting turf’ for ward lists, for NH House seats, get in touch with Mackenzie St.Germain at NHDP.

Our Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted by:

Sue Newman, NDCC Secretary