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