Our Officers

Nashua Democratic City Committee

Elected Officers—Duties and Responsibilities

Election April 1, 2019

The NDCC is governed by an elected Executive Board, which is made up of the following (19 members, maximum):

Four Primary Officers:  Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer

Four Elected At-Large Members

Nine Ward Chairs (One from each Nashua Ward-see below)

An Appointed Chair of the Nashua Legislative Delegation (appt by the leg. Delegation)

An Appointed Nashua Young Democrat (appt by NYD Officers)

The Four Elected Officers and Four At-Large E-Board Members are automatically voting members of the State Democratic Committee; and are also Delegates to the State Democratic Convention during their two-year term of office. Only members of the Executive Board can chair NDCC Committees.  All members help to recruit candidates for both Municipal and State elections; and recruit for open NDCC General and Ward positions.


Chair:  Calls and presides over meetings of both the NDCC General Membership and the Executive Board.  The Chair is automatically an ex-officio member of ALL NDCC Committees.  The Chair guides and manages the activities and direction of the Board and NDCC; and appoints committees with the approval of the Board.

Vice Chair:  Acts as Chair during absences, incapacity, or resignation of the Chair.  The Vice Chair will head various Committees as assigned.

Secretary:  Keeps minutes of both NDCC General and Executive Board meetings; announces all upcoming meetings to the membership; is the keeper of all official NDCC documents; accepts letters of resignation from the Board.

Treasurer:  Keeper of all monies for NDCC, tracks accounts and provides financial reports to the Membership as needed, but not less than once per quarter.  Provides the annual report for the State of NH—Secretary of State.  Both the Treasurer and Chair may write checks or use debit cards up to $250 (pending amendment is for up to $500); over that amount requires the signature and approval of both.

At-Large (4):  Serve on the Executive Board to provide overall management and direction.  They serve as voting members of the NHDP State Committee (March 9, 2019); and are voting delegates to the NHDP State Convention (September 7, 2019)

Ward Officers—Seven from each Ward, 63 in total

All elected Ward Officers are automatically delegates to the NHDP State Convention.  All are responsible to attend NDCC General Meetings.  All are responsible for recruiting candidates from their wards; and for Get-Out-the-Vote activities for city and state elections.  They may take on activities, both political and social, as they determine to be in their interest, and meet as they decide on a ward basis.

Ward Chairs:  Elected members of the NDCC Executive Board.  May call and preside over Ward meetings as necessary.  They may chair NDCC Committees as directed by the Board.

Vice Chair:  Act in place of the Ward Chair if she/he is absent or incapacitated; may be a proxy vote on the Executive Board in the absence of the chair, if approved by the board.

Secretary:  Ward meetings are rare, but should they occur, the secretary would take minutes and report to the NDCC Executive Board.

Treasurer: Collection and use of any monies on a ward basis are very rare; however, if necessary, it would be the responsibility of the Treasurer, who would then report the same to the Board Treasurer.

At-Large Ward Delegates:  Assigned as voting Delegates to the NHDP State Convention.  Other duties as described above under “Ward Officers”.

Current Officers
The NDCC includes the following executive board members (elected April, 2017 for a two-year term):  * = incumbent
  Chair: Representative Skip Cleaver

Skip has lived in Nashua since 1975, first in Ward 2 and more recently in Ward 8.  He is a Marine Corps veteran, and holds a B.S. in Political Science and History, and an MBA, specializing in International Business.  Skip grew up in western Pennsylvania and is a life long Democrat.

Skip was Managing Editor of the online running magazine Cool Running.com before retiring in early 2016 to run for State Representative.  He has been a coach for track and cross-country as well as wrestling.

Skip is a charter member of the Gate City Striders Running Club.  He served several terms as Club President and was elected to the Gate City Striders Hall of Fame.  He directs and administers road races throughout the region.

First Vice Chair: Michael Pedersen:
Michael Pedersen lives in Ward 5 and is actively engaged in promoting Democratic candidates and ideals at the local through national levels.  He has been an active participant within the NDCC since 2010.

Allison Nutting-Wong *

  Secretary: Representative Sue Newman:

Sue has lived in Nashua since 1981, and  is originally  from  Rochester, New York.   She and her husband have 3 grown children and 6 Grandchildren.  She’s been a Ward 2 Selectman, PTO President, and served 8 years on the Nashua Board of Education.  She’s serving her first term as a NH State Representative from  Ward 2, and is on the Public Works & Highways Committee.     (Blue is one of her favorite colors ….as in working to keep NH Blue!)

 At-Large Delegates: Dave Tencza, Linda Harriott-Gathright,  JoAnne St. John, Gary Hoffman
Dave Tencza was chair of the NDCC from 2011 to early 2017.  During his time as chair, Nashua Democrats won a majority of legislative seats from Nashua in each state election from 2012 through 2016 and contributed to the election of the Nashua first Democratic mayor in recent memory.

Dave was just elected as an Alderman At Large in the November election.

Linda Harriott-Gathright served as NDCC Secretary for many years.  She is a former State Representative for Ward 9 and is currently running for Alderman.  Linda has always been involved in the community.

Served in the Criminal Justice Committee and Budget Committee for Hillsborough County Former NH Commissioner for the Status of Women. Trustee of New Fellowship Baptist Church Nashua, NH. Treasurer of Tri-State Baptist Convention.

Background in writing contracts for third party vendors as well as writing processes and procedures for then new technology (DSL, Fiber)

Served on many boards and co-founder of several community organizations.  Linda has managed teams of 4-240 personnel.

36 years of community service as an advocate for civil rights and justice.

Linda was just elected as Ward 9 Alderman in the November election.

JoAnne St. John

Gary Hoffmen

Ward officials and additional at-large board members are identified below. “At-large” members vote on policy issues (such as spending, changes to the constitution and bylaws, etc).

Ward 1:
Chair: Atlant Schmidt
Vice Chair: Jim Mason
Treasurer: June Haskel
Secretary: Elaine Thomas
At Large: Aron Insinga
At Large: Merle Insina
At Large: Andres Caamano

Ward 2:
Chair: Gloria Timmons
Vice Chair: JoAnne St. John
Treasurer: Pam Jorden
Secretary: David Darnell
At Large: Theresa Moler
At Large: Harvey Keye
At Large: Jordan Thompson

Ward 3:
Chair: Jane Buck
Vice Chair: Dan Weeks
Treasurer: Daniel Schrock
Secretary: Open
At Large: Vicki Donchess
At Large: Dick Dasilva
At Large: Suzanne Vail

Ward 4:
Chair: Manny Espitia
Vice Chair: Bernadette Halloran
Treasurer: Fred Davis
Secretary: Brittany Wheeler
At Large: Mary Gorman
At Large: Megan O’Leary
At Large: Kathy Belbin

Ward 5:
Chair: Jack Kelley
Vice Chair: Tessa Ali
Treasurer: Michael Pedersen
Secretary: Dan Toomey
At Large: Sharon Bosse

Ward 6:
Chair: Matt Coyman
Vice Chair: Tristan Husby
Treasurer: Faith Chamberlin
Secretary: TBD
At Large: Tanya Prather
At Large: Ken Gidge
At Large: Allison Palm

Ward 7:
Chair: Francis Arias
Vice Chair: Ray Guarino
Treasurer: Gary Hoffman
Secretary: Judy Blachek
At Large: Catherine Sofikitis
At Large: Diane Raymond
At Large: Brad Brusso

Ward 8:
Chair: John Lisle
Vice Chair: Will Bateson
Treasurer: Joe Foster
Secretary: Joanne Lisle Newbold
At Large: Patricia Casciano
At Large: Roy Goodman
At Large: Suzana Moreira

Ward 9:
Chair: Sumathi Madhure
Vice Chair: Vivian McGuire
Treasurer: Alicia McNichols
Secretary: OPEN
At Large: Richard Schwartz
At Large: Adrian George
At Large: Jamila Scales