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)
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”.
|Chair: Alderman At-Large Dave TenczaIf this name looks familiar, it should. 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.|
|First Vice Chair: Representative Manny Espitia|
|Treasurer: Bernadette Halloran|
|Secretary: Representative Sue Newman
This is Sue’s 2nd consecutive term as NDCC Secretary.
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:||Representative Linda Harriott-Gathright (2nd term), JoAnne St. John (2nd term), Teresa Moler, Representative Ray Newman|
|JoAnne St. John
As published in the April 29, 2019 NH Grassroots Newsletter:
For years, JoAnne StJohn has been working to make Nashua and the entire Granite State a better place. JoAnne is an At-Large Delegate for the Nashua Democratic City Committee and, in that role, serves as the committee’s events planner. With those skills and experiences, she is also working as the events planner for Mayor Jim Donchess’ re-election campaign – as she has in the past with great success! JoAnne won the NHDP Activist of the Year award in 2015 for her notable organizing work in the Nashua community. Outside of political activism, JoAnne hosts fundraisers each year for the Nashua Soup Kitchen. “I love getting people involved here and working to create an atmosphere of teamwork in Nashua before and during every election.” With JoAnne’s work, Democrats will continue to see the unrivaled successes we did in 2018!
|Representative Linda Harriott-Gathright served as NDCC Secretary for many years and is serves as both a Ward 9 State Representative and 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.
Representative Ray Newman
I was born in Providence RI and moved to Nashua in 1981. I am married to Sue Newman. We have 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren. I have a BA degree in education from Providence College. After graduation in 1968, I was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. I served in Viet Nam as a helicopter pilot. After my military service, I was employed by the FAA as an air traffic controller and supervisor. Upon retirement I worked for the MITRE Corp. as a Subject Matter Expert performing research to automate Air Traffic Control.
I appreciate the valuable outcomes that can be achieved through public service. I am a State Representative, Hillsborough County District 29 (Nashua Ward 2), and am a member of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. I currently serve on the NDCC Executive Board as an Elected At-Large Member.
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).