NH State Representative candidate – Hillsborough District 32: Nashua Ward 5
Dan has been endorsed by VoteVets.org – Dan Toomey for NH EL Endorsement Letter
Former NH State Representative (1989-90)
Hillsborough District 27: Nashua Wards 1, 2, 3, 5, 9
Web Site: www.dantoomey4nashua.com
Lifetime member Nashua Firefighters Association
21-year career as a Nashua, NH, firefighter
President of the Nashua Central Labor Council
Commissioner, New Hampshire Public Employees Labor Relations Board.
Former advisory board member of Nashua Community Television
Co-founder of the New Hampshire Coalition for Safety and Health (NHCOSH)
Prior Political Involvement:
In the NH House, I served on the labor committee. Dan co-sponsored a Family Leave bill, co-sponsored the McBride principles bill into law.
I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Nashua in 1967 after serving a tour in the U.S Air Force. I’ve been married to Kathy Toomey for 29 years and has three daughters and two sons. Kathy is also a former two-term NH state representative. Kathy was born in Nashua and we have five children and eight grandchildren.
MA – Umass Lowell
BS – Southern NH University
I served for four years in the U.S. Air Force as a medic at Travis Air Force Base in California. I worked in the Intensive Care Ward and took care of post-op and seriously injured patients including battle casualties from the Viet Nam conflict.
While on the Nashua Fire Department (1970-1991) I served in the New Hampshire Legislature (1989-91) and was appointed by the governor to serve as a commissioner on the NH Public Employer Labor Relations Board where I ruled on employer/employee disputes as the labor representative of a three person board. I was also able to get my Bachelors Degree during that time. I later got a Masters Degree while working at UMass Lowell.
My worker advocacy experience is vast, starting with being a union officer of Local 789 of the Nashua Firefighters Association. After I retired from the fire service, I spent 7 years representing teachers, school secretaries, teacher’s aides, bus drivers, janitors, library workers, police officers and food service workers in New Hampshire and Maine with the American Federation of Teachers.
While working as a project manager at the UMass Lowell Center for Family, Work and Community, I became involved in community media by organizing and producing a public affairs radio show on WUML-FM called “Thinking Out Loud” in 1998. It still airs three hours a day, five days a week. Part of the mission was to give voice to Lowell’s large immigrant and refugee population and the third hour of the program has featured segments in Khmer, Laotian and Portuguese and Spanish.
I have spent my life standing up for working people. I would love to continue that work as Nashua’s Ward 5 State Representative.
Why I’m Running:
People who work for a living can’t afford to get away from their jobs to speak for their needs and interests at the New Hampshire State House.
I found this to be true during my past tenure as a NH State Rep. Every issue brought before that large body had paid lobbyists from management, business, municipal, taxpayer and all other interests. While that’s fine, it needs to be balanced by the interests of the people who do the work and provide the services that make New Hampshire a great place to live.
Somebody has to speak up for them and I can.