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Next NDCC meeting – to be scheduled

It appears as though our next meeting will be in February. The Board has not been able to find suitable January time.

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Summary minutes from the December meeting have been posted separately on the web site.

Winter Coat Drive – NH High School Democrats

Good Morning, Nashua Democrats!

NH High School Democrats are looking to focus our community engagement efforts this winter to help both underprivileged high school students in the granite state, and those who need our aid abroad. Access to warm clothes is a foundational necessity and a basic right, and NHHSD is committed to ensuring our peers across the state don’t come to school cold. Any donation of new or lightly used warm clothes is greatly appreciated. We will have a donation box in the library of Nashua High School South, or they can reach out to me and I can stop by and collect their donations.

Hunter Porter
Legislative Director
New Hampshire High School Democrats

NDCC Meeting Minutes – December 2021

Nashua Democratic City (NDCC) Summary Minutes

Tuesday 12/6/2021

7:03 p.m.– 8:20 p.m. (Zoom)

Call to order by chairman Mike Pedersen at 7:03 p.m.

Treasurer’s Report – Bill Bordy

Warm Clothes Drive – High School Dems

Hunter announced a Warm Clothes Drive by High School Dems. The board will get the information and get it out to people who want to participate.

Post- Election Analysis – Derek, Mike, and Nikki

Other Items

Nikki Arguin went over a presentation on the time frames for the next election including committee formations.

Mike Pedersen mentioned the NHDP Fundraiser coming up which will include an award for Joanne St. John.

Mike Pedersen motioned to adjourn 8:20PM.

Nashua Democratic City (NDCC) Minutes

Tuesday 11/9/2021

7:09 p.m.– 8:25 p.m. (Zoom)

Call to order by chairman Mike Pedersen at 7:09 p.m.


Nikki Arguin asked everyone to put their intro in the chat. Michael Pedersen reminded everyone to use the raise hand function if they want to speak.

Election Results

Mike Pedersen went over the results of this past election. BOA won 5 out of the 9 seats. The BOA at-large won all 3 seats. The BOE won all 4 seats and has a 6-2-1 majority. Public Works won both seats. Fire Commission won one of the seats. Thanks to Sue Vail and Sherry Dutzy as Totem builders.

A post mortem will be done by a smaller committee and presented to the larger group at a later date.

Nikki Arguin mentioned recruiting and vetting qualified candidates will be important and getting more volunteers.

Mike Pedersen mentioned we will be forming some subcommittees like recruitment, fundraising, volunteering etc.

Mike Pedersen said we will need to do some fundraising and that we have a couple outstanding bills to follow up on.

Derek Thibeault wanted to thank everyone for their support in the elections including the Nashua HS Democrats who helped a lot. Christina Darling also wanted to thank them and also mentioned doing something for the volunteers. If each candidate could give $20, we could do a nice lunch or dinner. Christina offered to help Nikki.

Mike Pedersen stressed we have a lot of Dems and a lot didn’t show up, we need more people.

Joel Macauslan mentioned he wasn’t getting all the emails with the NDCC preferred candidates, same with mailings.

Rob Johnson mentioned he stepped back a bit because he was impressed with the candidates for BOE – they had a great ground game. Britt Hatch liked the mailing she got with the filled in sample ballot.

Sherry Dutzy said we needed our Ward chairs to be Ward Captains and if they don’t want to help recruit in our ward then can we remove them?

Gloria Timmons was concerned we were not holding all the signs at the wards. There was not enough people.

Patti Casciano said we had some great flyers.

Hunter Logan asked about question 2 and if we were supposed to be holding signs, not all of them were out at the polls. Bruce Cohen mentioned that he didn’t think the Facebook ads with candidates should have had the question mentioned. Betty Laskey mentioned that we did not show a position on Question 1 so why did we appear to have a stance on Question 2. There was some back and forth on why we did or did not take a position on it.

Regan Lamphier brought up a meeting where she talked to a man who brought up the point of not having more Latinos coming out. Gloria Timmons said we have tried but a lot do not vote, some cant. Nikki Arguin said we have a ton who vote. Betty Lasky says we need their support all year, not just during elections. Hold how to be a citizen meetings.  Yoeli Santana said we have to engage with citizens who don’t vote. Hunter Logan mentioned translations of all materials.

Andrew Vaughn brought up using Spectrum as a potential advertising tool. Betty Lasky asked if it was a union shop.


Bill Bordy mentioned we secured a dry heated storage space for all our items that are scattered in people’s basements and our totem materials. Britt Hatch and Joanne St. John will be doing the inventory of the items and getting a list to Bill Bordy.

Treasurer’s Report – Bill Bordy

Mike Pedersen motioned to adjourn 8:25PM.

Nashua Democratic City (NDCC) Minutes

Monday Oct 4th, 2021

7:00 p.m.– 9:02 p.m. (Zoom)

Call to order by chairman Mike Pedersen at 7:00 p.m.

Mike Pedersen – Get out the Vote Drive

Bill Bordy – Treasurer’s Report

  • Bill mentioned checks for the Buy-ins can go to Nashua Democratic City Committee, PO Box 632, Nashua, NH 03061
  • One Alderman had not heard of the Buy-in previously
  • Nikki Arguin will help Bill communicate and track down payments.


Chairman Pedersen introduced Doug Marino who will be the point person for Senator Maggie Hassan in Hillsborough County. He also introduced State Senator Melanie Levesque, who will be the Director of Outreach. She is working with local caucuses to help get Democrats elected. They both made remarks. Also, Troy price was hired to work at the NHDP, coming from campaigns in Iowa. Ryan Mahoney and Meaghan Murray are also new staffers at the NHDP. Josh Query plans to meet with the Young Democrats to get them involved.

Nikki Arguin – Status of Campaigns

  • We need more people to step up, the mayor is out every week. This week will be “Keep Nashua Blue” theme. Nikki reminded people to download the Minivan Ap, for canvasing and for phone banks. Some non-smart phone users can also canvass just needs to give Nikki or Josh Query a heads up a head of time to prepare paper packets.
  • Latha Mangipudi offered her house to set up for signs. Shoshanna Kelly has some totems people can use.
  • Sonia Prince mentioned the candidates need to get out and canvas.
  • Wards 1 through 9 gave updates on their campaign status
  • Sherry Dutzy gave an update on Totem visibility dates
  • Nikki stated we do not have the people power we had during the presidential elections and we need to be efficient with how we use resources.
  • Status of At-Large Campaigns by Shoshanna Kelly and Gloria Timmons – the Republican candidates did not show up at the League of Women’s Alderman At Large event.
  • Webmaster Rich Green mentioned he is not getting much information about the candidates for the website. Shoshanna Kelly agreed to send him the info she has on everyone.
  • We are calling surrounding areas for help as well.
  • Laura Telerski brough up Question 1 – Sports Betting which lost by a slim margin last time, question is more straight forward this time. This would be a gain for NH Charities if approved. She also mentioned we should add the sample ballot to the website.
  • The Mayor Jim Donchess went over Question 2 about the police commission. Currently three people oversee the police. We are the only city who has no input. It’s been since 1891. Portsmouth was the last city to switch. It had the police’s full support. There would be more transparency. Only one female has ever been on the commission and it was decades ago. There was a qualified woman that had applied and had a retired police officer sponsor. She did not get an interview. We need a fair and open process. The argument of local corruption is just not accurate. Look across the borders. Portsmouth and Dover are certified police forces and have no corruption. No citizen input currently. Alderman Ernest Jette mentioned that a commissioner recently got appointed and no on knew how that process worked, no visibility. The mayor also said the police were equally opposed to full citizen elections to appoint the commission. Shoshanna Kelly explained how the committee to study has been set up with people from both sides debating it. BOA had tabled it. Citizens have right to petition. Full board thought it warranted a longer discussion.
  • Derek Thibeault mentioned that his Candidate Patch Profile was published and that others should as well.
  • Derek Thibeault started a discussion on the campaign status of DPW and Fire Commission.

Gala – John Lisle reminded people about the Gala and when they can get their tickets.

Mailings – there was a discussion about what mailings would be going out and when. Bill Bordy had asked for some PDFs of the mailings.

Social Media – A strategy for digital campaigning was discussed.

John Lisle motioned to adjourn 9:02.

Nashua earns AAA ratings from S&P … again!

The accolades STILL just keep coming!!

Since 2017, through September 2021, the City of Nashua has once earned a Triple-A bond rating from Standard & Poor’s Financial Services.  Since 2015. the Fitch Ratings agency has also given Nashua a Triple-A rating to the city’s bonds.
One big reason for these top ratings is that the City works hard to make sure we are accountable and smart with the money of Nashua’s hardworking taxpayers. We spend carefully and manage our money with caution. The City’s strong financial management and the overall health of our economy earned us these Triple-A ratings.
Nashua also has low debt compared with other cities. That is an important factor in the S&P rating.
Our Triple-A bond rating allows the City to borrow money at lower interest rates. That makes it cheaper for us to finance projects like the new middle school, our landfill, sewers, and paving. That benefits all of Nashua’s taxpayers.
Only a handful of communities in New Hampshire have Triple-A ratings from S&P and Fitch.
In August 2021, WalletHub ranked Nashua #4!  You can read a complete explanation of what went into developing WalletHub’s rankings here:
In August 2020, WalletHub (a personal finance web site) ranked Nashua as the 10th Best-Run City in the U.S.!  That’s up from 13th in 2019!
WalletHub looked at the 150 most-populous cities in the country. WalletHub’s analysis shows that the quality of Nashua’s city services are among the best in the country and that Nashua City Government spends less per resident than 80 percent of other cities.
“But how do we measure the effectiveness of local leadership?” the study asks. “One way is by determining a city’s operating efficiency. In other words, we can learn how well city officials manage and spend public funds by comparing the quality of services residents receive against the city’s total budget.”
The study breaks down the rating into categories, showing that Nashua ranks high in ‘Health’, ‘Safety’, and ‘Economy’. Within those categories, it looked at 35 different metrics. Check out the study here:
At the end of 2019 WalletHub also ranked Nashua as the #8 Safest City in the U.S.

In 2018, WalletHub rated Nashua as the 9th best-run city in the US.

Being repeatedly recognized by WalletHub and Money Magazine, as well as receiving a AAA bond rating from the Fitch and S&P, shows off the effectiveness and efficiency of Nashua’s city government,” Mayor Jim Donchess said.

In 2019, Money Magazine continued to rate Nashua as the best place to live in NH and #71 in the country.  In New England, only Portland ME, Somerville MA and Brighton MA did better.

“Residents enjoy the perks of being an hour’s drive from the cultural and educational hub of Boston, but arrive home to a charming town with no sales tax and a rich history”

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