Elect Carry Spier – State Representative – Ward 3

State Representative Candidate – Nashua Ward 3 / District 6

I am running as a first-time candidate for State Representative.  I feel I can no longer sit on the side lines while bills are being passed into laws that limit our rights, seek to marginalize groups of people, and decimate our public education system.

Nashua is a wonderful place to live.  People are caring and involved.  And after all the traveling my husband and I have had to do for work, this place is home.  I don’t want to see it become prey to special interest groups and agendas not in keeping with our “live free” ideals.

I believe that good government is the result of hard work done by legislators who take time to find out what people need then investigate the most practical way to provide solutions.  This requires the ability to listen, research and problem-solve, things I have done my whole career. Only together can we strengthen our communities and our economy.

As a first-time candidate, I have done my homework to understand the background and current state of the key priorities I would work on as a legislator.

My Priorities

(Details for these priorities can be found at www.NashuaWard3Dems.com)

  • Support for Science-based Public Education and Fair School Funding
  • Support for Women’s Health Care including rights to an abortion
  • Support for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Support for Alternative Energy to reduce dependance on fossil fuels
  • Support measure to reduce Gun Violence
  • Support legislation to make Voting more accessible
  • Support measures to reverse the state tactics for overburdening our communities with Taxes
  • Support better access to health care especially for the elderly and those requiring mental health services

Career Background

  • Degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Systems Engineering.
  • 53 Years (including 23 years at BAE Systems, Nashua) as an engineering manager working on projects from Apollo to the F-35 across many technologies.
  • Continue to travel the world photographing endangered large animals.  Along the way, learning how children of other countries view climate change and their efforts to reduce its impact.

Personal

  • Born in NY with 3 brothers and one sister.
  • Father was a shop teacher (no college degree then); mother was a homemaker. Recognizing the importance of education, all 5 kids have completed graduate school.
  • Nashua Ward 3 resident for 25 years.
  • Married to Danny Mills 34 years.
  • I can be reached at: carry.ward3@hotmail.com

Elect Bill Dolan – State Representative – Ward 5


NH State Representative Candidate Hillsborough 9: Nashua Ward 5
“Not a robotic politician. A normal person doing the right thing.”


Contact Information:


dolanforrep.com
dolanforrep@admin


Background:


I grew up in Lowell, MA and moved to Nashua when my husband and I wanted to start a family.
I was raised by a single mom in an economically disadvantaged environment. I know how hard it
is to advance in life and want to make the system fair for the little guy. I worked extremely hard
to buy my first home at 22 and get through undergrad, law school, and a master’s degree in
business.
Eventually, I became a criminal defense attorney here in Nashua and Lowell. Many of my cases
are serious felonies. A lot of people do not like my clients however, I believe that everyone
deserves the best defense possible. I fight for the underdog. Also, by running my own firm, I
know the struggle it is to run a small business. My mixture of hard work and experience gives
me a unique perspective.


Education:


BA – Spanish and History (Double Major) Suffolk University
MBA – Suffolk University
JD – Suffolk Law School


Why I’m Running:


Our system of laws and democracy itself is under attack. I want to do my part in safeguarding
our rights. I want to bring the business and law education and experience to the State House. We need to bring smart solutions to complex problems like addiction and housing.


What I Will Do:


I will advocate for policies that make the system fair. People don’t know that New Hampshire
does not have a state civil rights bill. I think that should change. I will protect voting rights. Also,
New Hampshire is currently suffering from a public defender shortage. I will help solve the
crisis. I will not be a robotic politician. I want to be a normal person doing the right thing.

Elect Will Darby – State Representative – Ward 8

Will Darby has lived in Nashua since 2003, having originally moved to New Hampshire in 1994. After graduating from Clarkson University and receiving a Master’s from Villanova, he worked for Lockheed Sanders, Digital, MITRE and most recently Arista Networks as a software engineer and manager. Married to his amazing wife Deb for almost 20 years, they have six daughters, including two public school teachers and a mental health nurse. An ardent outdoorsman, Will prefers to spend his free time fishing and exploring New Hampshire’s forests.

I love New Hampshire and respect those who call it home. I am running for State Representative to preserve the health of our beautiful environment, and ensure dignity and equality for all.

Read more about Will’s thoughts on the issues at willdarby4nashua.com

Re-Elect Laura Damphousse Telerski – State Representative – Ward 8

Laura Damphousse Telerski is a two-term State Representative running for re-election. She serves as Deputy Ranking Member of the House Transportation Committee. During her first term she served as Clerk of House Transportation, and in 2020 was the Chair of the Nashua Legislative Delegation acting as the liaison between the city’s state representatives and the Mayor’s Office.

Laura grew up in Nashua’s Ward 8 neighborhood and is a product of Nashua public schools. After graduating from Nashua High School in 1989, Laura obtained a bachelor’s degree in History from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago. Laura worked as an account executive for a number of years before she and her husband, Jason, made the decision to have a full-time parent at home.

In 2002, Laura and Jason returned to Nashua, settling in the Bicentennial neighborhood Laura called home. Over the years, Laura became engaged in the school community as a parent volunteer. Since 2006, Laura has served as the New Hampshire State Chair for the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program. In 2017, Laura became a Selectman for Ward 8. She was elected to the State House in November 2018 and re-elected for a second term in 2020, where she has continued to advocate for Ward 8 families.

Laura and Jason have three children, Noah, Ben, and Alanya, graduates of Nashua High School South. 

Legislative Achievements:

  • Prime sponsor of HB1085, signed into law, closing a loophole in the DUI statute.
  • Prime sponsor of 1214-FN, signed into law, eliminating fees for walking disability placards.
  • Co-sponsored SB 241, signed into law, to advance bringing rail to Nashua and the Southern Tier.

Re-Elect Linda Harriott-Gathright – State Representative – Ward 9

Qualifications / Experience:

NH House of Representatives – Ward 9 / District 10 – Running for a 4th
term

President – Greater Nashua Area Branch NAACP (GNANAACP)

Served 2 terms as Alderman – Nashua Ward 9

At Large Executive Board member – Nashua Democrat City Committee (NDCC)

Co-Chair & Founding Member – Nashua Community Conversation on Race & Justice (NCCRJ)

Member of My Brother’s Keeper (MBK)

Contact Information:

Phone:  (603) 880-4537

Email:  lindahg4rep@gmail.com

Community Involvement:

My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is a community strategic action plan, to ensure all our young people can achieve their full potential.  Below are the primary goals of Nashua MBK Community Challenge:

  Entering School read to learn

  Reading at grade level by third grade

  Preventing violence and providing second chances

Co-Chair Nashua Conversation on Race & Justice (NCCRJ) our mission is to provide continuous conversation between the community and law enforcement by increasing safety, trust, and empathy.  Building positive communication in the community where everyone will be heard and taken seriously.

As an Alderman I serve on several committees in the capacity of co-chair, secretary, member, liaison and sub liaison. Attended other committee meetings when able to, i.e., Budget

Trustee – New Fellowship Baptist Church

Treasurer – Tri-State Baptist Convention (UBC of MA, RI & NH Inc).

State Involvement:

Ranking Member to Criminal Justice and Public Safety (CJ&PS)

Work to defeat a bad bill SB294, that would detain a defendant up to 72 hours requiring a decision from a judge, verse bail bonds person. Tabled!

Co-sponsor HB455, which passed eliminating the death penalty in NH

Appointed by the Deputy Speaker of the House to serve on SB384- which was a study committee to determine the best practice to regulate synthetic cannabinoids in New Hampshire. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis that can affect the brain

Former NH Commissioner for the Status of Women. Instrumental in raising funds to place markers of phenomenal women in several towns across NH. Continue to be a part of the Women Heritage Trail under the umbrella of NH Women Foundation.

Served on the budget committee for Hillsborough County Valley Street, Sheriff and Department of Corrections

Background:


Nashua resident for 43 years (37 of which are in Ward 9)
Mother of 5 – grandmother of 12, great grandmother 1
AS & BS degrees from Daniel Webster College


Career:


I am retired from Verizon after 34 ½ years, with a background in writing contracts for
third party vendors as well as process and procedures for new technology (DSL, Fiber
etc.). I have served in the capacity of steward and chief steward IBEW 2320, non-management and managed a team of 4-240 personnel.
Substitute teacher – Nashua School District


Why I’m running:


I view the state of our City and State as needing to move forward, with innovation that
will attract young people, as well as an inviting state for our children, so they will return
to NH after their continuing education is completed.  We must be a future State, with
easy access in and out for our millennials and all that work in other towns or states. 

My top priorities for the State are rail, essential services as public education, mental and
medical health, police department, firefighters, affordable housing, sustainable wages,
women choice over her body, clean air and water, and our infrastructure.

I understand the plight of teaching today.  I serve as a substitute teacher when I can
and very active in the community as an advocate for civil rights.

I am a servant of the people! 

Please donate to champion my run for Nashua Ward 9 State Representative Donate to Linda Gathright
https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/linda-gathright-1
Thank You for believing and trusting my abilities to represent Nashua in Concord NH!

NDCC Meeting Minutes – June – Sept 2022

Nashua Democratic City (NDCC) Minutes

Thursday 9/8/2022

7:12 p.m.– 8:47 p.m.

Call to order by chairman Mike Pedersen at 7:12 p.m.

Mike Pedersen announced ground rules and everyone did intros.

Naomi and Bekah from the Coordinated Campaign spoke about getting volunteers. Most are from Massachusetts we need to get people in the community out.

Max Webber from Voting Protection presented.

  • Hot Line – 6034668683 7 days a week
  • 5 Key things
    • Voter Protection Team
    • The Big Lie
    • Fight Back
    • Resources
    • Questions
  • Absentee Ballots went back to previous rules – preCovid
  • Why does Voter Protection Matter
  • 3 Threats
    • Voter Integrity Group
    • Removal of Voting Machines
    • Voter Suppression Bills
  • They need help
    • Phonebank
    • Answer calls
    • Poll observer
  • hotline@nhdp.org
  • Voteinnh.org

Bill Bordy delivered the treasurer’s report.

The Fundraising Gala on 10/6 was discussed by Laura Telerski. We have until the last week of September to buy tickets.

Reminder Saturday at 4:00 Tom Sherman Meet and Greet at Sherry Dutzy’s house.

Olivia Martin talked about using the DVCC list.

Derek Thibeault went over city happenings at City Hall.

Joann St. John went over plans to protest the Asphalt Manufacturing plant before the planning board in Ward 7.

Motion to adjourn at 8:47PM

NO MINUTES PUBLISHED FOR AUGUST MEETING

Nashua Democratic City (NDCC) Minutes

Thursday 7/14/2022

7:04 p.m.– 8:18 p.m. (Zoom)

Call to order by chairman Mike Pedersen at 7:04 p.m.

Naomi Gewirtzman and Bekah Meigs from Organize NH’s Coordinated Campaign spoke. They are at our Main St. office and will be out canvassing. More info below:

**SIGN UP TO CANVASS**

https://www.mobilize.us/organizenh/event/451274/

CONTACT:

Naomi Gewirtzman– Field Organizer

phone: 267-642-6293

email: ngewirtzman@nhdp.org

60 Main St Unit 240

Campaign Literature was discussed.

The Summer Cookout is set for Saturday with around 100 people signed up.

Bill Bordy went over the Treasurer’s Report.

Derek Thibeault discussed the state of the city.

  • BOE and BOA both have an opening. Both will be taking letters of intent. The BOA is for Ward 7.
  • Sue Newman asked about the Daniel Webster Property – Derek would look into it.
  • Elm St property discussed
  • City Budget passed
  • Meeting for Candidates to Speak for the BOE position scheduled for 7/20
  • Former Alderman Fred Teeboom is suing the city over the spending cap

Sherry Dutzy mentioned Ward 3 candidates will host a meeting greet with Dr Tom Sherman on Sept 10 at 4:00 PM.

We plan on reconvening in 2 weeks to discuss compensation for Asma Ackbar and to discuss Walk Cards and Candidate Buy ins.

We discussed an idea Dave Lisle had about candidate forums at hotels with speakers, but most people though cost, logistics and cutting into the gala made this infeasible.

The Gala has no date yet but the committee is working on it.

Motion to adjourn at 8:18PM

Nashua Democratic City (NDCC) Minutes

Thursday 6/9/2022

7:00 p.m.– 8:05 p.m. (Zoom)

Call to order by chairman Mike Pedersen at 7:05 p.m.

Introductions

Senator Cindy Rosenwald spoke about getting all 27 state rep seats filled, both state senate seats (Rosenwald, Melanie Levesque) and Executive Councilor (Shoshanna Kelly)

Important Dates

6/17 Friday the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Fundraising Dinner

6/11 Saturday 1:00 Library Hill Students walk for gun safety – 10AM they would canvas first.

6/21 Silver Knights Fundraiser

6/25 Candidate Training State House

6/25 Nashua Pride Parade – We will have an info booth

7/16 Fundraising Picnic – Laura Telerski’s House

Elections

Asma Ackbar has offered to do the photography and the literature for the elections. Some discussion on buy-ins and fundraising.

Laura Telerski confirmed 373 candidates for state rep across the state.

Derek Thibeault spoke about the importance of these elections and the work we will need to do to win.

Ward 1 candidates were filing on Friday at 10:30 at City Hall. Maggie Hassan was also filing at 10:30 at the state house in Concord.

Nikki Arguin said we would need sponsors for the BBQ.

Adjourned 8:05 AM.

Nashua earns AAA bond rating .. again!

Nashua earns AAA bond rating .. again!

The accolades STILL just keep coming!!

Since 2017, through August 2022, 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 June 2022, WalletHub ranked Nashua #4 for the 2nd year in a row! 

WalletHub grades cities based on these “Quality of Services” metrics:
  • Financial Stability
  • Education
  • Health
  • Safety
  • Economy
  • Infrastructure/Pollution
Of the 150 cities included in the study, Nashua did very well in several metrics used in WalletHub’s evaluation, including:
  • Quality of City Services: #9
  • Total Budget per Capita: #9
  • Violent Crime Rate: #4
  • Quality of Roads: #2
  • Safety: #1
  • Infrastructure & Pollution: #15

You can read a complete explanation of what went into developing WalletHub’s rankings here:  https://wallethub.com/edu/best-run-cities/22869

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: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-run-cities/22869/?fbclid=IwAR0LMK8ooowY
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”