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”.



Current Officers

The NDCC includes the following executive board members (elected April, 2019 for a two-year term):  * = incumbent

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

JoAnne St. John

For years, JoAnne St John 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.

Teresa Moler

Ward Officials and additional at-large board members

“At-large” members vote on policy issues (such as spending, changes to the constitution and bylaws, etc).  

Ward 1:  

Chair: Deidre Reynolds

Vice Chair: June Haskel

Treasurer: Morgan Reynolds

Secretary: Lisa Y Bergeron

At Large: Elaine Thomas

At Large: Diane Cohen

At Large: Marlene Bordy

Ward 2:

Chair: Gloria Timmons

Vice Chair: David Darnell

Treasurer: Julie Norris

Secretary: Renae Claffey

At Large: Britt Hatch

At Large: Geoff Norris

At Large: Jordan Thompson

Ward 3:

Chair: Kathleen Abel

Vice Chair: Victoria Donchess

Treasurer: Gary Hoffman

Secretary: OPEN

At Large: Richard DaSilva

At Large: Helen Honorow

At Large: William Barry III

Ward 4:

Chair: Fred Davis

Vice Chair: Kathy Belbin

Treasurer: Margaret Finningan

Secretary: Katie Blias

At Large: Andriana Lopera

At Large: Sarah Broome

At Large: OPEN

Ward 5:

Chair: Michael Pederson

Vice Chair: OPEN

Treasurer: OPEN

Secretary: OPEN

At Large: OPEN

At Large: OPEN

At Large: OPEN

Ward 6:

Chair: Fran Nutter-Upham

Vice Chair: Mark King

Treasurer: OPEN

Secretary: OPEN

At Large: OPEN

At Large: OPEN

At Large: OPEN  

Ward 7:

Chair: OPEN

Vice Chair: Ray Guarino

Treasurer: Lou Juris

Secretary: Judy Blachek

At Large: David Victory

At Large: Diane Raymond

At Large: OPEN

Ward 8:

Chair: John Lisle

Vice Chair: Stephen Goldstein

Treasurer: Elliot Lasky

Secretary: Krishna Mangipudi

At Large: Joel MacAuslan

At Large: OPEN

At Large: OPEN

Ward 9:

Chair: Sumathi Madhure

Vice Chair: Homa Jaferey

Treasurer: Linda Bennett

Secretary: Jamila Scales

At Large: John James Jackson

At Large: Alex Jaferey

At Large: Travis Bennett