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Pair of Nashua aldermen aiming for new seats

Union Leader Correspondent

August 06. 2013 8:16PM

NASHUA — Two city aldermen are willing to give up their ward positions in an effort to hopefully obtain at-large seats on the Board of Aldermen this fall.

Alderman Daniel Moriarty, Ward 9, and Alderman Diane Sheehan, Ward 3, intend to seek re-election as at-large candidates in the November election.

There are three of six aldermen-at-large positions that are up for re-election, which are now filled by Barbara Pressly, Mark Cookson and David Deane. Pressly and Cookson have already confirmed that they intend to seek another four-year term, and former alderman Paula Johnson has also announced her intention of running for an at-large seat.

“It is going to be a fierce competition,” said Moriarty. “I think this will be the most exciting race in years on the local ballot, in my opinion.”

Moriarty, an engineer with BAE Systems, has already begun traveling door-to-door campaigning for the fall election. So far, Moriarty has raised about $3,600 for his campaign, he said.

“I feel that the at-large position is more of a leadership role, and I am ready to take that on,” said Moriarty. “I am definitely concerned about a lot of citywide affairs, which is why I am campaigning. I have the time and the motivation and the energy.”

Moriarty is taking the campaign seriously and admits it will be a challenge to secure an at-large spot in the aldermanic horseshoe. Still, he is excited about the possibility and is optimistic he will be successful.

He has created a new website promoting his voting and attendance record as Ward 9 alderman, a position he was elected to nearly two years ago.

Moriarty said his goal is to keep his campaign ethical and honest.

If elected, he wants to try to keep Nashua taxes under control, spending money only when it is necessary.

“We need the majority on the board to be fiscally conservative,” he said. “We also need people who can remain independent, think for themselves and also have the ability to work as a team. A fair political process is critical.”

Moriarty is married, has four children and is a world-class triathlete.

Sheehan is also throwing her hat in the ring for an at-large alderman seat. She has started a new Facebook page promoting her candidacy.

“I felt I was ready to look at issues that are more global reaching. This was the right time for me to do that,” Sheehan said on Tuesday. “I hope that people have seen that I have earnestly worked to make things better in Ward 3 and will support my work toward good policies for the city as a whole.”

Sheehan, who is serving her second term in office, said she hopes to be part of a collaborative board that works together in finding opportunities to better the city.

“I am not afraid of sticking out and being different,” she said. “I don’t just talk about doing things, I actually do it.”

Sheehan acknowledges there will be a lot of competition for the three at-large spots, and she expects more potential candidates will come forward in the next few weeks.

Her mission, if elected, is to look at the big picture, find citywide solutions to problems, listen to the public and collaborate on city and school priorities.

In the past year, Sheehan has introduced legislation to improve the Review and Comment Commission procedures and also remedy a problem with U-Haul trucks parking on city streets.

“I do stay plugged into the region and the state,” said Sheehan. “Most of my work experience has been policy-based. I always try to look at things on a policy level.”

Sheehan is married and has two sons.

Anyone interested in running for various elected positions may pick up their nominating petitions at the city clerk’s office at Nashua City Hall. They are also available on the city’s website.

The first day of filing is Aug. 27, with the filing period closing on Sept. 6. Nashua’s municipal general election is slated for Nov. 5, with the inauguration set to take place on Jan. 5.

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