In Nashua, a 14 percent voter turnout is projectedBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
November 04. 2013 9:57PM
NASHUA — Candidates say they are ready for today’s municipal election and are hopeful residents will hit the polls to show their support.
“I have done everything humanly possible to get people to show up,” said Alderman Dan Moriarty of Ward 9, who is seeking an at-large position on the Board of Aldermen. “Team Moriarty has visited 4,200 houses, so we have done our part.”
Moriarty is one of six candidates vying for three at-large alderman seats, including incumbents David Deane, Mark Cookson, Barbara Pressly, former alderman Paula Johnson and Ward 3 Alderman Diane Sheehan.
City Clerk Paul Bergeron said he is projecting about a 14 percent turnout or approximately 7,100 voters based on figures from the last two municipal elections.
“I hope it is closer to 8,000,” said Moriarty, adding he is optimistic about securing an alderman seat. He plans on gathering at Napa East to collect the election results once the polls close tonight.
His opponent, Deane, said he will have friends and family helping him at the various polling sites today.
“If we get 7,500 voters I am going to be kind of surprised,” said Deane, adding Bergeron is typically spot-on when it comes to predicting voter turnout.
Deane said he is hopeful the residents of Nashua will support him for another term.
“Win or lose, it is a decision by the citizens. If it isn’t meant to be, I fully understand. That is the beauty of government and the election process,” he added.
Johnson, another at-large candidate, said it is time to make some changes on the board and give some new people a chance to possibly bring down the tax rate and lower city spending.
“It is a right and a privilege to vote in this country, and if people are not happy with local government, now is the time to exercise your right,” said Johnson.
There are nine ward alderman races on the ballot today in Nashua.
In Ward 1, incumbent Kathryn Vitale is taking on Sean McGuinness.
In Ward 2, incumbent Richard Dowd is facing off against Elenore Casey Crane.
In Ward 3, David Schoneman and Paul Shea are fighting for the seat.
In Ward 4, incumbent Arthur Craffey is up against state Rep. Pamela Brown.
In Ward 5, incumbent Michael Tabacsko is taking on Michael Soucy.
In Ward 6, incumbent Paul Chasse is facing off against Kathy Snyder.
Ward 7 is the only aldermanic race that is uncontested, with Alderman June Caron seeking re-election.
In Ward 8, incumbent Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja is up against Jack Currier.
In Ward 9, Jeffrey Cox and Ken Siegel are fighting for the seat.
Other significant races on the ballot include four open seats on the Nashua Board of Education. There are six candidates seeking spots, including incumbent David Murotake, incumbent Dennis Ryder, incumbent Sandra Ziehm, incumbent Thomas Vaughan, Dotty Oden and George Farrington.
For the Board of Public Works, five candidates will be vying for two seats as commissioners. Candidates include George Liakakos, Brian Hubert, incumbent Tracy Pappas, Paul G. Bergeron and incumbent Daniel Gagnon.