Nashua's Carroll sets sights on 2015 mayoral run
NASHUA — A local state representative said Thursday that he will run for mayor in 2015, and may be one of the youngest candidates to campaign for the corner office at Nashua City Hall.
Rep. Doug Carroll, 30, told the New Hampshire Union Leader he will seek the position of mayor — the first candidate to come forward and publicly announce candidacy for the post.
Although the election is more than a year away, Carroll said he is in the process of printing about 100,000 campaign business cards. He refuses to accept any campaign money, maintaining he will personally fund his own election campaign.
“I want to be the youngest mayor, and I want to stay as many terms as I can. I also want to keep things as simple as possible,” said Carroll, of Lynn Street. “I hate politics, and because I don’t like it, I want to get involved to do something to change it. People want a change, and I am unlike any politician.”
Carroll, a Democrat, is a former voter registrar who was elected to the House in 2012. He owns his own company, Business Systems of Southern New Hampshire, where he works as an accountant, tax preparer and bookkeeper for a select group of clients.
The Nashua native, who has a 6-year-old son, decided not to seek reelection to the House of Representatives this fall, but to instead focus on spending time with his son and working on his upcoming mayoral race.
“As mayor, I will make sure it is not me who runs the city — it will be the people who are already working for the city and who are the experts,” said Carroll, noting he would seek advice from the mayor’s cabinet and former mayors and officials.
Carroll said he likes to surround himself with good people and keep a positive attitude.
“Even if I don’t win, I won’t be a sore loser,” he said.
Although no other potential candidates have officially come forward, Carroll, and some other city residents, have indicated that two sitting aldermen may be interested in seeking the mayor’s seat.
This week, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau was noncommittal on whether she would would run for reelection.
“I have not made a final decision on that yet,” Lozeau said Wednesday, adding she was unsure when she would likely decide.
Carroll is not married, but said he is dating a woman from the Dominican Republic.
“I have already done a lot of things in my life, and I am looking forward to the future,” said Carroll, explaining he was able to purchase his family’s Nashua home, manage several buildings in southern New Hampshire and create his own business.
Carroll is serving as a state representative for Nashua’s District 34, or Ward 7. While he had nearly perfect attendance in Concord during his first year in office, Carroll admits that he has had some health challenges that affected his attendance record this year.
According to his voting record, Carroll missed voting for about a dozen key bills earlier this year, including bills to repeal the death penalty, expand Medicaid eligibility and authorize recreational use of marijuana.
Carroll said he was suffering from multiple sinus infections, his son was sick, and his grandfather became ill, making it difficult to travel each Wednesday to Concord.
“But I like working with people, and I want to do the best I can,” he said. “Life is short, and in time, I want people to look back and I want them to be proud of me.”
Instead of replacing or changing things in city government, Carroll said he intends to fix problems with a renewal of ideas instead of spending money.