Nashua says farewell to seven aldermen, prepares for newcomersBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
January 02. 2018 9:31PM
NASHUA — As a new slate of aldermen prepare to take office next week, the board is saying farewell to seven city aldermen.
“I want to thank everyone who has served for the last two years,” said Mayor Jim Donchess. “All have been dedicated to the good of the community, and the contributions of each and every member of the Board of Aldermen are important and significant.”
Seven aldermen are leaving their posts, including Mark Cookson, Dan Moriarty, Sean McGuinness, David Schoneman, Don LeBrun, Ben Clemons and Ken Siegel.
Donchess said much has been accomplished in the past two years. He pointed to the Nashua Safe Stations program, a five-year paving plan and universal full-day kindergarten.
While there have been disagreements, Donchess said the board has conducted business with professionalism and mutual respect.
Nashua’s 109th inauguration ceremony will take place at noon on Sunday at Nashua High School North; seven new aldermen will be sworn into office.
Shoshanna Kelly and Brandon Laws will serve as new at-large aldermen. State Rep. Jan Schmidt will serve as the new Ward 1 alderman; state Rep. Patricia Klee will serve as the new Ward 3 alderman; Ernest Jette will be seated as the new Ward 5 alderman; Ken Gidge will take over the Ward 6 seat; and Linda Harriott-Gathright is the new Ward 9 alderman.
This past November, newcomer David Tencza was sworn into office early to fill a spot left vacant by former alderman-at-large David Deane, who unexpectedly resigned from his post.
During last week’s aldermanic meeting, the board thanked the seven members leaving their positions.
“Thank you for your service. It is a tremendous sacrifice and time that you have given to the city. We are all better off for it,” Tencza told the departing aldermen.
Cookson, who lost his at-large seat in November’s election, thanked his constituents for allowing him to serve 10 of the past 12 years as a city alderman.
“I served with some fabulous aldermen and I learned a lot from them. I hope we are able to continue in the future working together,” said Cookson.
Clemons, who decided not to seek reelection, thanked the board for its dedication and commitment to bettering the Gate City.
“Serving Nashua, which is my home community — the place I was born and raised — has been a true pleasure,” said Clemons. “It is with a heavy heart that I am leaving, but my future is moving in a different path.”
Remaining on the board are Aldermen Brian McCarthy, Michael O’Brien, Lori Wilshire, Richard Dowd, Tom Lopez, June Caron, Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja and newcomer Tencza.