Two Nashua men announced interest in two different Senate seatsBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
May 20. 2018 10:31PM
NASHUA — A sitting alderman and a former alderman have announced their interests in seeking two different state Senate seats.
Alderman Richard Dowd, a Republican from Nashua’s Ward 2, said he will run for the District 12 state Senate position now held by Sen. Kevin Avard, also a Republican.
Former alderman David Schoneman of Ward 3, a Republican, has launched an exploratory committee for a potential race for the District 13 state Senate seat now held by Sen. Bette Lasky; Lasky recently announced that she will not seek reelection.
If elected, Dowd said that he will focus on three primary issues — fixing the state’s downshifting of pension costs to cities and towns, improving health care for veterans and the elderly and ensuring student safety at schools.
“It is unfortunate that schools have become targets for people in need of help, and young children have lost their lives needlessly,” Dowd said in a statement, explaining that guns have no place in a school.
Although he believes in the Second Amendment, Dowd said a lot more can be done to make the exercise of that right safer for everyone.
“We have done a great deal in Nashua to protect our schools and continue to do more,” he said in a release, voicing his intention of driving the state Legislature to help with the security of area schools, students and staff rather than making it easier to bring guns into schools.
Dowd is a retired systems engineering manager with BAE Systems, and a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy. He is currently serving his third term as a city alderman, and previously sat on the Nashua Board of Education for 10 years.
District 12 includes Nashua Wards 1, 2, and 5, as well as Rindge, New Ipswich, Mason, Hollis, Greenville and Brookline.
Schoneman is a former two-term Nashua alderman who works as a flight instructor at the Nashua Airport.
“I have been humbled by the outpouring of support from friends, family and community leaders throughout Nashua encouraging me to run for state senate,” Schoneman said in a statement. “If elected, I will support pro-business policies to ensure that our state’s economic environment encourages entrepreneurs to start businesses here in New Hampshire.”
Schoneman said his other interests include supporting responsible budgets that provide funding to fight the opioid crisis, and to make constituent service his top priority if elected, according to a release.
District 13 includes Nashua Wards 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9.