NASHUA — Several newcomers will be seeking election on the Board of Education this fall, and many Board of Aldermen incumbents may be running unopposed.
Newcomers Jennifer Bishop of East Dunstable Road, Jessica Brown of Hampton Drive, Sharon Giglio of Taschereau Boulevard and Renata Olszewski of Beaujolais Drive are all hoping to garner a spot on the Board of Education, as well as former board member Sandra Ziehm.
As of press time, incumbents Howard Coffman, Doris Hohensee, William Mosher, Susan Porter and Elizabeth Van Twuyver had not yet submitted petitions for re-election, which are due by the end of the day on Friday.
“It was a very controversial year. They weren’t always kind to each other,” Ziehm said of the school board. “The board has obviously been very contentious.”
Ziehm, who previously served on the Board of Education for 12 years, including a stint as president, said it is her goal to keep the students at the top of the district’s list of priorities.
“I care about the classroom and the dire need we have for paraprofessionals, special education and our budgeting,” she said. “Everyone in the middle gets left out, and that is where there is the greatest need.”
Students need to be reading at grade level, and funding must be available to help students reach these academic goals, according to Ziehm.
On the Board of Aldermen, incumbents Lori Wilshire, Ben Clemons and Michael O’Brien will seek to keep their at-large seat. Melbourne Moran, Jr., of Dickerman Street, is also attempting to secure one of the at-large seats on the board.
“I truly enjoy helping to make Nashua one of the best cities in the country,” Wilshire said in a statement announcing her re-election campaign.
O’Brien said in a statement that he is seeking re-election “because there is still a lot of great work to do for this great city.”
So far, aldermen who are running unopposed include Jan Schmidt for Ward 1, Richard Dowd for Ward 2, Patricia Klee for Ward 3, Tom Lopez for Ward 4, Ernest Jette for Ward 5 and June Caron for Ward 7.
In Ward 6, incumbent Ken Gidge will face off against Elizabeth Lu of Roby Street and Joseph MacIntyre of Roy Street. In Ward 8, former alderman Dave MacLaughlin is the only candidate, thus far.
As of Wednesday, incumbent Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja for Ward 8 did not submit candidate petitions seeking re-election.
In Ward 9, former state Rep. Bill Ohm will take on incumbent Linda Harriott-Gathright. Election Day is Nov. 5.