23 running for 12 spots in Nashua racesBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
November 01. 2013 10:47PM
NASHUA — There are 12 aldermen seats up for grabs during Tuesday's election, with 23 candidates seeking spots on the board.
Six candidates will vie for three alderman-at-large spots, including incumbent David Deane, incumbent Mark Cookson, incumbent Barbara Pressly, Ward 3 Alderman Diane Sheehan, Ward 9 Alderman Dan Moriarty and former alderman Paula Johnson.
In Ward 1, incumbent Kathryn Vitale will take on Sean McGuinness.
In Ward 2, incumbent Richard Dowd will face off against Elenore Casey Crane.
Dowd is a lifelong Nashua resident who has been involved in local government for the past three decades. Crane has been a three-term member of the House of Representatives, and identifies herself as an organizer and communicator.
In Ward 3, David Schoneman and Paul Shea will fight for the seat.
In Ward 4, incumbent Arthur Craffey is up against state Rep. Pamela Brown.
"I believe in fresh perspectives and new blood," Brown said during a recent candidates' forum. If elected, Brown is hoping to bring new ideas to the table while also scheduling monthly meetings with constituents in Ward 4.
Her opponent, Craffey, says he has a unique perspective after serving 25 years in the military. Craffey describes himself as a listener, saying he gathers information from both sides before making decisions.
In Ward 5, incumbent Michael Tabacsko will take on Michael Soucy.
In Ward 6, incumbent Paul Chasse will face off against Kathy Snyder.
"I am really excited because I am out on the streets everyday selling real estate and talking to people," said Snyder, adding that she understands the hardships and financial concerns of city residents. " … I feel really ready for the challenge."
Chasse says he stands by his track record in the aldermanic horseshoe, maintaining he only votes for items that are necessary, not just desired.
Ward 7 is the only aldermanic race is that uncontested, with Alderman June Caron seeking reelection.
In Ward 8, incumbent Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja is up against Jack Currier.
Melizzi-Golja says she is a focused listener and problem solver who strives to inform her constituents about various initiatives in the Gate City.
"I am willing to make the commitment again for two years," she said.
If elected, her opponent, Currier, said he will work with various counterparts to make informed decisions and move forward, always sharing his opinion while also welcoming input.
In Ward 9, Jeffrey Cox and Ken Siegel will fight 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.