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Election marks a new era in Nashua
Sean McGuinness will be the new Ward 1 alderman, David Schoneman secured the Ward 3 alderman position, Pamela Brown will take over the Ward 4 seat, Fire Commissioner Michael Soucy will be the new Ward 5 alderman and Ken Siegel will represent Ward 9.
“I love Nashua and the rich diversity in our ward, and look forward to being of greater service to my community,” Brown said on Wednesday. She beat out incumbent Arthur Craffey for the position.
“I am excited to get started, and my top priority will be to respond to the needs of my constituents and help make the city come together and work constructively as a team,” said Siegel.
“I have no regrets,” Pressly said on Wednesday. “I believe I’ve had an amazingly wonderful political career that spanned many years in many different areas.”
Sheehan admits it was a risk seeking an at-large position rather than her existing Ward 3 alderman seat, but said now was the ideal time to make the change.
The dynamics of the Board of Aldermen are about to change, according to Pressly, who said she believes it will be for the better.
“I don’t take anything for granted,” he said Tuesday prior the results being announced.
Tuesday’s election results have prompted two anticipated recounts.
Shea was seeking the Ward 3 alderman seat, but lost by six votes to Schoneman, a part-time flight instructor and pilot. Shea, a registered nurse, won 495 votes compared to Schoneman’s 501.
With a team of more than 40 volunteers helping to hold signs, raise money and make phone calls, Shea said he owes it to his supporters to seek a recount.
On Wednesday, Schoneman said he knew the race was going to be tight, but didn’t think it would be within a six-vote margin. Still, he doesn’t expect the recount to produce a different outcome.
Schoneman says he is grateful that the residents of Nashua trust him enough to represent Ward 3.
“I am very excited about winning, but also mindful of Mr. Craffey’s intention to request a recount. He has every right to do so, and I respect that,” said Brown. “Arthur has been a true gentleman throughout the campaign, and (Tuesday) showed kindness and generosity — he even offered to buy me lunch.”
“I am disappointed,” Craffey said of his loss, arguing that Brown may not be able to fully prioritize her aldermanic duties since she also serves as a state representative.
Bergeron said the candidates have until the end of the business day on Friday to submit a formal written request for a recount. The Board of Aldermen is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, at which time it will vote to accept the election returns, according to Bergeron.
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