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A new chapter in Nashua's city government begins with inauguration ceremony

Union Leader Correspondent

January 07. 2018 9:03PM
Ward aldermen take the oath of office on Sunday during Nashua's inauguration of the 109th city government at Nashua High School North. (KIMBERLY HOUGHTON/Union Leader Correspondent)

NASHUA — As several government officials were sworn into office on Sunday, the newly elected leaders were urged to work collaboratively to create a better future for the Gate City.

“This is your day. You worked hard to prevail in November,” Mayor Jim Donchess told the new aldermen, Board of Education members and other elected officials. “You have put yourself on the line in order to make Nashua an even better place to live.”

During Nashua’s 109th city government inauguration ceremony, several new aldermen were sworn into office.

Shoshanna Kelly and Brandon Laws are now serving as new at-large aldermen. State Rep. Jan Schmidt is serving as the new Ward 1 alderman, State Rep. Patricia Klee is serving as the new Ward 3 alderman, Ernest Jette is seated as the new Ward 5 alderman, Ken Gidge is taking over the Ward 6 seat and Linda Harriott-Gathright is the new Ward 9 alderman.

In 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.

“Nashua is a great city. We enter the next two years optimistic about our future,” Donchess told the newcomers. While much has been accomplished by working together, he said there are still challenges that must be faced to help move Nashua forward.

Alderman Brian McCarthy was again nominated as the president of the Board of Aldermen during Sunday’s event.

“In a few minutes, the real work will begin,” he told the eight new aldermen. “We have made tremendous strides, but there is still a lot of work to do.”

From left, Shoshanna Kelly and Brandon Laws are sworn into office as new at-large aldermen during Nashua's inauguration ceremony on Sunday at Nashua High School North. (Kimberly Houghton/Union Leader Correspondent)

Nashua officials will need to rely on the downtown in the coming decades to help support Nashua and its center of growth, said McCarthy, adding pension costs and fair compensation for employees also will need to be addressed.

With $15 million more in pension costs since 2010, there will be budget constraints, he acknowledged.

Also sworn into office on Sunday were newcomers Raymond Guarino, Heather Raymond and Gloria Timmons to the Nashua Board of Education, along with several members of the Board of Public Works, Fire Commission, ward moderators, ward clerks and ward selectmen.

“Now is the time to leap together. Now is the time to lead together,” the Rev. Allison Palm of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua told the crew.

The work will not be easy, Palm said, encouraging each of the new leaders to support one another through their great responsibilities.

“When we heed our calling, each of us has the power to build a better tomorrow,” she said. “May this day be the beginning of a better Nashua for tomorrow.”

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