Nashua leaders offer well wishes for recovering alderman

Siegel taken to hospital in serious condition

NASHUA – City leaders reacted with shock on Thursday to the news that Ward 9 Alderman Ken Siegel was in serious condition in a local hospital, praying for the best outcome for their colleague.

“Ken’s a good guy and a nice friend,” said Ward 3 Alderman David Schoneman.

Siegel was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital on Wednesday afternoon, after police were called to his Lamb Road home for a medical emergency, according to reports. The exact nature of the emergency is not being disclosed.

The family released a statement Thursday afternoon, stating that Sigel is expected to make a full recovery.

“(He) thanks the medical staff, his Aldermanic and City colleagues, and the community for their prayers and support, and he looks forward to getting back to City Hall to serve Nashua soon,” the statement reads.

Mayor Jim Donchess has reached out to the family to offer his support.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Ken and his loved ones during this difficult time,” Mayor Jim Donchess said in a statement. “Ken has always been a sincere and dedicated servant to his constituency and the city as a whole. I know I speak for everyone at the City of Nashua and the entire Nashua community when I say that we wish him a speedy recovery.”

Alderman-At-Large David Deane worked with Siegel when he was first elected to the board four years ago. They got to know each other as they logged many hours going over the city budget and proposed ordinances.

“He is a very intelligent man,” Deane said. “He serves his constituents well and he does what he was elected to do.”

Michael O’Brien, also an alderman-at-large, who also lived in Siegel’s Ward 9, said the two are friends, despite their political differences. The pair teamed up on projects for the city, including traveling to Concord to advocate for a commuter rail line in the city.

“I wish him the best of luck on a speedy recovery,” O’Brien said.

Siegel, an entrepreneur, cofounded Vertical Spirits LLC two years ago, introducing Nautical Gin into the market. His career includes stints in the tech industry. His last company owned and operated several Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.