Dems sweep Board of Aldermen; PAC, Keno get thumbs up

NASHUA – Nashua will have eight new Aldermen as a Democratic wave defeated conservative incumbents Tuesday night, and the city narrowly passed the non-binding Performing Arts Center ballot question.

Newcomers David Tencza, Shoshanna Kelley and Brandon Laws defeated Daniel Moriarty, Mark Cookson and Chris Williams in the At-Large race. Tencza, Kelley and Laws were heavily pushed by the state’s Democratic Party.

Tencza garnered 5,364 votes, Kelley 4,994 and Laws 4,189. Moriarty had 3,959, Cookson 3,332 and Williams 4,135.

Nashua had 18.79 percent voter turnout Tuesday night, of the city’s 57,057 registered voters.

City voters said yes to Keno, with 5,617 in favor and 4,557 opposed. The Performing Arts Center got 5,163 yes votes to 5,012 no votes.

It was not a night for the incumbents in the rest of the contested ward races, either, with a couple of exceptions.

In Ward 1, Jan Schmidt got 938 votes to the 706 for Sean McGuinness.

Ward 3’s David Schoneman got 623 votes in his loss to newcomer Patricia Klee, who garnered 749. Tom Lopez in Ward 4 bucked Tuesday night’s trend by beating Arthur Craffey Jr. 333 votes to 171. Ernest Jette handily beat Don LeBrun in Ward 5, 897 votes to 455. In Ward 6, Ken Gidge narrowly defeated Efstathia Booras with 429 votes to 376. Ward 8’s Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja stays on the board, getting 802 votes to defeat challenger David McLaughlin’s 342. Ward 9 saw Linda Harriott-Gathright get 504 votes, enough to beat to challengers Kevin Flynn with 406 and Iang Jeon with 347.

There will be three new faces on the Board of Education, with Heather Raymond, Gloria Timmons and Ray Guarino joining Dotty Oden, who is returning. Incumbent chair George Farrington, as well as incumbent Sandra Ziehm both failed to get enough votes.