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Nashua’s Sheehan picks up firefighter endorsement in race for Executive Council

NASHUA – Nashua Alderman and Democratic candidate for Executive Council Diane Sheehan picked up a big labor endorsement Monday.

The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire came out for Sheehan in her Democratic primary against former state Rep. Jennifer Daler of Temple. ...

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NASHUA – Nashua Alderman and Democratic candidate for Executive Council Diane Sheehan picked up a big labor endorsement Monday.

The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire came out for Sheehan in her Democratic primary against former state Rep. Jennifer Daler of Temple.

The union will formally announce that Sheehan is their candidate at the Firefighers Memorial in Nashua at 3 p.m.

“Alderman Sheehan has continuously been a great supporter of fire fighters in Nashua and a champion of public safety,” said John McAllister, president of the Nashua IAFF Local 789.

“We are lucky to have her here in Nashua, and know that she will serve the rest of the people of New Hampshire with the same commitment.”

Both Democrats are vying for the right to replace as nominee longtime Councilor Debora Pignatelli, D-Nashua, who is retiring after more than two decades in elective politics due to health reasons.

The winner of the Sept. 9 primary faces off against the Republican nominee in November in District 5 that spans from the Nashua region to nearly the Vermont border and north to Weare, slightly west of Concord.

Former Executive Councilor Dave Wheeler of Milford and Hollis surgeon Steve Hattamer are vying for the Republican nod.

“Diane Sheehan’s commitment to fire fighters in our area proves that her priorities are in line with what we need in the Executive Council. She is a community leader who values public safety above all else. As fire fighters, our job is to protect Main Street, and we believe that Diane Sheehan shares in that same viewpoint,” said Rich Ducharme, president of the Merrimack IAFF Local 2904.

The firefighters union represents 2,000 active and retired public safety workers from 43 locations across the state.

It’s widely viewed among political observers as one of the most politically active labor organizations in New Hampshire.

“As a current alderman at-large in Nashua, I am well aware of the selfless service performed daily by our professional fire fighters,” Sheehan said in a statement.

“When others run from a burning building, these brave public servants run in. I recognize that they put their lives on the line for community safety. I pledge to bring to the council their cares and concerns, and to work as hard in representing them, and all the people of District 5, as they do each time they answer the alarm.”

Daler has more than 50 past and current state lawmakers backing her candidacy.

And last month, Daler picked up her own big labor endorsement, getting the backing of the Service Employees International Union that represents most state workers in New Hampshire.

Kevin Landrigan can reached at 321-7040 or klandrigan@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Landrigan on Twitter (@Klandrigan).