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Nashua Alderman Ward 1

The Board of Aldermen is the governing body of the City of Nashua and as such is the policy-making entity of the City, except where otherwise expressed in the City Charter. The Board of Aldermen consists of 9 ward aldermen elected for a term of 2 years at every municipal election and 6 at-large aldermen elected for a term of 4 years, 3 of which are elected at each municipal election.

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    Jan Schmidt

Biographical Information

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I believe in Service.

As an Alderman, just as in the State Representative position I also hold, the entire purpose of taking that seat is to provide you, my constituents, with a conduit to your government. I believe that my job is nothing less than a path to make the needs of those that I represent known and addressed.

Every time a constituent reaches out, be it a call, an email, at a Neighborhood Watch meeting or the grocery store, I take it as my job to solve whatever the issue is. I listen, I care, and I respond.
A Ward Alderman has the responsibility of addressing issues right at your doorstep, and I have been honored to have participated in getting roads widened with added turn lanes, in completing a length of sidewalk long left undone, in getting potholes filled and roads paved, and helping address such things as property tax exemptions and code violations.
There are several challenges we're facing and most are intertwined. Without available housing, we see a rise in homelessness. The opioid crisis is made worse by a lack of access to mental health services. The infrastructure of our schools and the funding needed to upgrade and make them safe is at the forefront right now. I do believe that big challenges or small, they are all important to us as citizens.

~ I want to make sure the roads are all brought up to a safe level, they were allowed to be neglected for far too long. I want to work for more roadway safety concerning speeding and for allowances for those who walk or bike, including sidewalks, crosswalks, speed reminders and random checks by police officers.

~ Commuter Rail should continue to be our goal along with improving access to the area of the city that will house the new train station and the businesses this will attract.

~ We need to make downtown work better for us with more compact housing to help bring the high cost of rents down, and to invite businesses into areas left empty and to help these businesses invest in our community,
Ward 1 is one of the most stable areas of the city! People move in, raise a family, send their kids to our great schools, and often decide to simply stay here, in their community.

One thing I would love to do is to address Lincoln Park by holding community meetings on what it needs and ways it could improve. This park is a valuable asset in Ward 1, and if we work together we could make it serve us all better today and in the future.
I really appreciate all the support I've received, and all the folks who've trusted me to help them on issues both big and small. I have learned so much over the last two years; I hope you'll send me back to continue working for you as your Ward 1 Alderman.