Thursday, April 18, 2013
Three vigils drew about 300 people to share in a moment of community healing.
Our collective urge to come together in times of tragedy is part of what makes us uniquely human. This is something Father Rick St. Louis of Immaculate Conception Church learned following September 11th. It's something that has been reinforced in his experience, time and again, over the past dozen years. And it is why he decided to call his congregation together Wednesday night for a time of prayer and healing. "I was newly ordained when 9/11 happened and just overwhelmed even with what to do or help people make sense of it. Unfortunately, we've had more and more tragedies that have happened. Now – I hate to say I'm getting used to it – but it's almost like things are happening more and more, and I just see the need to right away connect…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Three vigils have been announced for Wednesday night in Nashua.
A candlelight vigil in response to the Boston Marathon bombing is planned for April 17 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at City Hall Plaza. City resident Stacie Laughton reached out to City Hall on Tuesday to reserve the date for a public gathering. "I'm just heart broken," Laughton said on Tuesday. She said a vigil would be one way for the community to come together to show unity in the face of tragedy and threat of terror. Laughton said she hopes anyone interested in being part of the vigil will come out with candles, flashlights or electric candles – however they would like to honor those who died and those who have a long road of recovery ahead. Another vigil has been announced by the Unitarian Universalist Church: For those who would like to …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Brown: Ready to be the change she wants to see in the world.
Concord Patch Local Editor Tony Schinella caught up with newly elected State Rep. Pam Brown for her induction ceremony last week. "I was so excited that day to finally take my oath of office and begin a new chapter in my life. I feel honored and blessed to have this opportunity to be of service to my community. It's somewhat surreal that just a year ago I was afraid to share my political views, yet I took that first step, to quote Mahatma Gandhi, to 'be the change you want to see in the world,'" said Brown. She won a special election in Ward 4 to replace Stacie Laughton, who stepped down over legal issues following November's election. Brown said public health will be one of her areas of interest. "I have lived with chronic Lyme disease …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
"It's a great day."
After 14 hours and 370 votes, Democrat Pam Brown edged out Republican Elizabeth van Twuyver in the Ward 4 Special Election, held Feb. 19. The final tally: Brown, 203; van Twuyver, 167. A small crowd waited at Ledge Street Elementary School for election results, which came just before 8:30 p.m. Brown was standing among them, fielding congratulations from her supporters including Democrat State Rep Mary Gorman from Ward 4 and Republican David Murotake from Ward 5. "I was looking for Elizabeth. I think she went home, but I got to talk with her earlier today," said Brown. "We both love our community and are interested in being of service to our community. She's a very nice woman." Brown said she was feeling a little "fried" after 14 hours at …
After a controversial and whirlwind post-election resignation by Stacie Laughton, the empty State Rep seat will finally be filled today.
After making news as the first openly transgendered elected State Rep in the country, Stacie Laughton, a Democrat, made even more news after the public learned, post-election, that she was a convicted felon, having served time for credit card fraud. She resigned her seat, which created the need for a Special Election in Ward 4, taking place today, Feb. 19. Democrat Pam Brown and Republican Elizabeth van Twuyver are on the ballot in this ward of 3,949 registered voters. It is a long election day – 14 hours long – and at three hours in, just 61 votes had been cast, according to Ward Moderator Jim Barnett. Just before noon the count was about 115. "It's going to be slow, and low, turnout," said Barnett, speaking from experience in this …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The City Clerk's office confirmed that there are two seats to fill by appointment in Ward 4.
After nearly six weeks of waiting, Nashua's City Clerk finally received direction Wednesday from Secretary of State Bill Gardner, on how to move forward in the wake of Stacie Laughton's November resignation from elected state office amid controversy over a past felony conviction. It's full steam ahead. Attorney General Ann Rice said their advice to Gardner is based on the particulars of Laughton's sentencing, which includes the matter of restitution payments which are ongoing. "We were tasked as legal counsel for the Secretary of State to advise on the question of 'Where do we go from here?,' including what the issues are and who should decide the matter," Rice said. The opinion, dated Dec. 31 (see attached), was shared by Gardner with …
Meet Republican Elizabeth Van Twuyver, seeking to fill the vacant Ward 4 State Rep seat.
Thursday, January 3
Submitted by the Candidate Elizabeth Van Twuyver has officially announced her candidacy for the Hillsborough County District 31 State Representative special election to be held on Feb. 19, a seat that was vacated in November soon after the election when Stacie Laughton resigned. After working in the computer industry for 40 years as a software engineer, technical writer and UNIX course developer, and as an office manager for Sodexo Campus Services at Rivier College. Van Twuyver is currently serving her first term on the Nashua District Board of Education. "Education in New Hampshire needs to improve," said Van Twuyver. "In Concord I will be sure to work for quality education for all students and reducing the costs of education. Protecting …
Stacie Laughton got a call Wednesday morning from Secretary of State Bill Gardner with the news.
"I'm definitely disappointed," said Stacie Laughton, after learning this morning that she cannot run for the Ward 4 state representative vacancy created when she previously bowed out. "I feel like I could crawl in a hole and cry right now, but I'm not going to do that," Laughton said, during a phone interview Wednesday morning, shortly after reading a statement sent to her by Secretary of State Bill Gardner. [See two-page letter uploaded here in PDF format.] In question was whether Laughton, who served time in 2008 for credit card fraud, was eligible to run for elected office in New Hampshire based on the terms of a suspended sentence. "Bill Gardner said he finally got a statement from the AG's office, and that they don't feel I've …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Nashua Democrat, convicted felon, who was elected in November and then resigned, says she will run "an open and honest campaign.”
Friday, December 28, 2012
It was another milestone at the Secretary of State’s Office at the Statehouse today as Stacie Laughton, D-Nashua, the first transgendered politician elected to the New Hampshire House, filed to run again on the last day to signup for the seat. Laughton, who came under fire after the election after it was revealed that she was convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud charges in Laconia in 2008, resigned before being sworn in. After the resignation, a special election was set for the Ward 4 seat and she had second thoughts about resigning and decided to run again for the same seat she won in November. After filing, Laughton said she would be running “a hard campaign” and planned on being “open and honest with the voters” of Ward 4, in order …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
She won. Then quit. Now she tells Nashua Patch she will file candidacy next week.
- Dan Tuohy
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Stacie Laughton says she's in it to win it. Again. Again? The transgendered Nashua resident won a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives on Nov. 6. She then resigned after news broke that she was convicted in 2008 for conspiracy to commit fraud. After a couple weeks, and hearing encouragement from friends, Laughton announced on her Facebook page last night that she plans to officially declare her candidacy on Dec. 26. Again. There will be a special election in 2013. And Laughton, in an interview with Nashua Patch on Thursday, says she expects to have a Democrat facing her in a primary. Laughton says that because she had a suspended sentence in that 2008 case, in which she was "Barry Laughton" of Laconia, she is eligible to …