Weeks on “handshake tour” of District 5

y BEN CONANT
Monday, July 04, 2016

Dan Weeks of Nashua, a candidate for Executive Council from District 5, went on a “handshake tour” of District 5’s 33 towns on Thursday – which happened to be National Handshake Day. He hoped to shake 500 hands by the end of his tour.

“I hope he’s being very careful with his hand,” said Honey Hastings of Temple, who met Weeks and shook his hand outside the Peterborough Town House. “500? That could be tough.”

Weeks said his efforts to get out to all the District 5 towns were in contrast to current Executive Councilor David Wheeler’s approach, which Weeks found lacking. 

“We’ve seen a lot of downshifting of costs to towns and cities,” Weeks said. “The localities are paying the price on that.”

Weeks is a ConVal graduate.


Dan Weeks makes Handshake Tour of District 5

NH1 New Hampshire Political Report
By KEVIN LANDRIGAN
July 2, 2016

He’s got an uphill climb for a campaign but Democratic candidate for Executive Council Dan Weeks made an impressive journey to underline his commitment to the grassroots.

Weeks, a Nashua resident, claimed he traveled 243 miles over 15 consecutive hours and in so doing visited all 33 towns in Council District 5.

This was one Thursday on what’s known as National Handshake Day.

"Although I’m proud of my New Hampshire heritage and was fortunate to grow up here in District 5, I cannot take my prior knowledge of the towns and their people for granted," Weeks said.

Weeks says his family roots go back to the first generation of English settlers in Portsmouth and Lancaster, NH.

"As a candidate and public servant, my job is to reach out to my constituents, listen to their concerns, and faithfully represent their interests in Concord. This tour is just one of many ways I am working to earn the people’s trust," Weeks added.

For his part this remains a Republican-tilted district by party registration and Councilor Dave Wheeler, R-Milford, remains the clear favorite.

"More than anything else, I want to know that my elected officials are representing me, that they'll listen to what I have to say and return my call," said Catherine Sofitikis, a resident of Nashua who met Weeks Thursday outside Nashua City Hall with her dog.

"Dan knows this District like the back of his hand and will stop at nothing to hear what other people have to say, even people he doesn’t agree with. He is setting a positive example of how campaigns should be run."

Weeks had a petition campaign kick off his campaign and helped lead the New Hampshire Rebellion, a grass roots movement that has crisscrossed the state twice in support of campaign finance reform.


A Good Week for Weeks

(excerpted from NH1 New Hampshire Political Report)
By KEVIN LANDRIGAN
July 3, 2016

He’s got an uphill climb for a campaign but Democratic candidate for Executive Council Dan Weeks made an impressive journey to underline his commitment to the grassroots.

Weeks, a Nashua resident, claimed he traveled 243 miles over 15 consecutive hours and in so doing visited all 33 towns in Council District 5.

"Although I’m proud of my New Hampshire heritage and was fortunate to grow up here in District 5, I cannot take my prior knowledge of the towns and their people for granted," Weeks said.

"As a candidate and public servant, my job is to reach out to my constituents, listen to their concerns, and faithfully represent their interests in Concord. This tour is just one of many ways I am working to earn the people’s trust," Weeks added.

For his part this remains a Republican-tilted district by party registration and Councilor Dave Wheeler, R-Milford, remains the clear favorite.

"More than anything else, I want to know that my elected officials are representing me, that they'll listen to what I have to say and return my call," said Catherine Sofitikis, a resident of Nashua who met Weeks Thursday outside Nashua City Hall with her dog.


Dan Weeks Completes 33-Town “Handshake Day” Tour of District 5

NASHUA – On National Handshake Day, Thursday, June 30th, Executive Council candidate and Open Democracy leader Dan Weeks traveled 243 miles over 15 consecutive hours visiting all 33 towns in District 5. The #HandshakeDan tour, a first in Executive Council politics, featured hundreds of handshakes and countless conversations with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents about issues of concern in the fall election. 

“Although I’m proud of my New Hampshire heritage and was fortunate to grow up here in District 5, I cannot take my prior knowledge of the towns and their people for granted,” said Weeks, whose family roots go back to the first generation of English settlers in Portsmouth and Lancaster, NH. “As a candidate and public servant, my job is to reach out to my constituents, listen to their concerns, and faithfully represent their interests in Concord. This tour is just one of many ways I am working to earn the people’s trust.”

Weeks began the day at 7am by serving breakfast at the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, where he regularly volunteers. He then met with Nashua First Lady Vicki Donchess and other supporters in front of Nashua City Hall to launch his Handshake Day tour. The day-long tour took Weeks and campaign assistant Julia Murray and Abby Scheetz to numerous town halls, diners, libraries, country stores, farms, and police and fire stations where the candidate shook hands with citizens and asked what issues matter most to them in the upcoming election. Weeks was greeted at several stops by campaign supporters with signs and $5 donations, who were tracking the tour online in real time. A full itinerary and GPS tracker are available at www.danielweeks.com/handshakedan

“More than anything else, I want to know that my elected officials are representing me, that they’ll listen to what I have to say and return my call,” said Catherine Sofitikis, a resident of Nashua who met Weeks yesterday outside Nashua City Hall with her dog. “Dan knows this District like the back of his hand and will stop at nothing to hear what other people have to say, even people he doesn’t agree with. He is setting a positive example of how campaigns should be run.”

Weeks recently drew attention for his unprecedented #DanOnBallot petition campaign, in which he and his many volunteers collected nearly 700 petition signatures from voters in every District 5 town to support his candidacy – a grassroots alternative to the standard practice of candidates paying a fee to appear on the ballot.

“I have dedicated my life to making government more open and accountable to the needs of ordinary citizens, instead of wealthy special interests,” said Weeks, who recently stepped down as Executive Director of Open Democracy and the NH Rebellion. In these times of deep-seated political division, public service demands we shake hands with allies and adversaries alike and work to build trusting relationships across the aisle to get things done,” Weeks concluded. “I encourage my opponent to join me in visiting every District 5 town during this campaign and openly debating the important matters facing our district and state.”