Dan Weeks wants to be an Executive Councilor who holds government accountable to the people, without falling into ideological fights over party politics.
“I simply don’t see the role of Executive Council as being an ideologue,” he said Tuesday in an editorial board meeting with the Nashua Telegraph. “I see it as being a good government watchdog."
Weeks, a Nashua Democrat, is running for the District 5 seat on the council against Republican incumbent Davis Wheeler. As a councilor, Weeks wants to serve as someone who makes sure the state contracts are appropriate, and as someone who makes sure the state is doing right by the taxpayer.
NASHUA, NH — On Thursday, October 6, Dan Weeks led a discussion with local political leaders and policy experts at Nashua City Hall at 12pm to outline next steps for bringing commuter rail to southern New Hampshire starting in 2017. The Weeks campaign also released a video highlighting the candidate’s support for commuter rail.
“After years of study, the evidence is in that commuter rail is New Hampshire's biggest economic development opportunity in a generation. For a modest up-front investment, we can unleash hundreds of millions of dollars in outside investment for the good of our entire state and create thousands of middle-class jobs to grow our economy and keep our young people from leaving,” Weeks said
Dan Weeks made his name pushing for electoral reforms from outside the system. Now, as the Democratic candidate for the N.H. Executive Council in District 5, he’s hoping to effect change from the inside.
As executive director of Open Democracy, Weeks, of Nashua, managed statewide campaigns to press for eliminating corporate money from politics, including the New Hampshire Rebellion walking campaign in 2014.
Suppose you have been ingesting toxic substances for years and find yourself dangerously ill. Although you suspect the obvious, you decide to consult 100 qualified doctors for their opinion. Of those, 97 agree that your illness is caused by the toxins and urge an immediate change in diet. The remaining three are less sure, although they agree a change in diet wouldn’t hurt.
What do you do? If you value your health and life, you change your diet.
Now suppose your planet’s atmosphere has been receiving toxic emissions for decades and is becoming dangerously hot. About 97 percent of qualified climate scientists agree the build up of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, released by fossil fuels, is the primary cause.
Temple native, ConVal graduate, Yale educated, Dan has an impressive record of community service. An AmeriCorps volunteer right out of high school, he went on to serve with, and eventually direct, Open Democracy and the N.H. Rebellion – organizations dedicated to promoting transparency and equality in elections and governance. He has been an active community leader in Nashua, where he resides with his wife and their two young children. By working with figures as diverse as Walter Peterson and legendary election reformer “Granny D,” he has proven he has the ability to work in a bipartisan fashion
“I am deeply honored to officially receive the Democratic nomination for the Executive Council in New Hampshire’s Fifth District,” Dan Weeks said in a statement after Tuesday’s primary. “The past few months have been an incredible and humbling adventure.”
Winning an uncontested primary, Temple native and ConVal graduate Dan Weeks is officially the Democratic nominee to represent District 5 in the executive council.
Weeks, who now resides in Nashua, will challenge Republican incumbent Dave Wheeler for the seat in the general election
I am deeply honored to officially receive the Democratic nomination for Executive Council in New Hampshire’s Fifth District. The past few months have been an incredible and humbling adventure. We began this campaign in the spring by filing for office the grassroots way with hundreds of petitions from ordinary citizens in all 33 towns – a first for New Hampshire. We continued over the summer with handshake tours, ice cream tours, parades, fairs, house parties, and service projects in every corner of the District 5. And we have kept the focus on citizens not special interests, engaging hundreds of volunteers and raising over 1,000 small donations
Nashua, NH - NH Executive Council candidate Dan Weeks (D-Nashua) applauded a Sullivan County Superior Court ruling yesterday to reject as unconstitutional the NH Legislature's spending caps on "adequacy grants" to public schools. The challenge brought by the City of Dover and its school district could have sweeping consequences for public school students in Dover and nearly 40 other communities across New Hampshire, whose state funding grants have fallen far short of the state's own definition of "adequate education." A series of Claremont court cases beginning in the 1980s established the state's obligation to define and pay for an adequate public education for all children under the NH Constitution.
One of my favorite stories to read to my kids is “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” According to the classic fairy tale, a mischievous young girl (red-headed like their dad) enters the unoccupied home of three bears and helps herself to their three bowls of porridge, three chairs and three beds. In each case, she finds that one is too large or too hot or too soft, the other too small or too cold or too hard, and the third just right. That lesson about “right-sizing” to meet our needs might well be applied to government
Four months ago, I joined fellow citizens in celebrating the official withdrawal of the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) natural gas pipeline proposal by Texas-based energy giant Kinder Morgan. Under the proposal, Kinder Morgan would have would have installed 77 miles of pipeline bisecting 17 towns in District 5 to deliver 1.3 billion cubic feet per day of fracked natural gas to New England (more than twice the projected regional demand). I was proud to join many of my fellow citizens from across the political spectrum attending hearings and rallies, delivering testimony to the FERC, and writing op-eds exposing Kinder Morgan's undue influence in politics (official submissions below).
LITCHFIELD, NH - Executive Council candidate and good-government advocate Dan Weeks on Monday applauded Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics for agreeing to fund remediation of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) water contamination for up to 360 homes and businesses in the vicinity of its Merrimack facility, and reiterated his prior calls on the company to comprehensively address health and property value concerns.
Women’s Equality Day is about more than just honoring the women in our life. It is about fighting for gender justice on every front. These days, my front is politics. That’s why I’m proud to cheer on the many Democratic women running for office up and down the ballot in District 5, and why I’m asking you to learn more here and join our shared fight for equal pay, parental leave, women's healthcare, and more in Concord. It is unacceptable that in the year 2016, nearly three-quarters of our elected state leaders are men.