Three elected Nashua, NH officials endorse Pete Buttigieg for president

by John DiStaso – Dec 10, 2019 (

Nashua Alderman-at-Large Ben Clemons and state Reps. Sue Newman and Ray Newman are endorsing Mayor Peter Buttigieg for president Tuesday.

The endorsements follow Buttigieg’s 14th visit to the state last week.

Clemons, who was elected to his fourth term on the board in November, said, “With America’s standing in the world so degraded and our alliances so frayed by the Trump administration, I’m proud to support Pete Buttigieg because he has the experience, temperament, and wisdom to restore American leadership and diplomacy abroad.

Clemons also cited Buttigieg’s experience as a military veteran. “I’ve watched my close friends and family deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan on the orders of our commander-in-chief. And I’ve seen what happens when they return. Pete understands that foreign policy isn’t an abstract discussion, but something that affects our everyday lives.

Rep. Sue Newman is serving her second term representing Ward 2 and is a member of the House Public Works and Highways Committee. She called Buttigieg “an exceptionally bright leader, who thinks big, listens well, and is able to thoughtfully articulate solutions to the issues affecting all of us — health care, climate change, gun violence prevention, the need for quality education and economic opportunities for everyone, and the critical need to heal our polarized nation.”

Her husband, Rep. Ray Newman, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, also represents Ward 2 and is in his first term. He serves on the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. He said that his service in Vietnam as the commander of a maintenance detachment taught him the value of inspiring team members. “Pete has that same mission-driven focus on teamwork,” Ray Newman said, also citing Buttigieg’s experience as mayor.

The Newmans bring Buttigieg’s total of state representatives’ endorsements to 12.

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