Pignatelli for Executive Council

Who am I?

I've lived in Nashua since 1973 with my husband, Mike. We have two sons, Adam and Benjamin, who have now graduated from college after growing up in New Hampshire. Our son, Adam, is married to Jessica and they have a one year old son, Ethan.

A graduate of the University of Denver, I was the first Executive Director of the Nashua Girl's Club.

I first ran for public office in 1986 as a state representative and then as a state senator. I stopped the Nashua tollbooths, helped bring education funding to my district, was tough on crime and soft on children. In 2004, I was elected to the Executive Council, sometimes called the Governor's Council. Since being elected to the Governor's Council, I have shone a bright spotlight on the practice of awarding NO BID contracts and approving retroactive contracts. I have voted to approve excellent Judicial nominees and am proud of my votes approving Agency Heads and members of our many State Boards and Commissions. I lost my election in 2012 when many good progressive candidates were swept out of office.

I will return a progressive voice to Concord.

Why am I running?

First, and always foremost, every level of our government should set the highest standards as our country strives to achieve the great American ideals of freedom, justice, and opportunity. Government cannot and should not try to do everything. As it has done throughout history, though, it should protect our people, educate our children, and provide for the country's general welfare.

After the 2012 election, everything turned sharply to the right-wing viewpoint, and I dont believe that is a good development. Politicians on the Executive Council have made moves that will change the face of New Hampshire, and not in a good way.

The Executive Council wields a lot of power. He or she votes to approve millions of dollars in state spending, to approve all our judges and state agency heads and so much more. Im not at all happy with the poor judgment exercised by this Council.

The current Councilor, David Wheeler, cast deciding votes leading to the defeat for a Rail Study to bring passenger rail to New Hampshire, funding for Planned Parenthood, job development, and domestic violence prevention programs.

My Goals

If elected, I would continue the programs I began during my 6 years on the Executive Council (2004 to 2010) - I would continue to ask questions about NO BID contracts, continue the practice of Public Hearings for Agency Heads that I began during my terms on the Council, continue to approve excellent Judicial nominees and try hard to prevent unqualified nominees from being appointed to the bench.

I would continue to represent the towns and people in the district having difficulties with state agencies and comunicate with residents and town selectmen and others through emails sent after meetings. I would be available through email, telephone and in person to my constituents as I was when I was in office before.

I know this is more than two but hope this is acceptable.

My DFA Values

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My Campaign is People Powered!

I am in contact with most of the communities I hope to represent. The Democratic Committees are helping me spread the word, passing out my brochures and my signs. Some of these communities have never had even a Democratic Committee before this election. I am dependent on volunteers to do almost all of my work - good volunteers who have supported me in my many past campaigns, writing letters to the editor of the various newspapers, doing opposition research on my opponent, helping me with information regarding ongoing activities in the many communities, planning parties for me to attend and meet more future constituents.

Voice support


  • Caroline French, NH
  • Macia Moody, NH

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