A Fighter for Democracy
Dan has dedicated his life to making government work for all people. Since his student days at ConVal High School in Peterborough, he has worked with bipartisan leaders like former Gov. Walter Peterson, Sen. Warren Rudman, John Rauh, and Granny D to launch Americans for Campaign Reform (now Issue One) and Open Democracy, where he served as executive director until 2016. Under Dan’s leadership, Open Democracy grew to a staff of ten, recruited thousands of grassroots members, and passed warrant articles and state legislation to increase government transparency and accountability.
As leader of Open Democracy's NH Rebellion campaign, Dan and his team walked over 30,000 miles across New Hampshire to fight big money in politics, earning national attention. He was named one of New Hampshire’s Forty Under 40 and featured on NHPR, WMUR, and other outlets for his work to build “democracy where everyone has an equal voice.” He will continue to fight for equal representation in Concord.
A Voice for District 5
Dan and his wife Sindiso, a South African human rights lawyer and professor, are excited to raise their twin boy and girl in District 5 where Dan grew up. As a Nashua homeowner and community leader, Dan volunteers at the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter and Southern NH Rescue Mission, and serves on numerous nonprofit boards including the NH Women’s Foundation, Investing in Communities Initiative, Our Kids NH, and Rivier University's Homeland & International Security Program.
Dan and his family enjoy sports, cooking, writing, the outdoors, and playing music in their church band. His regular columns in The Nashua Telegraph, Concord Monitor, NH Business Review, and national publications like The Atlantic and Christian Science Monitor have brought attention to major issues facing District 5, and he has traveled throughout the district speaking at churches, schools, and town halls about solutions. Dan’s 2015 book, Democracy in Poverty and Monadnock Summer Lyceum address provide a unique lens on poverty and political inequality from his research in 30 states by Greyhound bus on a poverty-line budget of $16 per day.
A New Leader in Concord
Dan believes District 5 needs new leadership on the Executive Council with the right experience and a commitment to collaboration to move our state forward. He has worked with past governors, executive councilors, agency heads, and state lawmakers since 2000 to win transparency and campaign reforms, and has advocated for gender equality, public education, opioid prevention, and against the NED pipeline.
Dan has analyzed complex budgets and contracts at the state and institutional level, recommended public appointees, and forged public-private partnerships to support proven nonprofits like City Year NH. Dan believes executive councilors must be responsive to their constituents, not beholden to partisan ideology, and serve as careful watchdogs for taxpayers when it comes to approving state contracts and appointments. He is committed to making smart investments like passenger rail and renewable energy that will grow our economy with middle-class jobs and enhance our quality of life in District 5 and across the Granite State.