Running forWard 2 Alderman
Running as Non-Partisan Election
Born in Manchester, married to Denise a Nurse Practitioner at the VA. I have 3 kids and 1 grandchild. My twins Emmett and Ella are 7th graders at McLaughlin Middle School and granddaughter Everly is a 5th grader at Green Acres. My oldest, Emily, a Dental Hygienist, owns a home in Ward 6. I spent 40 years in public safety retiring in 2021 as the Fire Chief where I served under Mayors Gatsas and Criag. I currently work for the Auburn Police department where I have worked for 30 years. I serve on several committees concerning at-risk youth, addiction. I am also involved in youth sports.
Never held a political office
Current jobRetired Manchester Fire Chief, Current Sergeant Auburn Police Department
I spent 36 and a half years working for the Manchester Fire Department, the last 5 years as Chief and Emergency Management Director. I have also served on the Auburn Police Department for 28 years, the last 15 years as a Sergeant.
Current residenceLifelong resident
Time lived in NHLifelong resident
Product of Manchester School System graduating from Memorial High School. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree from Granite State College in Public Safety Administration. I also have many certifications in public safety and emergency management.
Best way to contact candidateDan@dangoonan.com
Why are you running for this office?
I love Manchester. I was born, raised here and went to school here. I spent my career serving this community and I’m raising my family here. I’m deeply invested in our city and its success and know I can make a positive impact. Sitting on the sidelines is not in my nature and I want to continue to serve my community. I will bring my experience, institutional knowledge, common sense and a passion for public service to the office of alderman.
What qualifies you as the best candidate for this office?
I have decades of service to this community. I have experience in running one of the largest departments in the city preparing and managing a 20 million dollar budget. I have accumulated a great deal of institutional knowledge on how our city works and how we can make it a better place to live and raise a family. I have jumped in with both feet when this community needed leaders that thought out of the box. I was not afraid to put myself in front of some of the most demanding problems the city could face. I have children in our school system and have a deep understanding of how important it is to have quality educational opportunities for our kids.
What are your thoughts on and plans for addressing homelessness?
What are your thoughts on housing costs and plans for addressing those concerns?
For years, the State of NH Bureau of Housing has been using the figure of 20,000 units of housing just to address the current situation statewide. I estimate that number to be much higher. The vacancy rate in Manchester is about 1% and that is driving up rents and forcing our talented workforce to seek other housing opportunities outside of Manchester. Manchester needs more housing in general, but affordable housing (including workforce and transitional housing to bring people out of homelessness) is also imperative. In Manchester there is many projects planned and currently under construction that will certainly alleviate some of the problems concerning the vacancy rate. I think that there must be more incentives made available to contractors interested in building lower-income housing not just market-rate housing. These contractors will not invest in lower-income housing construction unless it is profitable and attractive for their organizations to invest.
What are your thoughts on and plans regarding crime and public safety?
What are your thoughts on and/or plans for addressing concerns about property tax rates?
As Alderman I will respect the tax cap and work tirelessly to keep our taxes low. I think a tax cap is a good check and balance to make sure the tax rate is reasonable and provide some assurances against unexpected, spiking tax increases. It is also important to find ways to increase the tax base with more business development to take some of the pressure off our homeowners.
What are your thoughts on the city's snow removal and trash pickup services?
Although there is always room for improvement I think the city does a pretty good job plowing our streets and picking up trash. Our Highway Department has been doing more with less employees. I know it has been hard to hire and retain employees in this economic environment and the competition hiring for those types of jobs is high. I am confident that the leadership at our Highway Department is looking for ways to improve and streamline our system and look for efficiencies and best practices.
What are your thoughts on the city's small business climate?
Small business is the backbone of a healthy community and is the economic engine that supports our city. This is particularly true in our Downtown area. The safety of our community is a major factor toward making our city attractive to small business. It also has a significant impact on allowing established businesses to continue to attract customers. Addressing homelessness, increasing police presence, and continuing community police efforts can help change the perception that our city is unsafe for small businesses and their customers. I also think it is time to look at our zoning. What changes could make it easier for small businesses to pivot and adapt? We need to look for new opportunities for mixed use areas. We must work with state and federal resources to make small business loans and grants available. Another issue that I have experienced as a Department Head over the years was how difficult it is as a business owner to get through the bureaucracy in city approvals. There needs to be a central location to address all questions concerning licensing, building approvals, and zoning issues.
What are your thoughts on and plans on improving the city's medium and large business climate?
I have spoken to one of the cities largest business partner who cited a lack input or insight that they see as effecting the city’s business climate. One of the issues that he brought up was that the only way to make money in Manchester at this time was to build apartments. I really think the city has more potential than only apartments. I think it would make sense to ask the experts on what they see as hurdles to attract businesses or what they need to expand their current situations. I suggest a committee of these partners which would be coordinated by our Director of Economic Development to identify the vision our larger stakeholders see as the potential of the city from their successful business perspective.
What are your thoughts on and plans on improving parks and recreation in the city?
Parks and recreation is an essential part of the city’s public services. It is important for the city to provide a safe, secure and well maintained places for our citizens to enjoy our community open spaces. I also think it is an important part of community pride. Manchester has made some recent updates like splash pads at and plans for Hunts Pool. Unfortunately many parks have been allowed to fall into disrepair with little upgrade and consistent maintenance. As a parent of kids on travel sports teams it is obvious that other communities have much better parks and sports facilities for their youth. I do understand that some of our leagues are responsible for the fields but some fields had the same infrastructure since I was a kid and that was quite along time ago for sure. We should partner with these organizations to improve fields and facilities. I think the city needs to take a comprehensive look at the condition of our parks and make plan to upgrade and improve some of the parks and invest in our kids.
What are your thoughts on how public transportation and infrastructure in the city can be improved?
The Manchester Transit Authority provides quality transportation and options for our city like charter busses and travel to other communities. The value of the service for people who depend on it is very important and must be continued. I know that leadership at MTA is constantly looking at options like smaller busses, ridership usage and volume of all routes. Public transportation bus service to our schools has also been an issue that I have heard from our parents with children in schools. Lack of school bus drivers have been a huge issue that must be discussed. I think low pay for bus drivers and a lack of employment pool in the city certainly doesn’t help that situation. I trust the leadership of the MTA to bring solutions to the board in regards to these issues. I think it is very important to listen to our experts and make informed decisions.
What are your thoughts on the current state of the city's civic pride and ideas on how to improve it?
What are your thoughts on any neighborhood specific issues in your ward as well as any plans on addressing those issues?
I think much of the current issues that are felt in Ward 2 are also the primary issues in all parts of the city. Homelessness, crime and public safety, education. We have also seen an expansion of business and housing of all kinds expanding near Wellington Hill that has been an ongoing concern. Increased traffic and congestion will have to be overcome. Concerns of the local community regarding these issues should be giving primary consideration while some of these expansions are planned. I have also heard many safety complaints of the speed of vehicle on some of our main roads and reckless operation especially during the summer months.
What is your view on the main role of an Alderman?
I see the main function as representing the constituents for any issues that affect Ward 2 and the city. Responding to constituent complaints and concerns and getting things done that are positive for the community. Advocating for my ward and constituents and serving as the bridge between the community and city government. Basically working to improve the quality of life for my ward and city.