Jan Nedelka announces candidacy for Dover City Council

(DOVER, NH – September 12, 2011) -- Jan Nedelka of 169 Dover Point Road today announced his candidacy for re-election to the Ward 3 seat on the Dover City Council.

“It’s been an honor a privilege to serve the residents of Ward 3 and the city as whole,” said Nedelka. “If re-elected, I will continue working to ensure that we preserve the best of Dover, adapting to the change that all growing communities experience – complicated by our national economic hardship – while continuing to keep costs down.  In my first term in office, I have been amazed at how deep and strong so many of our capabilities are as a community.  Dover is a fantastic place to live, play, work, and raise a family.  My wife and I wouldn’t want to be raising our family anywhere else.”

“We’ve certainly had our challenges,” Nedelka continued, “folks of course want costs – or more pointedly, taxes – kept under control, and at the same time they want services maintained.  As the state has downshifted a number of costs and high price inflation continues for expensive items such as health insurance and energy - we’ve had to perform a balancing act.  The end result might not be perfect, but I think we’ve done fairly well.  Over the last two years, the increase to the tax rate averaged 2.75%, while the four years preceding me the increase averaged 4.83%.  Obviously, any budget is the product of the council as a whole, not just one councilor - but it shows what can happen when councilors work together.”

Nedelka is a former engineer and R&D laboratory manager.  He actively volunteers for several organizations in the Dover community; he has been most visible in preparing tax returns for seniors and anyone else seeking tax assistance at the Dover Public Library; in 2011, he accepted the volunteer position of AARP Tax-Aide state coordinator, managing over 55 locations across New Hampshire providing free tax preparation.  During 2008, he helped write the parks and recreation chapter of the Dover Master Plan.  In addition, Nedelka has served a three-year term on the Dover Arena Commission, as an alternate on the Dover Planning Board, and currently sits on the board of directors for Our House for Girls, which is located in Dover.

Jan Nedelka grew up on a dairy farm in New Hartford, Connecticut.  After graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science degree in microelectronic engineering in 1996, he joined the research and development division of Eastman Kodak Company and was later promoted to a management position.  In 2005 he and his wife Shannon – a radiologist – left their jobs in Rochester, NY, and moved to Dover, where they have purchased a home and started a family.  Jan and Shannon have been married for seven years.  Their son, Griffin, was born in 2006.

Residents of Dover who have questions or would like to assist in Nedelka’s campaign may contact him at or 285-3873, or visit his website at .

© Jan Nedelka 2011