Mayor Jim Donchess graduated from Yale University in 1971 and received his J.D. five years later at the New York University School of Law. Jim was elected to Nashua city government for the first time in 1977, and he served for four years as Alderman-at-Large. He was elected as Mayor in 1984, and he served for two terms. Under his leadership, Nashua was awarded the “Best Place to Live in America” by Money Magazine. The award called national attention to the accomplishments of the city during Jim's term, including good schools, a low crime rate, and a Triple-A bond rating. Nashua also won federal grants to develop Clocktower Place in our downtown, an effort that Jim championed. After his second term, Jim returned to his law practice in 1992 and worked to win fair outcomes for victims of workplace discrimination based on gender, age, race, ethnic origin and disability. Jim returned to the public service scene in 2011, when he was again elected as Alderman-at-Large. With his return to the Mayor’s Office, Jim hopes to make Nashua a city that works for all people by again making Nashua a welcoming community of families, businesses, and schools.