David Murotake

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David Murotake
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Board member, Nashua Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
Years in position 5
Base salary$200/two-year term
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2009
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 32
December 5, 2012 - present
Bachelor'sMIT Sloan School of Management
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
ProfessionBusiness owner
Office website
David Murotake is an at-large member of the Nashua Board of Education in New Hampshire. He was first elected to the board in 2009 and won re-election on November 5, 2013. He is also a Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Hillsborough 32. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


David Murotake is a resident of Nashua. Murotake earned his undergraduate degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management and served as a member of the United States Army. He founded and operates SCA Technica, Inc., which is a research and development company that develops software for mobile computers and software-defined radios.[1][2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Murotake served on the following committees:

New Hampshire Committee Assignments, 2013
Science, Technology and Energy



See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New Hampshire House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place September 9, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 13, 2014. Raymond P. Labrecque, Rita Gail MacAuslan and Michael P. Pedersen were unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Don LeBrun, incumbent David Murotake and Barry Palmer defeated James Summers in the Republican primary. Labrecque, MacAuslan, Pedersen, LeBrun, Murotake and Palmer will face off in the general election. [3]


See also: Nashua School District elections (2013)


Incumbents David Murotake and Sandra Ziehm and former board members George Farrington and Dotty Oden defeated incumbents Dennis Ryder and Thomas Vaughan for four at-large seats on the Nashua Board of Education on November 5, 2013.


Nashua School District, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Farrington 20.2% 4,181
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSandra Ziehm Incumbent 19.9% 4,137
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDotty Oden 18.6% 3,867
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Murotake Incumbent 15.9% 3,303
     Nonpartisan Thomas Vaughan Incumbent 14.8% 3,069
     Nonpartisan Dennis Ryder Incumbent 10.5% 2,183
Total Votes 20,740
Source: Office of the New Hampshire Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 194 - Nashua," accessed December 22, 2013


Murotake reported no contributions or expenditures to the Nashua City Clerk.[4][5]


Murotake received an endorsement from the New Hampshire Freedom blog.[6]


See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2012

Murotake won election in the 2012 election for New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 32. Murotake advanced past the September 11 primary and won election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 32, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Murotake 17.8% 2,332
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon LeBrun Incumbent 17.6% 2,301
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJack Kelley 17.5% 2,300
     Democratic Michael Pedersen 17% 2,226
     Democratic Rita Gail MacAuslan 16% 2,094
     Republican James Summers Incumbent 14.1% 1,853
Total Votes 13,106
New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 32 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Murotake 31.9% 433
Green check mark transparent.pngDon LeBrun Incumbent 28.8% 391
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Summers Incumbent 14.1% 192
Barry Palmer Incumbent 13.6% 184
Anthony DuBois 11.6% 157
Total Votes 1,357


Nashua School District, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSandra Ziehm Incumbent 28% 4,376
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Vaughan Incumbent 24.5% 3,835
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Ryder Incumbent 23.9% 3,730
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Murotake 23.6% 3,693
Total Votes 15,634
Source: Nashua, New Hampshire, "General Municipal Election," accessed August 1, 2013

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Murotake is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Murotake raised a total of $2,523 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 7, 2013.[9]

David Murotake's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Hampshire House, Hillsborough 32 Won $0
2008 New Hampshire House, Hillsborough 26 Defeated $2,523
Grand Total Raised $2,523


Murotake won election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Murotake raised a total of $0.
New Hampshire House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Murotake's campaign in 2012
Total Raised in 2012$0
Source:Follow the Money


Murotake won re-election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Murotake raised a total of $2,523.


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Campaign themes


In an interview with the Nashua Patch blog, Murotake answered several questions outlining his campaign themes.

Should you be elected, how will you connect with your constituents to learn more about issues they care most about?

We are fortunate in Nashua NH, of having a very transparent City Government. ALL meetings of the full Board of Education (BoE), and its Committees, are televised and advertised on the District website: http://www.nashua.edu/About-Us/Board-of-Education . I encourage interested people to attend our BoE and committee meetings in person, or watch us on TV. BoE and Committee meetings are often re-broadcast for those who are unable to make meeting times, due to work or other responsibilities. In addition, Board Member information is available on-line, and you can reach me by mail, or email. I'm reachable by mail, phone, email, website and Facebook, and participate in as many face to face public forums as possible. In addition, I try to bring controversial topics like the Common Core Forum into public debate, both by scheduling committee hearings and workshops to which the public is invited, and writing Letters to the Editor and other articles published in local newspapers like the Nashua Telegraph and the Union Leader, for those without access to the Internet.

What are the top priorities, in your perspective, for Nashua’s Schools right now?

a) Improving student achievement in Science and Math.. We've made some strides in Elementary math and science, but still have a way to go at the Middle School and High School levels. We do well with the "Honors" and "Advanced Placement" group, but not as well with students who are in the "Foundations" level. We can see this from the NECAP assessment results over the past few years.

b) Closing the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots". Federal law requires we teach ALL students in Nashua, regardless of their socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or even their legal immigration status. Over 43% of Nashua students have parents eligible for food stamps - and the performance gap in the NECAP assessments between the average test scores, and those for "low Socio Economic Status" and "English as a Second Language" categories is statistically significant. I've also heard from outreach counselors that these children often come from households, in which the parents and grandparents themselves, are illiterate in their basic language. The city needs to be award of this "poverty gap" and somehow address it in the strategic planning done by both the Board of Aldermen, and the Board of Education. We need to work together.

c) Giving an honest re-assessment of State and Federal mandates on education. One concern I've had since I was first elected in 2009, is the "shall fund" clause in the Special Ed law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The funding formula, when Congress first passed IDEA, was 40% Federal, 30% State and 30% Federal. But, the law mandates the Local Education Agency - that's Nashua - "shall fund" the program irrespective of what we get from the Feds or the State. Each year since I've been elected, the Feds have UNDERFUNDED the city of Nashua by over $6 million a year. That's $24 million and counting. I also learned, last year, that NH's spending on special ed, per student, was substantiality higher than the national average. If that's true, there should be things we can do at the local level, especially in a large district like Nashua, to further bring Special Ed costs under control.

Another mandate I'm concerned about is the Common Core State Standards. By Spring 2015, we have to run the Smarter Balanced Assessment - a "summative" assessment which tests how well our kids learned THIS school year. I recognize the need for K-12 education improvement in Nashua. However I don't think Common Core is the right answer Nashua. The “Core-aligned” Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) that replaces NECAP, starting in Spring 2015. That means we have to be teaching our children Common Core THIS YEAR. Many Nashua teachers don't feel there's enough time to properly "align" their classes so their students can be tested properly next year. This is an opinion shared by both national teachers unions (the AFT and NEA). Several national education associations including the school boards, school superintendents, elementary school principals and secondary school principals jointly back a 2-year moratorium. I join our teachers in supporting a 2-year moratorium on Common Core assessments (SBA) in Nashua.

Parents and civil liberties watchdogs also have serious privacy concerns. The private companies that perform testing plan to sell aggregated student (and family) information for profit, with the student ID removed (redacted). However, .with modern technology like "big data" and "data analytics", their privacy information can be re-constructed. Also, with the data stored by third-parties outside the local school district or State Department of Education, the possibility of massive "leaks" is omnipresent - whether as a result of an accidental release, or as a result of "hacking".. This violates their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

There are numerous credible studies which also estimate the cost, per student, over and above the cost of "business as usual" at the school board to implement the Common Core, is $289 per student or higher. The $289 figure was cited by the NH Commissioner of Education, Dr. Virginia Barry, in January 2013 to a group of State Legislators during an Education Issues session. This rounds to $3.5 million for the Nashua school district - and because we started with outmoded and insufficient technology, this number is likely to be higher, according to various studies cited by the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL).. A lot of this money is in upgrading computers, networks, and software. More comes in purchasing new textbooks to align our curriculum with the Common Core. Even more is needed provide professional development to teachers and administrators, and also "align" our curriculums to the Core. All this takes money. It's interesting to me, that the last two years we've submitted grant applications to the Federal Government to help us implement education improvements, like the Common Core, we asked for more than $23 million EXTRA funding in our grant application. Sobering thought...

So, are the teachers and the District ready? Are the curriculums aligned? Is the technology up to speed? Can we afford it? I'm guessing the answer is NO.

Why should voters select you to represent them on the School Board?

I am focusing my attention on these areas:

1. I believe I bring a unique perspectives to the Board of Education. I was born poor to an immigrant family. My first language was Japanese, making me an "English Language Learner". I "made it" out of humble beginnings by working hard as a child, with my parents' and community's support, to obtain an excellent education paid for by scholarships. I know what it takes for a "common man" to go to a top-ranked college like MIT on a scholarship. I can continue to bring that to the Nashua schools.

2. I've tutored math to high school students since I was 17, as a volunteer. I've also mentored young engineering students. This STEM mentoring experience makes me aware of WHAT STEM graduates need to know, to be successful in the high-tech industry. As the District begins to re-align its curriculum for College Readiness and Apprentice Readiness, my presence on the School Board, and the Curriculum and Evaluation Committee, can continue to be valuable.

3. I'm one of twenty-seven Nashua State Representatives, and active in both Science-Technology-Energy and Education. Unlike more than half of all NH State Reps, I actually write legislation - I've written one bill for the 2013 year, and submitted three draft Bills for the 2014 year. Of those four, two are related to Education. Being both a sitting member of Nashua's school board, and the State House, can benefit both the city of Nashua, and the State, to create and vote bills that benefit education, as well as STEM.[10]

—David Murotake interview, (2013), [2]

About the district

See also: Nashua School District, New Hampshire
Nashua School District is located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.

Nashua School District is located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. The county seats are Manchester and Nashua. Hillsborough County is home to 402,922 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[11] In the 2011-2012 school year, Nashua School District was the second-largest school district in New Hampshire and served 11,973 students.[12]


Hillsborough County overperformed compared to the rest of New Hampshire in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 34.6 percent of Hillsborough County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 33.1 percent for New Hampshire as a whole. The median household income for Hillsborough County was $70,591 compared to $64,664 for the state of New Hampshire. The percentage of people below poverty level for Hillsborough County was 7.5 percent while it was 8.0 percent for the state of New Hampshire.[11]

Racial Demographics, 2012[11]
Race Hillsborough County (%) New Hampshire (%)
White 91.9 94.4
African American 2.5 1.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.3
Asian 3.5 2.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 5.6 3.0

Hillsborough County Party Affiliation, 2013[13]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 239,959 27.35
Republican 265,348 30.23
Undeclared 372,340 42.42

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[14]

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