FRANK MCCARTHY, incumbent state representative from Conway in Carroll County DIstrict Two, came in 44 votes shy of re-relection. He has requested a recount, which will take place on Nov. 15 in Concord. (click for larger version)
November 15, 2012COUNTY — The District Two state representative race was a close one and incumbent Frank McCarthy (R-Conway) is asking for a recount. The recount was set to take place this morning, Nov. 15, in Concord.
The six-way race had three Republicans and three Democrats vying for three seats to represent the towns of Chatham, Conway, Eaton, and Hale's Location. When the vote counts were in, former state representative Tom Buco (D-Democrat) was the clear winner with 2,650 votes followed by incumbent Karen Umberger (R-Conway) with 2,467 votes and Syndi White (D-Conway) with 2,379 votes. Incumbent Frank McCarthy (R-Conway) came in fourth with 2,335 votes, just 44 votes shy of securing his re-election. Dick Pollock (D-Conway) came in fifth and was just 59 votes shy of being elected with 2,379 votes.
McCarthy filed with the N.H. Secretary of State's office asking for a recount. This is the only recount request in Carroll County.
There were other close races – just not this close. If the District Two vote stands, there will be five Democrats representing Carroll County and sitting on the 15-member county delegation.
Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) easily won out over Gino Funicella (D-Jackson) to maintain his seat representing District One.
In District Three Mark McConkey (R-Freedom) and Susan Ticehurst (D-Tamworth) will represent the towns of Albany, Freedom, Madison, and Tamworth.
The District Four race was close as three candidates went after the two available seats. Karel Crawford (R-Moultonborough) received 2,811 votes and Glenn Cordelli (R-Tuftonboro) received 2,533 votes. Former county commissioner Chip Albee (D-Tuftonboro) received 2,418 votes, falling just 115 votes shy of earning a two-year stint representing the towns of Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, and Sandwich.
Incumbent Harry Merrow (R-Ossipee) easily won his bid for re-election in the District Five race with 2,837 votes. He will be joined by Bill Nelson (R-Brookfield) who got 2,694 votes and Tom Lavender (D-Brookfield) who received 2,353 votes. Former state representative Liz Olimpio fell just 144 votes shy in her quest to return to serving the towns of Ossipee, Effingham, Brookfield, and Wakefield.
District Six incumbents Chris Ahlgren (R-Wolfeboro) and Stephen Schmidt (R-Wolfeboro) easily won re-election with 2,087 and 2,010 votes respectively and will represent Wolfeboro in Concord for the next two years.
Former state representative Ed Butler (D-Hart's Location) returns as the District Seven floterial representative serving 11 towns and unincorporated places. He easily won out over Norman Tregenza (R-Conway) in a vote of 6,926 to 4,662.
Donald "Ted" Wright (R-Tuftonboro) will serve as the District Eight floterial representative, winning out over Susan Wiley (D-Sandwich) in a 5,441 to 4,838 vote.
It is expected to be quite a change of atmosphere at the delegation table as more Democrats now hold seats at the table than at any other time in history, according to sources. Additionally, of the 15 members, seven of them are brand new to county and state representation.
The county delegation is set to meet as a new group for the first time at the Carroll County Administration Building at 9 a.m. on Dec. 10.