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Candidates file for state and county primary elections

June 19, 2014
REGION — As of press time on June 17, there were 44 candidates signed up to run for 22 available state representative and Carroll County official positions in the Sept. 9 Primary elections.

The filing period closed last Friday, June 13, but the Democrats had until June 18 to name candidates for positions that didn't have candidates on that side of the ballot. As of press time there was no is no Democratic candidate for county register of deeds, sheriff, register of probate, or county treasurer or for one of the 15 state representative seats.

In N.H. Representative District One, 28-year representative Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) is unchallenged at the primary but will face Erik Corbett (D-Bartlett) in the November election. District One includes Bartlett, Hart's Location, and Jackson.

Independent Mark Hounsell (Conway) is seeking election to one of three state representative seats in N.H. House District Two as are incumbents Karen Umberger (R-Conway), Tom Buco (D-Conway) and Syndi White (D-Conway) as well as James LeFebvre (R-Conway), and Frank McCarthy (R-Conway). District Two includes Chatham, Conway, Eaton, and Hale's Location.

In N.H. House District Three representing Freedom, Tamworth, Madison and Albany, there is no race in the Primary. Incumbents Mark McConkey (R-Freedom) and Susan Ticehurst (D-Tamworth) will be challenged by Maynard Thomson (R-Freedom) as the three vie for two seats.

N.H. House District Four has incumbents Karel Crawford (R-Moultonborough) and Glenn Cordelli (R-Tuftonboro) facing off against Christopher Burbank (D-Moultonborough) and Nick Vazzana (D-Sandwich) for two seats in the November election. This district represents Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, and Sandwich.

There are three seats up for grabs in District Five that represents Brookfield, Effingham, Ossipee and Wakefield with seven candidates who want the job. Harry Merrow (R-Ossipee) chose not to seek re-election this year but Bill Nelson (R-Brookfield) and Tom Lavender (D-Brookfield) are hoping to make the return to the State House. They will be challenged by Ed Comeau (R-Brookfield), Lino Avellani (R-Wakefield), Carolyn Carruth (R-Ossipee), Paul Turner (D-Wakefield), and Craig Bona (I-Effingham).

In District Six representing Wolfeboro, incumbent Republican Steve Schmidt is seeking re-election while Chris Ahlgren (R-Wolfeboro) chose not to seek re-election. Schmidt will vie for one of two available seats against Harold Parker (R-Wolfeboro) and Louise Graham (D-Wolfeboro) in the November election.

District Seven is a floterial district representing the northern towns in the county. Incumbent Ed Butler (D-Hart's Location) will face off in November against the Republican candidate that wins the Primary Carl Thibodeau (R-Conway) or Michael Callis (R-Conway).

Ted Wright (R-Tuftonboro) is seeking re-election to his District Eight state representative seat and is unchallenged. Wright's district is also a floterial district that includes the towns in the southern part of Carroll County.

County positions

Seven candidates are vying for two county commissioner seats up for election this year. Carroll County Commissioner Asha Kenney is not seeking re-election to that post. The Sept. 9 Primary will determine which of the Republican candidates will advance to the general election in November. The candidates are Amanda Bevard (R-Wolfeboro), Dennis Miller (R-Wakefield) and Mellisa Seamans (R-Effingham). The candidate voters choose will face off against Chip Albee (D-Tuftonboro) for this two-year term.

Commissioner David Babson (R-Ossipee) is seeking re-election to a four-year term. He will be challenged in the Primary by Kathleen Maloney (R-Ossipee). The winner will then face a challenge by former Commissioner Dorothy Solomon (D-Albany).

Asha Kenney (R-Wakefield) may be ending her career as a county commissioner at the end of this year, but she is not giving up on county politics. Kenney has filed for the position of county Register of Deeds and will be challenged in the Sept. Primary by Lisa Scott (R-Sandwich). Current register, Ann Aiton (R-Ossipee) chose not to seek re-election after eight years in office.

There is a challenge in the sheriff's race as current sheriff Domenic Richardi (R-Conway) will be challenged by Shawn Coope (R-Wolfeboro) in the primary.

After choosing not to run in the 2012 election, Thomas Dewhurst, III (R-Bartlett) who served a two-year term as county attorney (2011 and 2012) has decided to make another go at the position and will challenge current county attorney Robin Gordon (D-Tamworth) in the November election.

Incumbent Register of Probate Henry Mock (R-Conway) and Treasurer John Widmer (R-Tuftonboro) are running unchallenged this year as they seek re-election to those positions.

Voter turnout in Carroll County is typically low in a primary election, especially in a non-presidential election year. In 2012 there were 10,068 ballots cast in Carroll County in the primary and in 2012, just 9,376. In the November general election, there were 28,901 ballots cast in 2010 and 20,519 in 2012, according to statistics at N.H. Secretary of State.

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