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Voters have numerous choices in Tuesday's Primary


September 08, 2010
REGION — The Republican and Democratic primaries for governor, Senate, Congress and state and county offices will be this upcoming Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Many candidates are running in the primary, particularly on the Republican ballot. Republicans are hoping to gain ground on the Democrats after losing political control of state and national governments several years ago.

For New Hampshire Governor, Democratic incumbent John Lynch is running against Timothy Robertson and Frank Sullivan in the Democratic primary.

Republican gubernatorial candidates are Karen Testerman, Frank Emiro, Jack Kimball and John Stephen.

For senator, the Republican field is packed with candidates. Kelly Ayotte, Gerard Beloin, Jim Bender, Bill Binnie, Dennis Lamare, Ovide Lamontagne and Tom Alciere are all seeking the Republican nomination to replace outgoing Sen. Judd Gregg.

Rep. Paul Hodes is leaving his Second District Congressional seat and is running unopposed on the Democratic ticket for senator.

Incumbent Rep. Carol Shea-Porter is running unopposed for reelection in the First Congressional District.

The Republicans seeking the opportunity to challenge Shea-Porter are Sean Mahoney, Richard Charles Parent, Kevin Rondeau, Richard Ashooh, Peter Bearse, Bob Bestani, Frank Guinta and Andrew Kohlhofer.

For New Durham and Barnstead residents, Jim Adams, Peter Spaulding and Dan St. Hilaire are running for the Republican nomination for executive councilor.

For the Democrats, incumbent John Shea is running unopposed.

For Alton voters, Democrat Beth Funicella is running unopposed for executive councilor. Longtime incumbent Republican Raymond Burton is running unopposed for the same position.

In Alton, Barnstead and New Durham, Republicans Jim Forsythe, George Hurt and David Bickford are running for state senator. Andrew Hosmer is running unopposed on the Democratic ballot. They are seeking to replace Sen. Kathy Sgambati, who is not running for another term.

In the state representative race for Alton and Barnstead (Belknap District Five, which also includes Belmont, Gilford and Sanbornton), Democrats George Condodemetraky, Bill Johnson, Ellen McClung, Don Morin, Jr., Johan Andersen, Kenny Bourbeau and Owen Carey-Hatch are running. Elaine Swinford, Peter Bolster, Laurie Boyce, Katherine Bungert, Guy Comtois, Robert Malone, James Pilliod and Jeffrey St. Cyr are running for the Republican nominations. Voters can vote for seven candidates in that race.

In New Durham, Alice Surago, Larry Brown, Rachel Burke, Janet Kalar, Cory Mattocks, Bob Perry, Susan Price and Richard Stanley are running for state representative (Strafford District Three) on the Democratic ballot. Bill O'Connor, William Panek, Robbie Parsons, Joseph Pitre, Carol Vita, Lou Vita, Sam Cataldo, Martin Harty and David Mincin are running for state representative on the Republican ballot. Voters can vote for eight candidates in that race.

In Barnstead and Alton, Craig Wiggin is running unopposed for Belknap County Sheriff on the Republican ballot. There is no Democrat running for the position.

In New Durham, Wayne Estes is running unopposed for Strafford County Sheriff on the Republican ballot. There is no Democrat running for the position.

In Alton and Barnstead, James Carroll is running unopposed for county attorney on the Democratic ballot. There is no Republican running for the position.

Thomas Velardi is running unopposed for county attorney on New Durham's Democratic ballot. There is no Republican running for the position.

Pamela Arnold is running unopposed for county treasurer on the New Durham Democratic ballot. There is no Republican running for the position.

Kerstin Ahlgren is running unopposed for county treasurer on the Democratic ballot in Alton and Barnstead. Michael Muzzey is running unopposed for the same position on the Republican ballot.

Barbara Luther is running on the Republican ballot in Alton and Barnstead for register of deeds. Lynn Chong is running on the Democratic ballot for the same position.

Leo Lessard is running unopposed on the Democratic ticket for register of deeds on the New Durham ballot. There is no Republican running for the position.

For register of probate, Judy Stewart is running on the Alton and Barnstead Democratic ballot. Karen Brickner is running for the same position on the Republican ballot.

On the New Durham Democratic ballot, Patty Cole and Kimberly Wood are competing for the nomination for register of probate. There is no Republican candidate running for this position.

In Alton, Stephen Copithorne is running for county commissioner on the Democratic side. Republicans R.A. "Rags" Grenier and Stephen Nedeau are running for the Republican nomination for this position.

Republican John Thomas is running unopposed for county commissioner in Barnstead, while Ronald Cormier and Andrew Livernois are competing for the Democratic nomination.

Catherine Cheney is running for the Republican nomination for county commissioner in New Durham. George Maglaras, Robert Watson and Paul Dumont are also running for county commissioner on the Democratic ballot.

In Barnstead, Elaine Swinford, Alan Glassman and Jan Face Glassman are running to be a delegate to the state convention on the Republican ballot. The only other candidate for the state convention delegation is Darrell Pack on the New Durham Republican ballot.

Weston Sager can be reached at 569-3126 or wsager@salmonpress.com

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