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Voters face many choices at the polls on Tuesday


October 27, 2010
REGION — Election Day is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 2.

In Alton, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Prospect Mountain High School.

In Barnstead, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the town hall.

In New Durham, the polls will be open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. at New Durham School.

All three towns will be picking from the same candidates when they elect the Governor, United States Senator, Representative for Congress and State Senator.

For Governor, Democrat incumbent John Lynch, Republican John Stephen and Libertarian John Babiarz are the candidates.

Running for United States Senator are Independent Chris Booth, Libertarian Ken Blevens, Democrat Paul Hodes and Republican Kelly Ayotte.

Running for Representative for Congress are Libertarian Philip Hodson, Democrat incumbent Carol-Shea Porter and Republican Frank Guinta.

Running for State Senator are Democrat Andrew Hosmer and Republican Jim Forsythe.

Running for Executive Councilor for District Two, which serves Barnstead and New Durham, are Democrat incumbent John Shea and Republican Dan St. Hilaire. In Alton, Republican incumbent Raymond Burton and Democrat Beth Funicella are the candidates for Executive Councilor in District One.

Alton and Barnstead voters will vote for seven candidates for State Representative for Belknap County District Five. Republican candidates are Robert Malone, James Pilliod, Jeffrey St. Cyr, Elaine Swinford, Peter Bolster and Guy Comtois. Laurie Boyce recently moved to Concord, and Alida Millham will replace her on the ballot. Millham is an incumbent who was planning to retire but has decided to run because of Boyce's departure (see page A2).

The Democratic candidates are George Condodemetraky, Bill Johnson, Ellen McClung, Don Morin Jr., Johan Andersen, Kenny Bourbeau and Owen Carey-Hatch.

In New Durham, the Republican candidates for State Representative in Strafford County (District 3) are Lou Vita, Sam Cataldo, Martin Harty, Bill O'Connor, William Panek, Robbie Parsons, Joseph Pitre and Carol Vita.

The Democratic candidates are Dennis Vachon, Larry Brown, Rachel Burke, Janet Kalar, Cory Mattocks, Bob Perry, Susan Price and Richard Stanley.

In Alton and Barnstead, Craig Wiggin is running unopposed for Belknap County Sheriff, and James Carroll is running unopposed for Belknap Country Attorney.

In New Durham, many candidates are running unopposed, and they include: Wayne Estes for Strafford County Sheriff, Thomas Velardi for Strafford County Attorney, Pamela Arnold for County Treasurer, Leo Lessard for Register of Deeds, Kimberly Wood for Register of Probate and Robert Watson and George Maglaras for County Commissioners. Republican Catherine Cheney and Democrat Paul Dumont are also running for County Commissioner.

In Alton and Barnstead, Republican Michael Muzzey and Democrat Kerstin Ahlgren are running for Country Treasurer. Republican Barbara Luther and Democrat Lynn Chong are running for Register of Deeds. Democrat Judy Stewart and Republican Karen Brickner are running for Register of Probate.

In Alton, Democrat Stephen Larimer Copithorne and Republican Stephen Nedeau are running for County Commissioner.

In Barnstead, Republican John Thomas and Democrat Andrew Livernois are running for County Commissioner.

In Alton, there will also be a vote on the teachers' contracts for both Alton Central School and Prospect Mountain High School.

Article I is a vote to approve the cost increase for the 2010-2011 school year in the amount of $44,695. The article calls for the increase in salaries and benefits from the current staffing level included in the Collective Bargaining Agreement reached between the Alton School District and the Alton Teachers' Association.

The increase was recommended by the school board by a vote of 5-0 and was not recommended by Alton Budget Committee by a vote of 6-1.

Article II is a vote to approve an increase of $32,952.07 (Alton $16,413.43/Barnstead $16,538.64) for the 2010-2011 school year. Barnstead voted on the article and it failed, meaning the article can't be passed, but Alton residents will still vote on it.

The article calls for the increase in salaries and benefits from the current staffing level included in the CBA reached between the Prospect Mountain School Board (JMA Alton/Barnstead) and the Prospect Mountain Teachers' Association.

The Prospect Mountain School Board approved the increase 8-1, and the Alton School Board approved the increase 5-0. The Alton Budget Committee did not recommend the article by a vote of 6-1.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or at 569-3126

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