May 09, 2012DALTON — Former state Rep. Jeff Woodburn, a Democrat of Dalton, plans to file for nomination to the District 1 state Senate seat now held by Sen. John Gallus of Berlin. Gallus announced last month that he does not plan to seek a sixth term.
"The divide between rural and suburban New Hampshire is widening," explained Woodburn when asked why he is throwing his hat in the ring. "Power is shifting southward; our influence is diminishing. It is important that we have a leader who will be a passionate, articulate voice for rural values and culture."
After graduating in 1987 from Franklin Pierce College, Woodburn was elected at age 23 to the House, where he served a single term.
He later served as chairman of the state Democratic Party and as executive director for U.S. Senator Richard "Dick" Swett, working in both his Washington and Concord offices.
Woodburn ran a successful real estate business, Historic Properties, in the Concord area, and then moved back eight years ago to his hometown of Whitefield, where he served as assistant moderator.
Woodburn ran for Coös County commissioner in 2004 but lost in a close race to Tom Brady, a Republican of Jefferson.
He later moved to Dalton, where he served as moderator.
The father of four children, Woodburn taught social studies as a for three years at White Mountains Regional High School and later as a long-term substitute social studies teacher at the Whitefield School.
A free-lance writer whose articles often appear in "New Hampshire Business Review," Woodburn has most recently been a full-time reporter and occasional editorial writer for the three Salmon Press newspapers: the Berlin Reporter, Coös County Democrat, and Littleton Courier.