June 20, 2012CONCORD — Only Jeff Woodburn of Dalton ended up filing by Friday, June 15, at the Secretary of State's office to run for the open state Senate seat now held by incumbent state Senator John Gallus, a Republican of Berlin. Gallus announced some weeks ago that he would not seek a sixth two-year term.
Like Woodburn, also a former state representative, former state Rep. Paul Ingersoll of Berlin quickly announced his intention to run, but, he said, in a Sunday afternoon telephone interview that some family health issues require his focused attention, so Woodburn does not face a primary fight.
"Family first," Ingersoll said, adding that there are still many ways in which he can continue to work for the region's betterment. "I wouldn't be surprised if there were another time when I could run." He said he had been pleased with the response his candidacy had drawn and that he had had to return about $8,000 in early campaign donations.
"I certainly support Jeff Woodburn's candidacy," Ingersoll said.
There is a three-way race for the nomination on the Republican side: Frank Dumaine of Colebrook, a former selectman who retired from the U. S. Marshal's Service after 27 years in 2001; and Mark P. Evans of Berlin, a Chinese acupuncture specialist who has lived in Berlin for six years after having moved away while in grade school; and Debi Warner of Littleton who has practiced psychology throughout the North Country for 22 years. Gallus has said he supports Warner but has not endorsed her.
The enlarged District 1 includes all of Coös County and 15 Grafton County towns, including Bath, Benton, Bethlehem, Easton, Franconia, Landaff, Lincoln, Lisbon, Littleton, Monroe, Sugar Hill, Thornton and Woodstock.