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Third party candidates could be the spoiler for some state positions

June 21, 2012
COUNTY — The filing period closed June 15 and the result is competition in several county and state races.

In the race for county sheriff, incumbent Christopher Conley (R-Wolfeboro) is being challenged by Domenic Richardi (R-Conway). Richardi has a faithful following that rallied hard in the 2010 election, bringing Richardi a victory in 13 towns. With sizeable victories in Wolfeboro, his hometown, and in Moultonborough, Conley garnered the votes he needed to claim victory by 953 votes. Francis Lord of West Ossipee has declared his intent to run as a third party candidate.

The deadline for candidates to file to have their names on the Republican or Democratic ballot was June 15. Voters will head to the polls on Sept. 11 to vote in the primary. The primary will decide which candidates will make it to the general election ballot in November. Third party, such as Independent and Libertarian, candidates had to file declarations of intent by June 15. They will have the summer to gather the required number of registered voter signatures to have their names placed on the November ballot. Voters will not see third-party candidates on the September ballots.

As anticipated, the race for two open county commission seats is heating up with incumbent Dorothy Solomon (D-Albany) filing on the Democratic side for the two-year position and Kathleen Maloney (R-Ossipee), David Babson (R-Ossipee), and Jack Rose (R-Albany) all vying for the Republican nomination and the chance to challenge Solomon in the November election.

Incumbent Carroll County Commissioner David Sorensen (R-Eaton) is seeking re-election to a four-year-seat and is being challenged by Neal Boyle (R-Freedom) for the Republican nomination. Erik Corbett (D-Bartlett) has filed for candidacy on the Democratic ballot.

The Commissioner District One seat, currently held by Sorensen, serves the towns of Bartlett, Chatham, Conway, Eaton, Freedom, Hart's Location, and Jackson.

The Commissioner District Two seat, currently held by Solomon, serves the towns of Albany, Hale's Location, Madison, Moultonborough, Ossipee, Sandwich, and Tamworth.

The District Three seat, currently held by Asha Kenney in a four-year term and serving the towns of Brookfield, Effingham, Tuftonboro, Wakefield, Wolfeboro, and Moultonborough will not be on the ballot until 2014.

Carroll County Attorney Thomas Dewhurst, III (R-Conway) will not be seeking a second term. Robin Gordon (D-Tamworth) will be seeking election as the county's top prosecutor. Gordon was defeated by Dewhurst in the last election, ending her 12-year stint as county attorney. She lost out to Dewhurst in the 2010 election by 1,212 votes. She will be challenged in the September primary by Diana Bolander (D-Wolfeboro) for the Democratic spot on the November ballot. Stephen Murray (R-Wolfeboro), currently an assistant attorney in the county attorney's office will be the only one on the Republican side of the ballot.

In other county offices, Jack Widmer (R-Tuftonboro) is seeking re-election as county treasurer and Henry Mock (R-Jackson) has filed for register of probate. Incumbent Ann Aiton (R-Ossipee) is seeking re-election as register of deeds and could be challenged in November by third-party candidate Christy DeWitte of Ossipee.

State representatives

N.H. Rep. Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) is seeking re-election to the District One seat that serves the towns of Bartlett, Hart's Location, and Jackson and will be challenged by Gino Funicella (D-Jackson).

There are three seats up for grabs in District Two that serves the towns of Conway, Chatham, Eaton, and Hale's Location. So far, Frank McCarthy (R-Conway), Richard McClure (R-Hale's Location), Steven Steiner (R-Conway), Karen Umberger (R-Conway) are vying for the Republican nomination while Tom Buco (D-Conway), Dick Pollock (D-Conway), Syndi White (D-Conway) and Bob Bridgham (D-Eaton) will be on the Democratic side of the ballot.

Mark McConkey (R-Freedom), Maynard Thompson (R-Freedom), and Susan Ticehurst (D-Tamworth) are the current candidates vying for the two seats in District Three that serves Albany, Freedom, Madison, and Tamworth.

There are two open seats in District Four that serves the towns of Moultonborough, Sandwich, and Tuftonboro. The candidates are Karel Crawford (R-Moultonborough), Anthony Lyon (R-Tuftonboro), Paul Askew (R-Tuftonboro), Glenn Cordelli (R-Tuftonboro), Susan Wiley (D-Sandwich) and Chip Albee (D-Tuftonboro). Longtime state representative and chair of the county delegation Betsey Patten (R-Moultonborough) has chosen not to seek re-election.

There are four candidates for the three seats in District Five that serves the towns of Brookfield, Effingham, Ossipee and Wakefield. Harry Merrow (R-Ossipee), J. Lisbeth Olimpio (R-Wakefield) and Bill Nelson (R-Brookfield) could be challenged by third-party candidate Ruth Hall of Wakefield. Republicans Joe Fleck and Dino Scala, both of Wakefield, have chosen not to seek re-election. Longtime state representative David Babson (R-Ossipee) has also chosen not to seek re-election, instead choosing to declare his candidacy in the county commission race.

Chris Ahlgren (R-Wolfeboro) and Stephen Schmidt (R-Wolfeboro) are seeking re-election as Wolfeboro's two representatives in District Six. John R. White (D-Wolfeboro) and Beverly Woods (D-Wolfeboro) are the candidates on the Democratic side of the ballot.

New this year are two floater positions. District Seven has a floater who will serve Albany, Bartlett, Chatham, Conway, Eaton, Freedom, Hale's Location, Hart's Location, Jackson, Madison, and Tamworth. Norman Tregenza (R-Conway) will be challenged by Michael Anthony Callis (R-Conway) and Ed Butler (D-Hart's Location). Third party candidate John Skelton of Conway has filed his declaration of intent for District Seven.

District Eight will serve Brookfield, Effingham, Moultonborough, Ossipee Sandwich, Tuftonboro, and Wakefield. Donald Wright (R-Tuftonboro) is the sole candidate for that position.

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