Joe Plaia -- a former Marine MP and public defender and current chief hearings officer for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission -- will run again for the position of Rockingham County Attorney. Plaia is the first Democrat in this majority-Republican county to seek the seat of suspended Attorney, Jim Reams.
Plaia says the Rockingham County Attorney's Office needs to be modernized. "There's a lot we can do to save taxpayer dollars," Plaia says, "there's a lot we can do to reduce recidivism."
So far, a handful of candidates have thrown their hats in the ring, including Patricia Conway, an Assistant County Attorney in Rockingham. The candidates are seeking to replace Jim Reams, who is accused of repeated acts of sexual discrimination, as well as misuse of federal and county funds.
Reams has said he won’t seek reelection, but he has challenged his suspension. A hearing on that is scheduled for April 7.