North Country
5:54 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Voting In The North Country: The 2012 Contenders

Here’s how this year’s election in the North Country – including the September 11th primary - is shaping up, according to filings with the New Hampshire Secretary of State.

* Longtime Coos County Commissioner Bing Judd is being challenged by Rick Samson - also a Republican – who is deeply involved in the opposition to the Northern Pass hydro-electric project. There is no Democratic opponent.

 * Executive Councilor Ray Burton of Bath faces another Republican, Gerard L. Thibodeau of Rumney in the primary.  Democrat Beth Funicella of Jackson has also filed.

* Four candidates have filed for the senate seat being vacated by John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin. Jeff Woodburn of Dalton is the only Democrat. There are three Republicans. They are Frank Dumaine of Colebrook, Mark P. Evans of Berlin and Debi Warner of Littleton.

* Former Grafton County Commissioner Martha Richards, a Democrat from Holderness, is back, running against incumbent commissioner Republican Omer C. Ahern Jr. of Plymouth.

* The three Democrat incumbents in Coos District 3 are unopposed. They are Robert L. Theberge, Gary Coulombe and Yvonne Thomas, all of Berlin.

* Coos County Attorney Bob MeKeel – who has clashed with the Coos County Commissioners over the adequacy of office space - isn’t running for re-election. Two candidates have filed. They are Democrat John G. McCormick of Lancaster and Republican Phillip J. Beiner of Berlin.

* Two men from Errol are challenging the geographic dominance of Republicans Duffy Daughterty and Larry Rappaport, both of whom are from Colebrook. The challengers are Charles Kurtz, Jr., a Republican, and Larry Enman, a Democrat.

* Democrat William A. Hatch of Gorham, the incumbent, doesn't have a Republican challenger despite coming from a district that has sometimes elected Republicans.

* Both candidates for the redrawn and wide-ranging Grafton District 3 come from tiny Easton. They are Democrat Susan Ford and Republican incumbent Gregory Sorg.

* Two candidates from very different areas are facing off in the newly formed Grafton District 2 which now will try to represent diverse interests of farming and dairy along the Connecticut River and resort towns such as Franconia and Sugar Hill. Democrat Rebecca Brown of Sugar Hill is opposing Republican Denis Ward of Monroe.

Here's the line-up:

Executive Councilor Grafton 1:

Republican Raymond S. Burton of Bath, incumbent

Republican Gerard L. Thibodeau of Rumney

Democrat Beth Funicella of Jackson

 

State Senator Coos District 1 (replacing John Gallus who is retiring):

Democrat Jeff Woodburn of Dalton.

Republican Frank Dumaine of Colebrook

Republican Mark P. Evans of Berlin

Republican Debi Warner of Littleton

 

State Representatives for District 1:

Republican Duffy Daugherty of Colebrook - Incumbent

Republican Laurence M. Rappaport of Colebrook – Incumbent

Republican Charles H. Kurtz Jr. of Errol

Democrat Larry S. Enman of Errol

 

State Representative for Coos District 2:

Democrat Wayne Moynihan of Dummer

Republican James W. Tierney, Jr. of Northumberland

 

State Representatives for Coos District 3:

Democrat Robert L. Theberge of Berlin - Incumbent

Democrat Gary Coulombe of Berlin – Incumbent

Democrat Yvonne Thomas of Berlin – Incumbent

 

State Representative for Coos District 4:

Democrat Troy Merner of Lancaster

Republican Herbert D. Richardson of Lancaster – Incumbent

 

State Representative for Coos District 5:

Democrat Marcia Hammon of Whitefield

Republican John E. Tholl, Jr. of Whitefield – Incumbent

 

State Representative for Coos District 6:

Democrat William A. Hatch of Gorham. Incumbent

 

State Representatives for Coos District 7:

Democrat Evalyn Merrick – Incumbent

Republican William Remick of Lancaster – Incumbent

Republican Leon H. Rideout of Lancaster

Republican Jeffery P. Young of Jefferson

 

State Representatives for Grafton District 1:

Democrat Linda Massimilla of Littleton

Republican Lyle Bulis of Littleton – Incumbent

Republican Ralph J. Doolan of Littleton

 

State Representative for Grafton District 2 (no incumbent):

Democrat Rebecca A. Brown of Sugar Hill

Republican Denis P. Ward of Monroe

 

State Representative for Grafton District 3

Democrat Susan Ford of Easton

Republican Gregory M. Sorg of Easton – Incumbent

 

State Representative for Grafton District 4:

Republican Rick Ladd of Haverhill

 

State Representative for Grafton District 5:

Republican Edmond D. Gionet of Lincoln – Incumbent

 

State Representative for Grafton District 14

Democrat Douglas Grant of Franconia

Republican Brad Bailey of Monroe

 

State Representative for Grafton District 15:

Democrat Linda D. Lauer of Bath.

Republican Paul Ingbretson of Haverhill Coos County Attorney (no incumbent)

Democrat John G. McCormick of Lancaster

Republican Phillip J. Beiner of Berlin

 

Coos County Commissioner District 2

Republican Thomas M. Brady of Jefferson – Incumbent

 

Coos County Commissioner District 3

Republican Bing Judd of Pittsburg – incumbent

Republican Rick Samson of Stewartstown

 

Coos County Register of Deeds

Republican Tanya J. Batchelder of Lancaster

Republican Denise C. Fortin of Gorham

Republican Michael A. Neil of Berlin

 

Coos County Register of Probate

Republican Terri L. Peterson of Lancaster

 

Coos County Sheriff

Republican Bradley Jardis of Gorham

Republican Gerald Marcou of Gorham  - Incumbent

 

Coos County Treasurer

Coos Frederick W. King of Colebrook – Incumbent

 

Grafton County Attorney:

Democrat Lara Joan Saffo of Benton – Incumbent

 

Grafton County Registrar of Deeds:

Democrat Kelley Jean Monahan of Orford

Republican Tyler Drummond Littleton

 

Grafton County Register of Probate

Republican Rebecca R. Wyman of Haverhill

 

Grafton County Commissioner District 1

Democrat Michael J. Cryans of Hanover. Incumbent Grafton – incumbent

Republican Bill Sharp of Lebanon.

 

Grafton County Commissioner District 2

Republican Raymond S. Burton of Bath, Incumbent Grafton District 2

 

Grafton County Commissioner District 3

Democrat Martha B. Richards of Holderness.

Republican Omer C. Ahern of Plymouth – Incumbent

 

Grafton County Treasurer

Democrat Bonnie McCrory Parker of Hanover

Republican Carol A. Elliott of Plymouth

 

Grafton County Sheriff

Republican Douglas Dutile of Haverhill