Bar News - July 21, 2006
Contests Develop in County Courthouse Races
By: Dan Wise
The retirement of two long-time county attorneys – Pierre Morin of Coos and Lauren Noether of Belknap – highlights increasing competition for county offices that usually go unchallenged. (In a future issue of Bar News, interviews with Morin and Noether will be featured.)
There will be contests for county attorney in three counties this year: Belknap, Cheshire, and Rockingham. In addition, one or both of the posts of register of deeds and register of probate will be contested in seven counties.
The following is a county-by-county rundown of races, with the participation of Bar members running for other county positions noted as well. (Bar members are indicated in bold. Incumbents are noted as (i).
Following Lauren Noether’s decision to leave the County Attorney’s office to take a position in the NH Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Bureau, two Republicans and one Democrat have filed for the post.
On the Republican side, Wayne Coull, Belknap Deputy County Attorney, and Kenneth Anderson, a former Grafton County Attorney with a home in Gilford, have filed for the position. James Carroll, former police department prosecutor for Laconia, will run as a Democrat.
Robin J. Gordon (i), who filed as a Democrat, is unopposed for County Attorney. Joan Kojoia is running for Register of Deeds as a Democrat, and will face Ann P. Aiton, Republican. The incumbent, who is not seeking reelection, is Lillian Brooks. Gail Monet, running on the Republican ballot for Register of Probate, will face Judith W. Furness, an independent, in the general election.
Conway attorney Thomas E. Dewhurst, III, is on the Republican ballot as a candidate for County Commissioner.
William M. Albrecht (i), on the Republican ballot for another term as County Attorney, will be opposed in the general election by Scott A. Trendell, of Keene, who, as an independent, is not participating in the primary. Trendell is a regional prosecutor operating out of the Swanzey Police Department.
Also in Cheshire, former Cheshire County Superior Court Clerk Stillman D. Rogers is running as a Democrat for County Commissioner. The Register of Probate post will be contested with Elizabeth B. Minkler (i) (Republican) facing Anna Z. Tilton (Democrat).
Keith W. Clouatre, Deputy County Attorney, an independent, will run unopposed in the general election for County Attorney to succeed Pierre Morin. Clouatre is a member of the NHBA Board of Governors, representing Coos.
Ricardo “Rick” St. Hilaire (i) has filed on the Republican ballot for another term as County Attorney and is unopposed. However, incumbent Register of Deeds Joel A. Dupuis will face a challenger, Democrat Bill Sharpe.
Marguerite L. Wageling (i) is running unopposed for reelection as County Attorney.
Dan St. Hilaire (i), filing as a Republican, is unopposed for another term as County Attorney. However, both the Register of Deeds and Register of Probate positions will be contested in the general election. Incumbent Republicans Kathi Guay (Register of Deeds) and Jane D.W. Bradstreet (Register of Probate) will face challengers from the Democratic ballot, Lawrence K. Hennessy, Sr., and Alexander P. Lee, respectively.
James M. Reams (i), a Republican, faces a challenge from Exeter attorney David H. Mirsky for County Attorney. Again, both of the register positions are being contested. Incumbent Republicans Cathy Stacy (Deeds) and Andrew A. Christie, Jr., (Probate) will face Democrats Celia McGuckian and Debra E. Crapo in the general election.
Janice K. Rundles (i), on the Democratic ballot, is seeking reelection as County Attorney and is unopposed.
Marc B. Hathaway (i) has filed for reelection as County Attorney on the Republican ballot and does not have an opponent.