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Bar News - September 19, 2008

Corrected Version: County Attorney, Other Races

This article was revised and corrected after publication.

Kevin Coyle
, Londonderry police prosecutor since 1996, was a successful write-in candidate as a Democrat to challenge Jim Reams who is seeking reelection as Rockingham County Attorney, one of three contested county attorney races this year.

Katherine Rogers
, of Concord, who is Allenstown police prosecutor, faces Tom Reid, an Epsom resident and deputy Rockingham County Attorney, in the general election for Merrimack County Attorney.
Both are seeking to replace Dan St. Hilaire as Merrimack County Attorney.

Rogers, admitted to the Bar in 2002, is a Merrimack County Commissioner, and ran for Mayor of Concord last year. She defeated Ted Barnes, a Concord defense attorney, in the Democratic primary on Sept. 9. The Republican candidate, Reid, was admitted to the Bar in 1996, and was unopposed in his party’s primary.

In Coos County, incumbent Keith Clouatre, a Republican, faces a challenge from Robert Mekeel, a Lancaster attorney on the Democratic ticket.

County Attorney Candidates

(All positions will be filled by incumbents except in Merrimack and Strafford counties. In Strafford, Deputy County Attorney Velardi is replacing Janice Rundles, who left the position to join the Attorney General’s Office. Some unopposed candidates also appear on the other party's ballots.)

 Belknap  James Carroll    D & R
 Carroll  Robin Gordon    D
 Cheshire  Peter Heed    D & R
 Coos  Keith Clouatre    R
   Robert Mekeel    D
 Grafton  Rick St. Hilaire    D & R
 Hillsborough  Marguerite Wageling    D & R
 Merrimack  Tom Reid    R
   Katherine Rogers    D
 Rockingham  Jim Reams    R
   Kevin Coyle    D
 Sullivan  Marc Hathaway    D & R
 Strafford  Thomas Velardi    D & R

Bar Members on the Ballot

In the general election, NH Bar members running for office include:


Gov. John Lynch seeks his third term as Governor.

US Rep. Paul Hodes seeks reelection to a second term representing the 2nd Congressional District in NH.

In the State Senate, Deborah Reynolds, of Plymouth, and Margaret Hassan, of Exeter, are seeking reelection. Also vying are non-incumbents Willard "Bud" Martin, of Laconia; Matthew Houde, Plainfield; and Robert Backus, of Manchester.

(Three incumbent state senators who were Bar members – Peter Burling, Joseph Foster, and David Gottesman – decided not to seek reelection. See an upcoming issue of Bar News for interviews.)

In NH House races, incumbents in the running are Reps. Gary Richardson, Tara Reardon, Paul McEachern, and Dennis Vachon. Out of office, but former lawmakers seeking to return, are Manchester attorneys Jim Craig and David Nixon.

Seeking election as County Commissioner, Democratic, is Edward Philpot (Belknap) and Norman Patenaude (Rockingham).

Ruth Hall is a Democratic candidate for Register of Probate in Carroll County.


Dan St. Hilaire, currently Merrimack County Attorney, is seeking one of five seats on the Executive Council.

William Denley, of Wakefield, is running for the District 3 State Senate seat. 

In the NH House, Bar members seeking reelection as Republicans are Brien Ward and Gregory Sorg, from Grafton County; Cynthia Dokmo, Robert Rowe, Edward Moran and David Hess, all from Hillsborough County. David Mirsky, of Exeter, a non-incumbent, also running.

County Commissioner candidates on the Republican side who are Bar members are Omer Ahern (Grafton) and Bronwyn Asplund Walsh (Merrimack).

Cathy Stacey is seeking reelection as Register of Deeds in Rockingham County as a Republican.

Reporting on Bar members seeking office is not an exact science. If you are or know of a Bar member who was inadvertently omitted, please contact Editor Dan Wise at so we can include you in subsequent coverage.

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