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Bar News - October 15, 2014

Bar Members on the Ballot: Candidate Replays in Several County Attorney Races


This article has been revised from the printed edition version to correct that Cheshire County Attorney D. Christopher McLaughlin was unopposed in his reelection bid.

There are three contested races for county attorney in next monthís election, and four NH Bar members are seeking State Senate seats.

The two largest counties have contested races for county attorney. In Rockingham County, Democrat Joseph Plaia of Portsmouth faces Republican Patricia Conway, to replace James Reams, who earlier this year stepped down following his suspension by the NH Attorney General over allegations of financial irregularities and misconduct toward women in his office. Conway was lead prosecutor under Reams since 2003. Conway won out over several challengers in the Republican primary while Plaia, a former public defender and state police prosecutor, was unopposed in his primary.

Hillsborough County sees a rematch between Dennis Hogan, the Republican challenger who was the incumbent two years ago, and Patricia LaFrance, a Democrat in her first term. In Carroll County, itís a replay of a 2010 race with Thomas Dewhurst seeking to unseat Robin Gordon, who has held the office from 1999 to 2010, when Dewhurst won and served one term. Gordon returned to the office in 2012.

Meanwhile, thereís no opposition for D. Christopher McLaughlin (Cheshire); Melissa Guldbrandsen (Belknap); John McCormick (Coos); Lara Saffo (Grafton); Scott Murray (Merrimack); Thomas Velardi (Strafford); and Marc Hathaway (Sullivan).

In the State Senate, the only NH Bar member currently serving is David Pierce, of Lebanon, representing the District 5, who is unopposed for reelection. In District 9, Manchester attorney Lee Nyquist is making his second try, facing Andrew Sanborn. Maureen Raiche Manning is running as a Democrat in District 16 after making it onto the ballot as a write-in, facing incumbent David Boutin. In District 15, which includes Concord, former NH Legal Assistance attorney Dan Feltes is running to succeed retiring State Senator Sylvia Larsen; he faces Republican Lydia Harman.

In the much-covered statewide and congressional races, the NH Bar members seeking office include: Gov. Maggie Hassan and incumbent 2nd District US Representative Ann McLane Kuster.

If you are a Bar member on the ballot for the NH House of Representatives, please contact us at so we can track you in our results after Election Day.

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