Bar News - November 19, 2014
Lawyers Elected to Both Chambers and Three County Posts
By: Dan Wise
NH Bar member David Pierce, of Lebanon, the only NH lawyer in the NH Senate for the last two years, will be joined in the coming session by Concord attorney Dan Feltes, who easily won the District 15 seat this month. Both are Democrats.
Pierce, starting his second term in the Senate, represents District 5, which includes Claremont, Lebanon, Hanover and other Upper Valley towns. In the last session he served on the Commerce and Public & Municipal Affairs committees. He also served in the NH House from 2006 to 2012.
Feltes, who succeeds the retiring Sylvia Larsen, is no stranger to the State House, having worked on legislative and policy issues for NH Legal Assistance. Feltes worked at NHLA for seven years. “As a legal aid lawyer, I was helping people,” said Feltes.” Those problem-solving skills as a lawyer will help me in the state Senate in addressing issues and helping even more people.”
Two other attorneys, running as Democrats, failed to unseat Republican incumbents. Lee Nyquist fell short in his second bid to unseat Andrew Sanborn, and Maureen Raiche Manning lost to incumbent David Boutin.
Awaiting the results of a recount is Andrew Hosmer, a Massachusetts-licensed attorney and general manager of a family business, AutoServ, an auto dealership in Tilton. The Laconia Democrat was reelected to a second term, but his challenger, Republican Kathleen Lauer-Rago, has asked for a recount.
Familiar Faces in County Attorney Races
Republicans claimed county attorney positions in the three contested races, ousting incumbents in two counties.
In Rockingham County, Patricia Conway, the deputy prosecutor, was immediately sworn in to serve as county attorney after her election, replacing James Boffetti, a senior attorney general who had been running the office following the suspension and then the retirement of James Reams. Conway immediately made headlines by allegedly firing Jerome Blanchard, a longtime prosecutor, according to the Union Leader. Blanchard said he believes he was fired because he had gone public with charges of sexual harassment and ethical problems during Reams’ tenure.
In the state’s largest county, Nashua lawyer Dennis Hogan, profiled on page 1, returns to the Hillsborough County Attorney office, defeating Democrat Patricia LaFrance, who had won against Hogan in the 2012 election.
In Carroll County, the results were a replay of 2010, with Thomas Dewhurst outpolling Democrat Robin Gordon, who held the office from 1999 to 2010, and again from 2012 to 2014.
Lawyers in the House?
Bar News is compiling a list of Bar members elected this year to the NH House. If you’ve been elected, please contact us at email@example.com, if you have not already done so.
The Oct. 15 issue of Bar News
erroneously reported that Peter Heed was running for Cheshire County Attorney against D. Christopher McLaughlin. McLaughlin ran unopposed. Heed received several write-in votes in the Republican primary but declined to be listed on the ballot.