Election 2014 Voter’s Guide: (Mostly) comprehensive guide to the Nov. 4 Election

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Election 2014 Voter's Guide: (Mostly) comprehensive guide to the Nov. 4 Election
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Candidates on the Manchester ballot

Click the links under each individual candidate below the story to learn a little more about them. In some cases, we could not find photographs or websites to refer you to. If you are a candidate and we missed your website or photograph, please send it along to me at robidouxnews@gmail.com and I will update your profile.  

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MANCHESTER, NH – November 4 is Election Day. You’ve been bombarded with election mailers, you’ve seen the TV attack ads, you’ve watched the debates and you are likely tired of it all.

You’ve been accused of “voter apathy” but neither the Republican nor the Democrat parties do much to make sure you’re truly informed. Meanwhile, tons of money has gone into glossy mailers that tell you why you shouldn’t vote for the other side.

Yet, here we are in New Hampshire, the Live Free or Die state. This is our thing. Democracy and citizenship go hand in hand here. We are the home of the First in the Nation Primary.

Considering that getting 20 percent of the city’s population to show up at the polls on election day would be a good day, it’s time to engage.

Maybe you are feeling like it doesn’t matter who’s in office, that it’s all politics as usual. And to some degree you are right.

But that is true in part because voters abdicate their voices, allowing those with agendas and strong partisan positions to take over on election day.

Maybe you feel uninformed. You probably are.

That’s where we come in.

We wanted to help you be an informed voter on Nov. 4.

We spent days trying to gather up information about all the candidates on your ballot. We reached out to both the Republican and Democratic party leaders, Jennifer Horn and Ray Buckley, as well as both Hillsborough county party leaders.

Not one of them responded to our simple question:

“Does the state Democratic and Republican party post a voter’s guide with photos and biographies/platforms of each candidate?”

So we did the leg work, and searched for information/websites on each and every candidate. The result is what we’ve posted below for you. It’s not great. But we’re calling it a relatively comprehensive round-up of the candidates, based on whatever information they’ve made publicly available to their prospective constituents.

Our best resources included livefreeordiealliance.org and the State of NH House of Representatives website, for all the incumbents. Facebook was also a primary source.

It has been exhausting and less fruitful than we’d hoped. But it is something.

For future elections, we would urge the state parties to create a roster of candidates and provide relevant information to voters directly on their party sites. Currently, those sites are focused on the top of the ticket – plenty of information and ink devoted to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Scott Brown, and the congressional races.

But life in Manchester is most affected by our state representatives – and there are plenty of them. They are our voice in Concord.

We find the lack of a comprehensive voters guide to be shameful.

We hope you find this information useful. You have some time to cram for Tuesday’s election. Take this and run with it, directly to the polls on November 4, and exercise your right to vote!

>Click here to learn about the City Charter amendment question on the ballot.
Where to vote:

Click here to enter your address and find out where to vote in Manchester. It’s super easy.

From the Manchester City Clerk’s office

Your vote counts!  Don’t forget to vote at the State General Election and Special Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 4th.  Polls will open at 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. for your convenience.

On election day you will receive two ballots, a white State General Election ballot featuring all candidates for state and federal offices and a yellow Special Municipal Election ballot featuring a proposed amendment to the City Charter.  The Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously to propose a charter amendment that will permit the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen to utilize the City Assessor’s estimate of increased property valuation since the prior year in setting their estimated tax rates for the annual budget.  Estimated increases in property valuation from the prior year would include new commercial development, new residential development and significant improvements in existing commercial and residential buildings.

Moderators at each polling location will begin processing absentee ballots at 10:00 a.m.  For additional election information, including sample ballots for each wardrequirements for registration and appropriate identification to voteabsentee ballot requests, and your polling location, check out our Voter Registration and Elections page or call us at 624-6455.

How to vote

If you’re registered, then you probably know the drill. If not, that’s really no excuse. You can register right at the polls. Here’s a link to the scoop.


Governor
Gov. Maggie Hassan
Gov. Maggie Hassan

Maggie Hassan – D

Walt Havenstein
Walt Havenstein

Walt Havenstein– R


United States Senator
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen -D

Scott Brown
Scott Brown

Scott P. Brown -R


Representative in Congress

District 1

Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter
Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter

Carol Shea-Porter -D

Frank Guinta
Frank Guinta

Frank C. Guinta -R


District 2

Ann McLean Kuster
Congresswoman. Ann McLean Kuster

Ann McLane Kuster – D

NH State Rep. Marilinda Garcia
NH State Rep. Marilinda Garcia

Marilinda Garcia -R


Executive Councilor

District 4

Chris Pappas
Chris Pappas

Christopher C. Pappas – D

Bob Burns
Bob Burns

Robert Burns -R


State Senate

District 16

Maureen Raiche Manning
Maureen Raiche Manning

Maureen Raiche Manning – D

David Boutin
David Boutin

David Boutin – R

District 18

Donna Soucy
Donna Soucy

Donna M. Soucy -D

George Lambert
George Lambert

George Lambert -R

District 20

Lou D'allesandro
Lou D\’allesandro

Lou D’Allesandro -D

Eileen Landies
Eileen Landies

Eileen Landies – R

District 8

Sean Michael Doyle
Sean Michael Doyle

Sean Michael Doyle -D

Jeff Goley
Jeff Goley

Jeff Goley -D

Joseph Lachance
Joseph Lachance

Joseph Lachance -R

Andre Rosa
Andre Rosa

Andre Rosa -R

District 9

Linda DiSilvestro
Linda DiSilvestro

Linda DiSilvestro -D

William O'Neil
William O’Neil

William J. O’Neil -D

Win Hutchinson
Win Hutchinson

Win Hutchinson -R

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No photo available

Doug Whitfield -R

District 10

Jean Jeudy
Jean Jeudy

Jean Leniol Jeudy -D

Patrick Long
Patrick Long

Patrick Long -D

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No photo available

Daniel Heck – R

Brinck Slattery
Brinck Slattery

Brinck Slattery -R

District 11

Elizabeth Edwards
Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards – D

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No photo available

Robert Walsh – D

Craig Donais
Craig Donais

Craig Donais – R

S. Daniel Mattingly
S. Daniel Mattingly

Daniel Mattingly – R

District 12

Amanda Bouldin
Amanda Bouldin

Amanda Bouldin – D

Ted Rokas
Ted Rokas

Ted Rokas -D

District 13

Robert Duval
Robert Duval

Robert A. Duval -D

Carlos Mondon
Carlos Mondon

Carlos Monzon – D

Larry Gagne
Larry Gagne

Larry Gagne – R

Will Infantine
Will Infantine

William Infantine – R

District 14

Mary Freitas
Mary Freitas

Mary C. Freitas -D

Mary Heath
Mary Heath

Mary Heath – D

Cody Aubin
Cody Aubin

Cody Aubin Manchester – R

Ross Terrio
Ross Terrio

Ross W. Terrio – R

District 15

Ryan Curran
Ryan Curran

Ryan Curran – D

Tommy Katsiantonis
Tommy Katsiantonis

Thomas Katsiantonis – D

Mark McLean
Mark McLean

Mark McLean – R

Steve Vaillancourt
Steve Vaillancourt

Steve Vaillancourt – R

District 16

David McCloskey
David McCloskey

David McCloskey – D

Barbara Shaw
Barbara Shaw

Barbara Shaw – D

Steven Stefanik
Steven Stefanik

Steven Stefanik – R

Victoria Sullivan
Victoria Sullivan

Victoria Sullivan – R

District 17 

Jon Hopwood
Jon Hopwood

Jon Hopwood – D

Timothy J. Smith
Timothy J. Smith

Timothy J. Smith – D

Dan Garthwaite
Dan Garthwaite

Dan Garthwaite – R

Tammy Simmons
Tammy Simmons

Tammy Simmons – R

District 18

Patricia Cornell
Patricia Cornell

Patricia Cornell – D

Armand Forest
Armand Forest

Armand D. Forest – D

Jordan B. Gamache
Jordan B. Gamache

Jordan B. Gamache – R

Emily Sandblade
Emily Sandblade

Emily Sandblade – R

District 19

Bob Backus
Bob Backus

Bob Backus  – D

Zane Knoy
Zane Knoy

Zane Knoy – D

Sonya Broulidakis
Sonya Broulidakis

Sonya Broulidakis – R

Dick Marston
Dick Marston

Dick Marston – R

District 42

Kendall Snow
Kendall Snow

Kendall A. Snow – D

Daniel J. Sullivan
Daniel J. Sullivan

Daniel J. Sullivan – D

Phillip Harris
Phillip Harris

Phillip Harris – R

Brandon Ross
Brandon Ross

Brandon D. Ross – R

District 43

Ben Baroody
Ben Baroody

Benjamin C. Baroody – D

Chris Herbert
Chris Herbert

Christopher J. Herbert – D

Tim O'Flaherty
Tim O’Flaherty

Tim O’Flaherty – D

Richard Olson
Richard Olson

Richard H. Olson – R

Tim Prescott
Tim Prescott

Timothy Prescott – R

Kathleen Souza
Kathleen Souza

Kathleen Souza – R

District 44

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No photo available

Robert M. Curran – D

Andreas Koustas
Andreas Koustas

Andreas Koustas – D

Andre Martel
Andre Martel

Andre “Andy” Martel  – R

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No photo available

Mark L. Proulx – R

District 45

Jane Beaulieu
Jane Beaulieu

Jane E. Beaulieu – D

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No photo available

Sean M. Burns – D

Jerry Bergevin
Jerry Bergevin

Jerry E. Bergevin – R

Carlos Gonzalez
Carlos Gonzalez

Carlos Gonzalez – R

HILLSBOROUGH County

Sheriff

Bill Barry
Bill Barry

Bill Barry  – D

James Hardy
James Hardy

James A. Hardy – R


County Attorney (click here to listen to audio debate)

Patricia LaFrance
Patricia LaFrance

Patricia M. LaFrance – D

Dennis Hogan
Dennis Hogan

Dennis Hogan – R


County Treasurer

Theodore Groh
Theodore Groh

Theodore Groh – D

David Fredette
David Fredette

David G. Fredette – R


Register of Deeds

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No photo available

Louise Wright – D

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No photo available

Pamela D. Coughlin – R


Register of Probate

Liz Kulig
Liz Kulig

Elizabeth Kulig – D

Joe Kelly Levasseur
Joe Kelly Levasseur

Joseph Kelly Levasseur – R


County Commissioner District 1

Leo Bernier
Leo Bernier

Leo R. Bernier – D

Toni Pappas
Toni Pappas

Toni Pappas – R


County Commissioner District 2

Teresa Mohler
Teresa Mohler

Teresa Moler – D

Sandra Ziehm
Sandra Ziehm

Sandra Ziehm – R


County Commissioner District 3

Susan Ladmer
Susan Ladmer

Susan Ladmer – D

Carol Holden
Carol Holden

Carol Holden – R

About this Author

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Carol Robidoux

PublisherManchester Ink Link

Longtime NH journalist and publisher of ManchesterInkLink.com. Loves R&B, German beer, and the Queen City!