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

No photo available
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

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  • Cyndy Carlson

    Thanks for this!

  • TheRighteousRat

    In days of old, when governments hadn’t built any businesses yet, a few hardy souls ventured into the deep forest and began a community.

    They cleared the land and built homes. They farmed and hunted and fished for their daily living.

    After a while, the best hunter began selling his excess meat, and the best fishermen did the same with his catches. The bounty of the land in the form of fruits and vegetables were likewise grown in greater amounts than the farmers could use, so the farmer began selling it. Businesses had been formed.

    But they realized they needed roads to make it easier to move their products, and a common marketplace where people could gather, buy, and sell.

    They all got busy and carved roads out of the forest, but while they were doing that, their various trades went lacking for their absence.

    Putting their heads together, they realized that they had a neighbor who would be an ideal road builder and maintainer, so they decided to pool some of their funds and make a job offer.

    The gentleman accepted the position, which they called road agent, and the others went back to their occupations, which by now had become nice little businesses. There was no SBA, no grants, no Small Business Jobs Act, no minimum wage, and so on. Just human determination, effort, and fairness.

    As the neighborhood grew it became a town, and the road agent was re-titled as the Public Works director, because he had also taken on the task of maintaining the new park in town.

    He was still paid directly by the towns people, as was his new assistant, from the proceeds of the businesses they operated.

    As the town grew and incorporated, it needed a school and other amenities, so the townspeople gathered at the meeting house and levied a tax upon themselves to pay for these new amenities as well as the Public Works department. They were able to pay the tax from their business incomes.

    It’s the same today except for the scale. Villages are now towns, towns are now cities, and so on.

    BUT, the businesses ALWAYS came first and still do. To those who would try to convince you that the government BUILT those businesses, point out to them that the businesses came before the roads, still do, and will continue to do so. That a business might relocate from one area to another because it perceives that the better roads there might improve its profits or bring it closer to better employees does NOT mean the government built that business.

    WE THE PEOPLE built those businesses and roads, NOT the “government” as is claimed by the Democrats today. If the ‘government’ stays out of the way, the people can take care of business very very well. That’s how America GOT strong, and how America will REMAIN strong.

    Vote Conservative/Republican on November 4th for a healthier business climate, state, and country, and to eliminate so many of the needless government interventions that suffocate that same effort and success!