6 Manchester reps among those legislators MIA for county budget vote

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Hillsborough County complex in Goffstown.
Hillsborough County complex in Goffstown.

MANCHESTER, NH – On Tuesday night Mayor Ted Gatsas and Alderman Pat Long were hoping for the 43 votes needed to gain approval for a funding request from the proposed Hillsborough County budget that would bring a drug court to Hillsborough County Superior Court North.

After a long debate, the vote fell short – 39 to 44. Two observations were made in hindsight by Long and Gatsas – that it was a poor showing by Hillsborough County’s elected delegates, and that if the six Manchester delegates who were not present had been present – and had voted in favor of the measure – a drug court would be in place in Manchester by summer’s end.

On Wednesday morning, delegation coordinator Marcia Castonguay fulfilled a request for a copy of the sign-in sheet (see below) which reflects which delegates were present. There was no roll call vote on the drug court proposal. Delegates in favor voted by standing, said Castonguay.

Below is a list of every delegate who was absent, including the six from Manchester. Manchester Ink Link reached out to each of the five Manchester delegates via email Wednesday morning to find out why they missed the vote, and requested a response by 5 p.m. Only one, Jeffrey Goley, responded:

“Unfortunately I was traveling out of state and did not get back in Manchester until 1 a.m. this morning. I am in support of a drug court in Manchester and would have voted for it,” wrote Goley.

Certainly it’s possible the other five reps – William O’Neil, Elizabeth Edwards, Amanda Bouldin, Armand Forest and Jane Beaulieu – are on vacation, or had some kind of extenuating circumstance.

But when only 85 out of 122 elected representatives show up to for a budget vote involving the expenditure of tax dollars, it feels like something is lacking.

We hope to hear from Manchester’s other delegates – or any of those named here who did not make the meeting – and will update the story accordingly.

Delegates who were absent from the June 23 Hillsborough County Delegation meeting:

District 1 Gilman Shattuck

District 2 Daniel Donovan

District 4 Carol Roberts

District 6 Nick Zaricki

District 7 Bart Fromuth, Keith Murphy

District 8, Jeffrey Goley, Manchester 

District 9 Wiliam O’Neil, Manchester 

District 11 Elizabeth Edwards, Manchester

District 12 Amanda Bouldin, Manchester

District 18 Armand Forest, Manchester

District 21 Richard Barry, Jeanine Notter, Josh Moore

District 22 Stephen Stepanek

District 23 Shawn Sweeney, Carolyn Halstead

District 24 Ivy Vann, Peter Leishman

District 25 James Parison

District 26 Christopher Adams

District 28 Eric Eastman

District 29 Peggy McCarthy

District 30 Alan Cohen

District 31 Pamela Brown

District 32, David Murotake

District 34 Timothy Twombly, Timothy Soucy

District 36 Bill Ohm, Michael O’Brien

District 37 Lars Christiansen, Eric Schleien

District 40 Keith Ammon

District  41 Laurie Sanborn

District 42 Daniel Sullivan

District 43 Christpher Hebert, Kathleen Souza

District 45 Jane Beaulieu, Manchester


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Journalist and editor of ManchesterInkLink.com, a hyperlocal news and information site for Manchester, NH.