Midterm election 2018 campaign news for November 2

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We hope this series has been helpful to you in making your decisions.  Below the usual campaign news, we’ve added information below about:

  • The two ballot questions about amendments to the State Constitution.
  • Current status on voter registration.

Congressional District 1

  • Dan Belforti (L) – answered voter questions on Facebook Live. He said he believes citizenship should be a market commodity: “I think citizenship should be for sale. I think when you come to this country, if you want to be a citizen, if you want to become a citizen over a period of 20 years, you should pay into the system, because eventually you’re going to be collecting from that system.” He wants to reduce America’s military footprint: “We would actually be just protecting our own borders and creating peace and commerce with all nations, instead of trying to be the world’s policeman, which is creating terrorism toward us.” He wants the federal government out of drug policy altogether: “As a member of Congress, I would initiate the repeal of the Substance Abuse Act of 1970, and that would open it up to the states to regulate it, and it would get the criminal justice element out of the drug war.”
  • Eddie Edwards (R) was endorsed by the the Weirs Times and by the NH Union Leader, “He knows about heavy lifts.” He was endorsed by the New Hampshire Police Association, “integrity and ethics.” He attended the Oct. 30 NH GOP rally with with Governors Chris Christie and John Sununu. He “failed to vote in three of the past four midterm elections and the 2016 presidential primary was the first he time he’d cast a first-in-the-nation primary ballot since 2000 according to voter files reviewed by the New Hampshire Union Leader.”
  • Chris Pappas (D) was endorsed by the Portsmouth Herald and Foster’s Daily Democrat, “will focus on solving problems rather than scoring political points.” He was endorsed by the Concord Monitor, “he understands the needs of businesses and workers alike.” His campaign released a digital ad to air in the final week of the campaign titled “Respect.” The 30-second ad features supporter Donna B. McQuade from Manchester, a lifelong Republican who is voting and volunteering for Chris in this campaign.
  • Edwards and Pappas  participated in a Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce debate at Derryfield Country Club on Oct. 24, and in a televised debate sponsored by The New Hampshire Institute of Politics, WMUR-TV, and the New Hampshire Union Leader at Saint Anselm College on Oct. 29. An Oct. 27 Emerson college poll shows the candidates extremely close, with Pappas at 48 percent and Edwards at 46 percent, which is within the margin of error. The five percent of undecided voters will decide the win.

Governor

  • Jilletta Jarvis (L) protested her exclusion from the November 1 debate at NHIOP hosted by WMUR-TV, and the New Hampshire Union Leader, “The criteria for the general election debates should be that the candidate has won their primary and is on the ballot.  When we exclude candidates who have qualified for the ballot, we silence the choice of the voter.  No small group of individuals should determine what choices you are allowed to make when it comes to your vote.  Until the voters speak up and make their voices heard, this practice will not change.”
  • Molly Kelly (D) was endorsed by the Keene Sentinel, “the right vision for what New Hampshire ought to be.” She was endorsed by Concord Monitor, “If elected, she would do everything possible to make good on her promise to build a New Hampshire that works for everybody.” On Oct. 31, she held a press conference in Manchester to, “draw a direct connection between the agendas of Chris Sununu and Donald Trump when it comes to public education and common sense gun safety laws.” She was joined by Mayor Joyce Craig, State Rep. Mary Heath, and retired Manchester teacher Bonnie Doherty. On Oct. 26, elections experts at the Cook Political Report predicted close race between Molly Kelly and Chris Sununu, shifting the race characterization from “Likely Republican” to the less certain “Lean Republican” rating. The campaign has raised more than $1.2 million this cycle from 7,728 donors. The Kelly campaign has $84,394 on hand after raising $187,509 this period. Ninety-four percent (4,399) of all contributions this period were of $100 or less. Kelly’s 7,728 individual contributions — over just seven months —  dwarfs Sununu’s 2,166 over a nearly two-year period. “Kelly’s strong fundraising comes without relying on any corporate donations. Kelly is the only candidate for governor who has refused contributions from corporations from day one of her campaign.”
  • Chris Sununu (R) was endorsed by the newspapers of Seacoast Online. He visited weapon manufacturer Sig Sauer, Inc. on Oct. 29, after which he tweeted, “Business is BOOMING!” He cut the ribbon on a substance abuse treatment facility for youth in Manchester on Oct. 30. He signed a proclamation naming October “Principals Month.”
  • Kelly and Sununu participated in a Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce debate on October 30. Kelly and Sununu participated in a televised debate sponsored by The New Hampshire Institute of Politics, WMUR-TV, and the New Hampshire Union Leader on November 1 at Saint Anselm College, but Jarvis was excluded.

Executive Council District 4

  • Gray Chynoweth (D) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • Ted Gatsas (R) was endorsed by NFIB, “knows what it takes to create jobs and understands the challenges that small-business owners face in New Hampshire.” He attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • Richard Tomasso (L) – No news this week.

State Senate District 16: Wards 1, 2, and 12

State Senate District 18: Wards 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9

State Senate District 20: Wards 3, 4, 10, and 11

 Representatives Hillsborough District 8 / Ward 1

Ward 1 is in the North End, bounded by the Merrimack River and the Hooksett town line, and on the south by Webster Street and Smyth Road. The polling place is Webster School Auditorium. Vote for two.

  • Andrew Fromuth (R)
  • Jeff Goley (D) is an incumbent.
  • Diane Langley (D) was endorsed by State Employees Association Local 1984 and by the New Hampshire Chapter of the Sierra Club as an environmental champion.

 Representatives Hillsborough District 9 / Ward 2

Ward 2 is in the North End, bounded by Union Street east to the Hooksett town line, and Webster Street and Smyth Road south to Pearl and Wellington Streets. The polling place is Hillside Middle School. The polling place is Hillside Middle School. Vote for two.

  • Linda DiSilvestro (D) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • Iz Piedra (D) was endorsed by NH Stonewall Democrats, the NH AFL-CIO, by Democracy for America, and by the New Hampshire Chapter of the Sierra Club as an environmental champion. He attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • Anthony B. Pugh (R) is a member of the Free State Project. He was endorsed by NH Liberty Alliance.
  • Doug Whitfield (R)

Representatives Hillsborough District 10 / Ward 3

Ward 3 is in the North End, from West Clarke and Webster Streets south to Queen City Avenue, and from the Merrimack River to Union Street. The polling place is Carol M. Rines Center. Vote for two.

  • Nicholos M. Goroff (L) – No news this week.
  • Daniel Heck (R)  was endorsed by NH Liberty Alliance.
  • Jean Leniol Jeudy (D) – No news this week.
  • Pat Long (D) – No news this week.
  • Holly Beene Seal (R) was endorsed by NH Liberty Alliance.

Representatives Hillsborough District 11 / Ward 4

Ward 4 is east of Union Street to Eastern Avenue and I-93, and from Pearl Street and Wellington Road south to Merrimack and Hanover Streets. The polling place is McDonough School. Vote for two.

  • Donald Bouchard (D) was endorsed by the New Hampshire Chapter of the Sierra Club as an environmental champion. He attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • Mathieu Jean (R) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • Nicole Klein (D) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27
  • Mikey Leviss (R) was endorsed by NH Liberty Alliance. He attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.

Representatives Hillsborough District 12 / Ward 5

Ward 5 is east of Union Street and is bounded on the north by Merrimack and Hanover Streets, and on the south by Valley Street and Oakland Avenue. The polling place is Beech Street School. Vote for two.

  • Amanda Bouldin (D) is an incumbent. She was endorsed was endorsed by NH Stonewall Democrats, and b New Hampshire Chapter of the Sierra Club as an environmental champion. She attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • Andrew Bouldin (D) was endorsed by NH Stonewall Democrats, and by the New Hampshire Chapter of the Sierra Club as an environmental champion. He attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • Lisa M. Freeman (R) – No news this week.

Representatives Hillsborough District 13 / Ward 6

Ward 6 is bounded by Wellington Road south to the Auburn town line, and by I-93 west to the Auburn line, plus some streets from Hanover Street to Cohas Ave. The polling place is Henry J . McLaughlin Middle School. Vote for two.

  • Kathy J. Desjardin (D) – No news this week.
  • Larry G. Gagne (R) – No news this week.
  • Peter J. Macone (D) – No news this week.
  • Kirk D. McConville (R) – No news this week.

Representatives Hillsborough District 14 / Ward 7

Ward 7 is bounded by Valley St. and Oakland Ave. south to Shasta St., Vinton St., Cilley Rd., and Island Pond Rd., and from Union St. east to Cushing Ave., Normand St., Renard St., and Benjamin St. The polling place is St. Anthony Community Center. Vote for two.

  • Mary Freitis (D) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • Mary Heath (D)  attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27. She was endorsed by the New Hampshire Chapter of the Sierra Club as an environmental champion.
  • Andreas W. Reif (R) – No news this week.
  • Roland A. Six (R) – No news this week.

Representatives Hillsborough District 15 / Ward 8

Ward 8 is bounded by Doris St., Vinton St., Cilley Rd. and Cohas Ave. south to the Londonderry town line, and from the Merrimack River east to I-93. The polling place is Memorial High School. Vote for two.

  • Angel C. Brisson (R) – No news this week.
  • Erika Connors (D) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.  She was endorsed by President Barack Obama.
  • Ryan M. Curran (D) – No news this week.
  • Mark Warden (R) was endorsed by NH Liberty Alliance.

Representatives Hillsborough District 16 / Ward 9

Ward 9 is from Queen City Ave. and Cilley Rd. south to Winston and Kenberma Streets, and from the Merrimack River west to South Hall and South Willow Streets. The polling place is Bishop Leo E. O’Neil Youth Center. Vote for two.

  • Joshua Query (D) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.  He was endorsed by President Barack Obama and by NH Stonewall Democrats.
  • Thomas M. Robert (R) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • Barbara Shaw (D) – No news this week.
  • Victoria Sullivan (R)  – No news this week.

Representatives Hillsborough District 17 / Ward 10

Ward 10 is on the West Side from Granite Street and the Piscataqua River to the Bedford Town Line. The polling place is Parker-Varney School. Vote for two.

  • Dan Garthwaite (R) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • Heidi Hamer (D) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.  She was endorsed by the New Hampshire Chapter of the Sierra Club as an environmental champion, and by Rights & Democracy.
  • Tammy Simmons (R) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • Timothy Smith attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27. He was endorsed by Rights & Democracy, Our Revolution and by the New Hampshire Chapter of the Sierra Club as an environmental champion.

Representatives Hillsborough District 18 / Ward 11

Ward 11 is on the West Side from Coolidge, Mason, and Bremer Streets to Conant and Douglas Streets. The polling place is Gossler School. Vote for two.

  • Patricia Cornell (D) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.  She was endorsed by the New Hampshire Chapter of the Sierra Club as an environmental champion.
  • Joshua Holmes (R) – No news this week.
  • Brittany Ping (R) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.  She was endorsed by NH Liberty Alliance.
  • Willis Griffith (D) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.  He was endorsed by President Barack Obama.

Representatives Hillsborough District 19 / Ward 12

Ward 12 is on the West Side from the Hooksett town line to Coolidge, Mason, and Upland Streets. The polling place is Northwest Elementary School. Vote for two.

  • Bob Backus attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27. He was endorsed by the New Hampshire Chapter of the Sierra Club as an environmental champion.
  • Dick Marston (R) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • Kendall Snow (D) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.  He previously served in the legislature as a representative for District 42.
  • Patrick Sweeney (R) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.

Representatives Hillsborough District 42 / Floterial for Wards 1, 2, and 3

District 42 is a floterial district that includes Ward 1Ward 2, and Ward 3. The 2 floterial representatives are in addition to the 2 reps per ward, bringing the combined total to 8.  The polling places are Webster School Auditorium, Hillside Middle School, and Carol M. Rines Center. Vote for two.

  • Jackie Chretian (D) was endorsed by NH Stonewall Democrats. She attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • Phillip Harris (R) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • Joseph Lachance (R) – No news this week.
  • Matt Wilhelm (D) was endorsed by Serve America PAC, as announced by Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA). He attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27

Representatives Hillsborough District 43 / Floterial for Wards 4, 5, and 6

District 43 is a floterial district that includes Ward 4Ward 5, and Ward 6  The 2 floterial representatives are in addition to the 2 reps per ward, bringing the combined total to 8.  The polling places are McDonough School, Beech Street School, and Henry J. McLaughlin Middle School. Vote for two.

Representatives Hillsborough District 44 / Floterial for Wards  8 and 9 and Litchfield

District 44 is a floterial district that includes Ward 8, Ward 9, and Litchfield. The 2 floterial representatives are in addition to the 2 reps per ward, bringing the combined total to 6. The Manchester polling places are Memorial High School and Bishop Leo E. O’Neil Youth Center. Vote for two.

  • Heather A. Ledoux (D) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • Mark McLean (R) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • Candace Moulton (D) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.  She was endorsed by Rights & Democracy, SEIU-1984 and NEA-NH.
  • Mark Proulx (R) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.

Representatives Hillsborough District 45 / Floterial for Wards  10, 11, and 12

District 44 is a floterial district that includes Ward 8, Ward 9, and Litchfield. The 2 floterial representatives are in addition to the 2 reps per ward, bringing the combined total to 8. The polling places are Parker-Varney School, Gossler School, and Northwest Elementary School. Vote for two.

  • Alex Avery (L) – No news this week.
  • Jane E. Beaulieu (D) – No news this week.
  • Carlos Gonzalez (R) – No news this week.
  • Scott Eich (R) – No news this week.
  • Connie Van Houten (D) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27. She was endorsed by Rights & Democracy.

Hillsborough County Sheriff

  • Bill Barry (D) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • James A. Hardy (R) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.

Hillsborough County Attorney

  • Michael Conlon (D) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.
  • Dennis Hogan (R) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.

Hillsborough County Treasurer

  • William Bryk (D) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.  He was endorsed by Rights & Democracy.
  • David G. Fredette (R) attended the Manchester Ink Link Meet and Greet on Oct. 27.

Hillsborough County Register of Deeds

Hillsborough County Register of Probate

Hillsborough County Commissioner District 1

Questions 1 and 2: Constitutional amendments

On the ballot you will see two questions regarding amendments to the State Constitution.  Read about it in Manchester Ink Link or see the NHPR coverage.

Need to register to vote?

You can register at your polling place. If you don’t know where that is, click here.  Bring a proof of identity. Bring a proof of residence. If you do not have proof of residence, you can sign an affidavit and still vote and there will be no penalty of follow-up , as per a state court decision. To learn more, click here.

NH DOT rules on placement of political signs

  • The law prohibits placement of political signs on the interstate highways, including the entrance and exit ramps.
  • The law prohibits placement of political signs on or affixed to utility poles or highway signs.
  • Signs that create a traffic hazard or obstruct the safe flow of traffic will be removed. Please do not post signs on delineator posts or bridges, as the removal is costly.
  • Signs will be removed to perform maintenance. This is prime mowing season, so it is best not to place signs in an area with long grass that is likely to be mowed in the near future.
  • Placement of signs on private property requires permission from the landowner.
  • Signs on private property that obstruct traffic signs or signals, or restrict a motorist’s field of view at an intersection, will be removed as a traffic hazard. (RSA 236:1, 236:73)
  • Candidates are required tor emove all political signs by the second Friday following the election, unless the election is a primary and the advertising concerns a winning candidate.
  • In the event the Department needs to remove political signs for safety or maintenance, the signs will be held at the local patrol headquarters until one week after the election and then discarded. (RSA 664:17)

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