Primary Set in 1st District Executive Council Race

GOP Runoff Will Be Jan. 21; Special Election is March 11

This being an even-numbered year, you can expect to hear plenty about elections, both state and federal. Before we get to pick our legislators this fall, though, there is a special election to fill the 1st District Executive Council seat of the late Ray Burton.

While there’s only one Democratic candidate for the seat, Grafton County Commissioner Mike Cryans, there are three Republicans vying for the seat. Therefore, there will be a primary on Jan. 21 to decide between Mark Aldrich, Joe Kenney and Christopher Boothby. If you’re not sure what Executive Council district you live in, you can find out on this map. But basically, the 1st District encompasses the northernmost two-thirds of the state – everything north of Claremont to the west and Milton to the east.

While the SEA hasn’t endorsed any candidate yet, we encourage you to do your civic duty and cast your vote in the primary on Jan. 21. We’ve pulled together information on the three Republican candidates ahead of that primary to help in the decision-making process.

Mark Aldrich

Residence: Lebanon
Work: Currently, president of Mark Aldrich and Associates, which helps small businesses working with federal and state government; licensed real estate broker. Previously, economic development director of Claremont; state director for U.S. Sen. Bob Smith; NH chief of staff for Smith and U.S. Sen. Gordon Humphrey.
Politics: Never held elective office.
Website: No website available.

Joe Kenney

Residence: Wakefield
Work: 33-year Marine veteran, currently a lieutenant colonel and special projects officer in Marine Corps and Reserves.
Politics: State representative from 1994-2002 and state senator from 2002-2008; candidate for governor in 2008; Wakefield selectman from 1997-1999 and was chairman of the board from 1999-2000; chairman of Wakefield Republican Committee from 1997-1999.

Christopher Boothby

Residence: Meredith
Work: Currently, Boothby Therapy Services, which he founded with his wife. Previously, worked at numerous healthcare organizations including New Hampshire Brain Injury Association, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Hunt Community and LRGHealthcare; he also earned his licensed nursing home administrator certificate from the state.
Politics: Interned for Ray Burton while in college; Belknap County Commissioner from 1998-2010.

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