This week, I’ll be taking a look at the three upcoming special elections for state representatives. Not only are these elections an opportunity to pick up three additional House seats, but a win in each district will be seen as a repudiation of Speaker O’Brien and the Tea Party/Free State GOP.
The first special election will be August 9, 2011 for Strafford District 3. The is the seat previously held by the infamous Republican Martin Harty, who resigned after publicly expressing support for eugenics. Four Democrats are vying for the seat and will face a primary election on June 7, 2011. The winner will face a Republican who moved to the New Hampshire with the Free State Project.
Bob Perry, Strafford, will be familiar to many here as a two-term former state rep. As a member of the House Election Law Committee, he co-authored a bill to facilitate the design of a secure electronic ballot-counting device. He also co-sponsored a bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Lynch last year, that established a legal preference for New Hampshire vendors in the awarding of state service contracts.
Others on the Democratic primary ballot are Dennis Malloy (Barrington), Janet M. Kalar (Middleton) and Richard Stanley, Farmington.
Malloy is the Chief Development Officer of New Hampshire Public Television. He is a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire, is currently serving as a Trustee of the Town Trust of Barrington, chaired the Barrington Cable Television Committee and chaired the New Hampshire Public Radio Community Advisory Board.
Kalar is a former member of the Farmington Planning Board and the Farmington Capital Improvement Committee and presently is a Trustee of the Trust Fund and a Planning Board member for Middleton.
Stanley has been a Farmington police officer for over eight years. He holds an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the New Hampshire Police Academy. Stanley is currently a member of the Farmington Economic Development Committee and is chair of the Farmington Downtown Committee.
The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican Honey Puterbaugh of Barrington and third party candidate Ross McNamara of New Durham.
As Dean reported last month, Puterbaugh moved to New Hampshire with the Free State Project — though her campaign web site and Facebook page make no mention of her affiliation with the group. She and her husband, Todd Puterbaugh, who is also a Free Stater, are active with the Strafford County Republican party. Puterbaugh is actively fund raising and canvassing.
Strafford District 3 contains six towns: Strafford, Barrington, Farmington, Middleton, New Durham, and Milton. Registered Republicans have a slight edge over registered Democrats in the district, but over 43% of the voters are undeclared.
Strafford District 3 is a swing district. George Bush won the district twice by narrow margins, but President Obama carried the district 53% - 47%. Based on voting in presidential elections, Strafford District 3 has a Partisan Voting Index of Even.
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Cross-posted on Blue Hampshire