February 02. 2017 12:59AM

Special election dates set to fill late Manchester state rep's seat

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader


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MANCHESTER — Special election dates have been set to fill the state representative seat in District 44 held by the late Andy Martel.

Martel died Dec. 22, 2016, at Catholic Medical Center. He was elected seven times as a member of the NH General Court from 1998 until 2016; five times to the House of Representatives and twice to the state Senate.

Martel chaired the Save Catholic Medical Center Community Action Group during the 1990s, and was a member of the Association for Operations Management, the Richelieu Club and the National Republican Leadership Association.

Martel was sworn in for his fifth term in the New Hampshire House in December, and was named to serve on the House Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee before his death.

He represented Hillsborough County District 44, which includes Manchester wards 8 and 9, as well as the town of Litchfield.

A primary election will be held on April 4 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., with the general election to follow on May 23.

Those interested in running for the seat should file a Declaration of Candidacy with the Secretary of State’s Office between February 6 and 10. Declarations of Candidacy may also be accepted at the City Clerk’s Office at Manchester City Hall on February 6 and 7 only.

For more information, call the Secretary of State’s Office at 271-3242.

pfeely@unionleader.com