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Election Blog: Trefethen elected mayor in Dover, Spencer wins Somersworth

November 09. 2011 9:05AM
After giving his victory speech, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas gets a kiss from his mother, Pauline, at the Derryfield in Manchester on Tuesday night. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

Results from around the state will be added to this blog as they become available.

9:20 a.m., Wednesday: Spencer defeats Micucci for mayor in Somersworth

Matthew Spencer (642) was elected mayor by a wide margin over former Mayor Michael Micucci (395). Spencer replaces Mayor Lincoln Soldati, who resigned earlier this year after moving out of the city.


9 a.m., Wednesday: Trefethen elected mayor in Dover

Interim Mayor Dean Trefethen (2,758) was elected to the full position Tuesday, trouncing his rivals Mary Hebbard (1,340) and Don Medbery (813). Voters also approved two charter amendments, one that changed ward boundaries and another that amended the tax cap to keep spending increases on par with a three-year inflation average, rather than the current one year.


10:45 p.m., Tuesday: Manchester vote totals in

The full, unofficial voting totals for the Manchester elections are in. Click here to view the .pdf.

According to a press release from Manchester City Clerk Matthew Normand, "Official election results will be released on under Election Results" on Wednesday.

10:06 p.m.: Manchester voter participation about 28 percent

Although turnout fell short of expectations, it was still far better than the 9 percent participation seen during September's primary. City-wide, 14,621 people cast a ballot, about 28 percent of registered voters.

-- Beth LaMontagne Hall


10 p.m., Tuesday: Full results from Portsmouth

-- Eric Spear (mayor-elect) 2,244 votes

-- Bob Lister (assistant mayor-elect) 2,186

-- Tony Coviello 2,181

-- Esther Kennedy 1,928

-- Nancy Clayburgh 1,909

-- Brad Lown 1,901

-- Christine Dwyer 1,733

-- Ken Smith 1,451

-- Jack Thorsen 1,098

-- Glen Gardner 786

-- Sharon Jones Jenkins 626

Only the top nine candidates are on the council. Gardner and Jenkins fell short.

-- Clynton Namuo


9:45 p.m., Tuesday: Portsmouth: City Councilor Spear elected mayor

City Councilor Eric Spear has been elected mayor after capturing 2,244 votes, putting him at the top of a field of 10 candidates for council.

The top vote getter for city council automatically becomes mayor in Portsmouth. Spear will replace Mayor Tom Ferrini, who did not run for re-election.

Spear beat Bob Lister (2,186), who will become assistant mayor. Tony Coviello (2,181) placed third.

-- Clynton Namuo


9:35 p.m., Tuesday: Rochester Mayor Jean easily wins re-election

Mayor T.J. Jean (2,973) easily held onto his post, besting challenger Dennis Hancock (622), while a charter amendment to abolish the police commission was defeated 1,749 to 1,616.

-- Clynton Namuo


9:30 p.m., Tuesday: Antrim voters shoot down wind energy projects

ANTRIM - Voters defeated two articles Tuesday that would have regulated large-scale wind energy projects in the town.

Almost 50 percent, or 810, of the town's 1,649 registered voters cast ballots at the special Town Meeting vote.

The first article, which asked voters to adopt a large-scale wind ordinance, failed 501 to 309. The second article, which would have limited any large-scale wind development from the town's Rural Conservation District, failed 584 to 225.

A large wind energy project proposed in the Rural Conservation District on Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain by Eolian Renewable Energy was the driving force behind the ordinance, even though in June the town lost jurisdiction of the project to the state Site Evaluation Committee.

The ordinance would not have applied to the project, however, passage of it would have meant the SEC would have taken the town regulations into consideration when reviewing Eolian's application, which is to be submitted in January.

-- Meghan Pierce


9:27 p.m., Tuesday: Sheehan keeps Nashua alderman seat

NASHUA -- Incumbent Diane Sheehan will keep her Ward 3 alderman seat.

Sheehan, who was running against Burton Janz, garnered 615 votes compared to Janz's 303.

There is one ward -- Ward 8 -- that has not yet announced its results. Candidates and political supporters continue to wait for the final results to be tallied.

-- Kimberly Houghton


9:14 p.m., Tuesday: Tabacsko wins Nashua alderman race by 2 votes

NASHUA -- More election results are being announced by individual wards.

In Ward 5, Michael barely beat out his opponent, Michael Gallagher, for the alderman seat.

Tabacsko collected 460 votes to Gallagher's 458.

In Ward 9, Daniel Moriarty secured his seat for alderman against Willard Brown. Moriarty collected 552 votes compared to Brown's 320.

-- Kimberly Houghton


9:01 p.m., Tuesday: Dowd, Caron win Nashua alderman seats

NASHUA -- Election results are beginning to pour in, as candidates and elected officials await the final tallies. Candidates are gathered in two city locations currently, including the Nashua Country Club and San Francisco Kitchens on Main Street.

So far, at least two contested alderman races have already been announced.

Current Board of Education member Rick Dowd has beat out opponent Michael Aksten for the Ward 2 alderman seat.

Dowd gathered 447 votes; Aksten collected 238.

In Ward 7, incumbent June Caron narrowly defeated newcomer Michelle Spears for the alderman position. Caron gathered 398 votes and Spears collected 388.

More results will be posted soon.

-- Kimberly Houghton


8:55 p.m., Tuesday: Wihby and Staub win school board seats in Manchester

Former alderman David Wihby and education reformer Kathy Staub were elected to the two at-large school board seats. Both seats were open when incumbents chose not to run for re-election.

-- Mark Hayward


8:49 p.m., Tuesday: More Manchester results - Incumbent aldermen take three other wards

In other aldermen's races, several incumbents won. Phil Greazzo held onto his Ward 10 seat, defeating former state Rep. Jane Beaulieu, and Jim Roy held onto his Ward 4 seat, defeating Nick Levasseur, and Garth Corriveau held onto his Ward 6 seat, defeating Brian Desfosses.

In Ward 11, school board member Steve Dolman was defeated by Jason Cooper.

-- Mark Hayward


8:39 p.m., Tuesday: More from Manchester - Martineau holds on to welfare commissioner post

Welfare Commissioner Paul Martineau won a close race against his former Deputy Welfare Commissioner Diane Guimond.

Martineau has been the Commissioner for nearly a decade and touted his ability to not only keep spending low but also return $1.6 million to the city over his tenure. Guimond, however, pointed to the high amount of money spent each year on salaries and said she would advocate more for clients and work more closely with local non-profits.

-- Beth LaMontagne Hall


7:57 p.m., Tuesday: In Manchester, Gatsas wins second term; Alderman Lopez ousted

MANCHESTER - Mayor Ted Gatsas has won a second term, beating Board of School Committee member Chris Herbert.

Alderman At-Large Dan O'Neil won another term as well after 12 years on the board, but Alderman At-Large Mike Lopez was defeated after more than a decade in the post. Local attorney Joe Kelly Levasseur was the top vote-getter in that race.

William Infantine, who ran with Levasseur as a team, was also defeated.

In other aldermen's races, in Ward 7, Alderman Bill Shea won another term, beating tax-cap advocate Lisa Gravel. In Ward 8, School Committee member Tom Katsiantonis beat state Rep. Steve Vaillancourt. In Ward 9, Alderman Barbara Shaw won re-election, beating Timothy Sawyer.

In School Committee races, in Ward 7, member Dave Gelinas beat Alan Cail. In Ward 8, Erika Connors topped Bob Schiavoni. In Ward 11, Alderman Russ Ouellette beat Emily Sandblade. In Ward 12, Alderman Patrick Arnold topped Mark Nadzan.

-- Beth LaMontagne Hall


7:25 p.m., Tuesday: Laconia mayor re-elected

LACONIA -- Mayor Michael Seymour was re-elected and voters in Laconia's municipal elections returned all incumbents to office on the city council, school board and police commission on Tuesday.

Seymour was unopposed.

City Clerk Mary Reynolds said the turnout was far better than during the primary when only 3 percent of the city's 8,422 registered voters came to the polls.

-- In Ward 1, Ava Doyle, the incumbent held on to her post over Mark Condodemetraky (184-107). Seventeen percent of the Ward 1 voters came out to the polls for that race.

In Ward 2, incumbent and former mayor Matt Lahey beat Richard Beaudoin (103-44).

In Ward 3, Henry Lipman was unopposed.

In Ward 4, Brenda Baer the incumbent, won over Jack Terrill (184-79).

In Ward 5, Robert Hamel was returned to his seat without oppostion.

In Ward 6, Armand Bolduc won over challenger Anthony Felch (221-125).

For Police Commission Warren Clement and Douglas Whittum were unopposed and re-elected.

For School Board, unopposed incumbents Chris Guilmett and Stacie Sirois were returned.

-- Paula Tracy

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