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Robin Gordon seeks to return to Carroll County attorney post

Union Leader Correspondent

October 14. 2012 9:07PM

OSSIPEE - Robin Gordon, the Democrat who defeated Attorney Diana Bolander in the primary election for Carroll County Attorney, wants her old job back.

Gordon, of Tamworth, served as Carroll County Attorney from 1999 to 2010, when challenger Thomas Dewhurst III won the election for the two-year set. Dewhurst is not running and the race is between Gordon and Republican nominee Assistant County Attorney Stephen Murray of Wolfeboro.

In the two years since she left office, Gordon said she's been working with civil practice and probate cases, keeping her hand in the legal profession.

She said she is running again because she really enjoyed the work. Secondly, she said cases are not being managed well under current leadership and that 'morale is terrible.' If re-elected, Gordon said her first order of business would be to review how cases are being handled, and to see what has worked and what hasn't in the past two years.

Gordon's path to a legal career began in the 1980s when she worked as a juvenile parole officer. She took a paralegal course and ultimately applied and was accepted at Franklin Pierce Law School where she earned her law degree. Gordon worked at New Hampshire Legal Assistance from 1986 to 1990, assisting low-income clients with Social Security problems, landlord/tenant disputes, and a 'fair amount' of cases involving mental health defense. She worked for C.A.S.A., (Court Appointed Special Advocates) working with kids and later was hired as the first Assistant County Attorney for Coos County in Lancaster in 1995. When Carroll County Attorney Carol Chellman decided not to seek reelection in 1998, Gordon successfully ran for the post and entered the office in 1999.

As for her challenger, Gordon hired Murray five years ago. She lauded his skills in research and financial cases, but criticized his trial skills. She said the office has pled out many cases down to misdemeanors.

Another issue for the County Attorney's office has been the high turnover. Gordon said Carroll County is a tourist destination and there's not much of a pool to choose from when hiring staff. In the past 12 years, the office has lost 10 assistant county attorneys.

Dewhurst was able to secure raises for the staff this past year to make the levels more competitive.

Aside from her case work in civil and probate matters, Gordon also serves on the Tamworth Economic Development Commission.

She lives in Tamworth with her two dogs and a cat.

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