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D'Allesandro is first in city Charter Commission race

MANCHESTER - Veteran state Sen. Lou D'Allesandro and former Alderman Mike Lopez topped the list of 62 city residents in Tuesday's election of the charter commission, a group of nine individulas who will be tasked with rewriting, or at least revising, the structure of city government.

D'Allesandro received 15,377 votes, 1,553 ahead of his closest rival, Lopez.

When he spoke to a reporter last night, D'Allesandro said he wanted to see Manchester schools improve.

'Our K through 12 education system has got to be one of the best in the state,' he said.

Other people to land on the commission are:

• Nicholas Pappas, 12,882 votes. Pappas is a newcomer to Manchester politics, and may have been confused with Chris Pappas, a Democrat on the ballot for Executive Council. His Facebook profile said he is a West High School graduate, Manchester native and a Greek Orthodox. His friends include reporters and Republican and conservative activists in the state.

• Jerome Duval, 9,720 votes. Duval is a former alderman who owns a real-estate business.

• John Clayton, 9,642 votes. Clayton is a former columnist with the New Hampshire Union Leader and is communications director for the New Hampshire Hospital Association.

• Christine D. 'Chris' Martin, 9,193 votes. Martin is principal of Webster Elementary School.

• Elias 'Skip' Ashooh, 8,305 votes. In the late 1990s, Ashooh speerheaded efforts to build the Verizon Wireless Arena in downtown Manchester.

• Richard Girard, 7,999 votes. Girard is a former alderman who ran for mayor in the 1990s. He is host of the 'Girard at Large' radio show.

• William Infantine, 7,841 votes. Infantine is a Republican state representative.

Sixty-two Manchester residents ran for the Charter Commission, many of them well known names in the city. Those to not land on the commission include Alderman Jim Roy, school board member David Wihby, state Sen. Tom DeBlois and Manchester lawyer James Craig.

The 10th highest vote getter was former school board member Katherine Labanaris, who received 7,413 votes.

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