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D'Allesandro, Lopez likely to land on city charter commission

MANCHESTER - State Sen. Lou D'Allesandro said he appears to have won a seat on the nine-person charter commission.

The veteran Democrat also said former alderman Mike Lopez will likely join him on the commission, which will be tasked with rewriting - or at least revising - the governing structure of the city.

'From what people tell me, I've topped the ticket,' said D'Allesandro, who also won reelection to the state Senate.

Incomplete returns, which do not include Wards 1 and 5, have D'Allesandro with 10,280 votes and Lopez with 9,540. Nick Pappas, a Republican and newcomer, has 8,782 votes.

Former alderman Jerome Duval had 6,505 votes, former Union Leader columnist John Clayton had 6,055, and former alderman Richard Girard had 5,428.

Sixty-two residents were running for the nine slots on the charter commission. As of late last night, returns from three city wards were still not compiled.

D'Allesandro said Manchester people recognize the need for a better education system, which will be one of the considerations of the charter commission. Some candidates called for financial independence of the Manchester schools, where others said they should be more under the control of City Hall.

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

B.J. Perry, a candidate who did not win, said the drop off was significant: many more people voted for President than charter commission, which was on a separate ballot. But it appears that those who voted took their time and studied all 62 names, Perry said.

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