Prosecutor defeats boss to become Hillsborough County Attorney
MANCHESTER - Hillsborough County prosecutor Patricia LaFrance defeated a former boss and current boss to become the new county attorney and head prosecutor of the state's largest county.
Democrat LaFrance of Hollis, a county prosecutor for nine years, received 89,878 votes to incumbent Republican County Attorney Dennis Hogan's 87,650, according to the Secretary of State's Office.
Hogan was elected county attorney in 2010 after working in private practice in Nashua and serving on the state Board of Education.To become the county's top prosecutor, LaFrance first had to defeat a former boss, Democrat Robert Walsh of Manchester, in the primary.
While Democrats swept elections Tuesday, they did not unseat any of the remaining incumbent Republicans in Hillsborough County including Sheriff James Hardy of Pelham, who received 94,500 votes over Democrat Bill Barry of Manchester with 86,330.
All three Republican members of the county commissioner were reelected. Commissioner Toni Pappas of Manchester handily defeated Democrat Shannon Bernier of Hillsborough, 33,140 to 22,845, to retain her District 1 seat representing Manchester, Bedford and New Boston.
District 2 Commissioner Sandra Ziehm of Nashua received 27,942 votes over Democratic opponent Lori Movesian of Nashua, who received 27,376, a 566-vote difference. District 2 represents Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield and Pelham.
District 3 Commissioner Carol H. Holden of Amherst received 34,104 votes to defeat Democrat Susan Ladmer of Peterborough, who received 27,000 votes. Libertarian James B. Parker of Weare received 4,829 votes to place third. District 3 covers the remaining 24 county towns.
County Treasurer David G. Fredette, R-Nashua, was returned to office with 90,019 votes over Democratic opponent Shannon Bernier of Hillsborough, who received 85,893 votes.
Register of Probate Joe Kelly Levasseur, R-Manchester, won his race, receiving 90,709 votes over Graham V. Smith, an Amherst Democrat who received 84,791 votes.
Register of Deeds Pamela D. Coughlin, R-Nashua, also was reelected with 93,147 votes over Democrat Louis Wright of Nashua, who received 81,963 votes.