Transgender lawmaker plans return to public office, Nashua city clerk vows eligibility challenge
On Tuesday, Laughton and her ex-wife, Lisa Laughton, announced that they will seek their former positions as selectmen for Ward 4 in the November election.
"We may have to go to court to prove our eligibility," said Stacie Laughton, who regrets never seeking a hearing in front of the ballot law commission previously.
Stacie Laughton, 29, says she feels called to public service, and is ready to take this next step. Despite the challenge that may lie ahead for her, she says it is worth the fight.
Bergeron may be her first obstacle. On Tuesday, Bergeron said nothing has changed since the attorney general's opinion several months ago.
But the Laughtons are prepared to take that opinion to court, if necessary.
"The last thing I want to have to do is file a petition against the city," said Stacie Laughton, adding she is cautiously optimistic that it will not come to that. "But if it does, we are ready."
Last November, Stacie Laughton was elected as one of three House members for Ward 4 in Nashua. However, after news surfaced about her previous life as a convicted felon under the name of Barry C. Laughton Jr. in Laconia, she signed her letter of resignation and a special election to fill the vacant position was scheduled. To complicate matters even further, she then filed to run for the seat she had just resigned before even taking office.
The Laughtons maintain that state law does not mention anything about unpaid restitution prohibiting final discharge or preventing an individual from seeking office.
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