In Concord, contested races for mayor and council seatsBy KATHRYN MARCHOCKI
New Hampshire Union Leader
November 04. 2013 6:39PM
Concord voters today will decide whether to re-elect Mayor Jim Bouley to a fourth term over two challengers’ efforts to unseat him and choose from a slate of council candidates.
An estimated 14 percent of the city’s estimated 27,046 registered voters are expected to cast ballots in what is predicted to be average voter turnout, the clerk’s office said.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
Topping the ballot in the non-partisan, municipal election is the three-way race for mayor. John Cook and Chris Booth are challenging Mayor Jim Bouley, who is seeking re-election to a fourth, two-year term.
Voters will elect two at-large city councilors from a slate of six. Candidates Samantha Clattenburg, Amanda Grady Sexton, Fred Keach, Josh VanBuskirk, Scott E. Welch and Timothy Willis are vying for the four-year seats.
An open, three-way race for Ward 1 Councilor has Adam F. Czarkowski, Brent Todd and Cassandra Rasmussen competing for the seat.
In Ward 2, voters will elect either Tim Bauman or Allan Herschlag to be their next councilor.
Candidates Rick Cibotti and Jennifer Kretovic are trying to unseat incumbent Ward 3 Councilor Jan McClure.
Kevin Bloom, Byron Champlin and Michael DelloIacono are in a three-way race for the Ward 4 Councilor seat.
Ward 5 Councilor Robert Werner, Ward 6 Councilor J. Allen Bennett, Ward 7 Councilor Keith E. Nyhan and Ward 9 Councilor Candace C.W. Bouchard all are seeking re-election unopposed.
Incumbent Ward 8 Councilor Dick Patten faces challenges from Dennis R. Soucy and Gail R. Matson.
Dan St. Hilaire is running unopposed for Ward 10 Councilor.
All ward council terms are two years.
Ward One: Immaculate Conception Church, Bonney Street, Penacook;
Ward Two: West Congregational Church, 499 North State St.;
Ward Three: Beaver Meadow Golf Course, Club House, 1 Beaver Meadow St. off Sewalls Falls Road;
Ward Four: St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 135 North State St.;
Ward Five: Green Street Community Center, 39 Green St.;
Ward Six: St. John’s Church Activity Center, Thorndike Street Entrance;
Ward Seven: West Street Ward House, 41 West St.;
Ward Eight: Bektash Temple, 189 Pembroke Road;
Ward Nine: Havenwood, 33 Christian Ave.;
Ward Ten: Broken Ground School, Portsmouth Street.