Gov. Hassan sets special election for Ray Burton's District 1 Executive Council seat
Burton died last Tuesday of kidney cancer at age 74.
If only one candidate from each party files for the election, then no primary election will be necessary and the general election will be held on Jan. 21 instead of March 11.
“All of New Hampshire continues to mourn the passing of Ray Burton, one of the most dedicated and caring public servants that the North Country and our entire state have ever known,” Hassan said in a statement.
Under provisions of state law, Hassan was required to set the special election date by Thursday of this week.