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Former Hillsborough County prosecutor wants job back, announces candidacy

New Hampshire Union Leader

June 03. 2014 11:24AM

Dennis Hogan, the Republican ousted from the Hillsborough County Attorney job two years ago, announced Tuesday that he is running to return to office.

A Nashua resident, Hogan is likely to face Democratic incumbent Patricia LaFrance of Hollis, who is finishing her first term as county attorney. A former assistant county attorney, LaFrance challenged Hogan, who was her boss, in 2012 and nosed him out in a close contest, 50.5 to 49.5 percent.

LaFrance said Tuesday she is seeking reelection and will make a formal announcement soon.

"I look forward to debating Attorney Hogan and comparing our accomplishments while in office," LaFrance said.

Hogan said that as county attorney he kept a tight budget and helped four unproductive employees find the door. One was not a good time manager; one fell asleep in meetings; one took a lot of Fridays off, he said.

"Overall, I think I improved the office by making sure right people were there," he said.

He also said his budgets were 8 percent less than when he arrived, even though the office handled a record amount of cases. He said LaFrance has increased the office budget in each of her two years in charge.

Hogan has handled criminal defense, bankruptcy and personal injuries since beginning the private practice of law in 2002. He represented Nashua Ward 2 in the New Hampshire House and is a former member of the Nashua school board.

In 2006, Hogan stepped in to prevent "Cop Killer Advocate" Tom Alciere from becoming the Republican nominee for State Senate District 13, according to a campaign statement. He received 89 percent of the vote in a write-in campaign.

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