Commission: Laughton is ineligible to run for office
She was given a 10-year suspended sentence and until that sentence is discharged, said Assistant Attorney General Stephen LaBonte, she cannot legally hold public office in New Hampshire.
Laughton said her prior conviction was not an issue when she ran and was elected to public office in Laconia.
“My sentence is totally discharged and I’m in full compliance with the court,” Laughton said Monday. “I want to get back to the work I love, serving the people of the state and my district.”
Assistant Secretary of State David Scanlan said because her sentence has not been discharged, she is not eligible to run for the House.Laughton’s case was supported by Rep. David Murotake, R-Nashua, who touted her volunteer efforts and community involvement. He said Laughton admitted she committed a crime but now is a fully reformed citizen and should be an encouragement to others.He urged the Ballot Law Commission to balance the letter of the law with “the right thing to do.”
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