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State rep candidate 'concerned' about opponent's past


DEERFIELD — A Democratic challenger for the state House of Representatives is raising concerns about the 2010 driving while intoxicated and reckless conduct convictions of the incumbent Republican who is running for reelection.

James Spillane, one of the Republicans representing Deerfield in the New Hampshire House, pleaded guilty to the two charges in December 2010.

The Deerfield resident’s license was suspended for nine months, and he was fined $500 as a result. Spillane also received a suspended sentence of one year of jail time pending good behavior. The charges were not previously reported publicly.

The original complaints filed by the Deerfield Police Department accused Spillane of putting his wife’s life in danger after allegedly grabbing the wheel while she was driving, causing the vehicle to crash, and attempting to strangle her. Spillane also was accused of driving away in the damaged car afterward, according to court documents.

Wes Golomb, the Democratic challenger for the seat, said his concerns aren’t so much about the crime itself, but the larger moral and ethical implications. With two daughters and a wife, Golomb said he’s very focused on making sure women are treated properly.

This is not the first time this issue has come up this election, Golomb said. He said he had similar concerns about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has also been accused of mistreating women after a video of him making lewd comments was released.

“I don’t think this is the way our leaders should be acting,” Golomb said. “Leaders should be role models.”

Spillane said this was an incident in his life that he deeply regrets. He also said he has never harmed his wife, and has worked to move on from the incident since being elected to serve his first term as a state representative in 2014.

“Since this regrettable incident I have focused on serving my community and being a proactive and strong advocate for the people of Deerfield, Candia and Nottingham, which includes being an ally against domestic violence,” he said.

Spillane lives with his wife and three children, according to his campaign website.


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