Lawyers for the state's judicial retirement plan said a former judge who resigned in 2008 after helping her disbarred lawyer hide money from the state is not entitled to get nearly a $90,000 annual pension and more than $400,000 in back pay and health coverage.

Candidate for Secretary of State Colin Van Ostern walks the hallways while the votes were counted at the State House in Concord on Wednesday.

CONCORD — In a day of high drama at the State House, Bill Gardner, the nation’s longest-serving Secretary of State, held off a formidable challenge by former Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern, eking out a four-vote win to another two-year term.

MILFORD — Milford’s Town Administrator Mark Bender said this week other towns that are part of the 911 dispatching agreement with Milford should not worry that the town will not renew its contract with its neighboring communities.

CONCORD — Longtime GOP stalwart Wayne MacDonald has announced he will not seek reelection as chairman of the state Republican Party, clearing the way for Trump supporter Stephen Stepanek, who formally announced his bid for the position two weeks ago.

Four-term Democratic Gov. John Lynch was joined by a host of other high-ranking Democrats on Monday in voicing strong support for incumbent Secretary of State Bill Gardner, whose fate will be decided by a vote of representatives and senators on Wednesday.