MEREDITH — In an effort to help voters learn more about both candidates for the Executive Council District One seat and enable them to make an informed decision at the voting booth, the Lakes Region Democrats, the Belknap County Republicans, and the Belknap County Democrats have announced that they are sponsoring an Executive Council District One Candidate Forum. The forum, scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, 6 - 7:30 p.m. will be held at the Meredith Community Center, located at 1 Circle Drive in Meredith. The event will be moderated by the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire. Following introductory remarks by both candidates, the public will be invited to engage in a Q & A with the candidates. In the event of weather issues requiring postponement of the forum, the snow date is Tuesday, February 18.
With the passing of Executive Councilor Ray Burton, the Secretary of State scheduled a primary and a special election to fill the vacant seat. The March 11 special election features the Democratic candidate, Mike Cryans, versus. the Republican candidate, Joe Kenney, who defeated Christopher Boothby and Mark Aldrich in a Republican Primary on January 21. Since March 11 is also the date of most town elections in district #1, it is hoped that voter turnout may be somewhat higher than normal for a special election.