Bob Luther will make a second run for mayor; Felch challenges again in Ward 6

LACONIA — When the filing period for city offices opened yesterday, former City Councilor Bob Luther, who represented Ward 2 for seven consecutive terms between 1996 and 2008, was first through the door to file for his second bid at the mayor's office.
After resigning his seat on the council when he moved from Ward 2, Luther ran for mayor in 2009 against Mike Seymour, who won easily by carrying all six wards and polling 1,421 votes to Luther's 874. Last month Seymour announced he would not seek re-election to a third term.
In 2010, Luther, a Republican, was elected to the first of two terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
Tony Felch of Lakeport will again challenge Armand Bolduc, who has served on the City Council for three decades and said he intends to continue, in Ward 6. In 2011, Felch ran a write-in campaign to earn a place on the ballot but lost the race to Bolduc, 221 to 125.
Felch, a native of the city and member of the class of 1977 at Laconia High School, has managed the Mountain View Apartments on Mile Hill Road for the past 20 years. He is the president of the Leavitt Park Association and the New Hampshire Billiards League.
Felch said that he enjoys a congenial relationship and has no profound differences with Bolduc, but believes "it is time for a change and new ideas. We shouldn't be doing everything the way it's always been done because it's always been done that way," he said. A strong supporter of a "pay-as-you-throw" trash collection program, he said that would vote to introduce it if the mandatory recycling recycling fails to reduce the amount of trash collected at the curbside and cost of disposing of solid waste its supporters project. While Felch believes the city could benefit from acquiring the former Laconia State School property, he said that the city must be assured that the price of purchasing the site and cost of addressing the environmental issues are reasonable.
Brenda Baer, who has represented Ward 4 on the council for the past eight years, filed for re-election to a fifth term. Perhaps the most outspoken and fiscally conservative councilor, Baer, who initially opposed the property tax cap, has sought to keep a tight grip on spending while working hard to secure funding for the improvement of Wyatt Park, which is currently underway. She was in the forefront of the opposition to a "pay-as-you-throw" program.
Armand Maheux, who has served on the Police Commission since 1995, filed for re-election to a seventh consecutive term. Maheux managed a department store, shoe store and jewelry store before joining the Police Department as a part-time officer in 1965. In 1973, he became a full-time officer. After five years on the force, he left to take a position with Aavid Thermalloy.