Incumbent councilors file for re-election

LACONIA — Incumbent City Councilors Ava Doyle (Ward 1), Henry Lipman (Ward 3) , Bob Hamel (Ward 5) and Armand Bolduc (Ward 6) filed for re-election yesterday. Councilor Brenda Baer (Ward 4), the fifth incumbent seeking re-election, did the same when the filing period opened earlier in the week.
Baer, Bolduc, Hamel and Lipman have served together for four terms. Doyle was appointed to complete the unexpired term of Greg Knytych, then elected to a full term in her own right in 2012.
With a week remaining in the filing period, the only contested election is in Ward 6, where Bolduc, who has served on the council for three decades, will be challenged by Tony Felch of Lakeport.
So far no one has stepped forward to succeed Matt Lahey in Ward 2.
Earlier in the week, former City Councilor Bob Luther, who is serving his second term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, became the first candidate to enter the race for mayor, opened by Mike Seymour's decision to retire after serving two terms.
The filing period ends at the close of business on Friday, June 15.

CAPTION: Incumbent city councilors, from left to right, Henry Lipman (Ward 3), Ava Doyle (Ward 1) and Bob Hamel (Ward 5) joined one another at City Hall to file for re-election yesterday. Lipman and Hamel and seeking their fifth terms and Doyle her second, though she was appointed to serve most of the unexpired term of a councilor who resigned. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)