CONCORD — Seven of the 13 Republican representatives from Belknap County were among the 52 members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives whose voting records earned A grades from the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance. The five Democrats in the county delegation were all graded D.
The Liberty Alliance tracked about 60 bills that came before the House this year, scoring members according to whether their vote protected or enhanced individual freedom and personal responsibility or expanded government regulation and central authority.
Posting the highest scores in the delegation, Representatives Guy Comtois of Barnstead and Michael Sylvia of Belmont were among the 17 House members to receive straight As. Representatives Bob Greemore and Colette Worsman of Meredith, Richard Burchell of Gilmanton, Chuck Fink of Belmont and Jane Cormier of Alton all were awarded grades of A minus.
Of six remaining county Republican representatives, Herb Vadney of Meredith scored B plus, Stephen Holmes of Alton and Bob Luther of Laconia both scored B and Dennis Field of Sanbornton scored B minus. The lowest scores among the Republicans were posted by Representatives Frank Tilton and Don Flanders of Laconia, both with C plus.
Although the Republican representatives from Belknap County comprise just seven-percent of the 179 members of the GOP caucus in the House, they accounted for 13-percent of the grades of A or better on the Liberty Alliance scorecard.
Among the county Democrats Representatives Beth Arsenault of Laconia and Ruth Gulick of New Hampton scored D plus, Lisa DiMartino of Gilford scored D and Ian Raymond of Sanbornton and David Huot of Laconia scored D minus.