Boothby gathers endorsements from GOP senators

LACONIA — Christopher Boothby, announced yesterday that state Senators Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), the Senate Majority Leader, and Bob Odell (R-Lempster) chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, have endorsed his bid for the Republican nomination District 1 seat on the Executive Council.

Together with the support of Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith), who is actively engaged in his campaign, Boothby enjoys the support of three of the four Republican senators who represent municipalities in District 1. Boothby described the three senators as "pillars of our state" who "represent what's right about New Hampshire politics."

In a prepared statement, Bradley, who has known Boothby since the later was a Belknap County Commissioner, said, "I know how hard he worked for his constituents. I believe he will continue to be an advocate for citizens as Executive Councilor and will be a worthy successor to the late Ray Burton."

Likewise, Odell, citing Boothby's experience in both the private and public sectors, said that "people in District 1 knew in Ray Burton they had a councilor who responded to their needs and fought for them in Concord. I believe Christopher will be the same type of councilor." Noting that Boothby seeks "to replace a political legend," he said that he must "handle a steep learning curve. Christopher will be able to do that."

Forrester too was confident Boothby will be "an accountable and responsive servant to his constituents — just like Councilor Burton."

"We're out there talking to people morning, noon and night," said Boothby, who promised an aggressive campaign when he announced his candidacy. "We're serious about this," he declared, adding that he believes how conscientiously candidates campaign is indicative of how they will fulfill their responsibilities as public officials.

"I'm extremely heartened by the response we've received," Boothby said. "It only causes me to work harder."

Mark Aldrich of Lebanon, a former congressional aide and director of economic development in Claremont, and Joe Kenney of Wakefield, who served in both the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Senate, are also seeking the Republican nomination in Executive Council District 1.

The district sprawls across two-thirds of the land area of the state, reaches into six of its ten counties — Coos, Carroll, Grafton, Belknap, Strafford and Merrimack — and includes four of its 13 cites — Laconia, Berlin Claremont and Lebanon — 101 of its 221 towns and 19 of its 25 unincorporated places.

The primary election will be held on January 21. The winner will face Democrat Mike Cryans of Hanover, who served on the Grafton County Commission with Burton for a number of years.