BARNSTEAD — The day after State Rep. Jane Cormier announced that she is moving to Hooksett and resigning her seat, fellow Republican Elaine Swinford announced that she will run to take her place in Belknap District 8, consisting of Alton, Barnstead and Gilmanton. The district elects one member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
Swinford served two consecutive terms in the House from 2009 to 2011, when she was one of seven Republicans elected in a district consisting of Alton, Barnstead, Belmont and Gilford. She lost her seat in 2012, after the new districts were drawn, when she was beaten in the Republican primary for the lone seat in Barnstead by Guy Comtois. "I redistricted myself out a seat," she quipped, explaining that she served on the committee that redrew the House districts. Swinford served on the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, which she chaired during her second term.
Well known in Barnstead, Swinford serves as the town's welfare director as well as operates the thrift shop and food pantry when she is not tending to her three dogs — Mollie, Sadie and Bentley Four-on-the-Floor.