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City Charter amendments all pass

LACONIA — The city will no longer hold a primary election if no more than 2 candidates file for mayor or the six city council seats.

Voters yesterday overwhelmingly approved a series of seven City Charter amendments aimed at voting procedures. The changes will take effect with elections held in the fall of 2015.

Amendment number four, which passed by a vote of 3,237 (69 percent) to 1,461, called for the elimination of the traditional September primary elections in instances with two or fewer candidates file candidates file for a spot on the ballot. The 10-day-long filing period will also be moved from early June back to early August.

Amendment number six, which passed by a vote of 3,233 (68 percent) to 1,494, set a floor (35) on the number of write-in votes needed in a primary election in order to earn a spot on the general election ballot. Successful write-in candidates would also need to finish as one of the two leading primary vote getters.

In calling for the adoption of the amendments, city officials cited the high cost (nearly $10,000) of conducting primary elections in which few if any candidates are actually eliminated. In recent years, primary election turnout has been as low as 3 percent of registered voters.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 03:27

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Republicans take all 5 House seats representing Laconia

LACONIA — Republicans swept all four seats in Belknap District Three (Laconia), with incumbents Don Flanders (2,818), Frank Tilton (2,748) and Robert Luther (2,547) being joined by newcomer Peter Spanos (2,576) in Tuesday's election.

Incumbent Democrat David Huot (2,442) was the top vote getter for the Democrats, followed by Kate Miller (1,934), Tom Dawson (1,873) and Mo Baxley (1,825).

In House District 9 (Laconia-Belmont) Republican Robert Fisher (3,775) defeated incumbent Democrat Beth Arsenault (3,499).



Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 03:14

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GOP's Labreche & Sylvia win in Belmont

BELMONT — Republicans held two House seats here on Tuesday. In Belknap County District 6, newcomer Shari Labreche led all vote getters with 1,314 votes and incumbent Mike Sylvia polled 1,217 votes to easily outdistance Democratic challengers Ron Cormier, who had 922 votes, and George Condodemetraky with 610.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 02:01

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Youngsters shoot at cars with paintball guns

LACONIA — Three teenaged boys were arrested Monday at 4 p.m. for shooting at passing cars with paint ball guns on Academy Street.

Police said the three unnamed juveniles all face charges of reckless conduct while two face charges of simple assault because one passing motorist had their window open and was struck by a paint ball.

All of the paint ball guns were confiscated. Police said all of the parents involved were very cooperative.

Police said the paint can be washed off from a car but will leave a welt at the impact site and stain clothing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 01:53

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