Mayor & all 6 councilors appear to be running for re-election

LACONIA — Five of the six incumbent city councilors — Ava Doyle (Ward 1), Henry Lipman (Ward 3), Brenda Baer (Ward 4), Bob Hamel (Ward 5) and Armand Bolduc (Ward 6) — this week confirmed that they intend to seek re-election while David Bownes (Ward 2) said that he will "probably" seek another another term.

Mayor Ed Engler, who was first elected in 2013, said that he will run for a second term.

The filing period for the November municipal election will open at the City Clerk's Office on Wednesday morning and close on Friday, August 14 at 4:30 p.m. A primary election will be held on September 8 only in instances where more than two candidates filed for the same position.

Four of the six City Council incumbents have served for a decade or more. Lipman, Baer and Hamel were first elected in 2005 and have each served five terms. Bolduc, who is serving his 15th term, when asked if he will run again, replied "I'll walk". Doyle, who was first appointed to complete the unexpired term of Greg Knytych in 2010, has twice been elected to the council and will be running for her third full term. Bownes, who served on the council in the 1990s, was elected again in 2013.

Four of the seven seats on the School Board, where members serve staggered terms, are on the ballot this year. Three of the four incumbents are seeking re-election. Malcolm Murray, who has served two terms in Ward 1, will run for what he said would be his last term. In Ward 2, Barbara Luther, who was appointed to complete the unexpired term of Beth Arsenault, will seek election to the seat. And Michael Persson will bid for a second term as the at-large member of the board.

Joe Cormier, who has represented Ward 6 for four terms and chaired the board for the past four years, said that he will not seek another term.

Major LaRowe will now likely join Inter-Lakes School Board representing Sandwich

 MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes School Board will recommend that Major LaRowe, a retired colonel in the United States Army, be appointed to a seat on the board reserved to Sandwich. The position fell vacant with the resignation of John Martin, who accepted a position with the Plymouth School District.

Superintendent Mary Ellen Ormond said yesterday that LaRowe, the lone applicant for the position, will meet next week with the board, which will recommend his appointment to the Sandwich Board of Selectmen.

A pilot of 24 years, LaRowe earned bachelor's degrees in both education an aviation aviation technology at the University of Montana as well as master's degrees in aeronautical engineering, public administration and national security strategy. He also attended the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

"We are very fortunate to have Major LaRowe step forward," said Ormond. "He has led a life of service to his country and his community and we are especially grateful that he has chosen to join our school board."

Alexandria man sought for fleeing from New Hampton police stop at high speed

NEW HAMPTON — Police are actively seeking an Alexandria man who allegedly fled at high speed from them during a traffic stop Sunday night at a convenience store on Rte. 104. Randall Root is white, 24-years old, about 5-feet 10-inches tall, 155 pounds with blue eyes and light-colored hair.

Sgt. Michael Grier said an officer on routine patrol saw a white Subaru Legacy sedan being driven by Root of 38 Bailey Hill Road poised to pull out onto the highway at 10:10 p.m. but noticed it wasn't moving and other cars were going around it.

He said the officer pulled up behind the Legacy and walked to the driver's side of the car. The officer reported that the car was running, it was in drive, and Root was apparently passed out with his foot on the brake.

Grier said Root was unresponsive and had his head slumped on his chest. He said the patrol officer tried about four times to wake Root and had already called for a backup officer. He said the driver's window was partially down but not such that the officer could shut off the ignition.

The officer noted drug paraphernalia in the center console of the car. When Root eventually regained consciousness, Grier said he appeared disoriented and exhibited visible signs of impairment.

The officer was successful in getting Root to put the car in park and to give him his driver's license. He said by this time a cruiser from Sanbornton had arrived and Root was told he was not free to leave. An ambulance from New Hampton had also arrived in case medical assistance was needed.

When the New Hampton officer went to his cruiser to phone into dispatch the information on Root's drivers license, Root allegedly took off, making a right on to Rte. 104 and then another right on to Interstate 93 North.

He said both officers followed him but when Root reached I-93 North he began driving erratically and was reaching speeds greater than 100 mph. Both officers stopped following Root and an be-on-the lookout bulletin was issued.

Grier said yesterday that Root was driving his mother's car and he had been in touch with her via cell phone. He said she was being cooperative but professed not to know where her son was.

Police obtained four warrants for his arrest — one for aggravated DWI, one from felony possession of drugs that were observed in the center console, one for disobeying an officer and one for reckless driving.

Grier said Alexandria Police Chief Donald Sullivan is familiar with Root and is assisting in their efforts to locate him.

Anyone who has any information about Root's whereabouts is asked to call the New Hampton Police at 744-5423.