Two new City Council candidates emerge


LACONIA — Two competitors emerged Thursday for incumbent Ward 2 City Councilor David Bownes.
Richard Beaudoin, 73, who owns an electronics repair shop in Laconia, filed his candidacy papers at the City Clerk’s office. He has run for this position several times in the past and said he doesn’t have a particular agenda.
“I believe in taking one problem at a time and in not going around making a bunch of promises you don’t keep,” he said.
He also said there’s “always room for improvement,” but feels the current City Council is doing “a fairly good job.”
“I’ve run so many times, I figure I’ll give it one more time,” he said.
Also filing for the Ward 2 seat was Leonard Miner, 48, a produce purchasing manager and a member of the Laconia Board of Assessors.
He said he has “nothing against the councilors” but that he would “like to be a part of the solution” for issues of concern in the city. “There is a need for new people on the City Council.”
The deadline for filing candidacy papers for municipal races is Friday at 4:30 p.m.
A primary will be held Sept. 12 if any race has more than two candidates. If there are two candidates or fewer for any of these positions, the race will be decided in the Nov. 7 general election.
Laconia candidates
Mayor: Ed Engler (incumbent)
City Council Ward 1: Bruce Cheney and Michael Foote.
City Council Ward 2: David Bownes (Incumbent), Leonard Miner and Richard Beaudoin
City Council Ward 3: Henry Lipman (Incumbent)
City Council Ward 4: Brenda Baer (Incumbent), Mark Haynes and Breanna Henderson.
City Council Ward 5: Robert Hamel (Incumbent)
City Council Ward 6: Armand Bolduc (Incumbent) and Reuben Bassett
Laconia School Board, Ward 5: Stacie Sirois (Incumbent) and Rodney Roy.


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Laconia Police Log Aug. 2-4, 2017.

LACONIA — Police responded to 229 calls for service between 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, and 11:51 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4,including five for theft and two for assault.
Those arrested included:
Wednesday, Aug. 2 – Kenneth Robert Kelly, 36, of 322 South Main Street, Apt. B, on a bench warrant; Crystal Buckley, 38, a transient, on a bench warrant.
Friday, Aug. 4 – Melissa K. Vandemark, 18, of 65 Gilford Ave., Apt. 6, on a charge of domestic violence (simple assault)

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Female veteran, 97, honored

08 09 97 vet honored

The New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton honored 97-year-old Margaret Bayes at its Spotllight of the Month program Tuesday. She is shown with her daughter, Susan Bossert, and great-grandchildren Owen Mitchell, 6, and Jackson Mitchell, 10, of Laconia, and Jennifer Mitchell, recreaation therapist at the home, who is holding a photo montage of Bayes' life. She enlisted in the Army Air Corps right after Pearl Harbor and was a medical secretary at a recruitment center in Tennesee during the war. She met her husband, Fred, who was also from Malden, Massachusetts., shortly after the war and they lived in Framingham, Massachusetts, where he taught for 30 years, before moving to Laconia to be near Bossert and her husband, who ran the William Tell Inn  in Alton for many years. (Roger Amsden/Laconia Daily Sun)

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