By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
WARREN — Charles Chandler of Warren, best known as Charlie, yesterday became the first Democrat to announce he will seek a seat in the New Hampshire Senate in District 2.
Born and raised in Laconia, which he called "my home town," Chandler has spent the last 45 years serving local and state government in elected, appointed and voluntary positions. "Public service is in my blood," he said.
Chandler, a retired attorney, has been a selectman in Northfield, where he also served on the Planning Board, and currently holds the same two positions in Warren. He represented Northfield in the New Hampshire House of Representatives where he served along side his father, Earl Chandler of Wilmot, and brother, Gene Chandler of Bartlett, as the lone Democrat of the three.
Chandler served on the Ballot Law Commission as well as an Election Monitor, appointed by the Secretary of State and Attorney General to oversee voting in New Boston.
In 2010, Secretary of State William Gardner picked Chandler to preside over an independent inquiry into Financial Resources Mortgage Inc. and CL&M Inc. of Meredith, which bilked more than 100 clients of tens of millions of dollars in what Chandler called "a heartless, vicious Ponzi scheme."
Chairman of the Board of Franklin Savings, a director of the Pemi-Baker Land Trust and a member of the Cannon Mountain Advisory Commission, Chandler said that along with background in law and service in government he also brings experience in business to his candidacy.
Chandler said that he has always been committed to public education.
"We must fully fund and provide this adequate education in order to keep New Hampshire moving forward." He described economic development as "always part of what I do," adding that while the economy rebounding "it's not improving for everybody."
Chandler stressed that his "experience, judgement and temperament" suited him for the Senate, where he anticipated "The positions I take will cross party lines."
Chandler is the second resident of Warren to enter the race in District 2, joining Republican Bob Giuda who his vying with Brian Gallagher of Sanbornton for the GOP nomination.
"I know them both well," he said, noting that he spoke with them to say that he intends to run a positive campaign grounded on the issues and hoped they would do the same. Chandler said, "There are serious philosophical differences and the voters of District 2 will have very clear choices."
Senate District 2 consists of 27 towns in three counties: Haverhill, Piermont, Orford,Warren, Wentowrth, Dorechester, Ellsworth, Rumney. Groton, Orange, Grafton, Campton, Plymouth, Hebron, Alexandria, Holderness, Ashland, Bridgewater and Bristol in Grafton County; Meredith, Center Harbor, New Hampton, Sanbornton and Tilton in Belknap County; and Hill, Danbury and Wilmot in Merrimack County.
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