By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
CONCORD — The field of candidates for the 18 members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives elected in Belknap County has grown with filings posted by the New Hampshire Secretary of State Tuesday.
The 18 seats are spread among nine districts.
In District 2, which returns four representatives from the towns of Gilford and Meredith, Democrat Nancy Frost of Gilford has joined Lisa DiMartino, Dorothy Piquado and Johan Anderson to ensure the party a full slate of candidates.
In District 4, where two members are elected in the towns of Sanbornton and Tilton, Republicans Tim Lang and Robert White, both from Sanbornton, entered the race alongside three other Republican candidates from Sanbornton — Dennis Fields, John Vorel and Richard Brothers — expanding the GOP field to five.
In District 5, the towns of Gilmanton and Alton which elects two members, Democrat Hammond Brown of Gilmanton and Elizabeth Abbot of Gilmanton as well as incumbent Republicans Peter Varney and Gerald Theodora, both of Alton, have joined Michael Mahoney of Gilmanton to swell the field.
In District 6, the town of Belmont with two seats, incumbent Republican Mike Sylvia and Democrat George Condodemetraky filed providing each party with two candidates.
In District 7, the town of Barnstead which elects one representative, Democrat Bruce Marriott entered the race to fill the empty slot on the ballot.
With these filings the Republican Party has fielded a full to overflowing slate of candidates for all 18 seats in the county while the Democrats have left one slot in District 5 and another in District 8, the towns of Alton, Barnstead and Gilmanton, where Republican Ray Howard remains the only candidate to file.
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