Resignation of Robert Fisher opened the seat
By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Charlie St. Clair, a member of the Laconia Planning Board and the executive director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, filed candidacy papers Monday to run for the New Hampshire House of Representatives seat left vacant by the resignation of Republican Rep. Robert Fisher.
As of late Monday afternoon, no other candidate had filed.
Fisher represented Belknap District 9, which takes in Laconia and Belmont. He resigned in a scandal over his creation of a website critical of women.
St. Clair, a Democrat, said he feels strongly about public transportation and highway safety issues.
Funding for the new Community Corrections Center has been a major issue facing the Belknap County Delegation, which has been asked to decide on a supplemental appropriation from the County Commission that would allow the facility to open.
“We've got a County Commission elected by the public and a county sheriff elected by the public who are very experienced,” St. Clair said. “The officials who run the jail also appear to be very experienced and that speaks for itself.
“They know what they are doing.”
He said that while he is running as a Democrat, he is “really running as Laconian.”
“I do not put a lot of weight into the party system. I think you have to look at the person.”
The election to fill Fisher's seat coincides with municipal elections, with a primary on Sept. 12 and a general election on Nov. 7.
The candidate filing period at Laconia City Hall was yesterday and Tuesday. An extended period for filing at the Secretary of State's office in Concord will continue through June 16.
Rep. Frank Tilton, R-Laconia, was re-elected last fall, but has been ill and was never sworn in. He is making a recovery and intends to serve in the next legislative session, which begins in January.
Charlie St. Clair