Results for the city elections held in New Hampshire on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
In Concord, there wasn’t much hope of a lot of success, but there was hope for reducing the number of candidates on the city council that supported the massive federal handout to the city of Concord in the form of an attack truck designed to kill people. That’s right, the vote by the Concord city council to accept a Department of Homeland Security BEARCAT helped shape the election. In fact, 1 of the city councilors that voted for the BEARCAT didn’t even run for reelection.
In Ward 3, BEARCAT supporting city councilor Jennifer Kretovic lost. In Ward 4, Kevin Bloom beat the BEARCAT supporting incumbent but another challenger beat them both. So 3 of the pro-BEARCAT city councilors won’t be on the city council going forward. Similar results previously happened in Keene, NH after that city council voted to take the federal handout. This should be a clear sign to councilors in New Hampshire.
Samantha Clattenburg took 3rd in a 6 way race for 2 city council at large seats. And finally, incumbent Dick Patten, who as a member of the NH House received New Hampshire Liberty Alliance ratings of D- in 2012 and D+ in 2013, took 3rd in a way race for Ward 8 city council.
In Dover, Karen Weston, a small business owner and supporter of the Dover tax cap, beat Rocky D’Andrea in the mayoral race. While Rocky D’Andrea, a Republican also supported the tax cap, the local taxpayer advocates pushed for Karen Weston. Most of the other taxpayer supported candidates lost.
Voter apathy is typically high in Keene and this election was no different. Outside of the city council at large race, the only people willing to even run against the incumbents were a group of folks that the Keene Sentinel labeled Free Keene affiliated. All of the so called Free Keene candidates took last place. They certainly did receive a lot of free advertising with radio interviews, debates on TV and newspaper coverage. As for the city council at large race, the 2 best candidates challenging the status que and not associated with Free Keene took 7th and 8th place in the 10 way race for 5 seats. Bob Sutherland’s 7th place finish wasn’t far from actually making 5th place. Hopefully he continues to run in the future. Darryl W. Perry posted a highly detailed Keene election wrap-up. Ian Freeman followed up with an interesting commentary on the Keene election.
There were two very important issues on the ballot in Manchester. 1. Reelecting Mayor Ted Gatsas because of his strong support for the tax cap, even when it meant rejecting federal handouts that come with strings attached. 2 Defeating the proposed Manchester city charter changes, which would have increased pay for elected workers throughout the city and likely increased taxes while cutting services. Ted Gatsas was reelect with 53% of the vote and the city charter changes were rejected, only receiving 42% of the vote.
Unfortunately for the people of Manchester, Ward 10 Alderman Phil Greazzo only received 47% of the vote and was not reelected. While current Ward 12 Alderman Patrick Arnold lost in his bid to unseat the current Mayor, Republican Keith Hirschmann took his place as the new Ward 12 Alderman. The always controversial and animated Joseph Kelly Levasseur won reelection as an Alderman at large. Robyn Dunphy School Committee Ward 6 was elected. Paul R.R. Martineau, famous for doing everything he can, even legally questionable things, to prevent the people of Manchester from receiving government welfare, was reelection as the Manchester Welfare Commissioner with 56% of the vote. Unfortunately, many of the other pretty good Manchester candidates lost, including some in close races.
David Murotake, a Ron Paul endorsing Republican, was reelected to the School Committee in Nashua. Sean M. McGuinness, who had previously been endorsed by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance when he was a candidate for the NH House, won the Alderman Ward 1 race. Mark Cookson came in a close 4th out of candidates for the 3 Alderman at large positions. Some other not so bad candidates won various positions in Nashua but the real story in Nashua wasn’t the candidates, it was the lack of candidates.
Of note, Nashua residents decided to not even run for 12 positions so the results were decided by write-ins. Well, in some of those positions, there weren’t even any write-in candidates so those positions will be appointed. That’s 1 of the issues with New Hampshire, there are 1,000s of elected or appointed government positions that pay very little to no money. If only there was a solution?
Republican Jack Thorsen, known as a strong fiscal conservative, won reelection to the Portsmouth City Council on Tuesday. In 2011 he had 1,098 votes in a in a 11 way race for 9 seats. In 2013 he had 1,693 votes in a 23 way race for 9 seats. Jack and 5 other city council candidates were endorsed by the Association of Portsmouth Taxpayers. Two more of them, Esther E. Kennedy and Zelita F. Morgan were also elected. Ken Smith, who famously took the APT tax pledge in 2009 and then turned around and voted to increase taxes lost some support between the 2009 election and 2011 election. On Tuesday, voters told him that he was was no longer wanted as he lost his reelection bid. See the Portsmouth city website for all of the results.
Several pretty good candidates won in Rochester including:
Don Hamann City Council Rochester Ward 4
Mac Kittredge City Council Ward 6
Kathy Dunton School Committeeman at large
Ray Turner School Committeeman Ward 2
Taxpayer advocate Matt Spencer lost the mayoral race in Somersworth.
As an aside, currently, several of the cities listed above, including the most populated, 2nd most populated, 4th most populated and 5th most populated cities in New Hampshire, all have tax and or spending caps on the size of the growth of government.
UPDATE: Click here for the 2013 city election results https://nhfreedom.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/2013-new-hampshire-city-election-results
New Hampshire Freedom is suggesting candidates in the 2013 city council/alderman races set for November 5th. Here are the suggested candidates.
Christopher Booth Concord Mayor
Samantha Clattenburg City Council Concord (At Large)
Joshua VanBuskirk City Council Concord (At Large)
Tim Bauman City Council Concord Ward 2
Kevin Bloom City Council Concord Ward 4
More info: http://www.concordnh.gov/Index.aspx?NID=880
Darryl W. Perry Keene Mayor
Ian Freeman City Council Keene (At Large)
Steve Lindsey City Council Keene (At Large)
Robert Sutherland City Council Keene (At Large)
David Crawford City Council Keene Ward 1
James Cleaveland City Council Keene Ward 2
Conan Salada City Council Keene Ward 4
More info: http://www.ci.keene.nh.us/services/public-notices/notice-voters-municipal-election
Ted Gatsas Manchester Mayor
William Infantine Alderman Manchester (At Large)
Joseph Kelly Levasseur Alderman Manchester (At Large)
Tim Corbett Alderman Manchester Ward 1
Craig Haynie Selectman Manchester Ward 1
Win Hutchinson Alderman Manchester Ward 2
Merav Yaakov Alderman Manchester Ward 3
Shuvom Ghose Alderman Manchester Ward 4
Lisa Freeman School Committeeman Manchester Ward 5
Joe Whitten Alderman Manchester Ward 6
Robyn Dunphy School Committeeman Manchester Ward 6
Steve Vaillancourt School Committeeman Manchester Ward 8
Vince Perfetto Selectman Manchester Ward 9
J. Gail Barry School Committeeman Manchester Ward 9
Victoria Sullivan Alderman Manchester Ward 9
Phil Greazzo Alderman Manchester Ward 10
Christopher Hussey Alderman Manchester Ward 11
Ofer Nave Manchester Selectman Manchester Ward 11
Christine Duffley School Committeeman Manchester Ward 12
Tyler Crosson Moderator Manchester Ward 12
More info: http://www.manchesternh.gov/Departments/City-Clerk/Voter-Registration-and-Elections
David Murotake School Committeeman Nashua (At Large)
Mark Cookson Alderman Nashua (At Large)
Elenore Casey Crane Alderman Nashua Ward 2
More info: http://www.gonashua.com/CityGovernment/Departments/CityClerksOffice/Elections/tabid/153/Default.aspx
Jack D. Thorsen City Council Portsmouth (At Large)
More info: http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/cityclerk/voteinfo.htm
Fred Leonard Rochester Mayor
Tom Kaczynski City Council Rochester Ward 1
Dave Cope City Council Rochester Ward 2
Don Hamann City Council Rochester Ward 4
Kathy Dunton School Committeeman Rochester (At Large)
Ray Turner School Committeeman Rochester Ward 2
More info: http://www.rochesternh.net/Public_Documents/RochesterNH_Clerk/index
Matt Spencer Somersworth Mayor
More info: http://www.somersworth.com/municipal-election/
There is big news in New Hampshire. The Free State Project is now less than 25% away from the goal of 20,000 people joining the Free State Project as participants. If you aren’t knowledgeable on the Free State Project, you can learn more on the group’s website. Basically, it is a group that is recruiting 20,000 people that beleive in the New Hampshire way of life/ state motto to move to New Hampshire.
Here is the image update from the group’s website.
The Free State Project put out a press release. Read it for yourself. http://freestateproject.org/blogs/press-releases/free-state-project-hits-75-its-20000-goal-target-mass-migration-nh-2015.
Here are the first four paragraphs from the release.
The Free State Project, a mass migration movement to concentrate 20,000 liberty activists in New Hampshire is advancing to the finish line with more than 15,000 participants now signed up, with thousands moving ahead of schedule.
October 25, 2013 – Manchester, NH – Today, the Free State Project announced that 15,000 participants have now signed up to move to New Hampshire for more liberty. This mass migration movement aims to concentrate 20,000 liberty activists in the Live Free or Die state. At the current rate of sign-ups, the organization anticipates it will “Trigger the Move” in 2015, three years ahead of schedule.
“Reaching 75% of our goal is a major milestone,” said FSP president, Carla Gericke. “I attribute the acceleration in sign ups to things like the NSA surveillance scandal, the TSA, the NDAA, the PATRIOT Act, Obamacare, unconstitutional gun control legislation, and the unwarranted wars under both Bush and Obama. As America devolves into a police state, well-informed people are seeking safe havens. The FSP offers a proven strategy for individuals who are looking for more liberty within a community of like-minded people.”
FSP participants pledge to move to New Hampshire within 5 years of reaching the 20,000 mark, agreeing to the following Statement of Intent: “I hereby state my solemn intent to move to the State of New Hampshire within 5 years after 20,000 participants have signed up. Once there, I will exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of civil government is the protection of individuals’ life, liberty, and property.” Although not required to do so until the 20,000 milestone is met, almost 1,500 participants have already moved, with more are on the way.
If you like what you just read, feel free to join the 15,000+ other Free State Project participants.
Another month, another drop in the New Hampshire unemployment rate. When 2013 started, the New Hampshire unemployment rate was 5.8%. Last month it was 5.1%. The August unemployment rate is 5%. We are talking 2008 levels. In fact, the last time the unemployment rate was this low in New Hampshire was December of 2008.
New Hampshire’s unemployment rate is the 2nd lowest East of the Mississippi River. The lowest rate in the East yet again belongs to border state Vermont at 4.6%. The rate in Maine increased to 7%. The Massachusetts rate remanded the same at 7.2%.
North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the country at 3%. Nevada continues to have the highest rate at 9.5%. The United State unemployment rate is 7.3%.
August unemployment rate for the most populated cities and towns in New Hampshire:
Dummer, with a population of only 304 people, has the highest unemployment rate of any town in New Hampshire at 11.7%. Orange, with a population of 299 people, has the lowest unemployment rate at 1.9%. Coos County has the highest unemployment rate at roughly 5.4% Grafton County has the lowest unemployment rate in New Hampshire at roughly 3.8%.
You might be aware of the Free State Project‘s 101 Reasons to Move to New Hampshire if you Love Liberty list. Then there is Free Keene‘s less polished 150+ Reasons to Move to Keene list. Eagle-Tribune, a Massachusetts based newspaper that is read in some of the most conservative MA and NH towns, just came out with the 603 Reasons list.
Top 12 of the 603 Reasons:
1. You can go to the beach and the mountains in the same day.
2. Small government.
3. Cheap alcohol.
4. Growing number of rail trails.
5. Christa McAuliffe.
6. Robert Frost.
7. Lots of trees.
8. Many colleges to choose from.
9. Laconia Bike Week.
10. Abundant and varied wildlife.
11. State motto, Live Free or Die.
12. No income tax.
Other highlights include:
#30 Cheap cigarettes.
#31 Legal fireworks and all the summer displays.
#129 Free State Project.
#152 No Sales Tax.
#236 Sig Sauer.
#242 No payroll tax.
#261 Gun rights.
#281 No helmet law.
#288 Raw milk.
#302 Open carry.
#338 No mandatory car insurance.
#339 Low unemployment. [Compared to most other states, though not really low in the traditional sense]
#350 Dixville Notch votes before anyone else in country.
Bonus. Then there is this um, interesting video, also put out by Free Keene.
Want to move to New Hampshire but not sure if you can afford it? What does a 2-3 bedroom condominium go for in much of the 603? Condo prices start in the $50,000 to $75,000 range and go up from there.
Sample condos in that price range all around NH.
$47k 2BR Hillsborough http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4230766
$50k 2BR New Ipswich http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4237476
$51k 2BR Dover http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4259544
$54k 2BR Manchester http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4313740
$55K 2BR Laconia http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4213648
$55k 2BR Hooksett http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4244996
$59k 2BR Lebanon http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4256723
$60k 2BR Exeter http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4216885
$60k 2BR Concord http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4252963
$63k 3BR Rindge (3 bathrooms) http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4196675
$65k 3BR Derry http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4245454
$65k 2BR Seabrook (private ocean beach in town) http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4296554
$70k 2BR Freemont (built 1761) http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4252610
$72k 2BR Salem http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4309175
$75k 2BR Rochester (designed for seniors) http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4235158
$75k 2BR Keene http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4249875
$75k 2BR Gilford http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4220155
$75k 3BR Francestown http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4253005
$75k 2BR Newmarket http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4224236
$75k 2BR Campton http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4250168
$76k 3BR Claremont http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4225284
$80k 2BR Nashua http://www.nneren.com/listing_detail.html?id=4240723
As a percentage of workers employed in the science and engineering fields, New Hampshire is 6th nationally at 4.8%. Massachusetts is 2nd nationally at 6.4%. A total of 240,000 people are employed in the science and engineering fields in NH/ MA.
The national average is 4.1%. The only area of the country with a higher percentage of science and engineering employment than the NH/ MA area is the DC/ Maryland / Virginia area. At 7%, MD is the state with the highest percentage of science and engineering employment. The states with the lowest percentages are Mississippi and Arkansas at 1.7% and 2%.
Nashua Telegraph article on the subject http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/business/1014435-464/n.h.-has-more-jobs-in-science-and.html
National Science Foundation Report on Science and Engineering employment http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf13330/nsf13330.pdf