2013 Seacoast Region City Election Results

Results of the 2013 Seacoast Region city elections for Dover, Portsmouth, Rochester and Somersworth via the New Hampshire Freedom blog.

Dover – 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.

Portsmouth – 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.

Rochester- 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

Somersworth- Taxpayer advocate Matt Spencer lost the mayoral race in Somersworth.

Seacoast Region Candidate Suggestions for 11-5-13 City Election

UPDATE: Click here for the 2013 city election results https://nhseacoastliberty.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/2013-seacoast-region-city-election-results

Here some possible Seacoast Region Candidate Suggestions via the New Hampshire Freedom blog for the city elections on Tuesday, 11-5-13. Please consider doing your own research if possible, telling your friends and voting on Tuesday.

Dover – someone else made possible recommendations in the comments section of the above mentioned blog.

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/

Announcing the Seacoast Annual Freedom Expo 4-27-13

The Seacoast Annual Freedom Expo takes place on Saturday, April 27 2013 at the historic Exeter Town Hall from 10:00 a.m until 6:00 p.m.

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There will be workshops, tables, speakers, vendors, and other activities all day long. This is similar to a free, one day version of the Liberty Forum, and we expect an even larger crowd than last year, especially with no admission cost. For vendors and groups, tables are still available for $35, or $50 for a spot near the main entrance.

The Exeter Town Hall is in downtown Exeter, New Hampshire on Front Street.

Learn more about this event and RSVP on the Facebook event. https://www.facebook.com/events/379324032151010/

An Open Letter to Foster’s Daily Democrat

Foster’s Daily Democrat, a newspaper based in Dover NH, has been printing official editorials criticizing the Free State Project. Native New Hampshirite Dan Davis submitted the following as an op/ed in response. Foster’s refused to run it. – Mike Vine

As a lifelong NH resident, I am disappointed with recent Foster’s editorials which incorrectly demonize the Free State Project. The paper continually mischaracterizes the FSP as a monolithic force, whose members are conspiring to “take over NH.”

A few weeks ago, an editorial accused some office-seekers with FSP connections of dishonesty because they ran as Republicans rather than as Libertarians. The reality is that the political establishment in NH has created enormous barriers to third-party participation, so it no surprise that these candidates chose the path of least resistance.

Is Foster’s suggesting that there should be some sort of litmus test of party purity in lieu of building coalitions, or do they merely oppose the right of free association? If Foster’s editors truly care about accuracy in party labels, maybe they should consider endorsing a reform like approval voting, which gets rid of “wasted votes” and allows more parties to compete.

Another editorial, on March 3rd, conjured additional “proof” of FSP duplicity. Carla Gericke, president of the FSP, recently declared that she would like to trigger the move of 20,000 Free State Project participants in 2 years rather than 5. Foster’s called this “suspicious” since such a timetable could impact the 2016 elections. To which I say: So what? If these people move to our state, then they have the right to vote like anyone else.

Gericke also mentioned seeking 501(c)3 charitable status to facilitate the FSP goal. Foster’s characterizes this as deception by a group that they perceive merely as advocates for specific political actions, or particular candidates. But as an organization, FSP’s only goal is to encourage 20,000 liberty activists to move to NH. They don’t even define what makes a person a “liberty activist.”

The editorial itself explains that the IRS will not grant 501(c)3 status to groups primarily engaged in political action. That the FSP would apply for tax exempt non-profit status is hardly “political skullduggery.”

In short, Foster’s efforts to portray the FSP as a secretive cabal have backfired with this native; such attacks fortify my support for these idealistic underdogs. After all, the libertarian principles of non- aggression, self-ownership, and personal responsibility are completely consistent with the values we hold dear in NH.

Sincerely,
Dan Davis
Kensington NH

Regional NH House Budget Hearing – Rochester 3-18-13 at 5:00-8:00PM

This month there will be 5 regional NH House hearings on the next NH state budget. This is your chance to show up and say that you are against the proposed gas tax increase, the cigarette tax increase, the overall budget increase and that you want to see the budget CUT so that government SHRINKS. Bring a friend and show up. Speak out for smaller government and make a difference.

ROCHESTER, Monday, March 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Rochester Community Center, 150 Wakefield Street, Rochester, New Hampshire
Facebook event link https://www.facebook.com/events/519223271469459/

Other Regional Hearings:
CONCORD, March 7 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Rep’s Hall at the State House
WHITEFIELD, Monday, March 11 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at White Mountains Regional High School, 127 Regional Road, Whitefield
NASHUA, Monday, March 11 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Nashua Community  College, 505 Amherst Street, Nashua
CLAREMONT, Monday, March 18 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center, 111 South Street, Claremont

Originally posted on New Hampshire Freedom:

Do you care about upholding the New Hampshire Constitution? Do you support the Bill of Rights? If so, it is recommended that you vote for the candidates listed. While all of these candidates are not liberty candidates, they are more pro-liberty than their opponents.

ONLY contested races are listed.
When a candidate’s name is blue, click on the name to learn more about the candidate.

President – Libertarian Gary Johnson

Governor – Republican Ovide Lamontagne or Libertarian John Babiarz

Congress
NH-1 – Libertarian Brendan Kelly
NH-2 – Libertarian Hardy Macia

Executive Council
District 3 – Libertarian Mike Baldassare

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Originally posted on New Hampshire Freedom:

Do you care about upholding the New Hampshire Constitution? Do you support the Bill of Rights? If so, it is recommended that you vote for the candidates listed. While all of these candidates are not liberty candidates, they are more pro-liberty than their opponents.

ONLY contested races are listed.
When a candidate’s name is blue, click on the name to learn more about the candidate.

Strafford County New Hampshire November 6th Election Recommendations
President – Libertarian Gary Johnson

Governor – Republican Ovide Lamontagne or Libertarian John Babiarz

Congress
NH-1 – Libertarian Brendan Kelly

Executive Council
District 2 – Republican Michael Tierney
District 4 – Republican Robert Burns or Libertarian Ken Blevens

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