Author Archive Cat Tanguay

ByCat Tanguay


Primary = September 11th

General Election = November 6th






(*= Incumbent)

Annie Kuster* – US Representative – NH 2nd Congressional District – 4th term

Colin VanOstern, Peter Sullivan – NH Secretary of State

Steve Marchand, Molly Kelly – NH Governor
(Nashua Democratic Gubernatorial Forum – July 30 – check calendar for details)

Tom Falter, Melanie Levesque – State Senator – District 12

Cindy Rosenwald – State Senator – District 13
(meet Cindy & Deborah Pignatelli – July 18 – see calendar)

Garth Corriveau – Executive Council District 4

Debora Pignatelli – Executive Council District 5
(meet Deborah & Cindy Rosenwald – July 18 – see calendar)


Ward 1 – William Bordy, Jan Schmidt*, Bruce Cohen

Ward 2 – Paul R Bergeron, Jordan Thompson, Ray Newman, Sue Newman*
(Contact Jordan at or (603) 417-9850)

Ward 3 – Trish Klee*, Suzanne Vail, Sherry Dutzy

Ward 4 – David Cote*, Fred Davis Jr, Manny Espitia

Ward 5 – Allison Nutting-Wong, Dan Toomey, Josh Mercer, Michael Pedersen

Ward 6 – Ken Gidge*, Fran Nutter-Upham, Mark King*

Ward 7 – Greg Indruk, Catherine Sofikitis*, Deb Stevens

Ward 8 – Laura Telerski, Skip Cleaver*, Latha Mangipudi*

Ward 9 – William O’Brien*, Marty Jack*, Linda Harriott-Gathright

Michael Conlon – County Attorney

Elizabeth Ropp, William Bryk – Register of Probate

Paul G Bergeron * – County Commissioner – District 2


(See separate post to learn more about the Secretary of State candidates)

ByCat Tanguay

NH Secretary of State – it’s a 3-way Democratic race !!

Two Democrats are looking to unseat incumbent Bill Gardner for the office of N.H. Secretary of State – Colin VanOstern and Peter Sullivan.  Bill Gardner has been our Secretary of State for Colin Van Ostern’s entire life – 42 years –  making Bill the longest serving Secretary of State in the nation. Bill is well known nationally as a “guardian” of NH’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.  He has overseen over 500 recounts, including more than 20 that came down to a single vote.

According to the New Hampshire state constitution, there are no term limits for this office and anyone can run. It is chosen every two years by a joint ballot of New Hampshire State Senators and members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

In a controversial 2017 decision, Bill Gardner joined the President’s now defunct Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. In his January 4th statement, Gardner indicated that he had joined this panel to “maintain the most accessible and trustworthy elections” for the state of New Hampshire and was “disappointed the Commission will no longer be able to explore why voters participate and why, sadly, many choose not to.”  On his website, Van Ostern states that his platform consists of standing up for voting rights and modernizing and securing state elections. Both gentlemen support protecting New Hampshire’s first presidential primary.

Colin Van Ostern is a former member of the Executive Council and ran for Governor during the last election.

While Colin has started a political committee, Bill does not attend political events, endorse candidates or accept donations.  Different styles for sure.

Recently, Peter Sullivan also announced his interest in the race.  Peter is a 5-term Representative, having served on Judiciary, Criminal Justice, and State-Federal Relations Committees.  Highlights of his accomplishments of summarized below  Read more on the following links:

  • Manchester Board of Aldermen; chair, Revenue Administration Committee – 1 ter
  • Former Member, Manchester Heritage Commission (historic district commission)
  • Former Member, Greater Manchester Joint Sustainability Committee
  • Sponsored legislation to establish a nonpartisan, independent redistricting commission
  • Sponsored bill (endorsed by Granny D) to make lobbyist campaign spending more transparent
  • Authored NH Crime Victim Employment Leave Act
  • Ten years service, US Army Reserve and Army National Guard
  • BA, University of New Orleans
  • JD, University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Admitted to practice before NH Supreme Court, US District Court, and US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims