DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

September 6, 2012

Editorial: Good contests should attract voters to primary


Derry News

---- — Tuesday is primary day in New Hampshire. Democrats and Republicans will elect their candidates who will compete in the November general election. Independents can choose either a Republican or Democratic ballot in the primary.

We encourage our readers to get out to the polls and vote. There are plenty of contested races and candidates from which to choose. There are races for governor, Congress, county sheriff, state representative and state senators.

The biggest race is the contest for governor. Three Democrats and two Republicans are competing to succeed Democratic Gov. John Lynch.

On the Democratic side, Maggie Hassan, a former state senator from Exeter, is running against Jackie Cilley, a former state senator from Barrington and Bill Kennedy, a businessman from Danbury.

For the Republicans, Kevin Smith of Litchfield, a former legislator who was an aide to Gov. Craig Benson, faces Ovide Lamontagne of Manchester, runner-up to Kelly Ayotte in the 2010 GOP Senate primary.

For Congress in the 1st District, incumbent Republican Frank Guinta of Manchester faces two primary challengers: Vernon Clough, a registered nurse from Dover and Rick Parent, a marine engineer from Wolfeboro. Democrat Carol Shea-Porter of Rochester, who lost the 1st District seat to Guinta in 2010, is unchallenged in the primary.

Primary elections tend to draw little interest from voters and turnouts are generally low. However, with important contests for governor and Congress voters have ample reason to cast their ballots.