Rep to take on county official

State Representative Shawn Sweeney is challenging incumbent Hillsborough County Attorney Dennis C. Hogan in the Republican primary, with the vote taking place on Tuesday.

Hogan, 51, of Nashua, is serving his second nonconsecutive term as County Attorney, being first elected in 2010, then again in 2014. He is looking forward to continuing the work he started in the County Attorney’s Office.

"There’s a lot of work ahead," Hogan said.

Sweeney, 52, of Milford, a former prosecutor, is running to bring his perspective to the to the job.

"I think we need a prosecutor to lead the office," Sweeney said.

Hogan plans to shepherd the transition in Manchester when the drug court program starts in that city. He said the use of the drug court in Nashua is making an impact in the fight against opioid addiction. The drug court allows prosecutors to help steer addicts toward recovery treatment instead of jail time, Hogan said.

He also anxious to see the Felonies First law implements in the county. Felonies First streamlines the criminal justice process, by sending felony cases straight to the Superior Court system instead of having initial hearings in the Circuit courts.

These changes will require an experienced leader in the County Attorney’s Office, Hogan said.

"It’s quite an interesting time for us," Hogan said.

Sweeney currently has a private law practice in Bedford, as well as his role as a state representative. He started his law career as a prosecutor, and wants to see an aggressive stance from the County Attorney when it comes to fighting crime. He said Hogan’s office right now is not doing enough in the face of the opioid epidemic.

Sweeney said he will bring an understanding of law enforcement and how it works with prosecutors to the job, and he will bring the agencies together to get on top of crime.

Register of deeds race

The Republican primary election for the Hillsborough County Register of Deeds is between incumbent Pamela D. Coughlin of Amherst and Mary Ann Crowell of Brookline. Democrat Louise A. Wright, of Nashua, is running unopposed.

The Registry of Deeds processes information as it relates to the selling and buying of property, and keeps relevant records. As a public office, it is open to legal professionals and the general public for researching records.

The official records maintained at the Hillsborough office date as far back to 1771. Records dated from 1966 to the present date are digitized. More information about the office and its operations can be found online at

Republican candidates Coughlin and Crowell went up against each other in 2014 and 2012, with Coughlin winning both primaries. In 2014, Coughlin beat her opponent, Democratic candidate Louise Wright, with 58 percent of the vote.

Tina Forbes contributed to this report. Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-6531 or