Deadline to file for primary election is Friday; local races filling out

NASHUA — With Friday’s deadline to file for state or federal office looming, the New Hampshire Legislature races in Nashua are beginning to show signs of competition.

According to the list of filers updated as of Wednesday, and available online through the city clerk’s website, dozens of people are running for to represent Nashua residents in all nine wards. Democrats have organized candidates in all wards, unlike the Republicans.

Voters are asked to pick three representatives for each ward. In Ward 1, Democrats William Bordy, Jan Schmidt, and Bruce Cohen are running against Republicans Carl Seidel and Elizabeth Ferreira.

Ward 2 has four Democrats running with no Republican opposition so far. Paul Bergeron, Jordan Thompson, Ray Newman and Sue Newman will vie to go to Concord.

Ward 3’s race sees Democrats Patricia Klee and Suzanne Vail running with Republican Mariellen MacKay.

Ward 4 shows no Republicans yet in the race, but three Democrats are ready to go. David Cote, Fred Davis Jr., and Manuel “Manny” Espitia filed as of Wednesday.

In Ward 5, Republicans Di Lothrop and Frank Moore will run against Democrats Allison Nutting-Wong, Dan Toomey and Josh Mercer.

Ward 6’s sole Republican filer, Kevin Scully, is running against Democrats Ken Gidge, Fran Nutter-Upham, and Mark King.

Ward 7 brings voters Democrats Greg Indruk and Catherine Sofikitis, and Republican Edith “Dee” Hogan.

Republicans are so far a no show in Ward 8, but Democrats Laura Telerski, Skip Cleaver and Latha Mangipudi are in the running. Ward 9 may be competitive, with Democrats Linda Harriott-Gathright, Michael O’Brien, and Marty Jack going up against Republicans Iang Jeon and Bill Ohm.

The races can always change, as more candidates are expected to file before the 5 p.m. Friday deadline.

In the congressional race, several Republicans are headed for a September primary to see who will face incumbent U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H. Brian Belanger of New Boston, Gerard Beloin of Colebrook, Robert Burns of Manchester, Stewart Levinson of Hopkinton, and Jay Mercer and Steve Negron, both from Nashua, are in the running for the District 2 race.

U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, both D-N.H., are not up for re-election in this cycle.

Those interested in filing for state House of Representatives can file at the city clerk’s office before 5 p.m. Friday. Those running for Executive Council, state Senate, governor, or Congress need to file at the Secretary of State’s Office in Concord. The primary election is set for Sept. 11.

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or or @Telegraph_DF.