Officials get ready for Sept. 11 election

Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Surrounded by boxes full of ballots, Nashua Ward 9 moderator Eric Brown and ward clerk Mary Annicchiarico begin the process of counting and sorting the ballots Wednesday in the City Hall auditorium. Representatives of each ward are doing the same this week, to make sure they received the correct number of ballots from Concord for next week's primary elections.

NASHUA — Tuesday’s primary will solidify the races for Congress and governor, as well as sort out candidates for New Hampshire state Senate ahead of November’s general election.

Democrats Molly Kelly of Harrisville and Steve Marchand of Portsmouth are locked in a battle for the right to take on incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Sununu this fall, with Kelly and Marchand each claiming to be more progressive than the other. Marchand’s platform calls for full government funding of abortion with absolutely no restrictions, while Kelly wants to end Sununu’s tax cuts and hike the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Libertarians, though seemingly outnumbered by the two major parties, also have a gubernatorial primary, as Aaron Day of Bedford will square off against Jilletta Jarvis of Sandown to claim the party’s nomination.

The 2nd Congressional District race features seven Republicans on the ballot, with each candidate fighting for a chance to take on U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., this year.

She faces no primary opposition.

For the GOP nomination to face Kuster, Nashua’s Steve Negron is in the mix along with Robert Burns of Manchester, Brian Belanger of New Boston, Stewart Levenson of Hopkinton, and Lynne Blankenbeker of Concord. Nashua’s Jay Mercer and Colebrook’s Gerard Beloin are also in the running.

District 2 Libertarians Tom Alciere of Hudson and Justin O’Donnell of Nashua are also on the ballot.

In the 1st Congressional District, which includes the town of Merrimack, incumbent U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., is not seeking re-election. Democrats in this race are Naomi Andrews of Epping, Paul Cardinal of Merrimack, Mark MacKenzie of Manchester, William Martin of Manchester, Deaglan McEachern of Portsmouth, Mindi Messmer of Rye, Terence O’Rourke of Alton, Chris Pappas of Manchester, Levi Sanders of Claremont, Lincoln Soldati of Portsmouth, and Maura Sullivan of Portsmouth.

On the GOP side, Andy Sanborn of Bedford and Eddie Edwards of Dover have garnered the most attention in the race.

Both Democrats and Republicans have contested primaries for the District 12 state Senate seat. Republican incumbent Kevin Avard of Nashua is running against Nashua Alderman Richard Dowd, while Democrats Tom Falter of Greenville and Melanie Levesque of Brookline are on the ballot.

On Nashua’s state House side, there are a few contested races in the primary. Each ward elects three representatives in November. Ward 2 has four Democrats running: Paul Bergeron, Jordan Thompson, Ray Newman and Sue Newman. In Ward 5, Democrats Allison Nutting-Wong, Dan Toomey, Josh Mercer and Michael Pedersen are on the ballot.

POLL HOURS

According to the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office, polls will be open on Tuesday as follows:

• Nashua: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Amherst: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Bedford: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Brookline: 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

• Hollis: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Hudson: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Litchfield: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Lyndeborough: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Merrimack: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Milford: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Wilton: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.