Wednesday, June 4:
In addition to U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown (see story elsewhere on New Hampshire Journal), filing for top offices on Wednesday, the first day of the filing period, were, according to the Secretary of State’s office:
U.S. Rep. Ann Kuster, District 5 Executive Council candidate Jennifer Daler and Diane Sheehan, state Sen. Jeff Woodburn, U.S. Senate candidate Andy Martin, District 3 Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, District 4 Executive Council candidate Robert Burns, and state Senate candidates Kevan Avard in District 12, Jane Cormier in District 16, George Lambert in District 18, Regina Birdsell in District 19, Sens. Russell Prescott in District 23 and Nancy Stiles in District 24, and candidates for many county offices.
Tuesday, June 3:
CONCORD – While candidates have been on the campaign trail for some cases for several months, it all becomes official beginning Wednesday at the State House.
The filing period for state and federal offices opens Wednesday morning at the Secretary of State’s office. It will continue through Friday and then re-open next Monday morning and end on Friday, June 13 at 5 p.m.
Also, today (Tuesday) is the last day any registered voter can change party affiliation before the state primary election and it is the last day anyone who wants to file as a candidate can register to vote. One must be a registered voter to file for office, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
Undeclared voters can choose either a Republican or Democratic ballot in the Sept. 9 primary.
Candidates for all federal, state and county offices must be made at the Secretary of State’s office, except candidates for state representative, which must be made at the Town or City Clerk where the candidate is domiciled.
Candidates for the Senate and all offices, both near top of the ticket and below, will march into the Secretary of State’s office over the coming days and in many cases be greeted by 38-year Secretary of State William M. “Bill” Gardner.
Former Sen. Bob Smith had originally planned to file his candidacy for the U.S. Senate tomorrow morning but rescheduled it for next week due to his wife, MaryJo, having a family commitment.