The Republican State Committee has scheduled its annual meeting for Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, with the top order of business electing officers for the next two years.
Current state GOP Chair Jennifer Horn is widely expected to run for a second term, although she has yet to announce and there is no definitive timetable for an announcement. If she runs and wins, she would be the first NHGOP chair to serve more than a single term since Steve Duprey, who served four terms, ending in January 2001.
The state Democratic Party will hold its annual state committee meeting this Sunday, Dec. 14, in Portsmouth, where it will elect someone to fill out the term on the Democratic National Committee of former state Sen. Peter Burling, who has said he intends to resign from the post.
The leading contender for the Democratic National Committeeman vacancy is Bill Shaheen, husband of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Also running are Roger Tilton of Milford and state Rep. Tim Smith, who is in his second term representing Manchester’s Ward 10.
The Democrats will hear from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The Democratic State Committee is scheduled to hold its election for officers on March 7.
Republican Party executive director Matt Mowers wrote in a memo tonight to NHGOP executive committee members that Dec. 31 is the deadline for the submission of bylaw amendments and Jan. 5 at 12 noon is the deadline for filings for candidacies for party officer posts. The executive committee will meet on Jan. 5 at 6:30 p.m. to review bylaw submissions.
If Horn does run, it is unclear at the moment if she will have opposition. No one has yet announced a candidacy for chair.
Aaron Day, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, told the New Hampshire Journal today that he had considered running for chairman but decided against it.
He said the NHGOP platform “is a bit over the top” in some areas, and, he said, he does not like the idea of being banned by party rules from endorsing in primary elections.
Day said he has spoken to many Republicans and “no one really wants the job. It is a difficult job because the Republican National Committee is now paying most of the bills and so the chairman has a lot of forces at the top directing her.”
The New Hampshire Journal has learned that former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown was among those asked to consider running. Brown declined.
Day said that instead he is focusing on “scaling up the RLCNH,” to be a stronger force in state GOP politics.
He said the RLCNH board has recently added former candidate for governor Andrew Hemingway, former state Senate candidate Eileen Landies and former NHGOP vice chair J.P. Marzullo to its ranks.
The group, said Day, is already working to recruit candidates for the top of the ticket races in 2016.
At the same time, he hopes to have a strong rapport with the next NHGOP chair, whether it is Horn or someone else.