CONCORD — All of the current officers of the New Hampshire Democratic Party have filed for reelection, and as a 5 p.m. Thursday deadline passed, no one filed against them.
NHDP Executive Director Sean Doyle told the New Hampshire Journal that while nominations can be taken from the floor of the party’s scheduled March 7 meeting when the elections will be held, no one filed to challenge Chairman Ray Buckley in his bid for a fifth term.
Also unopposed for reelection are First Vice Chair Sen. Martha Fuller Clark; Second Vice Chair Dorothy Solomon; Secretary Sen. Bette Lasky; Treasurer Brian Rapp; and Legal Counsel Dan McKenna.
The state Republican Party last Saturday reelected Jennifer Horn to a second term as chairman. Horn, who ran unopposed, became the first NHGOP chair to serve more than a single two-year term since Steve Duprey, who served four terms and left the post in 2001.
Buckley said in a statement:
“Two years ago the members of the state committee put their trust in this group of officers to ensure we had a successful 2014. The officers of the NHDP worked tirelessly with our candidates and local committees to make sure we had the best grassroots organization possible. The results of this past election are a testament to the fact that we have strong and vibrant local committees all across the state that played a critical role in re-electing Governor Maggie Hassan, Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Annie Kuster. We look forward to growing our Party even more as we look ahead to 2016.”
New Hampshire Democrats held their own during the GOP wave that swept much of the nation in the 2014 midterm election.
Republicans won the 1st District U.S. House seat, regained majorities in the New Hampshire House and on the Executive Council and extended its majority in the state Senate. But Shaheen won reelection while Democratic incumbents in other states were defeated, and Hassan and Kuster won second terms.
The NHDP noted that Democrats have now won nine of the last 10 gubernatorial elections and Shaheen was the first New Hampshire Democrat to be reelected to the Senate since 1972.
Buckley, of Manchester, served four terms as NHDP vice chair before becoming chairman and was a state legislator for 18 years. He is also currently President of the Association of State Democratic Chairs and Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Fuller Clark, of Portsmouth, is also seeking her fifth term, as vice chair and is also serving her fifth term in the state Senate. She is also a DNC member.
Solomon, of Albany, running unopposed for her fourth term, is a former Carroll County Commissioner, while Lasky is seeking her third term as party secretary and is also in her third term in the Senate.
Rapp, of Claremont is running for his second term as treasurer and is a member of the Claremont School board, while McKenna, of Derry, is running for his second term as legal counsel and is a former state House member.
Party DNC members Kathy Sullivan and Bill Shaheen will be up for reelection in 2016. DNC member at-large Joanne Dowdell and Hassan are also current NHDP officers.