LOUDON — Conservative Loudon farmer Howard Pearl filed his candidacy for the District 17 state Senate seat on Friday and announced that he is being endorsed by former state Sen. Jack Barnes.
Pearl lost a narrow primary to Sen. John Reagan, R-Deerfield, in 2012 and Reagan also filed for the seat Friday.
Pearl called himself “an authentic conservative,” and noted that Barnes is backing him this year after remaining neutral in the 2012 primary won by Reagan.
Barnes has recently returned to the Raymond Board of Selectmen. Pearl called Barnes “a local legend” and said he was honored by the endorsement.
Also filing for top seats on Friday were Republicans Dan Innis for the 1st District U.S. House seat, Robyn Dunphy for the District 18 state Senate seat, and Dennis Lamare for the District 21 state Senate seat.
On Thursday filing for top seats were: Republicans: Jim Rubens for the U.S. Senate, David Wheeler for Executive Council District 5, Mark Evans for state Senate District 1, Tim Condon for state Senate District 2, Dan Hynes for state Senate District 11, Ted Siska for state Senate District 14; and Democrats Mike Cryans for Executive Council District 1 and Peter Macdonald for state Senate District 21.