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2024 NH Executive Council Primary

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This page shows candidates for the NH Executive Council Primary scheduled to be held on September 10, 2024. Our profiles include candidate issue positions and background information to help you make an informed decision on who to vote for. Candidates who win their party's nomination in the primary will go on to the general election in November. 

New Hampshire's Executive Council is responsible for overseeing the majority of state contracts and spending, acting as a check against the power of the state's governor. There are five Executive Councilors, each elected from their own voting district. They serve a two-year term.

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District 1

Democrat
Emmett Soldati
Emmett Soldati   
Democrat

Proprietor, Teatotaller (2011 - present); Program Director, FarmersFirst:Africa (2016 - present); Chief Product Officer and Vice President, Weather Analytics (2013 - 2018)

Republican
Joseph Kenney
Joseph D. Kenney (incumbent) 
Republican

Executive Councilor (2014 - 2018); Senator, NH Senate (2002 - 2008); Representative, NH House of Representatives (1994 - 2002); Lieutenant Colonel, US Marine Corps (retired)

District 2

Democrat
Karen Liot Hill
Karen Liot Hill   
Democrat

Lebanon City Councilor and Former Mayor; Grafton County Treasurer

Mike Liberty
Michael Liberty   
Democrat

Co-founder, Signifyd

Republican
Mary Rose Deak
Mary Rose Deak   
Republican
Kim Strathdee   
Republican

Waterville Valley Resort

District 3

Democrat
Jon Morgan   
Democrat

Senator, NH Senate (2018 - 2020); Terrorism threat assessments; international business development in Africa; Cyber Security Silicon Valley start up

Republican
Janet Stevens
Janet Stevens (incumbent) 
Republican

President, JL Stevens & Associates; former President, Rye PTA

District 4

Democrat
Jim O'Connell
Jim O'Connell   
Democrat

Republican
Terese Grinnell
Terese Bastarache   
Republican

"20 years in Finance Contract Management, 10 Working with DCYF/DHHS and Family Courts R/T Foster to Adoption of my two boys, Ran state chapter of a national non profit for kids in state care, Trustee of the Trust in Loudon, founder of 'We the People NH', Registered Nurse, Business owner 4 Bay Garage in Boscawen, Wife, Mother, Equestrian"

Robert Burns
Robert Burns   
Republican

Hillsborough County Deputy Treasurer; owner, Burns Automation; Manchester Selectman; National Youth Coalition Chair, Donald Trump for President

John Reagan   
Republican

Planning Board (two terms); Selectman (three terms); Trustee of Trust Funds (four terms); Senator, NH Senate (2012 - 2022); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2006 - 2012); former Firefighter; business consultant

John Stephen
John Stephen   
Republican

Founder and managing partner, The Stephen Group (management consulting); Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (2003 - 2007); Deputy Commissioner, NH Department of Safety; Assistant Attorney General; Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney

Ryan Terrell
Ryan Terrell   
Republican
Ross Terrio
Ross W. Terrio   
Republican

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2011 - 2012); Manchester Alderman; Member, Manchester School Board; Pharmacist; Attorney; Flight Instructor; Teacher's Aid

District 5

Democrat
Shoshanna Kelly
Shoshanna Kelly   
Democrat
Melanie Levesque
Melanie Levesque   
Democrat

Senator, NH Senate (2018 - 2020); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2006 - 2010, 2012 - 2014); Secretary, Nashua Ethnic Awareness Committee (2005); Vice President, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (2004); President, TCS of American Enterprises LLC; telecommunications consultant

Republican
Dave Wheeler (incumbent) 
Republican

Executive Councilor (2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2018, 2022 - present); Senator, NH Senate (1992 - 1998); Owner, Maranatha Carpet

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