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Wakefield, Carroll County, NH

Wakefield Town Hall Opera House
2 High St
Wakefield, NH 03872

Wakefield Town Hall Opera House
2 High St
Wakefield, NH 03872
United States

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Valerie Ward
2 High St
Sanbornville, NH 03872

2 High St
Sanbornville, NH 03872
United States

Phone:
522-6205 Ext. 306
Fax:
522-6794

2024 Presidential Primaries

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Democrat
Joe Biden (incumbent)(dropped out) 
Democrat

U.S. President (2021 - present); U.S. Vice President (2008 - 2016); Senator, U.S. Senate (1972 - 2008)

In 2021 Joe Biden was the oldest American ever to be sworn in as president, at age 78. From day one of his presidency there was speculation he would step down for a younger Democrat rather than seek reelection. After Democrats outperformed expectations in the midterms, however, Biden supporters gained momentum. In April 2023 Biden announced he would run for reelection as president. He won New Hampshire's Democratic primary despite his name not appearing on the ballot after supporters organized a write-in campaign. President Biden announced he was dropping out of the race in July 2024.

Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris    
Democrat

Vice President of the United States (2021 - present); Senator, U.S. Senate (2016 - 2020); Attorney General, California (2010 - 2016)

Kamala Harris is the current Vice President of the United States. When President Biden announced he was dropping out of the 2024 race, he threw his support behind Harris. She said in a statement, "I will do everything in my power to unite the Democratic Party—and unite our nation—to defeat Donald Trump and his extreme Project 2025 agenda."

Dean Phillips
Dean Phillips  (dropped out)
Democrat

Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2018 - present); co-owner, Penny's Coffee (2016 - present); co-owner, Talenti gelato (2012 - 2014); president and CEO, Phillips Distilling Company (2000 - 2012)

Dean Phillips announced he was challenging president Biden for the Democratic nomination in October 2023. He said, "I think President Biden has done a spectacular job for our country. But it's not about the past. This is an election about the future. I will not sit still I will not be quiet in the face of numbers that are so clearly saying that we're going to be facing an emergency next November." Phillips has served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and is one of the wealthiest members of Congress, thanks to his successful business ventures. Phillips dropped out of the race after Super Tuesday in March 2024.

Marianne Williamson
Marianne Williamson   
Democrat

Author; political activist; founder, Los Angeles and Manhattan Centers for Living; founder, Project Angel Food; co-founder, The Peace Alliance

Williamson has been described as a self-help author, spiritual advisor, and activist. She criticizes Biden and other Democratic Party leaders for policies that favor wealthy donors over working class voters – including efforts to bump New Hampshire later in the presidential primary calendar. She suspended her campaign in early February, then "un-suspended" her campaign after the Michigan primary on February 27. She acknowledged her slim chances at victory but said, "something so much more important than the horse race is at stake here. And we must respond."

Green Party
Jill Stein
Jill Stein   
Green Party

Candidate, U.S. President (2012, 2016); Candidate, Governor of Massachusetts (2002, 2010); Candidate, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2006); Candidate, Massachusetts House of Representatives (2004); Associate, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (1992 - 2006); Instructor of Medicine (1982 - 2006)

Jill Stein ran for president in 2012 and 2016 as a member of the Green Party. On her 2024 campaign website she writes, "I'm running for President to offer a better choice for the people. Let's put a pro-worker, anti-war, climate emergency agenda front and center in this election and on the ballot across the country."

Independent/Other
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.   
Independent/Other

Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council (1986 - 2017); founder, Waterkeeper Alliance; founder, Children's Health Defense; anti-vaccine activist; author

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. spent most of his career working as an environmental lawyer. In recent years he has dedicated his energy to anti-vaccine campaigns. After starting his campaign as a Democrat, in October 2023 Kennedy announced an independent/third-party run for president.

Cornel West
Cornel West   
Independent/Other

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice, Union Theological Seminary; former University Professor, Harvard University; Professor Emeritus, Princeton University

Cornel West is an intellectual running for president as an independent. The homepage for his presidential campaign website lists three priorities: “dismantling the empire” (huge cutbacks on military spending and activity), “unleashing democracy” (investing in social programs), and “saving the planet” (including the Green New Deal).

Libertarian
Chase Oliver
Chase Oliver   
Libertarian

Candidate, U.S. Senator from Georgia (2020); restaurant business

Chase Oliver gained national attention when his U.S. Senate campaign gave him the opportunity to debate Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock. That race ended with a run-off between Warnock and his Republican challenger, which is one reason why Oliver supports ranked-choice voting. He also has a solution to the student debt crisis: make all current loans interest-free and end all future government-guaranteed loans. He secured the Libertarian Party nomination for president in May 2024.

Republican
Nikki Haley
Nikki Haley  (dropped out)
Republican

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (2017 - 2018); governor, South Carolina (2011 - 2017); representative, South Carolina House of Representatives (2004 - 2010)

Nikki Haley served as governor of South Carolina and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under president Trump. Her campaign announcement in February 2023 included a clear jab at both Trump and Biden: “America is not past our prime, it’s just that our politicians are past theirs.” Haley dropped out of the race after Super Tuesday in March 2024.

Donald Trump   
Republican

U.S. President (2016 - 2020); Businessman; Television personality; Author; CEO, The Trump Organization; Chairman, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, Inc.

Shortly after the 2022 midterm election former president Donald Trump announced his third presidential campaign from Florida. Sticking with his previous campaign catchphrase, he said, “Our country was great. Our country is not great anymore.” He is a formidable campaign fundraiser, but not all Republicans are as enchanted with him as they were in the past. Still, he has emerged as the frontrunner, handily winning the New Hampshire Republican primary. 

2024 NH Gubernatorial Primary

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Democrat
Joyce Craig
Joyce Craig   
Democrat

Mayor of Manchester, NH (2017 - 2022)

Currently the mayor of Manchester, NH, Joyce Craig is the first woman to occupy the office. Now, she has set her sights on the governorship, and officially launched her campaign in July. She has served as Manchester’s mayor since 2018. She is known as a strong fundraiser and defeated well-known incumbent Ted Gatsas, making her a potentially formidable candidate.

Jon Kiper
Jonathan Kiper   
Democrat

Newmarket Town Council; Zoning Board of Adjustment; small business owner

Jon Kiper is a restaurant owner with local government experience. In his campaign announcement video he said, "As a lifelong resident, a single dad, and a small business owner, I understand New Hampshire's economy, and I've got a plan to fight inflation." His website focuses on increasing affordable housing and reworking New Hampshire's education funding system.

Cinde Warmington
Cinde Warmington   
Democrat

Executive Councilor, District 2 (2020 - present); 40 years of health care experience in laboratory medicine, hospital managerial positions, and health care regulatory law

Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington has announced she is running for New Hampshire Governor in 2024. She describes herself as a lifelong health care advocate and served as partner at the Shaheen & Gordon law firm before running for office. As the lone Democrat on the Executive Council, she has gained a reputation for pushing Republican councilors and Gov. Sununu on abortion-related issues.

Independent/Other
Edmond Laplante, Jr.
Edmond J. Laplante, Jr.   
Independent/Other

Automotive technician (40 years); U.S. Marine Corps veteran

Edmond Laplante is a lesser-known candidate for governor. Among other ideas, he would like to impose a surcharge on any foreign country selling products in New Hampshire that receives aid from the federal government.

Libertarian
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Stephen Villee   
Libertarian

Software developer

Stephen Villee is a lesser-known candidate for governor.

Republican
Kelly Ayotte
Kelly Ayotte   
Republican

Former Senator, US Senate (2011 - 2016); NH Attorney General (2004 - 2009)

Former U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte served as New Hampshire’s attorney general before her election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. She lost re-election in 2016 in a close race against then-Gov. Maggie Hassan. Ayotte broke with fellow Republicans that year when she chose to disavow Donald Trump. Ayotte announced her campaign for governor at the end of July.

Shaun Fife
Shaun Fife    
Republican

"Agriculture Historical Restoration"

Shaun Fife is a lesser-known candidate for governor. Among other ideas, he would like to replace currency with a token system unique to New Hampshire.

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Robert Wayne McClory   
Republican

Robert Wayne McClory is a lesser-known candidate for governor.

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Richard A. McMenamon II   
Republican

Richard A. McMenamon II is a lesser-known candidate for governor.

Chuck Morse
Chuck Morse   
Republican

Senator, NH Senate (2006 - 2022); President, Freshwater Farms & Garden Center; Former Representative, NH House of Representatives; Former Selectman and Moderator, Town of Salem

Former State Senate President Chuck Morse ran in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in 2022, placing second behind Don Bolduc. Morse has served decades in state office and is well-known within political circles. He arrived at his U.S. Senate campaign announcement riding a skid-steer loader. Morse officially announced his run for governor the same day Sununu announced his retirement.

Frank N. Staples
Frank Negus Staples   
Republican

Addiction recovery and mental health peer support

Frank Negus Staples is a lesser-known candidate for governor. Among other ideas, he proposes replacing DEI policies with "Merit, Excellence, and Intelligence (MEI)."

2024 US House Primary

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District 1

Democrat
Christopher Pappas (incumbent)  
Democrat

Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2018 - present); Executive Councilor (2012 - 2018); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2002 - 2006); Co-Owner, Puritan Backroom Restaurant; Treasurer, Hillsborough County

Chris Pappas has served as a U.S. Representative since 2018. Prior to that he served as an executive councilor. (His family is also known for their world-famous chicken tenders at the Puritan Backroom Restaurant in Manchester.) In Congress Rep. Pappas is more moderate than many of his Democratic colleagues, and broke with the Democratic majority on bills from the Laken Riley Act to the Middle Class Borrower Protection Act.

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Kevin Rondeau    
Democrat

Candidate, U.S. House of Representatives (2022, 2020)

Kevin Rondeau is a lesser-known candidate who also ran for Congress in 2022 and 2020.

Republican
Max Abramson   
Republican

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2014 - 2016, 2018 - 2022); Seabrook Planning Board and Budget Committee, Trustee of the Trust Funds

Max Abramson is a former state representative and Libertarian candidate for governor. His Twitter/X bio reads, "Bring the troops home. Pass Term Limits. Get government out of everything."

Chris Bright
Chris Bright    
Republican

CEO, American Facilities Professionals (2018 - present); CEO, Owl, Inc. (2014 - 2017); Captain, U.S. Army (1994 - 2004)

Chris Bright is a businessman and U.S. Army veteran who lives in Derry, New Hampshire. He wrote on Facebook, "As a political outsider, small business owner, and combat veteran, I know what it's like to run a budget for a family of five, build a small business from scratch into a national company that was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the country, and deploy in defense of my country and our ideals. I'll take that real life experience to Washington where it is so sorely needed."

Joseph Kelly Levasseur   
Republican

Manchester Alderman; Attorney

Joseph Kelly Levasseur is a Manchester alderman and attorney. He recently told WMUR, "I've always felt if you're going to beat Chris Pappas, you need a Manchester guy to do it." Levasseur is also branding himself as the most pro-Trump candidate in the race.

Andy Martin   
Republican

"Washington, DC - decades of experience on Capitol Hill, and foreign investigations and analysis, see andymartin.com for details"

Andy Martin may be a lesser-known candidate, but this is not his first time running for Congress in New Hampshire. He differs from some current Republican candidates in his strong support of Ukraine.

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Walter J. McFarlane III    
Republican

Walter J. McFarlane III is a lesser-known candidate for Congress.

Hollie Noveletsky
Hollie Noveletsky    
Republican

Owner, Novel Iron Works; Captain, U.S. Army Reserve (8 years); registered nurse

Hollie Noveletsky is a business owner and former U.S. Army reservist. Her website states, "Hollie Noveletsky is scrappy, adventurous, and decisive – she doesn’t wait for the perfect plan to formulate, she jumps in with two feet to a challenge, figures out where she lands, and starts swimming from there." She announced her campaign in October 2023.

Russell Prescott
Russell Prescott    
Republican

Executive Councilor (2016 - 2020); Senator, NH Senate (2000 - 2004, 2010 - 2016); President and owner, R.E. Prescott Company

Former executive councilor Russell Prescott jumped into the Republican congressional primary in July 2023, and he has been building a base of support ever since. In his campaign announcement he wrote, "Our state’s leadership in Congress has forgotten the independent 'Live Free or Die' values we pride ourselves on in New Hampshire. We need a fresh voice who has the business and elected experience to change the status quo."

2024 NH Executive Council Primary

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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)

2024 NH Senate Primary

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District 3

Democrat
William "Bill" Marsh
William "Bill" Marsh   
Democrat

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2016 - 2022); Board Certified Ophthalmologist, solo practitioner and small business owner (1986 - 2016); Moderator, Town of Brookfield (2010 - 2021); Trustee, Huggins Hospital (2004 - present); Health Officer, Town of Brookfield (2002 - 2021)

Republican
Mark McConkey
Mark E. McConkey   
Republican

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2002 - 2018, 2020 - present); Member, House Capital Budget Overview Committee; Member, House Long Range Capital Planning and Utilization Committee; Small Business Owner

2024 NH House Primary

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Carroll County District 4 (2 seats)

Democrat
Donna V. Ackerman
Donna V. Ackerman   
Democrat

Member, Wakefield Conservation Commission; Teacher, Rochester School District

Republican
Lino M. Avellani (incumbent) 
Republican

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2014 - present); Chef/Owner, Lino's Restaurant; Chairman, Carroll County Republicans; Vice-Chair, Wakefield Republicans; Range Safety Officer, International Defensive Pistol Association

Mike Belcher
Mike Belcher (incumbent) 
Republican

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2022 - present); Political Writer

Carroll County District 8 (2 seats) (Floterial)

Democrat
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Rob Davies   
Democrat

Small business owner

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James Pittman   
Democrat

Republican
Richard Brown
Richard R. Brown   
Republican

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2022 - present); Construction engineer, Seabrook Station; project engineer and construction manager, UPS (26 years); U.S. Army

Michael Costable, Jr. (incumbent) 
Republican

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2022 - present, 2016 - 2020); auto tech

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Brian R. Taylor   
Republican
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