Skip to main content

Rochester-Ward 5, Strafford County, NH

WARD 5 - James W. Foley Memorial Community Center
150 Wakefield St/Community Way
Rochester, NH 03867

WARD 5 - James W. Foley Memorial Community Center
150 Wakefield St/Community Way
Rochester, NH 03867
United States

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Kelly Anne Walters
31 Wakefield St
Rochester, NH 03867

31 Wakefield St
Rochester, NH 03867
United States

Phone:
332-2130
Fax:
509-1915

2024 NH Presidential Primary

Voting Date:

Democrat
Joe Biden   
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 will run for reelection as president.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.   
Democrat

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. When asked about a presidential run during a visit to the NHIOP, Kennedy said, "I have passed the biggest hurdle, that my wife has greenlighted it. If things go great, we will have the funniest first lady in history, and we all need a lot of laughs, right?" (Kennedy is married to actress Cheryl Hines.)

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 debated Biden and other Democratic candidates in the 2020 presidential primary but dropped out before voters cast their ballots. She has criticized Biden and other Democratic Party leaders for policies that favor wealthy donors over working class voters – including plans to bump New Hampshire later in the presidential primary calendar. In February 2023 she confirmed she will challenge Biden.

Republican
John Bolton   
Republican

U.S. National Security Advisor (2018 - 2019); U.S. Representative to the United Nations (2005 - 2006); Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs (2001 - 2005); Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (1989 - 1993); United States Assistant Attorney General (1985 - 1989); Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute

John Bolton, who served as national security adviser under Pres. Trump, has teased he may run for president. Despite having worked for the Trump administration, Bolton’s politics would make him a clear foil for the former president. Bolton has said “I would get in to win the nomination…I wouldn’t run as a vanity candidate. If I didn’t think I could run seriously, then I wouldn’t get in the race.”
Liz Cheney
Liz Cheney   
Republican

Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2017 – 2023); Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (2002 – 2003, 2005 – 2007); foreign policy and international law

Former U.S. representative Liz Cheney has said she will do “whatever it takes” to make sure former president Donald Trump is not the Republican nominee in 2024, which might include running against him. She would face an uphill battle among some Republicans who believe she betrayed her party by joining the House committee investigating the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Cheney lost her 2022 midterm primary in Wyoming.

Chris Christie
Chris Christie   
Republican

Governor of New Jersey (2010 - 2018); U.S. District Attorney in New Jersey (2002 - 2008); Campaign Counsel, Bush for President Campaign (2000)

Chris Christie announced his campaign for president in June. He is a fiery critic of former president Trump and called him "a bitter, angry man who wants power back for himself." Christie has his own share of controversies, including so-called "Bridgegate," but argues he owns up to his mistakes and wants to bring the country together.

Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz   
Republican

Senator, U.S. Senate (2012 - present); Partner ,Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Limited Liability Partnership; Solicitor General of Texas (2003 - 2008); Director, Office of Policy Planning Federal Trade Commission (2001 - 2003)

Ted Cruz has not said outright whether he will run for president in 2024, but he has announced he will seek reelection next year to the Senate. Texas’s state election code would allow him to still run for president under these circumstances, however. “I think there will be plenty of time to discuss the 2024 presidential race. I’m running for reelection to the Senate,” he said in a recent interview.  

Ron DeSantis
Ron DeSantis   
Republican

Governor of Florida (2019 – present); representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2013 – 2018); Lieutenant, U.S. Navy

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has gained national attention for splashy, “anti-Woke” policies, from a tax break for gas stoves, to banning AP African American studies, to flying migrants to Martha’s Vineyard. Some Republicans see him as a more electable version of Trump, but others - such as Nikki Haley - argue he is "mini Trump" without any new policy ideas. DeSantis officially announced his presidential campaign in May.

Larry Elder
Larry Elder   
Republican

Conservative talk show host; attorney; candidate, governor of California (2021)

Larry Elder is a long-time conservative commentator for both TV and radio. He first ran for office in the 2021 California gubernatorial recall election; he came in first among Republicans but did not get enough votes to oust Democrat Gavin Newsom. In April 2023 he announced his presidential campaign. His website states, "As a California resident, I’ve seen firsthand how decades of Democrat rule have turned the Golden State, for many, into an unaffordable dystopia. I won’t let them do the same to America."

Nikki Haley
Nikki Haley   
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. While she once said she would not run against Trump, her campaign announcement in February included a clear jab at both Trump and Biden: “America is not past our prime, it’s just that our politicians are past theirs.” She also touted her success as a first-generation Indian American. “Joe and Kamala even say America is racist. Nothing could be further from the truth,” she said.
Asa Hutchinson
Asa Hutchinson   
Republican

Governor of Arkansas (2015 – 2023); Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2003 - 2005); administrator, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (2001 - 2003); Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (1997 – 2001); co-founder, Hutchinson Group, LLC

Former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson, a vocal critic of Donald Trump from a deep-red state, announced his presidential campaign in early April. In an interview with CBS, he said he believes voters are “looking for someone that is not going to be creating chaos, but also has got the record of being a governor, of lowering taxes.”

Perry Johnson
Perry Johnson   
Republican

President, Perry Johnson International Holdings; expert in ISO standards

Johnson is a businessman with a background in international quality control standards. He took a leap into the 2024 presidential race with Super Bowl ad buys in Iowa and New Hampshire. He is running on a "Two Cents Plan" to cut federal spending by 2% every year.

Steve Laffey
Steve Laffey   
Republican

Former President and COO, Morgan Keegan and Company (1992 - 2001); Mayor, Cranston, RI (2003 - 2007); candidate, U.S. House of Representatives (2014); candidate, U.S. Senate (2006)

After a decade working in finance, Steve Laffey served as mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island from 2003 to 2007. While his residence is in Colorado, he told WMUR, "I'm here for three months. I'm living in Manchester. My kids are coming. My family will come. You thought the Kennedys campaigned hard in the '60s? Every single person in New Hampshire will meet my family. And we're going to breakthrough right here, right in New England, where I'm from."

Kristi Noem
Kristi Noem   
Republican

Governor, South Dakota (2019 – present); representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2011 – 2019); representative, South Dakota House of Representatives (2007 - 2011)

Kristi Noem is governor of South Dakota (the first woman to hold that office) and has gained national attention as a potential GOP presidential candidate. Still, Noem has been non-committal about the idea: “I’m not convinced that I need to run for president,” she told CBS earlier this year.
Mike Pence
Mike Pence   
Republican

Vice president of the United States (2017 – 2021); governor of Indiana (2013 – 2017); representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2001 – 2013)

There was a rift between former vice president Mike Pence and former president Donald Trump over the certification of the 2020 election results and the attack on the Capitol January 6th. Since then Pence published a book and has been traveling the United States to publicize his policy ideas. One notable difference between Pence and some other Republicans is his vocal support for pro-life policies; some Republicans (including Trump) believe the overturning of Roe v. Wade hurt Republicans in the 2022 midterm elections. Pence filed paperwork to run for president in June.

Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo   
Republican

U.S. Secretary of State (2018 – 2021); Director, Central Intelligence Agency (2017 – 2018); representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2011 – 2017); former president, Sentry International; Captain, U.S. Army

Mike Pompeo is the only person to ever serve as Director of the CIA and then Secretary of State, both under former president Trump. He doesn’t support Trump’s 2024 campaign, however, and tweeted, “We need more seriousness, less noise, and leaders who are looking forward, not staring in the rearview mirror claiming victimhood.” Pompeo says he will decide on a presidential campaign later this spring.

Vivek Ramaswamy
Vivek Ramaswamy   
Republican

Founder, Roivant Sciences; co-founder, Strive Asset Management; author

Vivek Ramaswamy is an entrepreneur who gained attention from Republicans after publishing “Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam.” In an editorial announcing his campaign he wrote, “I am launching not only a political campaign but a cultural movement to create a new American Dream—one that is not only about money but about the unapologetic pursuit of excellence.” Ramaswamy is new to politics and may face an uphill battle on name recognition.

Marco Rubio   
Republican

Senator, U.S. Senate (2011 - present); Speaker, Florida State House of Representatives (2006 - 2008); Majority Leader, Florida State House of Representatives (2003 - 2006); Representative, Florida State House of Representatives (2000 - 2008); Attorney

Some speculate that Sen. Marco Rubio will make another attempt at beating Donald Trump for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, currently serves as U.S. Senator from Florida. He lost the Florida presidential primary to Trump in 2016.
Tim Scott
Tim Scott   
Republican

Senator, U.S. Senate (2013 – present); Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2011 – 2013); financial services

Sen. Tim Scott has begun building out campaign infrastructure, including hiring for a super PAC, and recently held an event in Iowa. A U.S. Senator from South Carolina, Scott would be running for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination against fellow South Carolinian Nikki Haley, who served as governor of that state. He said in his recent Iowa speech, “I see a future where common sense has rebuilt common ground, where we’ve created real unity, not by compromising away our conservatism, but by winning converts to our conservatism.”

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 still a formidable campaign fundraiser, but Republicans are not as enchanted with him as they were in the past.
Glenn Youngkin
Glenn Youngkin   
Republican

Governor of Virginia (2022 – present); CEO, Carlyle Group

Glenn Youngkin’s successful 2021 bid for governor of Virginia won him national attention. His focus on empowering parents in the school system was particularly appealing to many Republicans. Youngkin has appeared with Republicans running for governor in other states, suggesting his own national ambitions.

Thank you to our sponsors and donors