Sunapee Dems Gottling and Tanner win N.H. House seats

Sunapee, N.H. – 84.6% of Sunapee’s registered voters cast ballots in this year’s General Election on November 6. The local vote counts are available via the town website (homepage) or you can download them here (PDF 279 kb): Sunapee General Election Results 2012

In Sullivan County House District 2 (Sunapee-Croydon), Sue Gottling (D-Sunapee) defeated one-term incumbent Spec Bowers (R-Sunapee). The vote count: 1,343 to 1,003, 57% to 43%, according to NHPR published results. Gottling won Sunapee (1,138 to 798) and split the Croydon vote (205 to 205).

In Sullivan County House District 9 (Plainfield, Grantham, Croydon, Cornish, Newport, Unity, Springfield and Sunapee) Linda Tanner (D-Sunapee) defeated one-term incumbent Tom Howard (R-Croydon). The vote count: 5,525 to 4,759, 54% to 46%. (Unity confirmed Wednesday morning for SunapeeNews.com the District 9 vote count in Unity, the last town in the eight-town district to report, and it showed Tanner edging out Howard, 349 to 323.)

It’s Election Day! Vote!

Vote

It’s November 6th, It’s Election Day! GOTV efforts are underway and candidates and campaigns are in the last push to encourage voter turn-out.

Sunapee voters go to the Sherburne Gym, Route 11, to cast their ballots. The poll hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On the ballot are candidates for federal, state and county offices, from president to county commissioners, as well as two controversial constitutional amendment questions.

For voting sites across the state visit the Secretary of State website: poll locations and hours.

If you’d like to preview your ballot, visit the SOS website for towns using Accuvote ballots and paper ballots. Sunapee voters can visit the Town Clerk website for voter and election information.

Constitutional Questions

At the bottom of the ballot this year, voters will find constitutional amendment questions including one about taxation, the other about legislative power and the judiciary. Telegraph staff writer David Brooks provides a summary for voters. Visit: http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/statenewengland/982439-469/a-quick-guide-to-those-constitutional-amendment.html

Voter ID and Registration

New Hampshire poll workers will be asking voters for identification. But you can vote without it by signing a “challenged voter affidavit.” It declares the voter is “duly qualified” to vote in the town.

Valid forms of voter ID include a driver’s license, non-driver’s photo ID, student or military ID, government ID, U.S. passport (even if expired), and any other ID acceptable by the supervisor of the checklist, the moderator or the clerk.

Same-day registration is allowed with proof of age, domicile and citizenship. A driver’s license, passport or birth certificate is normally acceptable proof.

For more information, visit the N.H. Secretary of State.

Take a look at the Sunapee 2012 General Election ballot

A sample ballot for the 2012 general election is now available on the Sunapee town website. Take a look.

For more information about voting including absentee voting in Sunapee, visit or contact the town clerk‘s office at the town office building, Edgemont Road.

Election Day is November 6 and the polls in Sunapee will be open at the Sherburne Gym, Route 11, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunapee voters will find on the ballot two house seat races. Legislative redistricting in 2012 changed Sunapee’s one town status and replaced it with two multi-town districts:

  • Sullivan County District 2 now is a at two-town district including Croydon and Sunapee
  • Sullivan County District 9 is a new floterial district including Plainfield, Grantham, Croydon, Cornish, Newport, Unity, Springfield and Sunapee.

Former state Rep. Sue Gottling (D-Sunapee) is hoping to take back the District 2 seat from one-term incumbent Spec Bowers (R-Sunapee).

In District 9, Linda Tanner (D-Sunapee) is running against incumbent Tom Howard (R-Croydon).

Lawmakers also redrew Senate District 8 to include Acworth, Antrim, Bennington, Bradford, Croydon, DeeringFrancestownGrantham, GoshenHillsboroughLangdonLempsterMarlowNew London, Newbury, Newport, SpringfieldStoddardSunapeeSutton, Unity, WashingtonWeare, and Windsor.

In Senate District 8, incumbent Bob Odell (R-Lempster) is facing challenger Ckris Wallenstein (D-Weare).

Sample ballots for other N.H. towns are posted on the Secretary of State website: http://sos.nh.gov.

Also, awaiting Granite State voters are two constitutional amendment questions and one constitutional convention question (viewable on the SOS website and below). Continue reading

Sunapee sees race for selectboard and ZBA

The town ballot in Sunapee shows contested races this year for the board of selectmen and zoning board of adjustment (ZBA).

Four candidates, Stephen White, Shane Hastings, Debbie Samalis and Joshua Trow, are running for two open seats on the selectboard. And three candidates, Daniel M. Schneider, Alexander Kish and Clayton Platt, are looking to fill two openings on the ZBA. However, there are also open positions on the ballot, one each on the planning board,  water and sewer commission and trustees of the trust funds.

Visit the town website to view or download the ballot or see below.

Election day is Tuesday, March 13. The polls will be open at the Sherburne Gym from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. And voter and election information is available at the Town Clerk’s office and on the town website.

Town of Sunapee Officer Ballot
For Moderator
(Two Year)      (Vote for not more than one)
(  )  Harry Gale
(  ) Write In
For Selectman
(Three Year Term)       (Vote for not more than two)
(  ) Stephen White
(  ) Shane M. Hastings
(  ) Debbie Samalis
(  ) Joshua Trow
(  ) Write In
For Treasurer
(One Year Term) (Vote for not more than one)
(  ) Alan W. Doherty
(  ) Write In
For Town Clerk & Tax Collector
(Three Year Term)       (Vote for not more than one)
(  ) Betty H. Ramspott
(  ) Write In
For Fire Engineer
(Four Year Term)        (Vote for not more than one)
(  ) Daniel Ruggles
(  ) Write In
For Cemetery Commission
(Three Year Term)       (Vote for not more than one)
(  )  Jeffrey S. Trow
(  ) Write In
For Cemetery Commission
(Two Year Term) (Vote for not more than one)
( ) Steven Tighe
(  ) Write In
For Library Trustee
(Three Year Term)       (Vote for not more than three)
(  ) Peter V. Spanos
(  ) James G. Gottling
(  ) Jean K. Molloy
(  ) Write In
For Supervisor of the Checklist
(Six Year Term) (Vote for not more than one)
(  ) Holly Simpson-Durfor
(  ) Write In
For Trustee of the Trust Funds
(Three Year Term)       (Vote for not more than one)
 (  ) Write In
For Planning Board      
(Three Year Term)       (Vote for not more than two)
(  ) Robert L. Stanley
(  ) Write In
(  ) Write In
For Zoning Board Adjustment
(Three Year Term)       (Vote for not more than two)
(  ) Daniel M. Schneider
(  ) Alexander Kish
(  ) Clayton Platt
(  ) Write In
For Water/Sewer Commission
(Three Year Term)       (Vote for not more than two)
(  ) David B. Cain
(  ) Write In
(  ) Write In

LTTE: Sue Gottling runs for Sunapee selectboard

Dear Editor: January 19, is the first day of the short period for candidates to sign up to run for town offices. Those offices are posted in various publications, on websites, and in public areas.

I will be signing up to run for the office of Sunapee Selectboard. As a candidate for state office in 2006, I promised to be attentive to town concerns. I kept this promise by regular attendance over the past four years at Selectboard meetings, and, as a result, I am well acquainted with both the process and the issues the board addresses. In addition, four years in the legislature and on the county delegation gives me a background of knowledge and experience that will be useful in making a positive contribution to the governance of the town.

I look forward to discussing issues with Sunapee citizens and voters in the weeks before the March 8th election.

Sincerely,

Sue Gottling, Sunapee

The filing period has begun

The filing period runs from January 19 through January 28 for candidates seeking election to local town and school offices in Sunapee. Filing forms for town offices are available at the Town Clerk’s office and, for school positions, at the SAU office. School and town elections will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2011.

Sunapee town offices due for re-election are listed below and on the Town Warrant.

  • 1 Selectman – 3 Year Term
  • 1 Treasurer – 1 Year Term
  • 1 Fire Engineer – 4 Year Term
  • 1 Cemetery Commissioner – 3 Year Term
  • 2 Library Trustees – 3 Year Term
  • 1 Trustee of Trust Fund – 3 Year Term
  • 2 Planning Board Members – 3 Year Term
  • 2 Water & Sewer Commissioners – 3 Year Term
  • 1 Zoning Board Members – 3 Year Term
  • 1 Zoning Board Members – 2 Year Term
  • 1 Zoning Board Members – 1 Year Term

The SAU office at 68 Main Street, Sunapee Harbor, has the filing forms for candidates running for school offices. During the filing period–today through January 28–the office will be open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunapee School District offices up for re-election are listed below and on the school warrant, which is posted in three locations in town (the school, school gym and town hall.  The SAU does not post the Sunapee School District Warrant on-line.)

  • 1 School Moderator – 1 Year Term
  • 1 School Clerk – 1 Year Term
  • 1 School Treasurer – 1 Year Term
  • 2 School Board Members – 3 Year Term

Related Sunapee News articles:

2011 Town Warrant awaits Sunapee voters

New London: Interested in getting more involved?

Sunapee posts 2011 Town Warrant articles

The Sunapee Town Warrant articles for 2011 are now available on-line. The warrant’s 24 articles address funding for an upgrade of the waste water treatment plant, a $5.8 million town operating budget, and various capital reserve funds and equipment purchases for town departments. (Go to Read More below to view the warrant articles as posted by the town.)

This draft of the warrant does not include the specific zoning amendments, the selectmen’s recommendations on money related articles, and other information yet available and to be included in the final town warrant.

The Sunapee town budget hearing will be held on Tuesday, January 11 at 7 pm at the Town Hall (Meeting Room), Edgemont Road.

Sunapee is a Senate Bill 2 (SB2) town; it conducts Town Meeting in two parts — a deliberative session followed by a voting session. The town’s deliberative session will be held Tuesday, February 8 at 7 pm at the Sunapee Middle High School, North Road. Voting will be held on Tuesday, March 8 from 8 am to 7 pm at the Sherburne Gym, Route 11, Sunapee.

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