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Kenney captures GOP Executive Council primary

Former New Hampshire state representative and senator Joe Kenney defeated two Republican rivals yesterday for the right to run for the executive council seat held for nearly four decades by Ray Burton.

According to unofficial results, Kenney topped Laconia businessman Christopher Boothby and retired congressional aide Mark Aldrich with about 60 percent of the precincts reporting in yesterday’s GOP primary. Official results have yet to be certified by the secretary of state, but both Aldrich and Boothby conceded the contest about 9 p.m.

“Our message was simply that we’re going to do this full time and that we’re the candidate with the experience,” Kenney said.

Aldrich said he thought the best candidate won.

“I respect his service to the district and to the state,” he said.

The five-member council works with the governor to approve state contracts worth more than $10,000 and appoint judges and commissioners. They also manage and oversee a 10-year plan to improve roads and bridges, and represent the interests of their districts. They are paid $15,169.44 a year.

District 1 takes up much of New Hampshire, 108 towns in the northern two-thirds of the state from just north of Concord to the Canadian border. Some 264,000 people live in the district, which includes the White Mountains and the Lakes Region.

Kenney will face Democratic Grafton County Commissioner Michael Cryans of Hanover. The general election is March 11.

Kenney, of Wakefield, is also a former U.S. Marine; Aldrich, of Lebanon, is a former U.S. Senate state director for Bob Smith and Gordon Humphrey; and Boothby, of Meredith, is a former Belknap County commissioner.

Burton, New Hampshire’s longest-serving council member, died Nov. 12 of kidney cancer at age 74. All three candidates stressed their connection and similarity to Burton, who was a tireless advocate for New Hampshire’s North Country.

During the campaign, all three said they would continue the retail politicking and personal service that was characteristic of Burton.

“I certainly want to congratulate Joe Kenney and his supporters on their victory tonight,” Boothby said.

Congratulations, and of what is written above of that: "The five-member council works with the governor to . . . appoint judges and commissioners." AND also has it of by the power of RSA Chapter 4:1 of to also remove them if and when they fail to do their job, of even the Councilors can likewise be impeached by Article 63. And so WHEN, if ever, are the R & D candidates to meet? In Belknap, Carroll and Grafton County Forums too? Each of them ought to be asked of: WHY they pay their property taxes in full when that school part be declared un-constitutional?, and as for when one of them does "make and subscribe" their RSA Ch. 92:2 to Article 84 oath of will they TRY to convince the other 4 of to finally give that "advise(ment) and consent" to the Commissioner of The Dept. of Revenue, by their N.H. Article 5 duty, Part 2 of to either agree with the General Court (legislative branch), or that of the Supremes in the judicial concerning this tax? because no warrants including these Tax Warrants shall issue out of the Executive Branch until they do give their "advise and consent" to such, or not, of then either the General Court corrects the statute or the Supremes hire a Receiver to get back all this stolen money, as each Town Assessor is under an RSA 42:1 oath too and RSA Ch. 91-B:1-9 bonded for faithful performance to the dollar amount of: $100,000 by "The National Grange Insurance Company" at 55 West Street, in Keene, N.H. Attn: Eli, Claims Agent.

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