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A three-way race in Penacook as filing begins for Concord election

There will be at least three candidates running to represent Penacook on the Concord City Council.

On the first day of filing for the Nov. 5 election, Cassandra Rasmussen and Adam Czarkowski both filed for the Ward 1 seat. Penacook resident Brent Todd has also said he will run for the seat.

Councilor Liz Blanchard said last month she would not seek re-election after more than a decade representing Penacook.

Rasmussen, 30, said she made the decision yesterday to run for city council. She lives on Lilac Street with her husband and two young children and works as a customer service representative.

Rasmussen said she has never been involved in politics, but she wants to give Penacook a voice.

“The residents of Penacook with time are being overshadowed,” she said. “We need someone who’s not going to let anyone silence us.”

Czarkowski, 35, ran against Blanchard in 2011 and lost by a narrow margin. He lives on Rhodora Court and is a member of the Penacook Village Association.

Blanchard has already announced her support for Todd. The 49-year-old is a member of the Penacook Village Association, the Concord Transportation Policy Advisory Committee and the Penacook Tax Increment Finance District Advisory Board. He is also president of Concord 250, an organization planning celebrations for the city’s 250th anniversary in 2015.

Several incumbents filed for re-election yesterday. Mayor Jim Bouley filed for another term. At-large Councilor Michael DelloIacono filed for a second term, and current Ward 10 Councilor Fred Keach filed to run as an at-large candidate. Councilor Dan St. Hilaire, now an at-large councilor, filed in Ward 10.

Ward 2 Councilor Jennifer Kretovic filed to run in Ward 3, where she now lives due to redistricting. Current Ward 3 Councilor Jan McClure did not file to run yesterday and could not be reached for a comment about her plans.

Also among the incumbents filing yesterday were Ward 4 Councilor Amanda Grady Sexton, Ward 5 Councilor Rob Werner, Ward 6 Councilor Allen Bennett and Ward 7 Councilor Keith Nyhan.

The Concord School District’s filing period also began yesterday, though the school district’s clerk said no candidates filed to run for the three available seats.

The paid filing period will remain open through Sept. 16. Candidates can continue to file by petition through Sept. 20.

(Kathleen Ronayne contributed to this report. Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or lmccrystal@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @lmccrystal.)

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