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Burton’s siblings endorse Democrat Cryans in Executive Council race

  • Joe Kenney poses in this undated handout photo provided by Kenney of the Republican candidate for New Hampshire's Executive Council. A special primary January 21, 2014 scheduled to fill the seat vacated by Ray Burton, who died late last year after serving nearly four decades on the Council. (AP Photo/Executive Council campaign)

    Joe Kenney poses in this undated handout photo provided by Kenney of the Republican candidate for New Hampshire's Executive Council. A special primary January 21, 2014 scheduled to fill the seat vacated by Ray Burton, who died late last year after serving nearly four decades on the Council. (AP Photo/Executive Council campaign)

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  • Joe Kenney poses in this undated handout photo provided by Kenney of the Republican candidate for New Hampshire's Executive Council. A special primary January 21, 2014 scheduled to fill the seat vacated by Ray Burton, who died late last year after serving nearly four decades on the Council. (AP Photo/Executive Council campaign)

    Joe Kenney poses in this undated handout photo provided by Kenney of the Republican candidate for New Hampshire's Executive Council. A special primary January 21, 2014 scheduled to fill the seat vacated by Ray Burton, who died late last year after serving nearly four decades on the Council. (AP Photo/Executive Council campaign)

  • Joe Kenney poses in this undated handout photo provided by Kenney of the Republican candidate for New Hampshire's Executive Council. A special primary January 21, 2014 scheduled to fill the seat vacated by Ray Burton, who died late last year after serving nearly four decades on the Council. (AP Photo/Executive Council campaign)
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  • Joe Kenney poses in this undated handout photo provided by Kenney of the Republican candidate for New Hampshire's Executive Council. A special primary January 21, 2014 scheduled to fill the seat vacated by Ray Burton, who died late last year after serving nearly four decades on the Council. (AP Photo/Executive Council campaign)
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Three siblings of the late Republican executive councilor Ray Burton have put their support behind Democrat Mike Cryans to fill the now-empty District 1 seat.

“I cannot think of a more qualified individual to fill his seat than Mike Cryans,” Burton’s sister, Joan Day of Concord, said in a statement released by the Cryans campaign. “I have no doubt that he will put the needs of his constituents first and come to Concord to provide full services as a public servant for the people of District One.”

Cryans will face Republican Joe Kenney in a March 11 special election. District 1 covers more than 100 towns and four cities, spanning from the Lakes Region to the Canadian border.

Burton, who died in November, held the seat for 35 years and was known as a tireless advocate for the North Country who worked to know personally the people he represented. In addition to Day’s endorsement, Cryans has the support of Burton’s sister Mary Grimes of Columbia and Steve Burton of Hanover. Voting records show Day and Grimes are Republicans while Steve Burton is a Democrat, according to the Cryans campaign.

Cryans, 63, is a Grafton County commissioner and served alongside Burton in that role for 16 years.

Cryans said he got to know Burton’s siblings over the years and was humbled by the endorsements.

“On a personal basis I’m very pleased and happy and humbled that they would choose to endorse me,” Cryans said.

Each of the endorsements from Burton’s siblings highlighted the importance of constituent services that Burton was known for providing.

“There is little doubt that my brother Ray left big shoes to fill,” Grimes said. “But I am confident that Mike Cryans is the man to succeed him. He has a deep understanding of District One and the issues facing its residents. Mike is someone who listens to the concerns of his constituents and will follow through on their issues.”

Kenney, a former state senator, won the Republican nomination last month. According to the most recent campaign finance filings, Cryans has raised $70,000 so far, compared with Kenney’s $55,000.

Kenney, in response to the endorsement, said that Burton supported him in his previous races for state senator and governor, but he does not put all of his stock into endorsements.

“I never base my campaign on endorsements,” he said.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3390 or kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @kronayne.)

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