LIVE UPDATES: Election Day 2013 in Concord
The scene outside the Beaver Meadow clubhouse, the Ward 3 polling location, had candidates waving signs and greeting voters from the time that polls opened at 7AM.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
By midafternoon, the clubhouse at Beaver Meadow had over 200 voters show up to cast their ballots for the Concord city elections on November 5, 2013.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
People enter the Bektash Temple in Concord to vote at the Ward 8 polling location on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
Voters in Concord will today elect a mayor, 12 members of the Concord City Council and three members of the Concord School Board.
The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Stay tuned to this space tonight for live updates as the results come in.
For information on the candidates, see the Monitor’s election coverage.
7:49 p.m.: Bouley wins fourth term as mayor
Mayor Jim Bouley has easily won a fourth two-year term as Concord’s mayor.
With all 10 wards reporting, he had 3,360 votes. Challengers John Cook and Chris Booth trailed with 385 and 279 votes, respectively.
7:49 p.m.: Grady Sexton, Keach win at-large seats
Amanda Grady Sexton and Fred Keach have won four-year terms on the Concord City Council as at-large councilors.
With all 10 wards reporting, Grady Sexton, the current Ward 4 councilor, had 2,767 votes and Keach, the current Ward 10 councilor, had 2,290 votes.
Trailing in the six-way race: Samantha Clattenburg with 895 votes, Scott Welch with 583 votes, Timothy Willis with 261 votes and Josh VanBuskirk with 163 votes.
7:45 p.m.: In Ward 1, Todd defeats Czarkowski, Rasmussen
Brent Todd has been elected to the Concord City Council as Ward 1’s representative.
The Penacook ward gave Todd 246 votes, versus 114 for Adam Czarkowski and 49 for Cassandra Rasmussen.
It was an open seat, as incumbent Liz Blanchard decided not to seek re-election this year.
7:32 p.m.: Cofrin defeats Jack for school-board seat
Rusty Cofrin handily won a school board seat today, with 847 votes to George Jack’s 256.
Cofrin will represent Wards 8 through 10 for a three-year term. In Wards 1 through 4, newcomer Melissa Donovan was uncontested, as was incumbent Jennifer Patterson in Wards 5 through 7.
7:27 p.m.: In Ward 2, Herschlag defeats Bauman
Allan Herschlag has been elected to the Concord City Council to represent Ward 2.
The ward gave 224 votes to Herschlag, and 95 to rival Tim Bauman.
Due to redistricting, current Ward 2 Councilor Jennifer Kretovic ran for re-election in Ward 3. She lost that race to current Ward 3 Councilor Jan McClure.
7:24 p.m.: Matson wins in Ward 8, Patten finishes third
Dick Patten has lost his bid to represent Ward 8 on the Concord City Council for a fourth term.
Gail Matson won the seat with 151 votes, edging Dennis Soucy, who got 141 votes. Patten finished third with 73 votes.
7:20 p.m.: In Ward 4, Champlin defeats Bloom, DelloIacono
Byron Champlin has prevailed in a three-way race to represent Ward 4 on the city council.
Current Ward 4 Councilor Amanda Grady Sexton opted to run citywide for an at-large seat this year, leaving the seat open.
Champlin got 315 votes in the downtown ward, leading Kevin Bloom with 51 votes and current At-Large Councilor Michael DelloIacono with 49 votes.
7:15 p.m.: In Ward 3, McClure defeats Kretovic, Cibotti
Jan McClure has prevailed in the incumbent-on-incumbent battle to represent Ward 3 on the city council.
Redistricting forced Ward 2 Councilor Jennifer Kretovic to run for re-election in Ward 3 against McClure, the Ward 3 incumbent.
McClure got 220 votes, Kretovic got 171 votes and challenger Rick Cibotti got 40 votes.
7 p.m.: Polls are closed
The polls are now closed in all 10 wards across Concord.
Stand by results from the contested races: mayor of Concord; two at-large seats on the city council; city council seats representing Wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8; and a seat on the school board representing Wards 8 through 10.
The mayor serves a two-year term, as do ward councilors. School board members serve a three-year term, while at-large city council members serve a four-year term
6:50 p.m.: Signs of absence
In the school board race for Wards 8 through 10, only one candidate was actively campaigning today.
Rusty Cofrin, a former Concord teacher, traveled among all three polling places today and had volunteers holding signs at each. His opponent, George Jack, was nowhere to be seen throughout most of the day, and did not have signs at any of the three polling places.
When seen at his home mid-afternoon, Jack said he might head out to the polls to speak with voters after 5:30 p.m.
This is Cofrin’s second time running for school board, and he said he’s learned a few lessons in campaigning after losing last year. As for Jack, this is his first go at running for public office.
6:30 p.m.: One ward, two incumbents
All three candidates in Ward 3 spent the day outside the polls at the Beaver Meadow Golf Course clubhouse.
In a twist, the race features two incumbents, Ward 2 Councilor Jennifer Kretovic and Ward 3 Councilor Jan McClure. (Due to redistricting, Kretovic now lives in Ward 3.) Rick Cibotti is also running for the seat on the city council.
Kretovic and McClure did not speak to each other. McClure held an “I stand with Jan” sign, while Kretovic’s signs included one that said “I 2 am an incumbent.”
6:15 p.m.: Ward 8 wait
There’s a three-way race today in Ward 8, where incumbent Dick Patten faces challengers Dennis Soucy and Gail Matson.
Matson and Soucy spent the day standing with signs outside the Ward 8 polls, at the Bektash Shrine Center on Pembroke Road.
Patten did not appear at the polls. He said he was home sick with the shingles.
6 p.m.: Double take
If you spotted Scott Welch’s campaign signs, you may have noticed the building on it looked more like the U.S. Capitol dome than Concord City Hall.
Standing with one of his signs outside the Ward 3 polls this afternoon, Welch denied the sign was the U.S. Capitol, and said it was a generic dome.
He did note that the signs were printed with Concord High School colors.
Welch is one of six candidates seeking two at-large seats on the city council in today’s election.
5:45 p.m.: A few non-surprises
There isn’t a lot of suspense in some of today’s races.
A single candidate is on the ballot in two out of the three school board races. Melissa Donovan is running to represent Wards 1 through 4, and incumbent Jennifer Patterson is running in Wards 5 through 7.
Five of the 10 ward seats on the city council are uncontested. Ward 5 Councilor Rob Werner, Ward 6 Council Allen Bennett, Ward 7 Councilor Keith Nyhan and Ward 9 Councilor Candace Bouchard are all unopposed for re-election. At-Large Councilor Dan St. Hilaire is running in Ward 10, also without opposition.
As for the rest, the polls close at 7 p.m.