Special election set for Ray Burton’s District 1 seat on N.H. Executive Council

Last modified: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
A special election will be held early next year to fill the late Ray Burton’s seat on the Executive Council.

Gov. Maggie Hassan yesterday called for a special election in District 1 – which spans 108 towns and four cities, from the Lakes Region to the Great North Woods – for March 11, with a primary election Jan. 21.

March 11 is town meeting day. If only one candidate files from each party, the special election will be held Jan. 21.

“All of New Hampshire continues to mourn the passing of Ray Burton, one of the most dedicated and caring public servants that the North Country and our entire state have ever known,” Hassan said in a statement. “Though no one can truly replace Councilor Burton, and the pain of his loss remains fresh, Ray would want the people’s work to move forward as quickly as possible.”

Burton died a week ago, Nov. 12, at the age of 74. The Bath Republican, who had been battling cancer, was a political icon who held the seat for 35 years.

Candidates can file for the special election next Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 25-27, or on Dec. 2. The Constitution requires that a candidate be at least 30 years old, a New Hampshire resident for at least seven years and live in the district.

The winner will serve the remainder of Burton’s two-year term. A regular council election will be held Nov. 4, 2014.