‘Monitor’ to host Concord elections candidates’ night 

Monitor staff
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Candidates in contested city and school races will take the stage next week to talk about issues facing Concord in the upcoming municipal elections.

The Monitor is hosting a candidates’ night next week on Tuesday, Oct. 24 in the Concord High School McAuliffe Auditorium from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event will consist of three moderated forums. Candidates will answer questions from a Monitor moderator, as well as from the audience, before brief closing remarks from each candidate. Audience members can submit their questions in writing at the event, or in advance by emailing the Monitor via email at news@cmonitor.com.

The night will be divvied up, with mayoral candidates and at-large city council candidates taking the stage from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m.; school board candidates from 7:30 to 8:20 p.m.; and city council candidates in contested wards from 8:30 to 9:20 p.m.

The event will be put on in conjunction with Concord TV, which will film and rebroadcast the event; and the Concord School District, which has agreed to provide the venue and equipment.

The contested races are as follows:

City council

Ward councilors and the mayor serve for two years, at-large councilors serve for four.

Two candidates – David Sky and Elvir Zulkic – are challenging incumbent Dan St. Hilaire for the Ward 10 seat. Ward 5 Councilor Rob Werner will have to defend his seat against Shawn Riley, Ward 7 Councilor Keith Nyhan is defending his seat against Rod Forey, and Ward 8 Councilor Gail Matson is being challenged by Dennis Soucy.

George Jack, who ran unsuccessfully for school board in 2013, is in a three-way race for two at-large council seats with incumbents Amanda Grady Sexton and Fred Keach.


Incumbent Mayor Jim Bouley is being challenged by Linda Rae Banfill of Palm Street and Roy Schweiker of Chapel Street.

School board

In District A – which represents wards 1, 2, 3 and 4 – school board Secretary Tom Croteau is running for re-election. His challengers are Danielle Smith and Liza Dube.

In District B – wards 5, 6 and 7 – Barbara Higgins is running for re-election. She is being challenged by Liza Poinier.

For District C – wards 8, 9 and 10 – former school board member Rusty Cofrin is running against Chuck Crush. ​​​​​​