Ward 4 councilor throws hat into Concord at-large city council race ring

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Published: 12/11/2018 1:49:43 PM

The Ward 4 Concord City Councilor is looking to take Steve Shurtleff’s place as the fourth at-large councilor.

Byron Champlin announced his intentions to run for the recently vacated seat one day after the city council unanimously accepted the resignations of Shurtleff and Ward 10 Councilor Daniel St. Hilaire and set the date for a special election.

“It’s been an honor to represent Ward 4 on city council for the past five years, and the opportunity to now serve the entire city is an exciting one,” Champlin said.

“Councilor Shurtleff has been an outstanding, thoughtful and conscientious at-large councilor and I aspire to continue his tradition of service, focusing on sound fiscal management, business expansion, added housing options for working people and support for arts, culture and recreation.”

The motion to accept the resignations was made Monday night by Ward 7 Councilor Keith Nyhan, who led the meeting in the absence of Mayor Jim Bouley and St. Hilaire, who was mayor pro-temp.

“While we accept their resignations, we do so with the deepest regret,” Nyhan said, mentioning both councilors’ long tenures as elected officials. “It’s our loss, but the state’s gain.”

Champlin is in his third term representing Ward 4 on the city council. He sits on a variety of boards, including the city’s planning board and the Community Development Advisory Committee. He chairs the city’s Ad Hoc Parking Committee.

Champlin’s candidacy presents the possibility of a third special election next year.

A special election for two vacant Concord City Council seats is already planned for March 5.

Shurtleff, a Democrat who served as a Concord at-large councilor for 11 years and as the Ward 1 state rep for 15 years, was elected as speaker of the New Hampshire House in a 237-152 vote last week.

St. Hilaire, a Republican currently representing Ward 10, was confirmed 3-2 for a position as a superior court judge last week as well. He served on the city council for more than a dozen years.

If Champlin wins, another election could be possible to fill the Ward 4 post.

The 10-day filing period for the March elections will be open Jan. 4-14, 2019.

The city-wide and Ward 10 special election is expected to cost $19146, according to city documents.

Whoever gets the most votes will be sworn in at the March 2019 city council meeting.

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