Spaulding wins GOP nod, seeks third term as county commissioner

  • Peter Spaulding.

Monitor staff
Published: 9/14/2016 2:46:54 PM

Peter Spaulding survived a strong showing by Rep. David Kidder around his hometown of New London to win the GOP nomination in the area’s only contested county commission race.

Spaulding will face former state representative Ricia McMahon of Sutton in November as he tries for a third term as commissioner of District 3 in Merrimack County. McMahon ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

“I’m certainly going to continue my efforts at reform and change in the county. That’s what I’m going to stress,” said Spaulding, who has also held office as executive councilor.

Spaulding rode a 400-vote margin in Hooksett and 250-vote margins in Hopkinton and in his hometown of Bow to off set Kidder’s wins in New London and several neighboring towns. The final tally was 2,672-1,854, a 59 percent to 41 percent win, although that does not include results from Dunbarton, which were unavailable.

“I’m happy. I think I did well to do that well,” said Kidder, who stepped down after 12 years as state representative from New London to oppose Spaulding. “Peter, he’ll do all right, I’ll stay on him. The county’s in good hands.”

District 3 covers 11 towns, including Bow, Henniker and Hopkinton.

It is one of three commissioner districts in Merrimack County, which covers 25 towns as well as the cities of Concord and Franklin.

County government is responsible for judicial functions like the county attorney, sheriff and the jail, and the county nursing home, which mostly serves patients on Medicaid. The county also has a few other functions such as juvenile services, Cooperative Extension and the register of deeds.

Spaulding said he was pleased with the result, although he didn’t exactly celebrate at the time.

“I spent election night with my dog at the veterinarian until 11 o’clock,” he said.

(David Brooks can be reached at 369-3313 or or on Twitter @GraniteGeek)

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David Brooks is a reporter and the writer of the sci/tech column Granite Geek and blog, as well as moderator of the monthly Science Cafe Concord events. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in mathematics he became a newspaperman, working in Virginia and Tennessee before spending 28 years at the Nashua Telegraph . He joined the Monitor in 2015.

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