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Write-in candidate wins Democratic nomination for Merrimack County Attorney



Monitor staff
Friday, September 14, 2018

It turns out Republican Paul Halvorsen will have an opponent in general election for Merrimack County Attorney after all.

Robin Davis, an attorney in the New Hampshire Public Defender’s Concord office, won the Democratic primary as a write-in candidate. She will face Halvorsen in the November election to replace former county attorney Scott Murray, who now serves as U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire.

Davis received 1,377 write-in votes in Tuesday’s primary, according to election results released by the Secretary of State’s office Friday. A write-in candidate must receive a minimum of 35 votes and win the election to make the November ballot, according to Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan.

Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky, a Democrat and former public defender, galvanized voters through social media to write-in Davis on their ballots.

“Someone with a background of knowing and having worked with offenders brings a whole different perspective that I think in the long run is more helpful to society,” he said.

Halvorsen, a former Concord City Councilor, defeated assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Nicole Schultz-Price in the Republican primary on Tuesday.

(Nick Stoico can be reached at 369-3321 or nstoico@cmonitor.com.)