Sheriff, county attorney Dems win Concord; GOP leads in early towns

  • Press conference with Merrimack County Attorney Robin Davis. Geoff Forester

  • Paul Halvorsen discusses his candidacy for county attorney in an interview at the Monitor on Aug. 29, 2018.

  • David Croft, Democratic candidate for Merrimack County Sheriff

  • Dennis Crawford, Republican candidate for Merrimack County Sheriff

Monitor staff
Published: 11/3/2020 11:42:06 PM

The races for Merrimack County’s top two law-enforcement jobs – sheriff and county attorney – were too close to call as the Monitor went to press Tuesday night.


In the first wide-open sheriff’s race in Merrimack County since 2006, former police chief David Croft, a Democrat faced off against deputy Dennis Crawford, a Republican. Croft won Concord by almost a 2-to-1 margin but was soundly beaten in traditional Republican towns like Loudon and Epsom.

Croft appeared likely to win the seat, leading by about 3,500 votes – 27,918 to 23,264 – with about two-thirds of the towns reporting their results Tuesday night. 

Crawford has been a deputy sheriff at Merrimack County since 1984. Croft was chief of police in Boscawen from 1997 to 2007.

Scott Hilliard, a Republican, had been sheriff since 2006 but resigned in February after a drunken driving conviction.

County attorney

The race for Merrimack County Attorney is a rerun of 2018 and was an even closer race.

Incumbent Robin Davis was previously a public defender, including many years in Concord. She won the city by a 3,400-vote margin Tuesday but trailed GOP towns badly.

The Republican challenger is Paul Halvorsen, an assistant city prosecutor for Concord who has twice served on the City Council.

Davis led Halvorsen by less than 1,500 votes – 26,472 to 25,054 – late Tuesday.

David Brooks bio photo

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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