Concord 2012 Election Guide
As the voters face another election in November, Concord NH Patch is committed to bringing you up-to-date information about the candidates running in the Granite State and Concord.
This election cycle, Concord NH Patch be looking at five key races and hot button issues:
The battle for the presidency: The two major party candidates – President Barack Obama and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney – know how important New Hampshire’s four Electoral College votes are in this election. That’s why their campaigns are spending so much time and money here.
The 2012 presidential election is a toss-up which is why what happens in New Hampshire is so important to both campaigns.
The Obama campaign has had a number of local offices in the state, organizing get-out-the-vote drive and other events for months; Romney had a solid win in the first-in-the-nation primary and hopes to build on the momentum.
Also lurking in the shadows are Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, who will be on the ballot here, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who faced off against Romney in 2002’s gubernatorial contest, and Virgil Goode of Virginia. Johnson, libertarians say, will most definitely be on the ballot in New Hampshire, since they have been gathering signatures for months. It is unknown whether Stein’s team can gain ballot access in time.
Whoever becomes the next president, they will have a full plate of things to deal with, from the state of the stagnant economy, to trade policy, fixing the deficit and debt, and rebuilding trust with the American people at a time when the national is completely polarized.
The corner office: Everyone knows that the next governor of the state of New Hampshire will have a tough job.
Last September, Gov. John Lynch, D-Hopkinton, decided it was time to move onto other things after an unprecedented four terms in office and is leaving as one of the state’s most popular political figures.
The big-shoes-to-fill issue hasn’t stopped eight individuals from filing to run for the corner office. The Democrats have three candidates: “Granite Tough” former state Sen. Jackie Cilley, “The Pledge” candidate former state
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