By PAULA TRACY, InDepthNH.org
CONCORD – Cathy Stacey was the first candidate in the state to file for office at the State House on Wednesday as filing for elections opened.
Candidates have until June 12 at 5 p.m. to file for state, county and federal offices which are all up for grabs this year.
Stacey, who is running for re-election to the position of Rockingham County Register of Deeds, was greeted among others on the State House lawn by Secretary of State William Gardner, as Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan posted a photo on his Facebook page.
But in the era of COVID-19, candidates did not go to the Secretary of State’s Office on the second floor of the State House.
Instead, they filed outdoors as the State House is closed to the public due to the pandemic. And candidates do not need to do this in person.
They can download the declaration of candidacy information and send it in with the proper filing fee at https://sos.nh.gov/nhsos_content.aspx?id=8589998389.
Jo Jorgensen, Libertarian presidential candidate, said, “I love New Hampshire. It’s known for its spirit of liberty, and it’s important to our campaign strategy. When I was the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential nominee, I spent more time in New Hampshire than any other state.”
Jilletta Jarvis, secretary of the LPNH, said, “I was proud to vote for Dr. Jorgensen to be our nominee for president and more excited that my son and I could stand with her as she was the first presidential candidate to file this morning at the N.H. State House.
“Our hurdle now is to be on the ballot due to social distancing guidelines and the stay-at-home order, and the governor’s unwillingness to make sure the ballot is available to all citizens per Article 11 of the N.H. Constitution we still have a battle ahead of us. Having a principled choice on the ballot this year is more than a desire, it’s a necessity,” Jarvis said.
Those who would like to be one of the 400 members of the House of Representatives will pay $2 to get on the ballot while those running for 24 seats for Senator will pay $10.
Candidates for county office will need to pay $10 while those running for Executive Council will pay $25 to get on the ballot.
If you are running for governor, the filing fee is $100 but U.S. Congressional candidates will pay $50. The state primary will be held on Sept. 8.
The winners of both the Democratic and Republican primaries will go to the general election, which is planned for exactly five months from now, nationwide on Nov. 3.
Brian Chicoine filed to represent the residents of Manchester’s Ward 11 in the House of Representatives.
“There will be some tough decisions to be made in the upcoming legislative session and I will bring the vision that is needed to help find creative solutions for the state’s recovery from the COVID-19-related economic downturn,” Chicoine said.
“I will also work to keep our tax burden low, help reduce or eliminate unnecessary regulations, will work to protect individual liberties, and help keep our government transparent and accountable.”