Hounsell seeks spot on ballot as Independent

Published Date: Tuesday, 10 June 2014 05:02

By Lloyd Jones
CONWAY — Former New Hampshire state senator Mark Hounsell, who is running as in Independent for state representative in District 2, officially announced his candidacy for office at the Gibson Center in North Conway Monday morning.
District 2 covers Chatham, Conway, Eaton and Hales Location, and elects three representatives.
Hounsell collected paperwork at the New Hampshire Secretary of State's Office in Concord on Wednesday, something all Independent candidates must do, and in declaring his candidacy had until Aug. 8 to obtain 150 signatures from registered voters in the district to get on the November ballot. Monday he had a host of seniors take the time to support Hounsell in his bid to get on the ballot.
"I will be seeking a spot on the general election ballot in November by means of nomination papers as I will be running as an Independent, not beholden to either the Republican or Democratic parties," he said. "I realize this is a difficult path to victory, but after much reflection, consultation and prayer, I also realize this is my attempt to enter this particular political arena in good conscience. As an Independent, I will not be beholden to any ideology, special interest or political boss. When elected I will be 100 percent free of such crippling influences and therefore able to represent the people. My campaign motto is 'People Above Politics.'
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