Seacoast NH election 2022 guide: Where to vote, what to know from US Senate to local races
Voters in the New Hampshire Seacoast region will have many choices to make ranging from U.S. Senate to state legislators to county-level races when they head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Issues like inflation, the economy, energy costs, education, abortion, housing and election integrity have been debated on the campaign trail.
We've spent months compiling news and views from candidates up for election at all levels of government, as well as key information voters need before going to the polls.
Read on for a look at all the races you will see on your ballot and helpful links to learn more about voting and the candidates:
When and where to vote in Seacoast NH cities and towns
Voting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8. Non-registered voters can register at the polls and vote on Election Day. Information on registering to vote is available via the New Hampshire secretary of state at sos.nh.gov/elections/voters/register-vote and through local city and town clerks' offices. Generally, voters need to provide proof of age (18 or older), U.S. citizenship and residence in the city/town where they vote by bringing a photo ID. If the ID doesn't have your current address, check with your town clerk before Election Day, but some forms of ID that are often accepted are a checkbook, utility bill, bank statement, vehicle registration or home lease agreement.
If you would like to see the ballot in your city or town before going to the polls, the secretary of state has sample ballots for every community and voting ward posted at sos.nh.gov/elections/sample-ballots. Information on absentee voting is available at sos.nh.gov/elections/voters/register-vote/absentee and through local city and town clerks. Accessible voting information is available at sos.nh.gov/accessible-voting. On the Seacoast, COAST Bus announced it is offering free rides to anyone who needs them to get to the polls to vote on election day.
Where to vote:Seacoast polling times and places in local cities and towns on Nov. 8
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U.S. Senate: Bolduc vs. Hassan
The race between Democratic incumbent Sen. Maggie Hassan of Newfields and Republican Don Bolduc, a retired Army brigadier general who lives in Stratham, is being watched closely nationally with the balance of power at stake in Washington. In debates, issues like Bolduc's claims of election fraud and Hassan's campaign style have surfaced and Bolduc's rhetoric on election integrity has been matched against Hassan's record. The overturning of Roe v. Wade has made abortion a major topic, too, with Bolduc shifting his position on a proposed 15-week ban and Hassan working to paint Bolduc's views as extreme.
More:Bolduc, Hassan face questions from Seacoast business owners. Here's how they responded.
More:Hassan vs. Bolduc: Why Democrats in NH are focused on abortion. What do voters think?
More:Confident Republicans unify behind Bolduc, other candidates once seen as risky
More:Jill Biden pushes for Hassan, Democrats in Portsmouth as election nears
U.S. House: Leavitt vs. Pappas
Two-term Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas of Manchester is being challenged by Republican Karoline Leavitt of Hampton, who worked in the White House press office under former President Donald Trump. In a recent debate, the two candidates sparred over solutions for inflation and the future of Social Security. Leavitt has strongly supported Trump, including his false claims about the 2020 election, with Pappas saying she relies on national attack lines rather than substance about policy. Leavitt has said Pappas is part of what she calls failed policies under President Joe Biden.
More:Pappas vs. Leavitt race in NH for US House looks close. What could make the difference?
NH governor: Sherman vs. Sununu
Voters across New Hampshire will choose between two Seacoast residents for governor in 2022. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, a Newfields resident, is seeking a fourth two-year term. He is challenged by state Sen. Tom Sherman, a physician who lives in Rye.
Sununu vs. Sherman for NH governorThese 3 major policy differences could guide your vote
NH Executive Council
The state's Executive Council, a lesser known body that oversees state contracts and executive appointments, currently has a 4-1 Republican majority. An issue that has received much attention are Republican councilors voting four times in 2021 and 2022 to reject family planning provider contracts. The funds would have provided cancer screenings, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, contraception and other routine health care services for more than 16,000 low-income women in New Hampshire. Republicans councilors raised concerns about funding abortions. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu urged the Republican councilors to approve the funds, assuring them none of the money is used to fund abortions, which was also shown to be true in an audit by the attorney general.
Here are the two Executive Council races involving greater Seacoast communities:
District 1: Republican incumbent Joe Kenney of Union seeks re-election, challenged by Democrat Dana Hilliard, the longtime Somersworth mayor. The district comprises 70 communities, including Dover, Durham, Farmington, Madbury, Rochester, Rollinsford and Somersworth.
District 3: Republican incumbent Janet Stevens of Rye, who is in her first term, will be challenged by Democrat Katherine Harake of Hampton, chair of the Hampton Budget Committee. The district contains 30 communities, including Portsmouth, Exeter, Hampton, Seabrook and surrounding towns.
More:What is NH Executive Council? Why are low-income health-care funds at stake?
NH ballot questions: What are they?
Question 1 effectively asks voters if they want to remove the county-level position of register of probate, which has almost no duties. Voters may find the question confusing, though, because the term "register of probate" does not appear in the ballot question text. A "yes" vote is a vote to remove the job title from the state's constitution.
Question 2 asks voters if New Hampshire should hold a constitutional convention.
More:Should NH hold a constitutional convention? Questions on 2022 state election ballots explained.
NH Senate elections in five districts include Seacoast towns
Several Seacoast area New Hampshire state Senate races will help determine whether Republicans retain their majority, which is currently 13-10 with one Republican-held seat vacated earlier this year.
District 4: Sen. David Watters, a Democratic incumbent from Dover, is seeking re-election to a sixth two-year term. He is being challenged by Republican Seamus Casey of Barrington. The district comprises Barrington, Dover, Rollinsford and Somersworth.
Candidates in their own wordsWatters vs. Casey in District 4 state Senate race
District 6: Sen. Jim Gray, a Republican incumbent from Rochester who is also a city councilor, is seeking re-election to a fourth two-year term. He is challenged by Democrat Ruth Larson of Alton. The district comprises Alton, Farmington, Gilmanton, New Durham, Rochester and Strafford.
Candidates in their own words:Gray vs. Larson in District 6 state Senate race
District 21: Sen. Rebecca Perkins Kwoka, a first-term Democrat who previously served on the Portsmouth City Council, is uncontested. The district comprises Durham, Lee, Madbury, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket and Portsmouth.
District 23: Republican state Sen. Bill Gannon, currently serving his second term, is challenged by Democrat Brenda Oldak of South Hampton. The district comprises Brentwood, Chester, Danville, East Kingston, Epping, Fremont, Kensington, Kingston, Newton, Sandown, Seabrook and South Hampton.
Candidates in their own words:Gannon vs. Oldak in District 23 state Senate race
District 24: Three-term state Rep. Debra Altschiller, D-Stratham, is facing Lou Gargiulo, R-Hampton Falls, a former state representative and current selectman in Hampton Falls. The district comprises Exeter, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, North Hampton, Rye and Stratham.
Candidates in their own words:Altschiller vs. Gargiulo in District 24 state Senate seat
NH House: Portsmouth area state rep. races
Republicans have 206 seats to 182 Democrats in the 400-member New Hampshire House heading into the 2022 election, with two independents and 10 vacancies making up the rest.
Rockingham County District 21 (Newington, Portsmouth Ward 1 — 1 seat): Democrat Robin Vogt is uncontested.
Rockingham District 22 (New Castle, Portsmouth Ward 5 — 1 seat): Democratic state Rep. Kate Murray of New Castle is uncontested.
Rockingham District 24 (Greenland, Rye — 2 seats): Incumbent Democratic Reps. Jaci Grote (Rye) and Dennis Malloy (Greenland) are being challenged by Republicans Wendy Stanley Jones (Greenland) and Marilyn Page (Greenland) in this reconfigured district.
Candidates in their words:Grote, Malloy challenged by Jones, Page for Greenland and Rye rep. seats
Rockingham District 26 (Portsmouth Ward 3 — 1 seat): Incumbent Democratic Rep. Joan Hamblet is running against independent candidate Scott Forte.
Candidates in their words:Hamblet vs. Forte for Portsmouth Ward 3 state rep. seat
Rockingham District 27 (Portsmouth Ward 4 — 1 seat): Incumbent Democratic Rep. Gerald W.R. Ward is challenged by Republican Alan Forbes.
Candidates in their words:Ward vs. Forbes for Portsmouth Ward 4 state rep. seat
Rockingham District 28 (Portsmouth Ward 2 — 1 seat): Incumbent Democratic Rep. Rebecca McBeath is uncontested.
Rockingham District 37 (New Castle, Newington, Portsmouth Ward 1, Portsmouth Ward 5 — 1 seat): Incumbent Democratic Rep. David Meuse is uncontested.
Rockingham District 38 (Greenland, North Hampton, Rye — 1 seat): Republican Robert Lincoln of Rye, Democrat Peggy Balboni of Rye and independent Steven Borne of Rye are the candidates.
Candidates in their words:NH election 2022: Three-way race for one seat representing Greenland, Rye, North Hampton
Rockingham District 39 (Portsmouth Ward 2, Portsmouth Ward 3, Portsmouth Ward 4 — 1 seat): Democrat Ned Raynolds of Portsmouth is running against Sue Polidura of Portsmouth.
NH House: Hampton area state rep. races
Rockingham District 19 (Hampton Falls, Kensington — 1 seat): Republican Susan Porcelli is facing Democrat Joe Pace.
Candidates in their words:Pace vs. Porcelli for Hampton Falls/Kensington state rep.
Rockingham District 23 (North Hampton — 1 seat): Democrat incumbent Rep. Jim Maggiore is challenged by Republican Kirsten Larsen Schultz.
Candidates in their words:Maggiore vs. Larsen Schultz for North Hampton state rep.
Rockingham District 29 (Hampton — 4 seats): Democratic candidates are incumbent state Rep. Mike Edgar, former state Rep. Chris Muns, Candice O’Neil and Hampton Budget Committee member Matt Saunders. Republicans are incumbent state Rep. James Tracy Emerick, former state Rep. Ken Sheffert, William Jackson and Bruce Theriault.
Candidates in their wordsEight running for four Hampton state rep. seats
Rockingham District 30 (Seabrook — 2 seats): Republican incumbent Reps. Tina Harley and Aboul Khan are challenged by Democrats Bob Albright and Camille Daly.
Candidates in their words:Harley, Khan, Albright and Daly run for Seabrook state rep.
Rockingham District 36 (Hampton Falls, Kensington, Newton, Plaistow, South Hampton — 1 seat): Democrat Elizabeth Kosta, of Plaistow, is running against Republican JD Bernardy, of South Hampton.
Rockingham District 40 (Hampton, Seabrook — 1 seat): DemocratErica de Vries, of Hampton is facing Republican Jason Janvrin of Seabrook.
Candidates in their words:Janvrin vs. de Vries vs. Janvrin for Hampton, Seabrook state rep.
NH House: Exeter area state rep. races
Rockingham District 5 (Epping — 2 seats): Incumbent Republican state Reps. Cody M. Belanger and Michael Vose are challenged by Democrats Joe Perry and Mark Vallone.
Candidates in their words:Belanger, Voseare challenged by Perry, Vallone for Epping state rep. seats
Rockingham District 6 (Brentwood — 1 seat): Incumbent state Rep. Melissa A. Litchfield is challenged by Democrat Eric S. Turer.
Rockingham District 10 (Newfields, Newmarket — 3 seats): Incumbent Democratic state Reps. Charlotte DiLorenzo, Michael Cahill, Ellen Read are challenged by Republican Jeanene Cooper.
Candidates in their words:Four running for three Newfields/Newmarket state rep. seats
Rockingham District 11 (Exeter — 4 seats): Democratic incumbent state Reps. Gaby Grossman, Mark Paige, Julie D. Gilman and political newcomer Linda J. Haskins will be running against Republicans Brian Griset, Edward Duncan, William A. Smith and Robin Tyner.
Candidates in their words: Eight candidates seek four Exeter state rep. seats
Rockingham District 12 (Stratham — 2 seats): Republican state Rep. Patrick Abrami and Joanne Ward will be running against Democrats Zoe R. Manos and Allison Knab.
Candidates in their words:Abrami, Ward, Manos, Knab running for two Stratham state rep. seats
Rockingham District 14 (East Kingston, Kingston — 2 seats): Incumbent Republican state Reps. Deborah L. Hobson, of East Kingston, and Kenneth L. Weyler, of Kingston, are being challenged by Democrats Kim Casey, of East Kingston, and Trisha Tidd, of Kingston.
Candidates in theirwordsFour running for two East Kingston/Kingston state rep. seats
Rockingham District 33 (Exeter, Newfields, Newmarket, Stratham — 1 seat): Incumbent Democratic state Rep. Alexis Simpson is challenged by Republican Robert Sacco.
Candidates in their wordsSimpson vs. Sacco for Exeter, Newfields, Newmarket, Stratham state rep.
NH House: Dover, Durham, Rochester and Somersworth area state rep. races
Strafford County District 4 (Barrington/Strafford — 3 seats): In a reconfigured district, incumbent Rep. Cassandra Levesque (Barrington) and fellow Democrats Heath Howard (Strafford) and Matthew D. Towne (Barrington) are facing Republicans incumbent Reps. Len Turcotte (Barrington) and Kurt Wuelper (Strafford), along with Davis Miller (Barrington).
Candidates in their words:3 vie for 6 Barrington, Strafford state rep. seats
Strafford District 5 (Rochester Ward 1 — 1 seat): Republican incumbent Rep. Thomas L. Kacyznski Jr. is being challenged by Democrat Patricia Turner in a reconfigured district.
Strafford District 6 (Rochester Ward 2 — 1 seat): Republican incumbent Rep. Clifford Newton is being challenged by Democrat Kathleen Cavalaro.
Candidates in their words:Cavalaro vs. Newton for Rochester Ward 2 state rep.
Strafford District 7 (Rochester Ward 3 — 1 seat): Republican incumbent Rep. Aidan Ankarberg is challenged by Democrat Mark Sorensen.
Strafford District 8 (Rochester Ward 4 — 1 seat): Democrat incumbent Rep. Chuck Grassie is challenged by Republican David Walker.
Candidates in their wordsGrassie vs. Walker for Rochester Ward 4 state rep.
Strafford District 9 (Rochester Ward 6 — 1 seat): Republican Brandon Phinney is facing Democrat Nevin Dexter.
Strafford District 10 (Durham — 4 seats): Democratic incumbent Reps. Cam Kenney, Marjorie Smith and Timothy Horrigan and Democrat Loren Selig are facing Republican challengers Bonnie McDermott, Jennifer Betts Olszewski, Tyanne Sylvestre and Clifford E. Zetterstrom.
Candidates in their wordsDurham has 8 candidates vying for 4 state rep. seats
Strafford District 11 (Dover Ward 4, Lee, Madbury — 3 seats): In a reconfigured district, Democratic incumbent Reps. Janet Wall (Madbury) and Thomas Southworth (Dover) and Democrat Hoy Robert Menear (Lee) are facing Republican Wayne Lehman (Lee).
Candidates in their words:Four compete for Dover Ward 4, Lee, Madbury state rep. seats
Strafford District 12 (Rollinsford, Somersworth wards 1-5 — 4 seats): Democratic incumbent Reps. Gerri Cannon, Cecilia Rich and Kenneth Vincent, along with Jeffrey Rich are facing Republican challengers Nick Boyle, Ken Hilton, Steve McMahon and Matthew Spencer. All candidates reside in Somersworth.
Candidates in their wordsEight candidates for four Somersworth, Rollinsford state rep. seats
Strafford District 13 (Dover Ward 6 — 1 seat): Incumbent Democratic Rep. Peter Bixby is uncontested.
Strafford District 14 (Dover Ward 1 — 1 seat): Incumbent Democratic Rep. Peter Schmidt is uncontested.
Strafford District 15 (Dover Ward 2 — 1 seat): Democrat Bill Conlin is uncontested.
Strafford District 16 (Dover Ward 3 — 1 seat): Democrat Gail L. Pare is facing Republican Sally Staude.
Candidates in their wordsPare vs. Staude for Dover Ward 3 state rep.
Strafford District 17 (Dover Ward 5 — 1 seat): Democrat Jessica LaMontagne is uncontested.
Strafford District 18 (Barrington, Middleton, New Durham and Strafford - 1 seat): In a reconfigured district, incumbent Republican state Rep. Michael Harrington of Strafford is being challenged by Democrat Jackie Cilley of Barrington, a former state representative and state senator.
Candidates in their words:Harrington vs. Cilley challenges for Strafford District 18 state rep.
Strafford District 19 (Rochester wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 — 3 seats): Republican incumbent Rep. Fenton Groen and fellow Republicans James Connor and Kelley Potenza are challenged by Democrats Daniel Fitzpatrick, David Herman and Jerry Minihan.
Candidates in their words:Six candidates seek three state rep. seats for five Rochester wards
Strafford District 20 (Dover Ward 4, Durham, Lee, Madbury — 1 seat): Democrat Allan Howland is facing Republican Mark Racic. Both are Durham residents.
Candidates in their words: Racic vs. Howland for Durham, Lee, Madbury state rep.
Strafford District 21 (Dover wards 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 — 3 seats): Incumbent Democratic Rep. Susan Treleaven and fellow Democrats Luz Bay and Geoff Smith are challenged by Republicans John V. Caggiano, Michael Castaldo and Mark Hastings.
Candidates in their words:Treleaven, Bay, Smith vs. Caggiano, Castaldo, Hastings for Dover state rep. seats
Strafford County races: Commissioners battle over nursing home plan
County commissioners: Democratic incumbents Deanna Rollo (Rollinsford), George Maglaras (Dover) and Robert J. Watson (Rochester) are being challenged by Republicans Fergus Cullen (Dover), Jonathan T. Otterson (Dover) and Susan DeLemus (Rochester) in a race focused largely on a proposed new county nursing home.
More:Should Strafford County build new nursing home? Election for commissioners could decide it
Sheriff: First-term incumbent Democrat Mark Brave of Dover is uncontested.
Attorney: Tom Velardi, a Democrat who has served since 2008, is uncontested.
Treasurer: Incumbent Pamela Arnold (Milton), a Democrat, is challenged by Republican Sherry Beaudoin (Rochester).
Register of deeds: Incumbent Catherine Berube (Dover), a Democrat, is challenged by Republican Warren W. Smith (Durham).
Register of probate: Republican Nancy Sirois (Rochester) is facing Democrat Jan Nedelka.
Rockingham County races: Attorney race is personal
County commissioners: Democrat incumbent Kate Coyle is being challenged by Republican Rich Sawyer, of Hampton, for county commissioner District 1
Sheriff: Incumbent Chuck Massahos, R-Salem, is challenged by Kevin Coyle, D-Portsmouth.
Attorney: Incumbent Patricia Conway, R-Atkinson, is challenged by attorney Rich Clark, D-Portsmouth.
More:Rockingham County attorney race personal for challenger after abuse indictment
Treasurer: Scott Priestley, R-Windham, is on the ballot. Alexander Wahl, D-Brentwood, is running as write-in.
Register of deeds: Cathy Stacey, R-Salem, is being challenged by Michael McCord, D-Exeter.
Register of probate: Lisa A. Massahos, R-Salem, is running against Democrat Sean McBride Lewis.
Editor's note: State Rep. Debra Altschiller, a state Senate candidate, is the wife of Seacoast Media Group Executive Editor Howard Altschiller.
This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Seacoast NH election 2022 guide: Where to vote, info on candidates