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Portsmouth clerk’s attempt to hire deputy again stymied

Portsmouth clerk’s attempt to hire deputy again stymied

PORTSMOUTH — Town Clerk Joanne Mower once again asked the Town Council to approve her appointment of a new deputy clerk, and once again she left the podium disappointed and angry. “I am not receiving the respect that I deserve,” said Ms. Mower following the council’s 4-3 vote Monday against approving the approbation of Katherine

Joanne M. Mower takes the oath of office for town clerk in November 2013.

Firing fuels scrutiny of Portsmouth clerk’s office

PORTSMOUTH — After more than an hour’s worth of often-testy exchanges between Town Council members, Town Clerk Joanne Mower and residents over the recent termination of Deputy Town Clerk Patti Cofield, the council Monday night called for an operational audit of all administrative functions in Town Hall. That includes the town clerk’s office, which came

James C. Seveney (left) and Keith E. Hamilton were voted vice president and president, respectively, of the Portsmouth Town Council Monday night. They were among seven council members who took the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony Monday night. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Keith Hamilton new Portsmouth council president

PORTSMOUTH — Keith E. Hamilton, a Republican who was the highest vote-getter in the Town Council race Nov. 4, was unanimously selected as the panel’s new president in a swearing-in ceremony Monday night. James C. Seveney, a Democrat and the previous council president, was chosen as vice president in a 4-3 vote. Mr. Hamilton cast the

Constance L. Harding, who lost a seat on the Town Council by 46 votes on election night, has requested a recount.

Another Portsmouth candidate requests recount

PORTSMOUTH — A second candidate who ran for local office Nov. 4 has requested a recount. Constance L. Harding, an Independent candidate for Town Council who lost a seat on the panel by 46 votes on election night, made the request to Jacqueline S. Schulz, the town’s registrar of voters, shortly before the deadline Wednesday afternoon.

Jennifer West was granted a recount in the town clerk's race.

Recount of votes for Portsmouth town clerk is Friday

PORTSMOUTH — There will be a recount of votes cast for the office of town clerk on Friday, according to Jacqueline S. Schulz, the town’s registrar of voters. The race for the clerk’s office was one of the tightest in Portsmouth, with current town clerk and Republican Joanne Mower winning by 69 votes (3,285-3,220) over Democrat

Keith Hamilton, the top vote-getter in the Portsmouth Town Council race, eagerly watches numbers come in Tuesday night at Republican election headquarters. Photo by Tim Marshall.

Some Portsmouth races hinge on mail-in ballots

PORTSMOUTH — Don’t ever tell Joanne Mower or Jennifer West that your vote doesn’t matter. After the eight local voting districts reported results Tuesday night, Ms. Mower, the current town clerk and a Republican, held a slim 43-vote lead over Ms. West, her Democrat rival. ________________________ Scroll down to see complete results on how Portsmouth voted in Tuesday’s


Final list of Portsmouth candidates released

PORTSMOUTH — More than two dozen Portsmouth residents declared their intention to run for local or statewide office by Wednesday’s 4 p.m. filing deadline. Here are the candidates who candidacy papers with Jacqueline S. Schulz, Portsmouth’s registrar of voters. Statewide office Dennis M Canario, of 64 Birchwood Drive, is running for re-election to the District


Portsmouth candidates declare for office

PORTSMOUTH — Two dozen Portsmouth residents had declared their intention to run for local or statewide office by Tuesday afternoon. Candidates have until 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, to file papers to declare for office with Registrar of Voters Jacqueline Schulz, so other names will likely be added to this list. (Check back for an updated

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