Thursday September 13, 2012

CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- Jack Zeller bested Earl D. Nelson, 558-347, and sealed the Republican nomination for Cheshire County Sheriff on Tuesday. Zeller will now square off against Democratic nominee Eli Rivera in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

By a vote of 648-355, Peter Graves defeated Bayard Tracy and will be the GOP’s candidate against Democrat John M. Pratt for county commissioner in November.

All four Republicans on the ballot won GOP nominations for the races for seats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Robert W. Moore Jr. received 667, Whitney Aldrich recorded 584, Edwin O. Smith collected 568 and Elaine H. Levlocke got 537.

With a total of 617 votes, Colin Van Ostern won the Democratic nomination for executive councilor. The other Democratic candidates were John D. Shea (370) and Shawn Mickelonis (73).

The three incumbents secured the Democratic nominations for state representative. Tara Sad garnered 817, Lucy McVitty Weber had 814, Bill Butynski accumulated 766 and challenger Paul Berch registered 733.

In Chesterfield’s results were not available by presstime on Tuesday. The results are as follows: Smith led the way in the race for state representative Republican nomination with 209 votes on Tuesday. Moore recorded 191, Levlocke garnered 182 and Aldrich got 174. However, all four win a nomination.

Nelson bested Jack Zeller, 145-122, for Republican nomination for sheriff. Graves edged out Tracy for the nomination for county commissioner, 130-122.

Incumbent Butynski was the top vote-earner for the Democratic nomination for state representative, with 224. Incumbent Weber finished in the runner-up spot with 216 while fellow incumbent Sad collected 213 and Berch registered 210.

Ostern won far and away the most votes for the executive councilor’s Democratic nomination, with 131. Shea got 77 and Mickelonis had 14.

According to Chesterfield Town Offices, 570 of the town’s 2,412 registered voters showed up to the polls on Tuesday.