HOUNSELL DECIDES AGAINST RUN

by Christian Mower on December 3, 2013

A FORMER CONWAY SELECTMAN AND NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE SENATOR HAS CHANGED HIS MIND AND SAYS HE WILL NOT RUN TO FILL THE UNEXPIRED TERM OF THE LATE DISTRICT ONE EXEC. COUNCILOR RAY BURTON.

MARK HOUNSELL SAYS IN A STATEMENT “DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND MY CONTROL I AM NOT ABLE TO ADEQUATELY COMPETE FOR THE OPEN DISTRICT ONE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL SEAT IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION. I THANK ALL THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORTED MY ELECTION, BUT I AM SIMPLY UNABLE TO CONTINUE – OR EVEN BEGIN – THIS PURSUIT.”

HOUNSELL DECLINES TO ELABORATE ON THE REASON HE CHANGED HIS MIND.

HE HAD ANNOUNCED HIS INTENTION TO RUN FOR THE SEAT AS A DEMOCRAT IN NOVEMBER, 2013 – SAYING HE HAD THOUGHT ABOUT IT FOR A LONG TIME.

FOUR CANDIDATES HAVE DECLARED FOR BURTON’S SEAT, INCLUDING REPUBLICANS FORMER STATE SEN. JOE KENNEY OF WAKEFIELD, FORMER U.S. SENATE STATE DIRECTOR MARK ALDRICH OF LEBANON AND FORMER BELKNAP COUNTY COMMISSIONER CHRISTOPHER BOOTHBY OF MEREDITH. HANOVER DEMOCRAT MICHAL CRYANS, A LONGTIME GRAFTON COUNTY COMMISSIONER, IS ALSO RUNNING.

THE LONGEST SERVING COUNCILOR IN THE HISTORY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, BURTON DIED OF CANCER NOV. 12, 2013 – JUST DAYS AFTER HE ATTENDED A CEREMONY AT A SCENIC OVERLOOK IN BRETTON WOODS NEAR MOUNT WASHINGTON THAT WAS DEDICATED TO HIM.

A PUBLIC REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY FOR BURTON IS SCHEDULED FOR DEC. 14, 2013 AT PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY.