Incumbents win in disputed races from NH County prosecutors

The incumbents retained their seats in all three contested New Hampshire county prosecutors’ races this year, according to results of the secretary of state.

That includes longtime Sullivan County prosecutor Marc Hathaway, who fended off his first challenge in more than 30 years. Hathaway won against local public defender Jay Buckey, in a race that drew attention to the lack of a drug court in the county.

In Rockingham County, incumbent Pat Conway beat local defense attorney Rich Clark, who said he wanted to reform an office he says wrongfully indicted him in 2019. (Charges have later discontinued. defended his office’s handling of the case in an interview with the Portsmouth Herald.)

Hillsborough County Attorney John Coughlin, meanwhile, prevailed against Nicholas Sarwarkdefense attorney and former national chairman of the Libertarian Party who had criticized Coughlin’s handling of the office.

The Berlin sun reports that the challenger in a fourth race, in Coos County, was struck off the ballot because he is not a lawyer. Holder John McCormick won unopposed.

County prosecutors in the rest of the state faced no challengers.

County prosecutors oversee most criminal prosecutions and are key players in the criminal justice system. But most run for re-election unopposedboth in New Hampshire and nationally.

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