Transgendered Rep. Candidate Files to Run in Special Election
Nashua Democrat, convicted felon, who was elected in November and then resigned, says she will run "an open and honest campaign.”
It was another milestone at the Secretary of State’s Office at the Statehouse today as Stacie Laughton, D-Nashua, the first transgendered politician elected to the New Hampshire House, filed to run again on the last day to signup for the seat.
Laughton, who came under fire after the election after it was revealed that she was convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud charges in Laconia in 2008, resigned before being sworn in. After the resignation, a special election was set for the Ward 4 seat and she had second thoughts about resigning and decided to run again for the same seat she won in November.
After filing, Laughton said she would be running “a hard campaign” and planned on being “open and honest with the voters” of Ward 4, in order to win the seat again.
Laughton will face off against Democrat Pam Brown, an advocate for people with disabilities who has worked in the financial sector, in the primary slated for Feb. 19, 2013.
The winner of the primary will face off against Republican Elizabeth Van Twuyner, who is also on the ballot, in the general election, set for April 9, 2013.
No independents or third party candidates have filed, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.
The deadline is 5 p.m. on Dec. 28.