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Laughton Told She's Not Eligible, Drops Out of Special Election

Stacie Laughton got a call Wednesday morning from Secretary of State Bill Gardner with the news.

"I'm definitely disappointed," said Stacie Laughton, after learning this morning that she cannot run for the Ward 4 state representative vacancy created when she previously bowed out.

"I feel like I could crawl in a hole and cry right now, but I'm not going to do that," Laughton said, during a phone interview Wednesday morning, shortly after reading a statement sent to her by Secretary of State Bill Gardner. [See two-page letter uploaded here in PDF format.]

In question was whether Laughton, who served time in 2008 for credit card fraud, was eligible to run for elected office in New Hampshire based on the terms of a suspended sentence.

"Bill Gardner said he finally got a statement from the AG's office, and that they don't feel I've completed the final discharge of my sentence," Laughton said.

Mentioned in the letter, in addition to the suspended sentence, is the fact that restitution has not yet been paid in full.

Last week, Laughton made the trip to Concord to declare her candidacy for the special election for a Ward 4 state representative. The election was necessary after Laughton, who won election in November, resigned her seat amid controversy.

Democrat Pam Brown and Republican Elizabeth Van Twuyver have also declared their candidacies for the Ward 4 vacancy. With Laughton out, there will be no need for a primary election, and the general election will now be held Feb. 19, according to City Clerk Paul Bergeron.

"That's good news for Ward 4 voters, who will get their representative in place sooner than later," Bergeron said.

Bergeron also received a call from Gardner Wednesday morning, but has yet to read the attorney general's decision. But he anticipates it will likely determine that Laughton must also step down from her elected post as ward selectman.

"If it states that she's ineligible to hold state office, then state statute applies to ward selectmen as well. By end of day, I will have had a chance to read the memo, and if necessary, talk to our legal department before responding to Stacie on that matter," Bergeron said.

Also affected by that determination would be Lisa Laughton, ex-wife of Stacie Laughton, who was also convicted of fraud and serves as a Ward 4 selectman.

Bergeron said any selectman vacancies would be filled by appointment.

Laughton said she believes her trip to Concord last week to file her candidacy for the special election forced the attorney general's office to make a decision.

"I think I pushed them a little bit, to get the statement completed. I don't think they wanted to deal with it, and maybe the decision would've been out sooner if I'd just stayed in office in the first place," Laughton said.

She said she will continue to find ways to contribute to the community and would like to run again as a ward selectman when she is eligible.

"I love that aspect of the election process and would like to serve again," Laughton said.

Dan January 03, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Mike: In Maine, the Democratic Party had a Campaign Committee, that would look at all the candidates running for office. I once got asked to be on it, but work issues took me away from that idea. What it did was to look at all those candidates running (after the primaries) to see what these candidates running their campaigns, and to know something about them, so that they knew of potential problems. In New Hampshire, where you have a volunteer legislature, and from what it looks like, even a panhandler could get elected to state office, get the $200 per term doing it. Problem is, that it solved nothing in this case, and a candidate with little education, no job to speak of and record of fraudulent activity got elected. Somehow I don't think the founding fathers of this state created such a legislature for that purpose. This state has grown, and progressed LONG BEFORE the days of Horace Greeley and Daniel Webster. Maybe it would be high time to get the volunteer legislature out of the stone age, and into modern day practices....for a change. Things might be done more efficiently that way. Businesses don't just hire panhandlers off the streets, they go for educated people. Yet New Hampshire elected a State Rep with little education, for $200/a term. See a problem with that picture....I do..
Dan January 03, 2013 at 08:11 PM
In my earlier comment, I meant LONG AFTER Horace Greeley and Daniel Webster. Sorry!
Dan January 03, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Carol: I don't think this issue is totally over with the Laughton's departure from Selectman's position. I haven't heard anyone answer the question as to whether or not either Stacy or Lisa were working in the polling place on the November 6th election? It would be nice to know that, because if they were, it could be an election law violation. I don't believe that ANY state in this country allows people who are on the ballot to be Poll Workers of any sort and kind in their polling place...
Tori Lee Prophet January 03, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Political lesbian radical feminists of the Mary Daly coven are using this as a reason to roll back any protections for law-abiding transgender persons. It is, in my view, sufficient reason to both abandon the democrats and to oppose gay marriage; quid pro quo. I thank my former political party AND the lesbian hate brigade for making this clear to me. I will thwart them in any and every way I possibly can to keep the Karmic scales balanced.
Carol Robidoux (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Dan: Just followed up with City Clerk Paul Bergeron who said there are exceptions in the law made for ward clerks, moderators and selectmen, "because when running you are being elected for purpose of running election He cites RSA: 658:24 - and adds that the only restriction, in this case, on Stacie or Lisa Laughton would have been that they could not handle ballots or marked ballots. As far as answering questions, checking lists, directing voters, that is all allowable – anything except handling ballots.
Jan Schmidt January 03, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Dan, There was nothing the party could do, nothing to keep her from running. If you were in her ward, why didn't YOU do the research and let people know about her crimes? Why are you trying to shift the blame from the voters and the candidate?
Dan January 03, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Thank you Carol for looking this up. My comment on their resignation came prior to your reply. However, you are one ACE reporter....that's for sure!
Former Ward Selectman Stacie Laughton January 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM
I have said I was sorry and you can find it by going to my facebook and. look up Stacie M Laughton. As for this whole mess it is on me be and the buck stops with me. No other democrats need be named in this as they have no dog in this fight. This about me not giving all info that the voters should have had. It is about miss understandings in the law. I do want to say HHDP did give me funds and I did work very hard, I went door to door. We made calls and we sent mailings. So we did spend money and it did pay off. I also did get in a couple of endorsments from a few unions and that came with some money. I also had a few small donations.
steve forte January 11, 2013 at 01:24 PM
So who were the unions that gave you financial backing?
Former Ward Selectman Stacie Laughton January 11, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Nashua thachers union it was for $ 100.00 and the now speaker of the house gave another 100.00 I also got a few small donations. I also put money of my own in to my campaign.
Former Ward Selectman Stacie Laughton January 11, 2013 at 04:58 PM
I had some some other union endorsments but the others did not send money.
steve forte January 11, 2013 at 05:15 PM
So let me get this straight. You dont have money to pay back the person who you stole from. But you had money to put into a campaign for a seat you had no legal right to hold? Is this correct? And you think you were fit to decide how to spend money that I worked hard for.
One Man Wolf Pack January 11, 2013 at 06:06 PM
"This about me not giving all info that the voters should have had" & " It is about miss understandings in the law." No, it is about you and your ex-wife breaking the law; multiple times. It is about you and your ex-wife not having the ethics to resign until forced to do so under the threat of legal action. Seeing how your addressing it even now speaks volumes about your character and disregard for the law. The fact that there are those who supported you and your wife's efforts even after the legality of the situation came to light speaks volumes about politics and the blinding partisan nature present in our government today.
One Man Wolf Pack January 11, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Steve, look, no one is questioning that neither of the Laughton's can legally be in office anymore. Nor is anyone really questioning that they exercise sound judgement or are even ethical; they exhibit and have neither. They will not be able to hold office for some time and are clearly confused and porrly informed. The entire thing is a mess I am not sure that pointing out further issues to them will be understood by them or if they even care; nonethe less now they do know and have the ability to self educate and address the issues. I say give them thier chance to do just that and when they resurface, probably under another name no less, that would be the best time to bring concerns forward. As of now, they are not and will not be representing anyone and are private citizens and should be afforded the privacy they are due.
steve forte January 11, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Charlie Im not sure what Ms Laughton for employment . Have read that she is on public assistance. If she beleives she is capable of making important decisions in Concord then one would assume she has the ability to hold down a job. I have a good friend who is a welfare and medicaid fraud investigator. I will have to bring this to his attn.
Former Ward Selectman Stacie Laughton January 11, 2013 at 07:14 PM
We did not face legal action with the city. Steve do what you must. I have had a partial disibilty since I was 10 and I am a disabled dependent. I do what I able to do. But sometimes the pain is to bad. For everyone who judge me based on my past, I do not listen to all that. I have changed and I am not the person I was years ago.
One Man Wolf Pack January 11, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Believe me, I completely understand your frusturation; neither of the Laughton's are exemplar citizens for sure. It would not surprise me if the were indeed legally fraudulent or amiss in other aspects of thier dealings with society at large; so by all means have at bringing scrutiny to where you see injustice. All I am saying is that it is clear they no longer seek or hold public office and they will not be for some time; so I struggle to see the utility of delving into thier deeply troubled mind set regarding this issue. Honestly they need help, direction and supervision not further ridicule for thier deeds.
Former Ward Selectman Stacie Laughton January 11, 2013 at 07:22 PM
All money that is given to a candidate is to be used for the campaign nothing else. I am making payments toward what I owe and so is Lisa. You will never know the true details unless you ask. Why not call or email be. But this is old news now and I have moved on and I have plans for what I will do next in the works.
One Man Wolf Pack January 11, 2013 at 07:22 PM
"We did not face legal action with the city" no, that is partisan politics that you did not. But you sure as hell should be facing charges.
Former Ward Selectman Stacie Laughton January 11, 2013 at 08:38 PM
We did nothing wrong and should not face charges.I have come a long way from my past. People can and do change. I have.
One Man Wolf Pack January 11, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Ok, now prove it by paying off your restitution and finishing your sentence.
steve forte January 11, 2013 at 11:09 PM
And getting a job . You would have been able to go to concord on a regular basis . sit for extanded periods of time and have a clear enough head to make important decisions that effect all nh residents. If you could have done that , you can work.
Former Ward Selectman Stacie Laughton January 12, 2013 at 09:25 AM
Anyone can do that. We have a women is concord right now who is 93 or something likr that. We have people that are retired or people that will never work a day is there life in concord. My former running mate David Cote can harldy walk and is on SS income. I have been unable to find a emplooyer that will hire me. So I Started my own company in 2008. I took the bus to concord or I car pooled. See again you judge without knowing all the facts. Laughton2012@gmail.com
Former Ward Selectman Stacie Laughton January 12, 2013 at 09:31 AM
People listen to what the news tells them and many times people jump to judge without knowing the true facts. I am sorry that has happened to you all. But I can sleep well at night knowing I am a good person and I am being all I can be and I am doing all I can do. I am nothing of the person I used to be years ago. Move on I have!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
steve forte January 12, 2013 at 12:17 PM
You havnt moved on . You are still stealing from the American taxpayer. Have you ever had a job?
Former Ward Selectman Stacie Laughton January 14, 2013 at 04:54 PM
I do not steal and yes I have had jobs. Do you even know how hard it is to have a disabled and to be a felon in the country. Live my life for one minute, walk a mile in my shoes. Until then you have to room to talk. Move on I have !!!!!!!!!!!
steve forte January 14, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Do you have one now? What do you do for income? Lets not forget the being a felon part is because of a decision you made, not me , not anyone else , but you!
Former Ward Selectman Stacie Laughton January 14, 2013 at 07:02 PM
I am a property manager of a large apartment building. I work for my landlord. I never said you made a choice, now did I? I have done things I am not proud of and I have moved on. I am no longer wanted and I not going out and getting arrested all the time. I can live a normal life now and I can hold my head high and I know the truth about the good person I am today. I am proud of the progress I have made.
steve forte January 14, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Why were you going out and getting arrested all the time before? Did you share this info with voters before the election? Dont you think they had a right to know?

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