Our 2018 Candidates
Chris Meier – Chris and his wife Jenny have two children, and live in Conway, New Hampshire with their dog Griffin. Chris is a lawyer and partner with Cooper Cargill Chant, the largest law firm in the North Country.
As a lawyer, Chris has spent his career helping individuals and businesses navigate the administrative and judicial processes in New Hampshire, and has seen both how government can work to foster business and economic growth, but also ways the process can be improved. He has advocated for clients in courtrooms across the country, and looks forward to bringing those advocacy skills to bear for the Third District.
NH House of Representatives
District 1 (Bartlett, Jackson & Harts Location)
Anita Burroughs – I have been active in the Mt. Washington Valley since moving here with my husband 22 years ago. Here is a summary of my work in the community:
- Founding board member, Conway Area Humane Society
- Served as Conway Area Humane Society board chair for seven years, serving on the board for eleven years
- I have been on the board of directors for Starting Point; Services for the Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence for five years.
- I served as Starting Point’s Chair of the Board of Directors for three years
- I was the chair of Starting Point’s annual fundraiser, Boots ‘n Bling, managing the most successful auctions in the agency’s history
- My husband and I fostered over 20 Brittany Spaniels for a rescue organization, adopting two of them. We currently have one very well-behaved rescue dog, and two poorly behaved rescued cats.
- I am currently the secretary of Carroll County Democrats and the town chair for Bartlett Democrats, and am also on the Bartlett Zoning Board of Appeals.
District 2 (Conway, Chatham & Eaton)
Tom Buco –www.facebook.com/Tom-Buco
Harrison Kanzler – www.facebook.com/KanzlerforStateRep
District 3 (Tamworth, Albany, Madison & Freedom
Jerry Knirk – I was raised in the midwest and moved to Boston for medical school in 1974. In 2007, after practicing as an orthopedic spine surgeon in Boston for 23 years, my wife and I relocated to Freedom, New Hampshire and I started a non-operative spine practice at Saco River Medical Group. My wife is a librarian at the Madison Library and we have three grown sons. At the end of 2015, I retired and soon after I embarked on a second career of running for the New Hampshire legislature.
I was always interested in politics but my schedule precluded active participation. My governance work over the years has been in the non-profit sector. I served on the board of the New England Mission Fund for a couple of years and the on the board of Calumet Lutheran Ministries (Camp Calumet) for 6 years. I have been on the board of the Green Mountain Conservation Group for over 3 years, serving as the vice-chair for one year and I am now in my third year as the chair of the board.
Most of my hobbies involve outside activities–hiking, running, biking, kayaking, swimming and skiing. Much of my time is devoted to gardening. Besides my large garden at home, I care for several beds at Camp Calumet, including beds which I use to teach children about gardening.
Susan Ticehurst – Susan Ticehurst served four years as NH State Representative, demonstrating that an ordinary person can run successfully and work with integrity for fair, responsible and open government.
Her experience includes:
- Member of the NH House of Representatives’ Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee for two terms;
- Carroll County Coalition for Public Health Advisory Council member;
- Member of various economic organizations, including the Tamworth Capital Improvement Plan Committee, Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council, Tamworth Economic Development Commission;
- Facilitator for groups of disadvantaged entrepreneurs in a micro-loan program; Assistant to the state director;
- Organizer and presenter for a civic advocate education project;
- Trained facilitator for community discussions using a deliberative democracy model;
- Inaguaral member of the National Association of State Legislators for Civil Discourse;
- Human services agency director, responsible for planning and program implementation;
- Child care facility director, responsible for meeting state licensing
- Preschool teacher and Head Start home edcuator;
- Program coordinator for a care giving organization, matching volunteers to elders in need of assistance;
- Elder care provider;
District 4 (Moultonborough, Sandwich & Tuftonboro)
John Morrissey – I believe that as a business owner/manager with a technical background, I would bring a sense of fiscal responsibility and the ability to problem solve to state government.
· B.S. Mathematics Northeastern University
· 5 years Systems Engineer
· 25 years Sales and Marketing of Scientific Instruments and Industrial Automation
· 18 years Small Business Owner
· Lived in Finland and Germany for 4 years
· Homeowner in Moultonborough for 34 years – Permanent resident for 9
Caroline Nesbitt – www.facebook.com/carolinehnesbitt
District 5 (Effingham, Ossipee, Wakefield & Brookfield)
Knute Ogren – I work at Calumet, a Lutheran Camp & Conference Center in Freedom, NH and I am a member of the Lutheran Church of the Nativity in North Conway. I mention these places because it’s my sense of who God is that compels me to take seriously the needs of my neighbor. I think a lot about that wonderful Bible verse, Micah 6:8, which calls me to, “Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.” My run for State Representative is in direct response to the calling of that verse. Here in Carroll County, just as much as anywhere else in this great state, there are people who are experiencing need … who are being treated unfairly … who are in trouble … who are not being set up for success … who are not receiving the support they require … who are feeling desperate … who are heading down a challenging road — I think that people of good will, people who are in a good spot, can work more efficiently, more intelligently, more effectively so that our neighbors can be better situated for success. We are better when our neighbors are better. I’m running in hopes that I can help people open themselves up to learning something other than politics as usual. I’m running because it’s just better for everyone when, after sharing our varied opinions, we do the hard work of finding common ground. I’m running because, like most people I know, I want us to make the smartest decisions possible. To do that we have to understand the data and trust the research. And I’m running because each one, urban or rural, rich or poor, faithful or non-believing — every single one should be treated with common decency.
Pat Pustell – Patricia has lived in New Hampshire on and off since 1975. She has lived in West Ossipee since 2005 and expects to stay there for good. Now retired, she feels it is time to give back to the community she loves and wishes to represent us in our State Legislature.
Theresa Swanick –
I’m a bipartisan moderate running to bridge the divide between parties and between neighbors.
- NH Native of Carroll County
- Jeb Bradley recommended me to LEADERSHIP NH ‘13
- Elected Trustee of Trust Funds
- Planning Board, past Selectman
- My work protects local farms, agriculture and working forests
District 6 (Wolfeboro)
Edie DesMarais – I grew up in a working class family on Peaks Island, in Portland, Maine, attended public schools and graduated from Gorham State Teacher’s College. My family moved to Rochester, New Hampshire in 1961. I met Paul there and following our graduations, we married and moved to England where he fulfilled his US Airforce commitment. Upon return, we chose Wolfeboro to set up his dental practice and moved here in 1967 to make our home and raise our four children.
Dave Owen –
After growing up in rural Southern Illinois near St. Louis, he was the first male member of his family to graduate from college, thanks to low-cost public universities. After college, he joined the Peace Corps and served for 2 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central America.
Having received a taste of working with community organizations in the Peace Corps, he went back to school at Southern Illinois University upon his return and earned a Masters Degree in Community Development, after which he worked in State and local government in his home state for several years.
Finally realizing that he wanted to become a municipal manager, he went back to school a second time, this time at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, to get a Masters Degree in Public Administration. After graduating from that program, he was fortunate enough to land a job as a Town Administrator in the Boston suburbs, where he served the Towns of Needham, Burlington, and Milton. He also worked for the Town of Salem, NH prior to coming to work for Wolfeboro.
In 1997 he married Mary Sortal, and each of them has an adult son. Having worked in New England with town meeting-type municipal governments for about 35 years, he considers New England to have become his home now and where he wants to continue to live and contribute to the community.
District 7 (Bartlett, Jackson, Harts Location, Conway, Chatham, Eaton, Madison, Freedom, Tamworth & Albany)
District 8 (Moultonborough, Sandwich, Tuftonboro, Effingham, Ossipee, Wakefield & Brookfield)
Dick Stuart – Founder of Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity. Served in NH House of Representatives from Laconia from 2008-2010. Psycotherapist with Lakes Region Mental Health before retiring in 2012. Believer in and advocate for Public Education, Environmental Protections and a productive use of the County Farm, Protecting LGBT, Reproductive, Labor and all Human Rights, Repairing NH’s broken infrastructure, Helping people succeed with affordable healthcare, childcare, paid family leave and living wages, Getting big money out of politics