April 29, 2013     603.665.8853


Manchester, NH- Today a group of bi-partisan presidential primary veterans and supporters announce the formation of the New Hampshire First in the Nation Primary Monument  Committee.  The purpose of the Committee is to raise charitable funds to support improvements to, and the endowment of,the primary monument and marker, located on the grounds of the State Library in Concord.

“New Hampshire’s presidential primary is one ofthe most important political events in the entire country,” said Jim Demers, President of Demers & Blaisdell,Inc., who served as New Hampshire Co-Chairman for Obama for America in 2008 and 2012. “The New Hampshire primary monument isn’t just a special tribute to the men and women who have run here for president, it is a recognition of the important role New Hampshire’s citizens play and the serious commitment they make to the electoral process.”

“We may disagree on politics and policy, but we are united in support of our state’s tested and proven First in the Nation presidential primary,” said Jim Merrill, New Hampshire Director ofthe Bernstein Shur Group, who served as Campaign Manager and Senior Advisor to Mitt  Romney’s 2008 and 2012 NH campaigns respectively. “The monument is a testament to the primary’s enduring vitality and relevance, while recognizing the men and women who have taken part in this unique Granite State rite of passage on the road to the White House.”

To learn more and to donate online, please visit today

Committee members include:

Ray Buckley, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair
Jim Demers, 2008 and 2012 New Hampshire Co-Chairman, Obama for America
Steve Duprey, Republican National Committeeman and former New Hampshire Republican Party Chair; 2008
McCain for President Senior Advisor
Bill Gardner, New Hampshire Secretary of State
Jennifer Horn,New Hampshire Republican Party Chair
Andy Leach, Outreach Coordinator, Senator Kelly Ayotte and former Executive Director, New Hampshire
Republican Party
Neil Levesque, Executive Director, New Hampshire Institute  of Politics at St. Anselm College
Van McLeod,Commissioner, Department of Cultural Resources
Jim Merrill, 2008 and 2012 Romney for President NH Campaign Manager and Senior Advisor
Tom Rath, former Republican National Committeeman and 2008 and 2012 Romney for President NH Senior
Amb.Terry Shumaker, 1992 and 1996 Co-Chair Clinton for President and former Democratic National
Kathy Sullivan, Democratic National Committeewoman and former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair
Mike Vlacich,State Director, Senator Jeanne Shaheen and former Deputy Chief of Staff, Gov. John Lynch
Michael York, New Hampshire State Librarian

Teens Robbed of I-pod/Cell Phone


MANCHESTER, NH- On Monday, February 11, 2013, at about 6:30 PM, Manchester Police responded to a Clay Street address for a report of a robbery.  On arrival, they met with two 16 year old Manchester teens who reported they had been the victims of a robbery a short time earlier on Somerville Street, near Belmont Street.


According to the boys, they were walking in the area when they were approached by two men, one of whom demanded their belongings, indicating his companion had a gun, although no gun was observed.


One of the boys surrendered his I-pod Nano and Galaxy S3 cell phone and the men left.  They were last seen leaving the area as passengers in an older, dark colored 4-door sedan operated by a third individual who was possibly wearing a red sweatshirt.


The first suspect was described as a white male in his forties, about 6’3” tall with a slender build and dark “stubble” on his face.  He was last seen wearing a dark colored vest and a green “beanie” style hat.  The second man, alleged to have possessed a gun, was described as a clean-shaven white male in his forties with an average height and build.  He was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and khaki pants.


Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711.  Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at