Incumbents Robert Baines in Manchester and Bernard Streeter in Nashua were re-elected mayors Tuesday night of the state’s two largest cities.

Baines easily won again with 11,480 votes in unofficial returns from the city’s 12 wards. State Rep. Carlos Gonzalez had 5,023 votes.

In unofficial returns in Nashua, Streeter won a second term with 5,913 votes from the city’s nine wards. Alderman Steve Bolton had 4,952, and former mayor Donald Davidson, a write-in candidate, had 4,077.

Davidson lost to Streeter four years ago, and four years before that, Davidson beat out Bolton.

Bolton accused Streeter of hiding nearly $10,000 in campaign contributions. Streeter called it an oversight and said he uncovered a 4-year-old letter in which Bolton argued against cutting taxes.

Bolton got a last-minute helping hand Tuesday from Democratic presidential hopeful Wesley Clark. The two stood outside an elementary school in the chilly rain campaigning.

Given that the two men had never met, the appearance was as much about Clark’s presidential campaign as the local race.

Bolton, who had Missouri Rep. Dick Gephardt by his side a day earlier, said he is staying neutral – for now – in the presidential race.

“I don’t get this much attention on my own,” he said, noting the crowd of camera crews following Clark. “I’m grateful for the help.”

Clark warned Bolton that as mayor, he’d be held accountable for all the city’s problems, no matter how minor.

“Your wife is going to be out driving and hit a pothole, and she’ll say, ‘YOUR roads are in a sorry state,”‘ he joked.

Streeter brought in Rep. Charlie Bass, R-N.H., to boost his candidacy at a campaign rally last weekend.

Meanwhile, three members of the Free State Project, which wants to bring 20,000 libertarians to New Hampshire to roll back taxes and create smaller government, showed up on the ballot in Keene, a month after the movement was announced. They did poorly.

For at large spots on the city council, Michelle Otterson finished last with 403 votes and James Maynard was second to last with 412 votes.

One other name on ballot got fewer votes, but he had pulled out of the race. Ten candidates were on the ballot for the five positions.

Libertarian Patricia Lapree came in second to last among 10 candidates in the school board race. She had 269 votes.

Other races:

• In Dover, Scott Myers beat Mayor Pro Tem Thomas Dunnington Jr., 1,891 to 1,488. – In Berlin, Mayor Robert Danderson had 1,698 votes and former City Manager Robert Theberge had 1,025.

• In Laconia, Mayor Mark Fraser, with 1,767 votes, overwhelmed Thomas Emanuel, 136 votes.

• In Rochester, Deputy Mayor David Walker won over former Mayor Bert George, City Councilor Ray Lundborn and former City Councilor Omer Ouellette Jr. No vote totals were available.

• In Somersworth, Mayor James McLin won re-election over Michael Watman and Dana Hilliard. No totals were available.

• In Portsmouth, the top vote-getter for City Council becomes mayor, and that was Mayor Evelyn Sirrell. No totals were available.

In Concord, Mayor Mike Donovan ran unopposed. The same was true in Claremont, where Scott Pope, assistant mayor, ran unopposed for mayor.



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