Sanborns file for Bedford seats

Last week, state Rep. Laurie Sanborn, R-Henniker, the assistant deputy majority leader, and her husband, state Sen. Andy Sanborn, resigned from their positions because they moved from Henniker to Bedford.

On Thursday, June 7, Andy Sanborn filed with the secretary of state in Concord for the District 9 Senate seat, and Laurie Sanborn filed for a House seat with the town clerk’s office in Bedford.

“We are all moved in, registered voters and legal Bedford residents,” Andy Sanborn said. “Who doesn’t want to live in Bedford? It’s a great community with excellent schools and close to Boston.”

Incumbent District 9 Sen. Ray White has confirmed that he will not run for re-election after his current term. As of presstime, Rep. Ken Hawkins, R-Bedford, was the only other candidate to file for the District 9 Senate seat. The declaration period to file will end Friday, June 15.

“If there is more than one candidate, there will be a primary,” Andy Sanborn said. “As of right now, only one person has signed up.”

As of presstime, Laurie Sanborn is one of three candidates who has filed with the Bedford town clerk for the six potential House seats.

This year’s primary will be held Sept. 11, and the winners will face off in the November election.

Earlier this year, representatives from the New Hampshire Senate and House worked to redistrict the entire state.

“Every 10 years, the federal government requires us to redraw the lines based on population” Andy Sanborn said. “After last year’s census, the total population for New Hampshire was 1.3 million people. There are 400 house seats, and each house member must represent 3,291 people, and each Senate member must represent 65,000 people, with a 5 percent deviation.”

Andy Sanborn also said the old district lines were off by 18 percent. The new District 9 changed from six to 14 towns from four different districts. According to Andy Sanborn, Bedford makes up 42 percent of District 9.

Did the redistricting of their hometown, Henniker, and Bedford influence the Sanborn’s choice to move to Bedford?

“No, it honestly didn’t make a difference because when we made the decision,” Sanborn said. “We didn’t know what the new district maps were going to look like. I only knew Sen. Ray White wasn’t going to run for re-election, and that was important, because I didn’t want to run against a sitting senator.”

According to AndySanborn.com, Andy and Laurie Sanborn are involved in several industries, including research and development manufacturing in the automotive industry, real estate development and financial consulting. Additionally, Andy Sanborn may be most well-known as the owner of a restaurant in Concord called The Draft. He is also on the board of directors for the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association and is active with several charitable organizations.

“I’m looking forward to representing all of the people from District 9, including Bedford,” Andy Sanborn said.

“Today, more than ever, we need business owners representing people of Concord, because they bring different perspective in our state government.”