The Secretary of State has yet to finalize the results in several key county elections, but early results show that incumbent Rockingham County Commissioners Maureen Barrows of Exeter and C. Donald Stritch of Auburn were both defeated in Tuesday's primary.
According to unofficial results from town clerks, Thomas Tombarello of Sandown beat out Barrows by just over 100 votes – 3,659 to 3,535 – in the Republican Primary for District 2 County Commissioner. On the Democratic side, John E. Mack of Atkinson received 2,320 votes, beating out Frank Grzasko of Salem, who received 2,034 votes. District 2 includes Atkinson, Brentwood, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Hampstead, Newfields, Newmarket, Raymond, Salem and Sandown.
Barrows served as a Rockingham County Commissioner from 1986 to 1992 and from 1999 to present. She is extremely well known in Exeter, where she has lived for more than 30 years.
Kevin Coyle of Derry appears to have won the Republican Primary for District 3 County Commissioner. With only Nottingham results still outstanding, he had received 2,929 votes, followed by Phyllis Katsakiores of Derry with 2,030 and incumbent C. Donald Stritch of Auburn at 1,393. District 3 includes Londonderry, Derry, Auburn, Candia, Windham, Chester, Deerfield, Northwood and Nottingham.
Bob Davidson of Nottingham was the only Democrat seeking the District 3 seat.
The county commissioner battles were the only contested primary races for Rockingham County seats.
For Rockingham County Attorney, Democrat Joe Plaia of Portsmouth will now run against incumbent Republican Jim Reams of Hampton in the Nov. 6 general election. For Sheriff, Democrat John Clark of Rye will face incumbent Republican Michael Downing of Salem. For Treasurer, Democrat David E. Ahearn of Hampton Falls will run against Republican Edward R. Buck of Hampton.
Incumbent Register of Deeds Cathey Stacey of Salem, a Republican, will run against Democrat Robert E. Padian of Portsmouth. And Democrat Debra E. Crapo of Rye will run unopposed for Register of Probate, assuming no one garnered enough write-in votes to win a spot on the ballot.