BRENTWOOD — The state Secretary of State’s Office is still confirming the returns, but Rockingham County Attorney James Reams and Sheriff Michael Downing have apparently won re-election.
Both incumbents said they were waiting to hear the official results yesterday, but all indications were they would return to office. The terms are for two years.
“I am humbled that the citizens of Rockingham County continue to trust my vision and leadership of the county attorney’s office,” Reams said. “I look forward to the challenges ahead.”
Reams, a Republican from Hampton, said unofficial vote tallies from the 37 Rockingham County towns show he won by more than 18,000 votes over Democratic challenger Joseph Plaia of Portsmouth. Max Abramson of Seabrook ran as a Libertarian Party candidate.
Reams did well in many southern Rockingham County communities. He finished with 6,547 votes in Salem — one of the county’s biggest towns — compared to 4,443 for Plaia. Abramson received 924 votes.
Reams received 1,914 votes in Plaistow compared to 1,157 for Plaia and 318 for Abramson. Reams received nearly twice as many votes as Plaia in the small town of Sandown, receiving 1,714 to 944 for Plaia and 161 for Abramson.
Reams, first elected to the position in 1998, and Plaia both ran uncontested in the primary Sept. 11.
Reams, 65, is a Navy veteran who started in the county attorney’s office as an intern in 1976. He later served as assistant county attorney and began a private law practice in 1978. He was in private practice in the Hampton and Exeter areas for 20 years.
Plaia, 39, is a Portsmouth resident and attorney who served as a state police prosecutor. He could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Abramson, a former Seabrook Planning Board and Budget Committee member, was convicted of reckless conduct in March for firing a gun at his home during a party in December. He received a suspended one-year sentence.