SALEM — Twelve Republican candidates in Rockingham County House District 8 are running for nine seats in the primary Tuesday.

The winners will face off against nine Democrats in the general election Nov. 6. The Democrats are running uncontested in the primary.

The 12 Republican hopefuls include incumbents Gary Azarian, Ronald Belanger, Robert Elliott, Marilinda Garcia and John Sytek. Former representatives John Manning Jr. and Anne Priestley are seeking a return to the House.

The other GOP hopefuls are Patrick Bick, Bianca Rose, Patrick McDougall and Joseph Sweeney. Candidate Michael Flathers could not be reached.

Until the recent redistricting, Salem and Windham shared a district. District 8 is only Salem.

Gary Azarian

Age: 52

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Real estate, food service

Elective experience: State representative, Zoning Board of Adjustment

What can you do to restore civility and cooperation to the House?

Honesty, integrity and experience, combined with mutual respect and a willingness to listen, will help restore civility and cooperation to the House.

Ronald Belanger

Age: 73

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Retired police detective

Elective experience: State representative, Zoning Board of Adjustment, selectman, Planning Board

What can you do to restore civility and cooperation to the House?

It’s tough for the Republicans to decide what’s best, it’s tough for the Democrats to decide what’s best. I think the Republican platform is what’s best.

Patrick J. Bick

Age: 65

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Retired

Elective office experience: None

What can you do to help restore civility and cooperation to the House?

I will work with all members of the House on lower taxes, job creation, Interstate 93 completion, education and dealing with veterans’ needs.

Robert Elliott

Age: 80

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Retired

Elective office experience: State representative

What can you do to help restore civility and cooperation to the House?

I honor my colleagues and will always treat them with respect and civility, even when we disagree. Never insult the opposite party.

Bianca Garcia

Age: 26

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Musician

Elective office experience: None

What can you do to help restore civility and cooperation to the House?

I will put forth ideas everyone recognizes as good for the state, deliver them effectively to the legislative body, and represent with stellar character and integrity.

Marilinda Garcia

Age: 29

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Educator, business development specialist

Elective office experience: State representative

What can you do to help restore civility and cooperation to the House?

I’ll remain civil, respectful and cooperative. These traits are not in need of restoration — a few unruly members are not representative of the entire House.

John J. Manning Jr.

Age: 60

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Restaurant owner, horse trainer

Elective experience: State representative, Zoning Board of Adjustment

What can you do to help restore civility and cooperation to the House?

With the issues and the economy the way it is, Democrats and Republicans need to work together to get things done.

Patrick McDougall

Age: 37

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Self-employed video producer

Elective experience: Zoning Board of Adjustment, Budget Committee

What can you do to help restore civility and cooperation to the House? Working together we can accomplish great things.

Anne Priestley

Age: Refused to disclose

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Retired town employee

Elective office experience: State representative

What can you do to help restore civility and cooperation to the House?

I will use my listening skills, calmness and understanding; we all have a right to be heard. I would keep an open mind and work with everyone for citizens’ benefit.

Joseph Sweeney

Age: 18

Political party: Republican

Occupation: University of New Hampshire student

Elective office experience: None

What can you do to help restore civility and cooperation to the House?

I will strive to the best of my ability to bridge the gap between both sides through legislation which lives within our means.

John Sytek

Age: 69

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Teacher

Elective office experience: State representative, town treasurer

What can you do to help restore civility and cooperation to the House?

It begins with one representative at a time. Despite significant policy differences on my committee, we resolved to work with and respect each other.

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