NH Exec. Council Race Raises Life/Family Issues

(Concord Monitor/Links:Catholicism.org) Republican Michael Tierney, a Manchester attorney whose practice includes fighting government funding to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, is running for the [District 2] Executive Council seat currently held by Dan St. Hilaire of Concord.

Tierney, who lives in Contoocook with his wife and children, is the only Republican to file for the district, which has become more Democratic under the Legislature’s new redistricting plan. St. Hilaire chose not to seek re-election because of the changes to the district; the new district drops several conservative Merrimack County towns and picks up Keene and Durham, which lean Democratic.

Tierney primarily does zoning and and land use law for the Wadleigh Starr and Peters law firm in Manchester. He is also a member of the Alliance Defense Fund, a national network of Christian attorneys that defends “the right of people to freely live out their faith, ” according to the group’s website. The group focuses on cases related to religious freedom, and the “sanctity of life, marriage and the family.”

[Tierney is running against three Democrats, including Colin Van Ostern, who wants New Hampshire taxpayers to fund Planned Parenthood, and who called Tierney’s successful advocacy for defunding the abortion giant in New Hampshire a “radical social agenda.”]

[For a map of the districts go here.]

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