Four seek two House seats representing Rye, New Castle

Two incumbents, two newcomers on September 14 Primary ballot

Four candidates, including two incumbents, will be vying for the two seats in the House of Representatives that represent Rye and New Castle (Rockingham District 10). The Primary is on September 14 and the final on November 2. Incumbents David Borden, a Democrat, and Will Smith, a Republican, are running for re-election. Both live in New Castle. New candidates are Republican Brian Murphy and Democrat Elisa Bolton. Both are from Rye. The top two vote-getters in the final election in November, regardless of party or home town, will represent the district. Below are snapshots of the candidates and their views, as provided by the candidates:


The need to eliminate the donor town system motivated Bolton to run. “We need to consider other responsible methods of funding a state-of-the-art education for all the children of New Hampshire,” said Bolton in announcing her candidacy.

Elisa Bolton
A clinical psychologist, Bolton has devoted many years to improving the health, well-being, and quality of life for residents of New Hampshire. For the last two decades she has worked with veterans of the Vietnam, Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars.

She has participated in a variety of community activities. Besides voting "consistently" in local and national elections, Bolton has helped with the voter checklists at the polls in Rye on Election Day. In addition she lists the following activities: organized several public meetings for towns on a range of topics, from ‘getting-to-know your legislators’, to a bipartisan review of candidates’ stands on health care, to adolescents at risk. Along with her family and friends she has cooked and served meals at Cross Roads and organized beach clean-ups, an automobile no-idling campaign, and holiday drives for women and children living in shelters. Bolton also has volunteered at the library, coached soccer, and co-led an educational enrichment program at the elementary school.

Bolton sees her stengths as having "the ability to efficiently research issues, problem-solve, and form coalitions when challenged to find innovative solutions to complex issues."

She lives in Rye with her husband Mike Michaels, a local physician and three children, Ally, who is in college, Juliette, and Bennett.


Murphy listed the state budget among his most pressing of issues.

"The deficit spending in Concord, much like at the national level, has put the New Hampshire way of life at risk," Murphy said when he announced. "The current Legislature has passed 38 new taxes since January, and still they can't balance the budget." Calling the state deficit "a huge problem," Murphy said, "if we don't fix it, we'll be facing teacher layoffs and reduced state services, just like Massachusetts."

Brian Murphy
Murphy also believes the state also needs to focus on attracting companies, creating jobs and promoting a climate for business development.

Murphy describes himself as small-business owner and general counsel for a network of other business owners, He also serves as an alternate on the Rye Zoning Board of Adjustment, is a member of the Rye Civic League and is a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas High School Alumni Leadership Council. He is a former mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast, and a "proud" Pease Greeter.

"I was born and raised in my district, and making sure my kids have the same opportunities I experienced is what motivated me to run," he said.

A Rye resident, Murphy is married with three young children, formerly served as a special assistant attorney general and is currently chief legal officer at Alliance Holdings Inc. in Hampton. He is also president and founder of Castlebridge Risk Management LLC.


Smith said that he is “running "to restore the uniqueness and attractiveness that have made New Hampshire such a great place to live, but which have been eroding over the past four years.  The majority in the Legislature increased spending by over 17% in 2007, and by almost 10% in 2009, in spite of the worsening economy. The state has lost jobs and population in 2007 and 2008, compared to the healthy growth we experienced during the previous eight years. We now have one of the highest business taxes in the nation, and over-regulation is strangling our business community."

Will Smith
“We need a state government that is leaner and more efficient, without added jobs-killing taxes, and without passing debt along to our children.  We should restore control back to local communities and eliminate the unfair and ineffective donor town state tax that is scheduled to return next year.  And, we need to create an environment that provides more freedom for individuals and businesses to prosper.

Smith moved to New Castle in 2001 after retiring as president and CEO of Telco Systems, Inc. of Norwood, Mass.  He is an electrical engineer with a MSEE from Princeton and a PhD in Computer Science from Penn. His career included designing and managing telephone systems development for Bell Laboratories, ITT and US West.  He serves on the New Castle Zoning Board of Adjustment, as Moderator of the New Castle Congregational Church, and is a member of the Seacoast Science Center. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the Joint Senate/House Committee on Bills of Address.  He and his wife Marjorie have two children and two grandchildren.


Borden states that, “My two overwhelming concerns are moving the state toward energy independence and an efficient state government." A member of the House Science Technology and Energy Committee, Borden cites being a sponsor of more than 30 environmental laws, including the creation of the Southeast Watershed Alliance and the Renewable Portfolio Standards law requiring  electric utilities to increase the amount of energy generated from water, wind and sun.

David Borden
He also said he is working on a statewide bi-partisan effort to create a leaner, more efficient government.

“The cost per capita of our state government is among the lowest in the nation, 47th according to the Tax Foundation,” says Borden.

Borden was born in New Hampshire and lives in New Castle, where he and his wife own Henrys' Market Cafe. Four of their seven children live nearby. David serves on the New Castle town budget committee and the town energy committee.  Like others, he is concerned by the looming donor-town education tax. “Rye and New Castle taxpayers are going to get hit hard next year by our disastrous donor town method of funding education,” he says.  

Borden has served on the boards of River Network, Southeast Land Trust of N.H., serves on the boards of Sustainable Harvest International, and the New Hampshire Rivers Council. He was chair of the New Hampshire State Biodiesel Commission and was appointed by Speaker Norelli to the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Board in 2008 where he chairs a committee on reduction of energy consumption at the municipal level. He has also served on the New Hampshire Stormwater Commission.


August, 2010