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Jan 12, 2015 3:33 PM

New commission plots centennial celebration for NH Primary


CONCORD - A 15-member panel continued working on producing the biggest and best celebration possible when the first-in-the-nation presidential primary turns 100 next year.

New Hampshire Institute of Politics Director Neil Levesque chairs a high-powered commission formed to plan the event which includes Secretary of State Bill Gardner, former House Speaker Terie Norelli, longtime Republican strategists Tom Rath and Jim Merrill along with ex-Democratic Party Chairman Joe Keefe.

Senate Ways and Means Chairman David Boutin, R-Hooksett, also is a member.

``I love the progress we are making. This is a very serious group and we're all trying to brainstorm on the best program we can come up with,'' Boutin said during an interview.

University of New Hampshire Political Science Department Chairman Dante Scala and University of Survey Center Director Andrew Smith talked about a successful, online class they are teaching about the primary.

NHIOP and AARP has partnered on a 100th Anniversary Essay Contest that will be invited to all students enrolled in civics, US government and politics courses in Grades 9-12.

All entries need to be turned in to the NHIOP at St. Anselm College by Feb. 2.


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