Bow, NH, June 9, 2014 – Last week, three Merrimack County Democrats announced their candidacy for the NH House of Representatives in District 23. Anne Baier and Dennis D’Ovidio of Bow and Bob Martel of Dunbarton each filed their intent to run for office with the NH Secretary of State.
Baier and D’Ovidio are first time candidates, but neither is a newcomer to public service. Baier, a 27 year resident of Bow has served on the local School Board for 11 years, actively participating in the negotiation of teacher and support staff contracts; and has been a Trustee of the Concord Community Music School for six years.
“My collaborative nature, my experience in business operations and contract negotiation, will help me find common ground for the good of our State and communities and allow me to represent the voters of Bow and Dunbarton in a bipartisan way,” said Baier.
She and her husband, Dr. Clete Baier, have six children and two grandchildren.
D’Ovidio has lived in New Hampshire 40 years and has resided in Bow for 14. He worked at the Laconia State School for nine years prior to working at NH State Hospital where he managed a multi- million dollar budget for over 20 years. All told, he devoted 34 years to state service. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor in the Human Service department at NH Technical Institute in Concord.
“I am running to help preserve the American way of life and the democratic process; to give back to the community for the privilege of living in a democracy; to advocate for policies that support families; and the working women and men of NH and local business enterprises,” said D’Ovidio.
D’Ovidio and his wife, Beth, have four children and five grandchildren. D’Ovidio has provided “Grandpa Day Care” for each of the grandchildren at least one day a week since they were infants.
Martel has previously run for office and is currently a member of the NH Advisory Council on Unemployment Compensation.