Three vying in Nashua Tuesday for open seat in HouseBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
September 15. 2013 9:46PM
NASHUA — A special primary election will be held Tuesday to determine the two candidates who will battle for a vacant state representative seat in Nashua’s Ward 8.
Two Democrats and one Republican are running for the House slot left vacant when Roland LaPlante resigned in February because of health issues.
Former alderman Carl Andrade and former Board of Education member Latha Mangipudi are the two Democrats facing off in the primary election. The only Republican candidate is Pete Silva, former House majority leader.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Bicentennial Elementary School, 296 East Dunstable Road.
Andrade, of 10 Clydesdale Circle, served on the Board of Aldermen from 1978 to 1992, also sitting as president from 1989-1990. Mangipudi, of 20 Salmon Brook Drive, was elected as a school board member in 2002 and served four years on the board.
Both Democratic candidates say they understand the time commitment associated with the vacant state representative seat, which will fill the second year of LaPlante’s two-year term.
Mangipudi, 52, has lived in Nashua since 1989. She currently works for Interim HealthCare in Manchester and has been active with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Nashua Democratic City Committee.
“This is my home, and I believe it is important to be a part of the political process here,” Mangipudi said recently. “This is my way of giving back to the community. I understand the value of this.”
She is hoping that more people become involved in the democratic process in America and believes she can bring a different perspective to the table.
“It is an honor and a privilege for a first-generation immigrant to participate in democracy. This is a great opportunity,” Mangipudi said.
Andrade, 66, has lived in Nashua since 1976, and currently serves on the city’s Business and Industrial Development Authority. He is the owner and CEO of Top Tier Connections Inc. in Nashua, an international business development company.
“I think that during these times, Nashua needs good representation. I understand the issues, and I am already out there in the community,” Andrade said recently. “Throughout my career as a public official, I have always worked well with both sides of the aisle, and plan to do the same in Concord.”
Silva has lived in Nashua since 1988. He served in the House of Representatives from 2008-2012 as House majority whip and later as majority leader.
He works for Seacoast BIOMET, a company that distributes orthopedic implants, and also serves as vice chairman of the Nashua Republican City Committee.
“I am running to represent Nashua in the New Hampshire House because I want to bring fiscal responsibility back to Concord,” Silva said in a statement. “During my time in public office, I fought to protect the New Hampshire advantage by reducing taxes, cutting spending and crafting balanced budgets.”
Winners from Tuesday’s primary election will face off in the general election, which will be held the same day as the city’s municipal election on Nov. 5.