Candidates learn District 1 is a big area with a 'small-town' feel
They're running to succeed the late Ray Burton as executive councilor for District 1, with the special election Tuesday.
The Executive Council's northern-most district once only covered the peak of New Hampshire: Coos, Carroll and Grafton counties. As the state population amassed well below the notches, the boundaries of District 1 migrated south with every Census apportionment.
"It's basically a congressional district on steriods," Kenney said.
"You start very early in the morning and you end very late at night," said Cryans, who estimates he has put 6,000 miles on his car in the past six weeks.
It jig-saws across central New Hampshire, covering towns such as Andover, Danbury, Alton, Freedom and New Durham.
Cryans, a longtime Grafton County commissioner, has received support from Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. Kenney, a former state senator and state representative who was the Republican nominee for governor in 2008, has been given a boost from U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.
The Executive Council has authority over state departments' receipt and expenditure of state and federal funds, including approvals for contracts with a value of $10,000 or more.
Executive councilors also play a major role in helping to manage and oversee the state's 10-year highway plan, a matter that has come up repeatedly on the campaign trail for Cryans and Kenney.
Kenney's website underscores opposition to the Northern Pass power project. Cryans is opposed to Northern Pass, unless the project can bury the power lines, what he calls a viable alternative.
Part of it may be the smaller communities, with a tighter social fabric, Woodburn said.