Two Libertarian candidates in New Hampshire organized successful write-in campaigns to win county positions on last Tuesday’s Democratic primary ballot.
Nicholas Sarwark and Richard Manzo, who already met the requirements to appear as Libertarian candidates in the Hillsborough County Attorney and Treasurer elections before last Tuesday’s primary election, will now also appear on the ballot as the official Democratic nominees. This is because no Democratic candidate filed to appear on the primary ballot for either position, leaving the two Libertarians to mount insurgent write-in campaigns.
Totals released by the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office show that Sarwark earned 1,023 votes in his race for Hillsborough County Attorney and Manzo earned 993 write-in votes in his race for Hillsborough County Treasurer.
While fusion voting is a practice more commonly associated with areas like New York and Vermont, a variation is allowed under New Hampshire state law in particular circumstances. Candidates who win an open seat through a successful write-in effort are allowed to appear on the ballot under their initial label and that of the party whose primary they had won.
For Sarwark and Manzo, both candidates will have their names listed on the ballot in their respective elections twice. In this particular circumstance, vote splitting is not a concern as the total number of votes cast for a specific candidate will be combined and tallied regardless of party association.
Nicholas Sarwark and Richard Manzo are both experienced candidates and were previously in Libertarian Party leadership roles.
Nicholas Sarwark served as Chair of the Libertarian National Committee for six years after succeeding Geoff Neale in 2014. He ran for Hillsborough County Attorney in 2020, earning 5% of the vote. Before that, Sarwark ran for Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, in the 2018 cycle, where he achieved 10% of the vote in a four-way election.
Richard Manzo chaired the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire following the 2020 resignation of Brian Shields. He did not seek reelection in 2021. Manzo is a three-time elected official in Goffstown, New Hampshire, and previously sought the county treasurer position as a Libertarian in 2020, earning 5% of the vote. He additionally served on the LNC Candidate Support Committee in 2020.
Both candidates will face off against the Republican candidate they challenged in the 2020 cycle.
Disclaimer: The author of this article is a professional associate of Nicholas Sarwark and a romantic partner of Richard Manzo.