“Dennis says he cut spending, but he didn’t. The legislature did that. What he failed to say is that those cuts devastated our office. The workload increased dramatically, and I don’t believe he fought hard enough to retain jobs,” LaFrance said. “That’s why I made the decision to run, based on his failed leadership at the time.”
LaFrance, who plans to run again in November, was responding to information posted on Hogan’s campaign website , announcing his candidacy, which reads: “I created budgets that spent 8% less money than when I arrived and I increased efficiency by studying then changing the work flow. That was done while the office handled a record amount of cases.”
LaFrance said Hogan does not have the experience needed as a prosecutor to do the job, and welcomes the chance to defend her record as county attorney.
“Maybe this time Dennis will be willing to debate me – he wouldn’t debate me last election. I’ll debate Dennis Hogan right now,” LaFrance said. “I’ll gladly compare my record with his.”
Filing period for the November 2014 election cycle opens June 4.
Republican Dennis Hogan has announced his intention to run for Hillsborough County Attorney in the November election.
Hogan, of Nashua, served as county attorney from 2011-2012. He lost his bid for reelection in 2012 to Democrat Patricia LaFrance.
Hogan says while serving as county attorney he cut spending in the department by 8 percent.
Under LaFrance, Hogan says spending has increased by 2 percent, a point which LaFrance countered shortly after hearing about Hogan’s intention to run again.
Hogan has handled criminal defense, bankruptcy and personal injuries since beginning the private practice of law in 2002. Hogan established his own firm in 2005.
Hogan served as Ward 2 Delegate to NH’s 17th and last Constitutional Convention in 1984. He represented Ward 2 in the NH Legislature after the 1984 election. He served in 2005 on the Nashua Board of Education, and in 2006, Hogan prevented “Cop Killer Advocate” Tom Alciere from becoming the Republican nominee for State Senate District 13 by mounting a successful write-in campaign for which he received 89 percent of the vote.