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NH: Felon elected to statehouse can’t hold public office

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By New Hampshire Watchdog

OUT: Stacie Laughton will not be allowed to serve in office even though she was elected to the statehouse.

CONCORD — A convicted felon serving a suspended sentence is ineligible to serve in the House of Representatives under New Hampshire law.

Democrat Stacie Laughton was elected as one of three Representatives for Nashua’s Ward 4, coming in third among three Democrats and ahead of the two Republicans on the ballot.

Last week, the Laconia Daily Sun and Nashua Telegraph reported that Laughton pleaded guilty in 2008 on three charges of credit card fraud. The Telegraph reports that she was sentenced to 71/2 to 15 years for conspiracy to commit credit card fraud, and 31/2 to 7 years for falsifying physical evidence.

She served four months in Belknap County House of Corrections. The Sun reported that her probation ended in November 2010, but the bulk of both sentences is suspended pending 10 years of good behavior.

New Hampshire law allows convicted felons to vote and hold public office once the sentence is discharged. It allows felons to vote while on probation or suspension, but makes no such exemption for running for or holding office.