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My name is John Coughlin from Amherst, NH.

I am a Republican candidate for Hillsborough County Attorney. The prior Republican Hillsborough County Attorney, Dennis Hogan, is not running and has endorsed me.

I retired as a Senior Judge in the NH Circuit Court in January, 2020 so that I could run for this office. I grew up in Nashua, attended local public schools and graduated from UNH in Durham. I joined the US Marine Corps and served as a judge advocate. After my active duty in the Marines, I returned to the Nashua area and practiced law for about 20 years. I served as a NH Human Rights Commissioner for 13 years which included the position of Chairman For 8 years.  

I was elected as Hillsborough County Attorney in 2002 and served in that position until my NH Army National Guard unit, the 197th FA Brigade, was deployed to Iraq where I served as Brigade Judge Advocate. I was nominated and confirmed as a Judge in the NH District Court and later Circuit Court from 2004 until my retirement in 2020. I volunteered to return to Iraq in 2007 and again in 2010-2011.  I retired from the National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel in July, 2015. 

I am running for Hillsborough County Attorney to restore public trust and confidence in that Office. I will work tirelessly with local law enforcement through effective and professional communication and cooperation. I will provide leadership and competence to the assistant county attorneys and staff. I will strive to insure that all parties who have contact with the Office will be treated with respect and dignity.

I may be reached at my cell: (603) 769-7499.

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