Grafton Commissioner Cryans Seeks Burton's Executive Council Seat

Nov 20, 2013

Michael Cryans, a Grafton County Commissioner, plans to run for the Executive Council seat left empty by the death of Ray Burton.

Cryans is a Democrat and Littleton native who for sixteen years has been a county commissioner, serving alongside  Burton, a Republican.

In 1996 Cryans ran against Burton for executive council and lost.

Michael Cryans
Credit Photo courtesy of Grafton County Commission

But last year, in the race for county commissioner, Burton endorsed Cryans over a Republican challenger.

Being an executive councilor is a good way to serve the state and constituents in a very large district, Cryans said in an interview.

Cryans, 62, is the executive director of Headrest, a non-profit in Lebanon that provides addiction and crisis support.

Senator Jeff Woodburn, a Democrat who represents the North Country, was thought to be a likely candidate.

But earlier this week he announced he would not run.

“The raw size of this district, now encompassing two-thirds of the state, would require me to spent too much time away from home," he wrote in an e-mail.

There will be a primary on January 21 followed by a special election on March 11.