BELMONT ā€” The Northern Pass was one of the hot topics for the candidates for two of the three Belknap County state senate districts who spoke at Wednesday night’s Republican candidate’s night at the Top of the Town Restaurant.

In District 7, which covers Laconia, Belmont, Gilford, Northfield and Franklin as well as a number of other communities to the south and west of Franklin, there are two candidates for the GOP nod to be the person who will face Democrat Andrew Hosmer of Gilford.

William “Bill” Grimm is from Franklin – the local community that stands to benefit the most from the Northern Pass through increased revenue from property taxes and some much-needed jobs in the city of 7,000.

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