HANOVER, N.H. — A Dartmouth College senior from Chicago is Grafton County’s newly-elected register of probate after his fraternity brothers launched an impromptu write-in campaign Election Day.

The Valley News reports that Mick Wopinski won the seat with 20 write-in votes in a race that featured no official candidates.

Wopinski’s Alpha Delta fraternity brother – Sam Todd – wrote in his friend’s name and then rallied others to do the same.

Wopinski voted, but did not cast a vote for the post he now holds.

The newspaper reports the position was formerly a full-time job, but most of its duties were repealed and shifted to the circuit court clerk in 2011. Salary is $100 a year.

Wopinski says he’s researching what the job entails and still trying to decide whether he’ll accept the position.


“I don’t think my position is one that will have a whole lot of influence,” he told the Valley News.

Todd touts himself as Wopinski’s “unofficial campaign manager.”

“I don’t want to take all the credit,” said Todd. But, he added, “I don’t think Mick would be where he is today if it weren’t for me.”

Other write-in contenders for the post were Philip Hanlon – president of Dartmouth College – and “Keggy the Kegger.”

Wopinski, a registered independent, says he does not plan to pursue a career in politics. He said he expects to graduate in June with a double major in economics and Russian and move to New York to work for an investment bank.

By law, residing outside of Grafton County for 30 days would make him ineligible to hold the register of probate position.

Should the office become vacant, county officials will appoint someone to the post, said Hanover City Manager Julia Griffin.

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