(CREDIT: Damien Fisher/NHJournal)
KEENE — New Hampshire’s first trans, anarchist, satanic candidate for county sheriff says she doesn’t get much support from the Republican Party.
“I can’t imagine them being happy about it,” Aria DiMezzo said.
DiMezzo, who is running as a Republican with the campaign slogan “F*** the police,” said Friday that she received no help or support for the county or state from the GOP. DiMezzo won the Republican nomination for Cheshire County Sheriff on Tuesday night running unopposed in the primary. She will now face popular Democrat incumbent Eli Rivera, who is seeking his fifth term.
Cheshire County GOP Chair Marylin Huston congratulated her on her victory. Huston consistently referred to DiMezzo as “he” during the interview, despite the candidate identifying as female.
“He did really well in the primary and it was wonderful,” Huston said.
DiMezzo comes from the Free Keene group of libertarian activists who produced Nobody, a gubernatorial candidate who changed his name from Rich Paul to Nobody. She also hosts an internet radio show where she is called “She-Male”.
Free Keene began as an offshoot of the Free State Project of Libertarians, but the Free State Project has since branched off from Free Keene.
Huston said DiMezzo only ran as a Republican because of problems getting libertarian candidates elected. Huston said DiMezzo never showed up to GOP meetings and candidate events, even though she was invited.
“Aria really got into the Republican Party because he couldn’t run in a Libertarian ballot,” Huston said.
DiMezzo registered to run as a Republican two days before the deadline when she discovered longtime Republican nominee Earl Nelson was not running. DiMezzo said she would be willing to support the GOP agenda more if the party supported her.
“They’re clearly not on my side,” DiMezzo said.
There was an effort at Rindge to write Nelson out as a candidate after concerns were raised on social media about DiMezzo’s gender, religious beliefs and politics. Nelson got more than 200 write-in votes on Rindge on Tuesday night.
“The people at Rindge have done a phenomenal job. Very well done,” DiMezzo said.
There was no concerted effort to prevent DiMezzo from securing the nomination, Huston said, although Huston heard from many people who wanted to write in a different nominee instead of DiMezzo.
“I guess it’s part of the whole political scene,” Huston said.
Huston said DiMezzo is welcome to join the GOP, but some people may have disagreed with his positions.
“If you look at their social media and their political statements, they really don’t fit the Republican message,” Huston said.
DiMezzo said the Cheshire County GOP had only himself to blame for his candidacy. She ran in 2018 as a libertarian and got around 3% of the vote.
“I shouldn’t have won that fucking primary. I should have been crushed,” DiMezzo said.
DiMezzo wants to end prosecutions for crimes related to drugs, sex work, illegal immigration and anything she believes has no real victim. She said in many ways that she was to the left of Rivera.
“I’m more liberal than him,” DiMezzo said. “There are tons of things that people get fined for, arrested for, that actually don’t result in any casualties.”
New Hampshire RNC committee member Chris Ager declined to comment.