By GARRY RAYNO, InDepthNH.org
CONCORD — The 5 government councilors received re-election Tuesday and the partisan make-up of the Senate didn’t change though among the faces will.
Several of the Executive Council members had shut races that weren’t decided till Wednesday however the outcomes are the identical as they had been two years in the past with a 4 to 1 GOP managed council.
The council districts had been gerrymandered 10 years in the past to favor Republicans and this session’s redrawing of the political boundaries of the 5 districts additional favored Republicans.
In the first District, incumbent Joe Kenney, R-Wolfeboro, survived a powerful problem from Somersworth Mayor Dana Hilliard within the redrawn district that eliminated the Upper Valley and as an alternative now consists of areas as far south as Dover and Durham.
The 2nd District incumbent Cinde Warmington, D-Concord, had little bother defeating her Republican challenger, former state Sen. Harold French. The district modified from a line throughout the state to incorporate the Upper Valley space in addition to different faculty cities akin to New London and Plymouth and most of Southwest New Hampshire.
The third District race pitted first time Republican councilor Janet Stevens towards her Democratic challenger Katherine Harake of Hampton. Stevens received by about 10 factors.
In the 4th District Republican incumbent Ted Gatsas of Manchester received over Democratic former state Sen. Kevin Cavanaugh of Manchester in what seemed to be a really shut race when outcomes started coming in Tuesday night, however was a snug win for Gatsas by the point the votes had been counted.
The fifth District pitted Republican incumbent David Wheeler of Milford, towards Nashua Alderman Shoshanna Kelly, however Wheeler received by about 4 p.c of the vote within the district which is far more Republican after the redistricting course of.
After the races had been decided Warmington lamented the gerrymandering that makes it tough for Democrats to win in 4 of the 5 districts.
“Our excellent candidates ran the very best races potential, however sadly couldn’t overcome the consequences of deeply gerrymandered districts,” Warmington stated. “As a workforce, we’ve talked to tens of 1000’s of voters and have began laying the groundwork for a Democratic majority in 2024.”
While the partisan divide of 14-10 has not modified within the Senate from the present time period, eight senators determined to not run once more and one misplaced his seat in Tuesday’s election.
Senate Finance Committee Chair Sen. Gary Daniels, R-Milford, was defeated by Democrat Shannon Chandley of Amherst, who had defeated Daniels within the 2018 election, however misplaced to him within the 2020 election
The different seat to modify events was District 16 now held by Democrat Kevin Cavanaugh of Manchester who ran for the Executive Council after the district was redrawn to make it far more Republican.
The seat was received by former House member and restaurant proprietor Keith Murphy, R-Bedford, who would be the first member of the Free State Project elected to the Senate.
He received a reasonably tight race towards Democrat June Trisciani of Manchester.
Incumbents who retained their seats included Republicans Jeb Bradley, James Gray, Ruth Ward, Denise Ricciardi, Kevin Avard, Sharon Carson, Regina Birdsell and Bill Gannon, and Democrats David Watters, Suzanne Prentiss, Cindy Rosenwald, Rebecca Whitley, Donna Soucy, Lou D’Allesandro, and Rebecca Perkins Kwoka.
They will probably be joined within the Senate by Republicans Carrie Gendreau, Timothy Lang, Daniel Innis, Harold Pearl and Daryl Abbas, and Democrats Donovan Fenton and Debra Altschiller.
The Senate caucuses will meet later this month to decide on their leaders, anticipated to be Bradley for the Republicans and Soucy for the Democrats earlier than electing the Senate President Dec. 7 on Organization Day.
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