NH House Special Elections Are Coming - "Cheshire County District 9" and "Hillsborough County District 7". - Granite Grok

NH House Special Elections Are Coming – “Cheshire County District 9” and “Hillsborough County District 7”.

Special-Election

The passing of Democrat NH House Majority Leader Doug Ley has left a seat open (Cheshire County House District 9), and both the Governor and Executive Council have approved a special election to fill it for the upcoming session.

Two Republicans and one Democrat are reportedly vying for the seat.

 

Lucille Decker, a Jaffrey Republican, and Andrew Maneval, a Harrisville Democrat.

Dublin’s clerk did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but a third candidate, Dublin Republican Rita Mattson, announced she is running in a news release Tuesday. She told The Sentinel she filed Tuesday.

 

A primary is scheduled for Sept 7, with the special election slated for October 26th.

The district has trended blue for years, with Ley holding a seat since 2012 but will it stay that way? Every local election is an opportunity, and contentious issues can serve to create referendums that drive turnout and swing seats.

I’ve already made at least one suggestion to the local GOP committee. I think it presents opportunities for us in Cheshire 9. But I’m keeping it close to the vest for the moment – though I suspect many will have had the same thought.

From the Secretary of State’s Page on Special Elections.

The Governor and Executive Council, at their meeting held on June 30, 2021, approved the Precept to hold a SPECIAL ELECTION for State Representative from Cheshire County District 9 (Dublin, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Roxbury)

*Filing Period: July 6-9, 2021.  Candidates may file with the town clerk where they are domiciled on Tuesday, July 6th during normal business hours OR candidates may file with the Secretary of State’s Office Tuesday, July 6th through Friday, July 9th – 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

*Primary Election: September 7, 2021

*Special Election: October 26, 2021.  If only one person from each political party files, there will be no primary, and the special election will be held on September 7th.

*Filings:
Republican – Rita Mattson, Dublin (72 Burpee Road) 03444
Lucille Decker, Jaffrey (6 Birch Street) 03253

Democratic – Andrew Maneval, Harrisville (PO Box 300, Harrisville) 03450

 

There is also an earlier special election to fill a seat in Hillsborough County District 7 (Bedford).

The Governor and Executive Council, at their meeting held on June 30, 2021, approved the Precept to hold a SPECIAL ELECTION for State Representative from Hillsborough County District 7 (Bedford).

*Filing Period: July 6-9, 2021.  Candidates may file with the Town Clerk on Tuesday, July 6th during normal business hours, OR they may file with the Secretary of State’s Office Tuesday, July 6th through Friday, July 9th – 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

*Primary Election: September 7, 2021

*Special Election: October 26, 2021.   If only one person from each political party files, there will be NO primary, and the special election will be held on September 7, 2021.

*Filings:
Republican – Linda Rea Camarota, Bedford (16 Weymouth Drive) 03110

Democratic – Catherine A. Rombeau, Bedford (27 Pembroke Way) 03110

I think the same rules apply here. Freeze the issue and the target and create a referendum to win.

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