Republican Joe Kenney wins N.H. District 1 Executive Council seat
Republican Joe Kenney is the new District 1 executive councilor, beating Democrat Mike Cryans by 1,267 votes in a special election. Although the election was Tuesday, all of the vote totals weren’t in until yesterday morning.
“Last night, I really think the voters sort of rejected the ideology that was brought into this race; really it’s about helping people and solving their problems in state government, that’s our message from Day One,” Kenney said.
Cryans called Kenney to concede just before 11 a.m.
“I want to thank (Kenney) for running a hard-fought campaign, thank all the people who volunteered and supported either of us, and the Burton family for their support,” Cryans said in a statement.
Kenney will fill the seat held by Ray Burton, who died in November, for 35 years. He will join a council made up of one other Republican and three Democrats. District 1 spans 108 towns and four cities – from parts of the Lakes Region to the Canadian border.
The Executive Council met yesterday for its biweekly meeting. Kenney’s campaign manager asked whether he could sit at the table, but the governor’s office said he could not because the Secretary of State’s office hadn’t certified the votes.
(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @kronayne.)