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Manchester Democrat resigns from N.H. House

A Manchester Democrat has resigned from the state House, saying he’s moving out of his district.

Rep. Patrick Garrity, in a letter dated March 28, resigned from the House. It was read in Representatives Hall yesterday when the House met to debate the state budget.

Garrity, who represented Manchester’s Ward 7, was elected to his fifth term in November. In January, he pleaded guilty to a charge of simple assault in an incident involving his ex-wife and was sentenced to probation, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Garrity is the fifth House Democrat to resign for various reasons since last year’s election. Democrats have since won two special elections, leaving the balance of the power in the House at 218 Democrats, 179 Republicans and three vacant seats.

BEN LEUBSDORF

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