Concord Democrats McWilliams and Ellison poised take District 27 state rep seats

  • Rebecca McWilliams—Courtesy

  • Art Ellison—Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 9/12/2018 4:30:20 PM

A farmer who is also an architect and lawyer and a former state education official are set to become District 27’s newest state representatives.

Democrats Rebecca McWilliams and Art Ellison of Concord easily carried the primary Tuesday, with McWilliams – co-owner of Lewis Farm and owner of McWilliams Law in Concord – taking nearly half of the 4,620 votes cast in the primary. Ellison followed with about a third of the votes; Carl Soderstrom and Eric Gallager finished third and fourth, respectively.

Because there are no Republican candidates, the two have all-but secured the district that Mary Stuart Gile and Chip Rice held for decades. District 27 covers Wards 1-4 and Ward 6 in Concord.

Gile, who was the driving force behind the paid family and medical leave bill this year, has retired after serving as a state rep since 1997. Rice died early this year in the middle of his eighth term.

Ellison was the director of Adult Education for the state for 39 years, according to his candidate bio and has lived in Concord since 1978. He has served as the policy chair for the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education, coordinating their efforts to influence policy and funding on the national level. This is his first political term.

“The Blue Wave is building here in New Hampshire,” Ellison wrote on his campaign Facebook page. “I will spend my time between now and Nov. 6 working for Democratic House candidates who will flip that body back to our party, and the Senate and Governor position as well.”

McWilliams is involved locally, serving on the Transportation Advisory Committee. She received her juris doctor from Suffolk Law in Boston, and worked as a Director of Policy for State Representative Chris Walsh during that time. She is currently working with the state’s Department of Environmenal Services to draft Compost enabling legislation to allow farms across the state to accept meat and dairy to their compost operations, according to her campaign page. This is also her first political term.

“Thanks to everyone who pitched in to make this possible, it truly was a team win,” McWilliams wrote on her campaign Facebook page. “I am looking forward to taking some time to relax, and catch up on client work, and then do my due diligence for the 2019 legislative session.”

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