Jasper survives primary challenge; final results for local House races

  • Speaker of the House Shawn Jasper, R-Hudson talks about the governors budget address from his office, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) Jim Cole

Monitor staff
Published: 9/14/2016 6:19:22 PM

Voters in the Capital Region and throughout the state will see a mix of familiar names and newcomers on the ballot for state representative come Election Day on Nov. 8

House Speaker Shawn Jasper faced a primary challenge in Hillsborough County District 37 but survived as he finished eighth among 17 candidates vying for 11 seats. Jasper was the target of several mailers tying him to Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and criticizing his positions on health care and government spending.

“That type of mailer seemed to be effective given the fact we had a very low turnout,” Jasper said. “People were motivated, and I congratulate them for being motivated and turning out.”

Incumbents Robert Haefner, who chairs the Environment and Agriculture Committee, and Lars Christiansen fell out of the race with less than 1,000 votes each.

In Merrimack County District 20, incumbent Republican Rep. Brian Seaworth will be joined on the ticket by Darren Tapp and former state representative Jon Richardson. Richardson previously represented Allenstown following the 2010 election.

In District 23, Democrats Dennis D’Ovidio, Mary Beth Walz and Michael Kaminski won nominations for three seats. Republican incumbents JR Hoell, Bill Kuch and John Martin will be on the ballot again in November.

Incumbent Democrat Deborah Wheeler and Carolee Longley won the nomination for two seats in District 3. The third candidate, Bob Gillespie, lost by 61 votes.

Newcomer Denis Goddard, a Democrat from Hopkinton, was unable to pull a seat out from beneath incumbents Dave Luneau, Mel Myler and Mary Jane Wallner in District 10.

Republican incumbent Michael Brewster and John Klose beat David Palfrey for two seats in District 21.

Incumbent Democrat Christy Bartlett beat CJ Cronin in District 19 (Concord Ward 10).

In Rockingham County, incumbent Republican Yvonne Dean-Bailey beat Harriet Cady in District 32. Republicans Jim Nasser and Kevin Verville will join incumbent James Spillane on the November ballot in District 2.

(Nick Stoico can be reached at 369-3309, nstoico@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickStoico.)

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