Senate District 15: Feltes handily defeats GOP challenger

  • State Sen. Dan Feltes greets voters outside Concord's Ward 8 polling place on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Monitor staff
Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Concord Democrat Dan Feltes will return to the State House for a second term in the New Hampshire Senate.

Feltes, of Concord, received 63 percent majority with nearly 80 percent of precincts reporting in District 15, dealing Republican late-comer Jeff Newman a loss Tuesday night. Feltes could not be reached for comment by press time.

Feltes favors more funding for school districts that offer full-day kindergarten. This, he says, would relieve “chronic underfunding” at the Division of Children, Youth and Families. A former legal assistance attorney, he has said the next governor and Legislature will have at least $200 million in additional revenue to use for the state’s most pressing issues. He said the state has a chance to restore funding where former Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien made significant cuts.

“The answer is not significant tax cuts for business owners. The answer is investing in our shared obligations, including some that haven’t been filled since O’Brien cut dramatically our state budget,” Feltes told the Monitor’s editorial board in October.

Feltes also would support making expanded Medicaid permanent to help fight the opioid crisis.

Even though the seat has historically been filled by Democrats, Newman decided to run because no other Republicans were on the ballot.