Boutin, Lachance jump into District 16 senate race

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Monitor staff
Monday, April 03, 2017

Republican David Boutin announced Monday he will run for his old state Senate seat made vacant by the recent death of Democrat Scott McGilvray. Former state representative Joe Lachance of Manchester later declared his intention to run as a Libertarian.

The Executive Council has yet to set a date for the special election. District 16 includes Dunbarton, Bow, Hooksett, Candia and parts of Manchester. Boutin, of Hooksett, held the District 16 seat from 2009-16, but didn’t seek re-election last year.

“I considered it an honor to represent the people of Senate District 16 for 7 years and it would be my privilege once again to serve them in Concord,” Boutin said in a statement. “As a state Senator, I always fought for struggling families and small businesses and worked to ensure that their hard earned tax dollars were being spent wisely.”

During his time in the senate, Boutin was known for his support of victims of domestic violence. He broke with his party on several major issues, twice voting to expand Medicaid. Some of his positions drew criticism from others within the GOP. In 2014, Boutin narrowly survived a primary challenger who hammered his support for a 4-cent increase in the state gas tax.

Lachance represented Manchester for one term in the House as a Republican, but he recently changed his party affiliation. “I am a conservative Libertarian, a sensible one,” he said. “I am running for Senate seat 16 because people are upset with the same old politics year after year. I get things done.”

Lachance sponsored the expanded Medicaid legislation last year, and he has been a vocal proponent of medical marijuana. He was one of several members named by the attorney general who bought marijuana from former state representative Kyle Tasker. No charges were filed, and Lachance said he bought the drug while he waited for the state’s medical marijuana program to get up and running.

In the 2016 election, McGilvray defeated Republican competitor Joe Duarte to win his first term in the state Senate. Weeks before his death in late March, McGilvray had taken a leave of absence from his duties as NEA-NH president due to health problems.

Republicans currently hold control of the Senate 14 to 9.