BREAKING: NH Democrats Sweep Special Elections in Nashua, Concord
Ben Clemons, Zandra Rice Hawkins, and Byron Champlin Declared Winners in Respective Races
Concord, N.H. - Tonight, New Hampshire Democrats swept three special elections held in Nashua and Concord, the first elections since the 2018 midterms and the only scheduled special elections preceding the 2019 municipal elections. In Nashua, Young Democrat Ben Clemons was elected Alderman at Large, defeating Fred Teboom 3042-1405. In Concord, Young Democrat Zandra Rice-Hawkins defeated Joe Shoemaker, 369-267, to become Ward 10 City Councilor, and Byron Champlin was elected Concord City Councilor at Large in a four-way race. NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement: “Congratulations to Ben Clemons, Zandra Rice-Hawkins, and Byron Champlin on their well-earned victories tonight! These results prove the momentum and hard work that won New Hampshire Democrats complete control of the State Legislature and federal delegation last fall is stronger than ever. “Voters have seen what happens with Democrats in charge and are eager to continue electing legislators who will fight on their behalf to improve their communities. As we turn our attention to Town Meeting Day and the upcoming municipal elections, we remain committed as ever to putting in the work and turning out the vote to elect Democrats at every level of office.” These elections continue two years of victories for the New Hampshire Democrats. In 2018, the New Hampshire Democratic Party:
Won every legislative seat in the city of Nashua;
Won control of the Executive Council, State Senate, and State House;
Re-elected Congresswoman Annie Kuster, and elected Congressman Chris Pappas to keep our federal delegation entirely blue.
In 2017, the New Hampshire Democratic Party:
Won 9 out of 11 special elections, flipping four seats red to blue, including the first red to blue flip nationally following Trump’s election, in a district that hadn’t elected a Democrat in over a hundred years;
Elected Joyce Craig as Mayor of Manchester, ending 12 years of Republican control and electing the first woman mayor in the Queen City;
Won 11 out of 13 municipal mayorships in New Hampshire.