On Tuesday, Democrats claimed and reclaimed numerous town and city elections throughout New Hampshire, winning eight contests for Mayor statewide, among numerous wins down ballot for city council, alderman, school board, among others.
In Nashua ward 4, Representative-Elect Paige Beauchemin won her special election for State Representative, marking 9 special election wins in the last 10 contests. This win brings House Democrats within one seat of tying Republicans in the New Hampshire House. With the House Republicans' razor thin advantage wearing gradually away, It's apparent that Granite Staters are steadfastly rejecting the NHGOP's extremist, far-right candidates.
Democrat Paige Beauchemin defeated David Narkunas to win the Hillsborough District 3 seat.
The Democrat’s win means there are currently 198 Republicans, 197 Democrats and three independents in the New Hampshire House.
Incumbent Mayor Jim Donchess secured another four-year term leading New Hampshire’s second-largest city, defeating County Commissioner Michael Soucy 8,097 to 7,446 in the first competitive race in eight years, according to unofficial results.
unofficial results show that Democrat Paige Beauchemin beat Republican David Narkunas in a special election to fill the Nashua Ward 4 seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives
Including Beauchemin, there are now 197 Democrats, 198 Republicans, and 3 Independents, according to the latest roster from the New Hampshire House Clerk.
Keene Sentinel: Kahn elected as Keene's next mayor in landslide victory
He received 2,625 votes, or 91.4 percent, to 247 votes, or 8.6 percent, for his competitor, Bradford Hutchinson.
The mayor has an influential role in bringing together councilors, community members, various groups and businesses to accomplish common goals, Kahn said. He said he is looking forward to fulfilling that role. “The return on public service is the satisfaction of doing something of value for the community.”
His two-year term as mayor will begin with the start of the new year.
Voters elected a new mayor, two new school board members and six new city councilors on Tuesday.
Record turnout in the local election also led to historic results. For the first time, a New American was elected to serve on City Councils Ali Sekou won in Ward 8.
Stacey Brown, who was narrowly re-elected to represent Ward 5, has repeatedly called for increased representation among city boards and committees over the last year.
Judith Kurtz, one of four new candidates who ran for at-large, was also elected to serve alongside Fennessy. She has served as the vice president of the Concord Greenspace Coalition, since moving to Concord in 2019 with her husband and two children.
When her eldest daughter left Concord for a job out west, Horne was inspired to run for office, she said. On the council she will be a voice for the working class, she said.
With Champlin earning nearly 75 percent of the vote, the turnout in his support was a clear vote of confidence from residents, he said. "I'm honored," he said. "I'm just honored."
Concord Monitor: Concord chooses school board committed to inclusivity, diversity
"We want the school board to represent our family values, which include diversity, and making sure kids of all identities feel supported and safe," said Redmond, as she held her son's hand. "We want to see a school free of hateful rhetoric and bullying." On Tuesday's school board elections, Concord collectively voted for these principles when selecting their school board members.
Incumbent school board member Brenda Hastings was re-elected to a three-year term serving Zone C, which included Wards 8, 9 and 10, with 1,414 votes, surpassing her challengers Kassey Cameron, who received 304 votes, and Peter Surmanis, who received 246 votes.
For many Concord residents in Zone A, the crucial factor in their decision to vote for Campbell was her open-mindedness. In her campaign, she declared her commitment to preserving the district's safety and inclusivity.
But, her opponent, Michael Gugliemo, held a stance advocating for greater parental rights. He withdrew his daughter from public school after criticizing the district's policies about gender identity and teacher attire, saying they are harming students, especially at the elementary-school level. Residents overwhelmingly rejected him.
The three candidates who competed to be mayor of Concord were at-large city councilor Byron O. Champlin, former school board member Kate West, and author and poet George Jack. Champlin came out on top, according to unofficial results. He received 5,036 votes, or nearly 74 percent of the votes. West received 1,364, and Jack got 401.
The two candidates who went toe to toe to become mayor of Keene were former Democratic state senator Jay Kahn and Bradford Hutchinson. Kahn bested Hutchinson, receiving 2,625 votes, while Hutchinson got 247, according to unofficial results.
The two mayoral candidates in Somersworth were city councilor Matt Gerding and political newcomer Kitara Maxey. Gerding got the win with more than 84 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.
Incumbent Nashua Mayor James Donchess faced a challenge from retired police officer Michael Soucy. Donchess won, receiving 8,097 votes or 52 percent, while Soucy got 7,446 or 48 percent, according to unofficial results.
In Portsmouth, incumbent Mayor Deaglan McEachern ran for reelection. He was among 17 candidates seeking nine City Council seats. The city’s top overall vote-getter would be declared mayor. McEachern won reelection to a second term as mayor, and all the incumbent councilors were reelected as well, according to unofficial results.