Republicans Win Special House Election

Marilinda Garcia Returns to the Republican Caucus



Former Representative Marilinda Garcia is headed back to the State House in Concord following a convincing 800 vote win today over Democrat Sheila Murray in a special election for State Representative in Rockingham County, District 3 (Salem & Windham).


"It is clear that Marilinda's message ofsmaller government, less spending and lower taxes, especially in this economy,resonated with the voters in Salem and Windham today," said House Republican Leader Sherm Packard (r-Londonderry).


"While people are losing their jobs and watching every penny, House Democrats in Concord have raised taxes by over $200 million dollars and increased spending. Marilinda's victory today shows how out of touch the Democrats really are with New Hampshire voters. This is truly a mandate for lower taxes and less spending." added Representative Packard.


Today's special election was held due to the resignation of Republican Representative Mark Pearson, who took a job as town manager in Hudson. With the election of Ms. Garcia the Republicans now hold 176 of the 400 House seats.


"Marilinda should be commendedon her well-run campaign. Her team along with the New Hampshire Republican State Committee and the House Republican Victory PAC worked together to run this textbook campaign. I want to especially thank all of the Republican House members who volunteered their time phone banking, poll checking and going door-to-door to help bring back a fellow Republican," said Representative Packard.


Former Governor John Sununu, the Republican State Committee Chairman praised Garcia for being a great candidate with a solid commitment to traditional New Hampshire issues and values. “I congratulate Marilinda Garcia for running a fantastic race and I know that she will help make a difference in Concord,” added Sununu.