Concord, NH – Yesterday, New Hampshire hosted municipal elections across the state and Republicans had great successes and even some surprises. In Manchester, Mayor Ted Gatsas won re-election in a landslide and Joe Kelly Lavasseur won his Alderman At-Large seat--ousting a long time incumbent. Keene has a new Mayor in Kendall Lane, a former State GOP vice Chairman, and in Portsmouth three Republicans won, picking up two new seats retaining Ken Smith on the board and adding Brad Lown and Jack Thorsen. Other Seacoast successes include three city council seats in Dover an increase by one putting State Rep. Michael Weeden, Karen Weston and Catherine Cheney on the board. Nashua retained Donnalee Lozeau as Mayor and Daniel Moriarty and Arthur Crassey Jr. won seats on the Board of Aldermen. In addition, republicans saw significant gains on local school boards across the state. These wins follow the re-election of Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield just last month.
New Hampshire Republicans Party Chairman Wayne MacDonald released the following statement, following the elections.
“I would like to congratulate all the Republican wins across the state. While these elections are non-partisan, we know that those office holders who are registered Republicans hold the same ideals of lower taxes and less spending and will work hard to make sure that their local governments are held accountable for what they do with the taxpayers dime. These municipal seats are the first line of government and the place to start trimming the fat. With successes across the state and the unprecedented land-slide by Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, we see that the public is asking for fiscal restraint. We saw last night gains on Council and Aldermanic seats even in city’s such as Portsmouth Democrat voters far outweigh Republicans. This says, party registration aside, people know they cannot afford the liberal spending ways of the Democrats and want more of a balance in order to pull in the reigns on spending.
“With municipal elections over, we will all turn our attention back to the Presidential Primary race and to the elections for 2012. The results last night demonstrate that the public is ready to bring some real responsibility to government and we look forward to the year to come.”