Pro-Freedom, Pro-Equality Republicans Win Big in NH

40+ Wins for Pro-Freedom to Marry Republicans


Including Winners in Key Senate Races: Nancy Stiles and John Reagan


"Today, the freedom to marry in New Hampshire is more secure than it was yesterday." - NHRFE PAC Chair, Sean Owen

Manchester, NH - On this Election Day, the New Hampshire Republicans for Freedom and Equality PAC saw major victories statewide, with dozens of its supported candidates clearly winning their races in the early returns.


Chairman Sean Owen said, "We invested $300,000 this election cycle to help candidates who represent the future of the GOP. While Republicans have lost many seats in the House overall, NHRFE-supported Republican candidates out-performed their peers and won a majority of their races. We also had huge wins with the election of John Reagan to the State Senate and the re-election of State Senator Nancy Stiles. Today, the freedom to marry is more secure in New Hampshire than it was yesterday."


Executive Director Tyler Deaton highlighted the PAC's successes with voter contact: "We completed a tremendous direct mail program, with voters in priority districts receiving as many as six mail pieces this cycle. We've succeeded in uniting the Republican Party and building the party through appeal to new voters. Rank-and-file Republicans have supported individual freedom all along, and we've helped them find a stronger voice. While others have tried to divide the party, we ran a 100% positive campaign from beginning to end."


Deaton continued, "We were also the first New Hampshire PAC to take advantage of new fundraising standards set by recent Supreme Court decisions and the New Hampshire Attorney General."


As for the gubernatorial race, Chairman Sean Owen said he was not surprised by Ovide Lamontagne's loss: "We knew that nominating Ovide for governor would be disastrous. It hurt us that our Republican nominee wanted to campaign against freedom and equality."


Executive Director Tyler Deaton added, "It didn't have to be this way. Republicans can win in New Hampshire, both locally and statewide, so long as they have an authentic commitment to freedom across the board. It's something to keep in mind next time we're selecting our candidate for governor."


The PAC's political, communications and fundraising programs are led by Executive Director Tyler Deaton, a lobbyist who also serves as a senior strategist for the bipartisan pro-marriage equality organization Standing Up for New Hampshire Families. Deaton is also Secretary of the New Hampshire Young Republicans. Christine Baratta serves as PAC Communications Director. Committee Chairman Sean Owen is actively involved as a lead strategist and fundraiser.

Winning Supported Candidates Include:
State Senate
Rep. John Reagan Deerfield
Sen. Nancy Stiles Hampton
State House

Rep. Gene Chandler Bartlett
Karel Crawford Moultonborough
Rep. Harry Merrow Ossipee
Rep. Steve Schmidt Wolfeboro
Rep. Chris Ahlgren Wolfeboro
Rep. Susan Emerson Rindge
Rep. Jane Johnson Swanzey
Rep. Herb Richardson Lancaster
Rep. Rick Ladd Haverhill
Rep. Neal Kurk Weare
Rep. Cal Pratt Goffstown
Rep. Keith Murphy Bedford
Kelleigh Murphy Bedford
Rep. Steve Vaillancourt Manchester
Rep. Carolyn Gargasz Hollis
Rep. Don LeBrun Nashua
David Murotake Nashua
Rep. Bob Haefner Hudson
Rep. Russ Ober Hudson
Rep. Shawn Jasper Hudson
Charlene Takesian Pelham
Rep. Mark Warden Goffstown
Rep. George Lambert Litchfield
Rep. David Kidder New London
Rep. Priscilla Lockwood Canterbury
Rep. David Hess Hooksett
Rep. Kyle Tasker Nottingham
Rep. Kathy Hoelzel Raymond
Rep. Gene Charron Chester
Rep. Sherm Packard Londonderry
Kevin St. James Kingston
Rep. Norm Major Plaistow
Rep. Mary Allen Newton
Rep. Pat Abrami Stratham
Rep. Tim Copeland Stratham
Rep. John Sytek Salem
Rep. Ronald Belanger Salem
Rep. Michelle Peckham North Hampton
Many other races are too close to call or are unknown at this time.