Concord - New Hampshire Democrats won six of the ten major elections in Granite State cities last night to the Republican State Committee's sole victory. In the Nashua special election for state representative, first time candidate Latha Mangipudi defeated former House Republican Majority Leader Peter Silva by an incredible 19%. In municipal races Democratic candidates for Mayor were victorious in Rochester, Somersworth, Portsmouth, Berlin, and Concord. Down-ballot Democrats won city council, school board and aldermanic seats in every city holding elections last night.
“The people of New Hampshire trust Democrats to work hard for them, and find commonsense solutions to the problems facing working families and small businesses,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.
New Hampshire Republicans disastrous local results last night, exemplify the GOP's devastating problems nationally. An AP analysis revealed that “A Year After Romney Loss, GOP Woes Run Even Deeper" and Gallup Polls found that the Republican Party has an “elephantine scaled” popularity problem: “they have lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question.”
See below for coverage of the Democratic victories across the state listed alphabetically by city.
NHPR: Berlin Mayor Grenier Re-Elected
Unofficial results show Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier was re-elected on Tuesday, beating challenger Mark Evans 971 to 272.
Berlin Daily Sun: Grenier and entire city council re-elected
“Grenier easily won a third two-year term against former City Councilor Mark Evans. Unofficial results had Grenier with 971 votes compared to 273 votes for Evans.”
Concord Patch: Bouley Breezes to Re-Election
“Concord Mayor Jim Bouley easily won a fourth term on Nov. 5, besting both John Cook and Christopher Booth by solid margins. Bouley received 80.5 percent of the vote, coming in with 3,360 votes. Cook came in second with 385. Booth, who campaigned against the Bearcat armored vehicle grant, came in third, with 279 votes.”
Concord Monitor: As Bouley wins fourth term as Concord mayor, four newcomers join city council
“Concord Mayor Jim Bouley won a fourth term yesterday in a landslide over two challengers…. Bouley, who has been mayor since 2007, earned 83 percent of the vote. He said last night that he is ‘truly humbled’ to win another term.”
Nashua Telegraph: With the city’s biggest turnout, Mangipudi coasts to special state representative win
“’It’s unbelievable,’ she said of her convincing 862-598 victory over Republican challenger Peter Silva, who sought to return to the Statehouse after losing a re-election bid in 2012…. Nearly 1,500 of Ward 8’s 5,973 registered voters turned out Tuesday, or just over 20 percent. It was the largest turnout of all nine city wards. Silva held the seat from 2008-12 before losing in the 2012 election. Toward the end of his second term, in May 2012, Silva was promoted to majority leader...”
Nashua Patch: Mangipudi Wins Ward 8 State Rep Race
“Democrat Latha Mangipudi is heading to Concord as Ward 8 State Rep, after beating Republican Peter Silva by 264 votes. The unofficial results posted at the poll showed Mangipudi with 862 votes, while Silva had 598.”
Portsmouth Herald: Bob Lister, Portsmouth's next mayor: 'Time to move forward'
"’It's time to move forward,’ Mayor-elect Bob Lister said Tuesday night, shortly after learning he was the leading vote-getter in one of the most heavily contested city elections in the past 30 years. Lister, who is the city's current assistant mayor and former superintendent of schools, finished above all others with 2,692 votes…”
Portsmouth Patch: Portsmouth Elects a New Mayor
“Portsmouth has a new mayor. Bob Lister was elected as leader of the City Council in Tuesday's municipal election. He replaces Eric Spear. Lister has previously served on the council. He's a former Portsmouth schools superintendent and co-founded the Portsmouth Alternative School, which was later renamed after him.”
Foster’s Daily Democrat: T.J. Jean wins his third term
“After a three-way race, T.J. Jean was re-elected for his third term as mayor. During Tuesday’s election, Jean won 2,481 votes, while his opponent Fred Leonard received 790 votes and candidate Dennis Hancock got 130 votes.”
Foster’s Daily Democrat: Hilliard beats incumbent Mayor Spencer
“Middle School Principal Dana Hilliard won the day in the heated race for mayor of the Hilltop City.In Tuesday’s election, Hilliard received 813 votes, to Mayor Matt Spencer’s 666 votes. The margin of Hilliard’s win was 147 votes. He received the majority of votes in every ward.”
Hilliard Elected New Hampshire’s First Openly Gay Mayor
James Pindell: “Dana Hilliard has been elected #SomerworthNH mayor, becoming the first openly gay mayor in state history #nhpolitics”