The stage is set for the November general election with Tuesday’s primary in the books. Many of the primaries were uncontested, especially for incumbents, but many of the biggest races were competitive.
In the gubernatorial race, Walt Havenstein bested Andrew Hemingway and will face Gov. Maggie Hassan. In the U.S. Senate race, Scott Brown topped Jim Reubens and Bob Smith for the chance to face Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. In the U.S. House races, Frank Guinta bested Dan Innis and will have a rematch against Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, and Marilinda Garcia outpaced Gary Lambert and will face Rep. Annie Kuster.
Many SEA member candidates and SEA-endorsed candidates will go on to the general election. SEA members came out in great numbers to help the state Senate campaign of Dan Feltes, and that effort paid off when he bested primary opponent Kass Ardinger.
SEA Chapter 1 member Art Ellison was one of those members who volunteered his time for the Feltes campaign.
“I spent three hours holding a sign at Ward 3 on primary day,” he said. “The day before, I spent about an hour doing the same thing at the state office park off Pleasant Street.”
Ellison said that whether the candidate wins or loses, it’s just good to be involved.
“I think it’s a responsibility of mine,” he said. “I’ve always been interested in it. If you don’t vote and participate, you can’t complain later.”
Member Jennifer Day was also out supporting Feltes on Tuesday. In the past, she’s spent election day holding signs for her father, SEA member and Republican former state Rep. Russ Day. She said was involved with the process from the early stages, even before the SEA endorsed Feltes.
“I made a point of going to the Poli Ed Committee meeting with him and Kass Ardinger,” she said. “It was good to see the process through that way.”
Feltes was a surprise guest at Thursday night’s Quarterly Council Meeting. He spoke briefly, thanking members for all they had done for his campaign and rallying them for the general election that lies ahead.
“I appreciate all of your work, all of your effort,” Feltes said. “We got it done because of the fundamental belief that in order to move New Hampshire forward, we can’t afford to leave anyone behind. In the state Senate, we’re going to advance a progressive agenda, helping working people and working families and standing up for state employees.”
Many SEA member candidates were out on Tuesday, even though few had primary challengers. House candidate, and Chapter 1 member, Arnold Rocklin-Weare was uncontested Tuesday, but he was out at his polling place to support Executive Council candidate Jennifer Dahler.
“From quarter to 7 in the morning to 7 p.m., I was out there holding a sign for Dahler, and myself as well,” he said. Dahler, unfortunately, was bested by Nashua Alderman Diane Sheehan. Rocklin-Weare was undeterred, however. “I had a good day out there,” he said.
For the many SEA endorsed candidates across the state, the real work now begins, with less than eight weeks until Election Day. Your help will be needed to make sure we elect leaders at all levels who support our Granite Strong Vision and want to see working families like ours thrive. Please keep an eye on the SEA News and Notices for ways you can get involved.