Moving Forward After the Elections

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SEA First Vice President Ken Roos poses for a photo with Chapter 1 members Harvey Harkness, Rep. Alan Turcotte and Allan Goode. Turcotte won his bid for re-election on Tuesday.

With the dust now mostly settled from Tuesday’s general election, we have a pretty good picture of what happened, although there will be many recounts and some results may change. Gov. Maggie Hassan, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Annie Kuster won re-election, the State House and Executive Council flipped from Democratic to Republican control and one Senate seat switched from Democratic to Republican.

You can see full election results here.

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Rita Calkins, RN, poses for a photo with Rep. Annie Kuster.

Although a number of pro-worker candidates lost their bids for office, many, including Hassan and Shaheen, won close victories that wouldn’t have been possible if not for the efforts of all the SEA/SEIU 1984 members who gave many hours to ensure voters had information about the issues raised in this election. President Rich Gulla praised the members for doing more than just voting.

President Rich Gulla holding signs in Bow with Tara Ryan, stepdaughter of Chapter 1 member and House candidate Dennis D’Ovidio.

President Rich Gulla holding signs in Bow with Tara Ryan, stepdaughter of Chapter 1 member and House candidate Dennis D’Ovidio.

“I’m proud of everyone who took part in the political process,” Gulla said. “We had many great member candidates and even more members who tirelessly called voters, pounded the pavement and held signs outside the polls.”

First Vice President Ken Roos said it’s important to keep the energy level from the elections up, because much work lies ahead.

First Vice President Ken Roos poses for a photo with state Sen.-elect Dan Feltes, Rep. Christy Bartlett and Chapter 1 President Peter Bartlett.

First Vice President Ken Roos poses for a photo with state Sen.-elect Dan Feltes, Rep. Christy Bartlett and Chapter 1 President Peter Bartlett.

“As much as we relied on member involvement during the election, we’ll need even more of that in the legislative session,” Roos said. “We’ll be fighting on a local level to protect our collective bargaining rights and on a national level if they try to repeal the Affordable Care Act. I know our members are up to the task.”

Gulla said now that the election is over, it’s time to come together

“If we’re going to keep our state moving forward, we’ll have to work together,” he said. “We’re looking forward to working with Gov. Hassan and the Legislature to do just that.”

SEA Director John Hattan, a member of the Political Education Committee, agreed with Gulla.

“We’re willing to work with people, and to do that, you need to have trust,” he said. “I’m hoping we can build that trust up in service of the common good of the people of New Hampshire.”

“Change brings new energy, and hopefully we can use that energy to positively impact the people of New Hampshire,” Hattan said.

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