SEA endorses Boutin in Senate race

Republican previously served three terms representing District 16

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla, left, poses for a photo with former Sen. David Boutin, center, and First Vice President Ken Roos.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 President Rich Gulla, left, poses for a photo with former Sen. David Boutin, center, and First Vice President Ken Roos.

The SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors has endorsed former District 16 state Sen. David Boutin in the special election set for July 25.

Boutin served as the state senator from District 16 from 2010–16. Before that, he had two stints in the House of Representatives. In his time in the Legislature, he’s been an open-minded, outspoken advocate for the residents of Bow, Hooksett, Candia, Dunbarton and Wards 1 and 12 in Manchester. SEA/SEIU Local 1984 member Pam Sullivan of Hooksett said after meeting with Boutin, it was clear he was the best choice to represent District 16.

“In his time as state senator, David Boutin has consistently made decisions based on impact for New Hampshire rather than personal ideology,” Sullivan said. “He listens to his constituents and extends his hand across the aisle to fight for issues that matter to Granite Staters.”

All SEA/SEIU Local 1984 political endorsements begin with the Political Education (Poli Ed) Committee, which any member can be a part of. The Poli Ed Committee meets with candidates and makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors for endorsement.

In the case of this endorsement, the committee met with the three major candidates in the race, including the two Democrats, and ultimately settled on Boutin as the best choice. Poli Ed passed that recommendation on to the board, which approved the endorsement late last week.

Boutin is the only Republican running in the special election, which is set for July 25. Because there are two Democrats in the running, there will be a primary on June 6. The special election came about due to the death of Sen. Scott McGilvray, the longtime NEA president who died just months into his first term in the Senate.

If you’d like to support David Boutin in his Senate bid, you can start right away: he needs help distributing yard signs to supporters. If you can help, meet at Tucker’s in Hooksett at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Would you like to know more about the Poli Ed Committee? You can send an email to committee Chair John Hattan and attend a meeting.

 

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