Local voters support GOP Amherst votes straight Republican ticket

Local Republicans put on a strong showing in the general election last week, except in Wilton and Lyndeborough where two Democrat state representatives, Carol Roberts and incumbent Kermit Williams, beat their GOP challengers in District 4, which also includes Greenville and Francestown.

Two long time Milford Republicans office-holders, David Wheeler and Gary Daniels, were elected on Nov. 4, with Wheeler reclaiming an Executive Council seat he has held in the past, and Gary Daniels going from the House to the state Senate.

Amherst voters, in particular, gave the nod to every Republican candidate on the ballot, from the governor on down to register of probate and county commissioner, helping switch the balance of power in the House of Representatives from Democrat to Republican.

With a Republican majority in both the state Senate and the House, Daniels said he would like to see both parties work toward a better New Hampshire economy.

Gov. Hassan “ran on her willingness to work across the aisle,” he said, “and I think both the House and the Senate will do what they can” to improve the economy, and he wants to start with the cost of workmen’s compensation, considered to be among the highest in the country, according to the Concord Monitor

In District 38, a two-seat floterial district that covers Wilton, Lyndeborough and eight other towns, the vote was split between incumbent Richard McNamara, a Democrat, and Republican Frank Edelblut.

In House District 22 Democrat incumbent Shannon Chandley was eased out by Stephen Stepanek, and incumbents Peter Hansen and Robert Rowe, all Republicans. Stepanek served in the House in 2010-2012 and then was defeated by Chandley in 2012.

In Milford, House District 23 became solidly Republican with the defeat of Democrat Ruth Heden and the election of three new Republicans, Barbara Biggie, Bill Goulette and Carolyn Halstead to join incumbent Shawn Sweeney.

Republican incumbents Bob Willette and Stephen Palmer did not run.

The same trend was evident in State Senate District 12, which includes Hollis and Brookline and where Republican Kevin Avard defeated incumbent Peggy Gilmour.

On Nov. 5 House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) issued a statement saying Republicans realize that with “a majority comes a high degree of responsibility” and they are happy that their “positive message focusing on improving our economy and making sure our government lives within its means resonated with voters across the state.”

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100, ext. 304, or kcleveland@