Governor overcomes early deficit to earn second term

MANCHESTER – Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, will serve a second two-year term after fending off a challenge from Democratic candidate Molly Kelly in the Tuesday general election.

“We get stuff done – that’s what good public service is all about,” Sununu told supporters at his Election Night Celebration at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown.

Sununu thanked his supporters.

“It’s about you guys. I can’t thank you enough,” Sununu told the crowd. “In good times and bad, always staying positive, always trying to engineer a better solution not just for ourselves, not just for the party, but for the state of New Hampshire.”

Sununu was sworn in as governor for a two-year term on Jan. 5, 2017. Previous to this, he was a member of the New Hampshire Executive Council from 2011-17.

Since serving as governor, Sununu has established full-day kindergarten throughout New Hampshire, looked into clear water projects and increased funds to fight the opioid crisis, among other things.

“At the end of the day it gives you a little bit of that 603 pride,” Sununu added Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Kelly addressed her supporters at Puritan Backroom in Manchester.

“We’ll continue to work hard to make New Hampshire a place where everyone has opportunity,” Kelly said.

“Even though we did come up short tonight, please don’t be discouraged,” Kelly told her supporters. “We can still make a difference each and everyone of us, every single day.”

Kelly promised she will continue fight for key issues such as the opioid crisis, making sure every child has a quality education, and enacting “common sense” gun laws and for women and their reproductive rights.

“We all know that state leadership is important, and important more than ever,” Kelly said.

Grace Pecci can be reached at 594-1243, or gpecci@nashuatelegraph.com.

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