The New Hampshire State Senate will look a lot different next year. One third of the incumbents are not running again. Combine that with a couple incumbents losing election, and soon almost have the Senate will change. The filing period to run for election is June 6-15. Here is a quick look at how the races are shaping up:
District 1: The incumbent Republican John Gallus of Berlin is not running again. So far Republican Dr. Debi Warner, a psychologist from Littleton has announced she will run. On the Democratic side, Jeff Woodburn of Dalton and Paul Ingersoll of Berlin have indicated their desire to run.
District 2: Incumbent Republican Jeanie Forrester of Meredith will run again. She will face Democrat Robert Lamb of Holderness, who is a former Fleet Bank Executive.
District 3: Incumbent Republican Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro is running again. He will face Democrat Jeff Ballard of Brookfield.
District 4: Incumbent Republican Jim Forsythe of Strafford is not seeking re-election. Redistricting has changed this district. It is now comprised of Barrington, Dover, Rollinsford and Somersworth. Democratic State Representative David Watters of Dover has indicated an interest in this seat. Watters is a professor at UNH.
District 5: Incumbent Democrat Matt Houde from the Hanover area is not running again. Republican State Representative Joe Osgood of Claremont is expected to file for this seat. So is Democratic Representative David Pierce of Etna.
District 6: Incumbent Republican Fenton Groen of Rochester is not running again. Three Republican State Representatives are interested in this seat. They are: Peter Bolster of Alton; Sam Cataldo of Farmington; and Susan DeLemus of Rochester. Democrat Rich Leonard of New Durham is also planning to run.
District 7: Incumbent Republican Andy Sanborn (and NHLRA Board member) of Henniker is moving to Bedford to run for the open seat there. His hometown was redistricted into the Democratic bastion of District 15. Republicans Josh Youssef of Laconia and Bill Grimm of Franklin are expected to file. Democrat Andrew Hosmer of Laconia has said he will file.
District 8: Incumbent Republican Bob Odell of Lempster is running again.
District 9: Incumbent Republican Ray White of Bedford is not seeking re-election. Incumbent Republican Senator Andy Sanborn is moving to Bedford and will file for this seat. Republican State Representative Ken Hawkins of Bedford will also file. Democrat Lee Nyquist of New Boston will file. He is the New Boston Town Moderator.
District 10: Incumbent Democrat Molly Kelly of Keene is seeking re-election.
District 11: Incumbent Republican Senate President Peter Bragdon of Milford is running again.
District 12: Incumbent Republican Jim Luther of Hollis is running again. He will be opposed by the former Senator from that District – Democrat Peggy Gilmore of Hollis.
District 13: Incumbent Republican Gary Lambert of Nashua is not seeking re-election. The previous Senator from that district, Democrat Bette Lasky of Nashua will try to regain her seat.
District 14: Incumbent Republican Sharon Carson of Londonderry will run again.
District 15: Incumbent Democrat Sylvia Larsen of Concord will run again.
District 16: Incumbent Republican David Boutin of Hooksett will run again. He will face Democrat Kathleen Kelly of Manchester.
District 17: Incumbent Republican Jack Barnes of Raymond will run again. He will face Democrat Nancy Fraher of Chichester.
District 18: Incumbent Republican Tom DeBlois of Manchester will run for Executive Council instead. Republican State Representative George Lambert of Litchfield and former Democratic Representative Donna Soucy of Manchester will file for this seat.
District 19: Incumbent Republican Jim Rausch of Derry will run again.
District 20: Incumbent Democrat Lou D'Allesandro of Manchester will run again. He will face the winner of the Republican Primary between State Representative John Hikel of Goffstown and Representative Phil Greazzo of Manchester.
District 21: Incumbent Democrat Amanda Merrill of Durham is not running again. Former Democratic Senator Martha Fuller Clark of Portsmouth is expected to file.
District 22: Incumbent Republican Chuck Morse of Salem will run again.
District 23: Incumbent Republican Russell Prescott of Kingston will run again. He will face Democrat Carol Croteau of Kingston.
District 24: Incumbent Republican Nancy Stiles of Hampton will run again. She will face former Democratic Senator and Executive Councilor Beverly Hollingworth of Hampton.
On another note, Past NHLRA Board Chairman, Chuck Rolocek of Bedford will file for the District 4 Executive Council seat being vacated by Republican Raymond Wieczorek of Manchester. It's always great to see members of our industry run for office.