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2024 NH Senate Primary

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This page shows candidates for the NH Senate Primary, scheduled to be held on September 10, 2024. Our profiles include candidate issue positions and background information to help you make an informed decision on who to vote for Candidates who win their party's nomination in the primary will go on to the general election in November. 

The New Hampshire Senate is the counterpart to the New Hampshire House in the NH Legislature. There are 24 state Senate voting districts, each electing a single senator. New Hampshire state senators serve a two-year term.

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District 1

Democrat
Rusty Talbot
Rusty Talbot   
Democrat

Founder, North Country Climbing Center (N3C); Sugar Hill Fire Department; Captain, Pemi Valley Search and Rescue Team; President, Littleton Rotary Club Charitable Fund

Republican
David Rochefort
David Rochefort   
Republican

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2022 - present), Pharmacist/Pharmacy Owner; President, NH Board of Pharmacy; Zoning Board; youth sports volunteer

District 2

Democrat
Carlos E. Cardona   
Democrat

AmeriCorps Alumni; manger, local business; parent

Republican
Tim Lang
Timothy P. Lang Sr. (incumbent) 
Republican

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2022 - present, 2016 - present); Chairman, House Fish and Game Committee; Member, House Ways and Means Committee; Member, House JLCAR; Chairman, Zoning Board of Adjustment; Town Moderator; IT Director, Meadowbrook LLC; local law enforcement; certified yoga instructor

District 3

Democrat
William "Bill" Marsh
William "Bill" Marsh   
Democrat

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2016 - 2022); Board Certified Ophthalmologist, solo practitioner and small business owner (1986 - 2016); Moderator, Town of Brookfield (2010 - 2021); Trustee, Huggins Hospital (2004 - present); Health Officer, Town of Brookfield (2002 - 2021)

Republican
Mark McConkey
Mark E. McConkey   
Republican

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2002 - 2018, 2020 - present); Member, House Capital Budget Overview Committee; Member, House Long Range Capital Planning and Utilization Committee; Small Business Owner

District 4

Democrat
David Watters
David H. Watters (incumbent) 
Democrat

Senator, NH Senate (2012 - present); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2008 - 2012); Professor Emeritus of English, University of New Hampshire

Republican
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Shawn Mickelonis   
Republican

District 5

Democrat
Suzanne M. Prentiss
Suzanne M. Prentiss (incumbent) 
Democrat

Senator, NH Senate (2020 - present); Lebanon City Councilor (6 terms); former Mayor, Lebanon (2 terms); former Chief of EMS, NH Department of Safety; paramedic

Republican
John McIntyre
John J. McIntyre   
Republican

Physician; business owner; skilled labor

District 6

Democrat
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John Ceskavich   
Democrat

Republican
James P. Gray (incumbent) 
Republican

Senator, NH Senate (2016 - present); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2012 - 2016); Senior Engineering Manager for Industrial Operation, Naval Sea Systems Command; Ward Moderator, Town of Rochester; School Board Member, Planning Board Member

District 7

Democrat
Stu Green
Stu Green   
Democrat

"Navy commander (retired). Former diplomat, NATO staff officer, maritime intelligence operations center director, analyst, and town moderator, among others."

Republican
Dan Innis
Daniel Innis (incumbent) 
Republican

Senator, NH Senate (2022 - present, 2016 - 2018); Professor of Marketing and Hospitality Management, University of New Hampshire; Former Dean of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire; Founder, Ale House Inn and Hotel Portsmouth; Co-Owner, Great Island Inn in New Castle; part-time farmer

District 8

Democrat
David Trumble
David Trumble   
Democrat

Organic farmer; college debate coach; founder, NH Mental Health Law Clinic

Republican
Ruth Ward (incumbent) 
Republican

Senator, NH Senate (2016 - present); former member, Stoddard Planning Board and Zoning Board; Retired Nurse Practitioner

District 9

Democrat
Matt McLaughlin
Matthew McLaughlin   
Democrat

"I was born and raised in Bedford, the youngest of 10 children. I attended the US Naval Academy and after graduation became a tactical naval aviator flying the A-7E Corsair II.

"After retiring from the Navy my wife and I returned to New Hampshire to raise our family. I flew as a commercial airline pilot for 33 years.

"My community experience includes coaching the girls lacrosse team at West High School in Manchester, coaching and reffing Bedford youth sports, Volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels, and a frequent platelet donor for the Red Cross in Manchester."

Republican
Denise Ricciardi
Denise Ricciardi (incumbent) 
Republican

Senator, NH Senate (2020 - present); Vice Chairman, Bedford Town Council; founder, Bedford Cares; volunteered in over 20 non-profit and community groups

District 10

Democrat
Donovan Fenton (incumbent) 
Democrat

Senator, NH Senate (2022 - present); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2016 - present); Sales Coordinator, Fenton Family Dealerships; Board Member, The Community Kitchen; Volunteer, Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention (MCVP)

Republican
Richard Merkt
Richard "Rick" Merkt   
Republican

Business manager; former mayor and legislator

District 11

Democrat
Shannon Chandley
Shannon E. Chandley (incumbent) 
Democrat

Senator, NH Senate (2018 - 2020); ranking Democrat, Senate Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee; Representative, NH House of Representatives (2016 - 2018, 2012 - 2014, 2008 - 2010); former chair, Committee on Resources, Recreation and Development

Republican
Tim McGough
Tim McGough   
Republican

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2022 - present); "2 Terms NH State Representative for Merrimack, Majority Caucus Whip, 2nd Term, 4 years House Commerce Committee, Council on Applied Science and Technology, American Legislative Exchange Council, Sen. Bob Dole & Pres George W. Bush Leadership Committees"

District 12

Democrat
Ben Ming
Ben Ming   
Democrat

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2022 - present), Lawyer; Member, Hollis Planning Board

Republican
Kevin Avard
Kevin A. Avard (incumbent) 
Republican

Senator, NH Senate (2014 - 2018, 2020 - present); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2010 - 2012); Contractor

District 13

Democrat
Cindy Rosenwald
Cindy Rosenwald (incumbent) 
Democrat

Senator, NH Senate (2018 - present); Chair, Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission (2020 - present); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2004 - 2018); Selectman, City of Nashua (2003 - 2005); Adjunct Faculty, University of Massachusetts Lowell (1998 - 2006); Community Relations Associate, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center (1991 - 2006); VP, Ted Bates Advertising (1981 - 1988)

Republican
Stephen Scaer
Stephen Scaer   
Republican

Residential Care (2 years); Special Educator (27 years); Newspaper Reporter (4 years); GOP state delegate and committee member

District 14

Democrat
Kara Roy
Kara Roy   
Democrat

Hudson Board of Selectmen; Attorney; U.S. Army

Republican
Sharon M. Carson (incumbent) 
Republican

Senator, NH Senate (2008 - present); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2000 - 2008); Member, Pro-Gun New Hampshire Council of Advisors; Member, Board of Governors for the Vesta Roy Women in Government Series; State Director, Women in Government; Adjunct Faculty, Nashua Community College; Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army/U.S. Army Reserve (1978 - 1995)

District 15

Democrat
Angela Brennan
Angela Brennan   
Democrat

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2022 - present); Bow Board of Selectmen

Rebecca McWilliams
Rebecca McWilliams   
Democrat

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2018 - present); Architect; Attorney; Farmer

Tara Reardon
Tara Reardon   
Democrat

Commissioner, County of Merrimack; NH Community Loan Fund; representative, NH House of Representatives (1997 - 2009)

Republican
Pamela M. Ean   
Republican

Public school teacher (retired); former police officer and EMT

District 16

Independent/Other
Michael York
Michael York   
Independent/Other

NH State Librarian (retired)

Republican
Keith Murphy
Keith Murphy (incumbent) 
Republican

Senator, NH Senate (2022 - present); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2010 - 2018); Selectman, City of Manchester; restaurant industry (32 years)

District 17

Democrat
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Kelly Roberts   
Democrat

Republican
Howard Pearl
Howard C. Pearl (incumbent) 
Republican

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2022 - present, 2016 - present); Member, Loudon ZBA (13 years); Loudon Moderator (2 years); Member, Merrimack County Farm Bureau Board of Directors; Farmer

District 18

Democrat
Donna Soucy
Donna M. Soucy (incumbent) 
Democrat

Senator, NH Senate (2012 - present); three terms as a State Representative; two terms as a Manchester Alderman; nearly four terms on the Manchester School Board; first female chair of the Manchester Fire Commission

Republican
Victoria Sullivan   
Republican

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2014 - 2018); former Assistant Majority Leader; former Selectman, City of Manchester; Director, Freedom Staffing

District 19

Democrat
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Michele Moge   
Democrat

Republican
Regina M. Birdsell (incumbent) 
Republican

Senator, NH Senate (2014 - present); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2010 - 2014); Veteran, U.S. Coast Guard; High Tech Recruiter

District 20

Democrat
Patrick "Pat" Long   
Democrat

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2006 - present); Alderman, City of Manchester; former member, Manchester Board of School Committee

Sean Parr
Sean Parr   
Democrat

Professor of Music; Manchester School Board Ward 2

Republican
Brittany Ping   
Republican

Realtor

District 21

Democrat
Rebecca Perkins Kwoka
Rebecca Perkins Kwoka (incumbent) 
Democrat

"Rebecca has a long legacy of public service, from her 2 years with the Peace Corps in Senegal to her two terms on the Portsmouth City Council and service on Rockingham Planning Commission, the Planning Board, Workforce Housing Coalition, and as a Commissioner of the Portsmouth Housing Authority. She has been a workforce and affordable housing advocate for over a decade, starting the 603 Initiative to help keep thriving young people in New Hampshire. By day, Rebecca is General Counsel at a solar company. She is a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire and Leadership Seacoast, a member of the class of 40 under 40, and has been featured in New Hampshire Business Review and on NHPR's The Exchange."

Republican
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Don Cardinale   
Republican

District 22

Democrat
Wayne Haubner
Wayne Haubner   
Democrat

Chief Technology Officer

Republican
Daryl A. Abbas (incumbent) 
Republican

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2022 - present, 2018 - present); Attorney, Upper Charles Law Group LLC

District 23

Democrat
Brenda Oldak
Brenda Oldak   
Democrat

Business Owner; Registered Nurse; Welfare Officer; Founder and Co-Chair, South Hampton Council on Aging

Republican
Bill Gannon
William "Bill" Gannon (incumbent) 
Republican

Senator, NH Senate (2016 - 2018, 2020 - present); Representative, NH House of Representatives (2014 - 2016); Construction/Contractor; Attorney; member, Sandown Planning Board

Emily Phillips
Emily Phillips   
Republican

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2022 - present); Member, School Board Member SAU83 (2019 - 2022); member, Fremont Budget Committee

District 24

Democrat
Debra Altschiller (incumbent) 
Democrat

Representative, NH House of Representatives; Appointee, Commission on Children's Services; Member, NH Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force; Community Liaison for HAVEN, NH's largest domestic and sexual violence crisis response and violence prevention program

Republican
Patrick Abrami   
Republican

Representative, NH House of Representatives (2010 - 2022); Vice Chairman, NH House of Representatives Ways amd Means Committee; Member, Citizens Task Force to Study State Revenues and Expenditures; Member, Games for Charity Study Commission; Member, Joint Committee on Tax Expenditure Review

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