Large Group of Democrats Seek Seats in GOP-Controlled N.H. Senate

Published: 6/15/2018 12:16:06 AM

Concord — Twenty-seven Democrats filed to run for the New Hampshire Senate, including state Sen. Martha Hennessey, D-Hanover, as the party tries to wrest control of the chamber from Republicans.

The two Republican incumbents whose Senate districts include part of the Upper Valley also announced runs for re-election this week. The GOP holds a 14-10 majority in the Senate.

State Sen. Bob Giuda, R-Warren, announced on Wednesday his intention to seek another two-year term representing District 2, which stretches from the Lakes Region to the Upper Valley, and includes Haverhill, Piermont, Orford, Dorchester, Grafton and Orange.

Giuda, a retired airline pilot, will face a challenge from Democrat Bill Bolton, a retired state employee who serves as chairman of the Plymouth Selectboard.

Bolton ran for a seat on the Grafton County Commission in 2016, ultimately losing to Republican Omer Ahern, an attorney who lives in nearby Wentworth.

State Sen. Ruth Ward, R-Stoddard, announced on Thursday her intention to seek another term representing the Newport-area District 8, which encompasses 24 towns from Grantham to Weare.

Ward, a retired nurse practitioner, will by vying for the seat against Jenn Alford-Teaster, a professional geographer from Sutton, who was one of the Democratic candidates who filed on Thursday.

District 8 includes the Upper Valley towns of Newport, New London, Croydon, Sunapee, Springfield, Unity and Grantham.

It’s not yet clear whether a Republican will challenge Hennessey for the District 5 seat, considered by some to be the most reliably Democratic in the state.

It contains the communities of Lyme, Hanover, Lebanon, Enfield, Canaan, Plainfield, Cornish, Claremont and Charlestown.

The filing period for state office ends today. If none of the Senate candidates face a primary challenge, they will automatically advance to the general election on Nov. 6.


Jenn Alford-Teaster, a Sutton, N.H, resident who is a Democratic candidate for the Newport-area Senate District 8 seat, is a professional geographer. An earlier version of this story incorrectly described her occupation.

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