Warmington, Wheeler win Executive Council primaries

  • Executive Council candidate Cinde Warmington greets poll workers at Hopkinton High School on Tuesday morning, September 13, 2022 on primary day. Concord Monitor – Geoff Forester

The Keene Sentinel
Published: 9/15/2022 9:53:38 AM
Modified: 9/15/2022 9:58:52 AM

Cinde Warmington, whose N.H. Executive Council District 2 takes in Keene and much of the Monadnock Region, easily defeated former Executive Councilor Michael Cryans in Democratic voting on Tuesday.

The lone Democrat on the five-person panel over the last two years, Warmington will face Harold French of Franklin in the Nov. 8 general election. French, a Republican state senator, coasted to an easy victory over Kim Strathdee of Lincoln in the Republican primary for Executive Council.

Meanwhile, Executive Councilor Dave Wheeler of Milford won a GOP primary for the panel’s District 5, which includes Peterborough and many other area towns. He defeated former state Rep. Anne Copp of Nashua.

With most of the vote counted Warmington had 19,566 votes, or 79.9 percent, to 3,815 votes, or 15.58 percent, for Cryans, according to WMUR.

French had 11,076 votes, or 66.42 percent, to 5,599 votes, or 33.58 percent, for Strathdee.

Wheeler had 16,746, or 76.55 percent of the vote, to 5,106 votes, or 23.35 percent, for Copp. Wheeler will face Democrat Shoshanna Kelly of Nashua in the general election.

In a unique system, the council shares executive authority with the governor. It approves receipt and expenditure of state and federal funds, confirms the appointment of judges and commissioners and hears pardon requests. Each councilor represents one-fifth of the state’s population or approximately 263,000 citizens.

Warmington, a Concord health attorney who is seeking her second term, has been the only councilor to vote in favor of the state contracts for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, which has an office in Keene, and two other providers.

In July, the council rejected for the fourth time in a year more than a million dollars in funding for organizations that provide people of low income with cancer screenings, contraceptives, treatment and testing for sexually transmitted diseases, and abortion care.

The other councilors, including Wheeler, voiced concerns that this money could be used for abortion services, but the providers said, and a state audit confirmed, that such funding is kept separate and not used for that purpose.

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