Cloutier, Merchant, Stapleton elected in Sullivan 6

  • Sean McCarthy, Republican candidate for the Sullivan 6 District of the New Hampshire House, reads a copy of “Trains” magazine while sitting his car outside of the polling place for Ward 3 at Disnard Elementary School in Claremont, N.H., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. McCarthy said he has been hauling around his trailer loaded with political signs for himself and other Republican candidates for about a month. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to Alex Driehaus

  • John Cloutier (Courtesy photograph)

  • Gary Merchant (Courtesy photograph)

  • Walt Stapleton

Published: 11/9/2022 9:03:34 AM
Modified: 11/9/2022 9:04:00 AM

CLAREMONT — Three incumbents, two Democrats and one Republican, were reelected to the N.H. House Tuesday while the fourth incumbent for the three seats representing Claremont and Croydon in Sullivan 6 House district lost.

With 2,240 votes, John Cloutier, D-Claremont, was elected to his 16th two-year term. Gary Merchant, D-Claremont, earned 2,108 votes for reelection and Walt Stapleton, R-Claremont, earned 2,081 to beat out incumbent Andrew O'Hearne, D-Claremont, who earned 2,032 votes and Claremont Republicans Jerermy Herrell, 1,939 votes, and Sean McCarthy, 1,954 votes, in Tuesday's election.

O'Hearne held a 75-vote lead in Claremont after beating Stapleton in Claremont Ward I, 753-707; and Ward II, 532-450; and losing in Ward III, 648-594. Stapleton won handily in Croydon over O'Hearne, 252-128, for a 49-vote victory. 

Cloutier, with 2,099 votes, and Merchant, with 1,976 votes, received the most support in Claremont. 

Merchant and Stapleton will be serving their third terms.

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