Republican incumbents fend off challenger in Sullivan 3 House District

Published: 9/14/2022 3:16:54 PM
Modified: 9/14/2022 5:15:24 PM

In the contested Republican primary for three seats representing the Sullivan 3 district in the N.H. House, incumbents Steve Smith (713 votes) and Walter Spilsbury (433) of Charlestown and Skip Rollins (771) of Newport, defeated challenger Tobin Menard (296) of Newport.

The district includes the towns of Charlestown, Newport and Unity.

Menard outpolled Spilsbury in Newport, 180-137, and tied him in Unity, 57-57, but was unable to overcome his wide deficit to Spilsbury in Charlestown, 239-59.

Smith (314 votes) and Rollins (445) received the most votes Newport and in Unity, 119 and 139 respectively, while in Charlestown, Smith had 280 votes and Rollins 187.

In the Nov. 8 general election, Smith, Rollins and Spilsbury will face Democrats Virginia Irwin, of Newport, a former state representative; John Streeter, of Charlestown, who previously ran for the House; and Linda Wadensten, of Newport, a former Newport School Board chairwoman.

— Patrick O’Grady

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