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Democrat takes House special election

By Dan O'Brien
Union Leader Correspondent

May 17. 2011 10:27PM

A Democrat won a state representative seat in a special election held on Tuesday.

Jennifer Daler, a Democrat from Temple, won the District 4 race against Peter Kucmas, R-New Boston in all five Hillsborough County communities covered by the district, by a total vote of 1,401-1,007.

Daler held the seat from 2006 to 2008 and lost reelection that year. Kucmas ran for the seat in last September's Republican primary.

Robert Mead resigned from the seat last December to become chief of staff for House Speaker William O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon.

"Jen Daler's massive victory tonight is a complete and total rejection of the reckless Republican agenda that Bill O'Brien has been forcing upon Granite Staters," said Harrell Kirstein, spokesman for the state's Democratic party.

"Jennifer Daler is a tax-and-spend liberal who has voted for over 30 taxes and fees," Jack Kimball, GOP chairman, said in a statement.

"Republicans hold super-majorities in the House and Senate and will continue to do outstanding work, promoting economic growth and job creation."

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated there were four special elections.


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