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August 22. 2011 9:23PM

Brunelle officially resigns from NH Legislature

MANCHESTER — Former state representative and Democratic Party director Michael Brunelle has made his resignation from the Legislature official.

Brunelle announced last month that he was leaving for Pennsylvania, where he will head the state council of the Service Employees International Union.

House Speaker William O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon, accepted his resignation on Monday, saying, “On behalf of the citizens of New Hampshire we thank Rep. Brunelle for his service to the state and his party.”

Earlier in the year, O’Brien and other Republican leaders had tried to prevent Brunelle from taking his seat in the House, saying the state Constitution barred a person paid to advocate for a cause from serving as a state representative. Brunelle and Democrats fought back and the GOP eventually dropped the idea.

O’Brien added in a statement Monday, “We look forward to the city of Manchester moving to schedule a special election so residents of Ward 3 can have proper representation.”


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