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February 21. 2012 8:27PM

Democrat Sullivan wins House seat in special election

MANCHESTER – Former Alderman and Democratic state Rep. Peter Sullivan is the newest member of the state Legislature, defeating Republican Muni Savyon, 122-27, in the Hillsborough District 10 House seat special election on Tuesday.

The seat is one of three House seats that represent Ward 3 in Manchester.

Sullivan served three terms in the N.H. House, where he sponsored legislation to protect victims of domestic violence and reduce mercury levels in the air and water. Sullivan has pledged to focus on education and has won the support of NEA-NH, which represents Manchester teachers. He has also received the support of the Granite State Teamsters.

Sullivan won his way onto the special election ballot in December when he defeated fellow Democrat and community activist Mary Georges during a primary.

Savyon ran for and lost the same seat in 2010 and at the time was endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance. According to his website, savyon.com, he works as an engineer consultant.

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley, who issued a statement shortly after the polls closed, said the results of this vote show that voters are rejecting Republican leadership.

“Tonight, as in three previous special elections, New Hampshire voters have sent a clear message that right to work for less, slashing of funding of public education, putting corporations before people, and the rest of the radical Free State agenda is fundamentally at odds with the values of the people of this state,” said Buckley.

Sullivan is filling the seat vacated by former Manchester Democratic Committee Chairman and state Democratic Committee Executive Director Mike Brunelle. He stepped down in July when he moved to Pennsylvania, where he will head the Service Employees International Union.


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