Stiles wins second term in District 24 Senate race
HAMPTON - District 24 Republican state Sen. Nancy Stiles was re-elected to a second-term Tuesday, beating challenger Beverly Hollingworth.
Unofficial results from the 11 towns in the district showed Stiles with 17,075 votes to Hollingworth's 15,470.
Stiles, of Hampton, said she was pleased with the win and admitted that she was a bit nervous during the campaign as Hollingworth is a well-known political figure and former Senate president.
'Bev is well respected and she's done a lot for the community over the past few years,' Stiles said.
During her second term, Stiles said she'll continue to make sure that 'we're living within our means' and would oppose an income or sales tax.
Stiles said she will also advocate for monies to be returned to the university system to make college more affordable for students.
'I think our focus also needs to be on jobs and the economy,' she said.
Stiles earned high praise from those who know her and have worked with her over the years.
Former state Rep. Chris Nevins said she has always been dedicated to her constituency.
'I've worked with Sen. Stiles on several issues at the statehouse and she's always been very fair and very open to listening to people and making sure that if we're going to put out legislation that it's effective,' he said.
JoAnne Baron, 68, of Hampton, stood outside the polls holding campaign signs supporting Stiles.
'I feel like she does her homework. She reads the bills and she knows what's going on. And she's such a gracious lady.
I think she's thorough,' she said.
The breakdown of unofficial vote totals from the towns in the district is as follows: Greenland-Stiles 1,137, Hollingworth 1,132; Hampton-Stiles 4,803, Hollingworth 4,435; Hampton Falls-Stiles 882, Hollingworth 508; Kensington-Stiles 694, Hollingworth 573; New Castle-Stiles, 414, Hollingworth 360; Newton-Stiles 1,244, Hollingworth 1,072; North Hampton-Stiles 1,490, Hollingworth 1,371; Rye-Stiles 1,853, Hollingworth 1,745; Stratham-Stiles 2,274, Hollingworth 2,219; Seabrook-Stiles 2,006, Hollingworth 1,811; and South Hampton-Stiles 278, Hollingworth 244.