Newly elected, Kenney ready to replace Burton on Executive Council
The former state senator and lifelong resident of Wakefield promised to use his new position as a “bully pulpit” to promote the interests of North Country residents, including opposition to the Northern Pass hydroelectric project and wind turbines that have been proposed in the towns served by Council District 1, which encompasses the northern part of the state.
“Someone from his campaign called to ask when we were going to concede,” she said.
The councilor-elect appeared at the Executive Council meeting hoping the results would be certified by the Secretary of State in time for him to be sworn in, but that was not the case. As the meeting was getting under way, Gov. Maggie Hassan announced, “Mr. Cryans has just conceded the race to Senator Kenney. We will welcome you as soon as the race is certified.”
Speaking to reporters as he left the chamber, Kenney struck a non-partisan tone, saying, “Voters rejected the politics of ideology. It was a hard-fought election, a very tough race, but it was a race about issues.”
“That’s what I was hearing on the campaign trail,” he said. “Bridge work and road work was paramount. Our bridges and roads have really deteriorated.”