EPPING — Former Republican state Rep. Michael Vose will be returning to Concord after defeating Democrat Naomi Andrews in Tuesday’s special election to fill an open House seat in Rockingham District 9.
Vose received 880 votes to 806 for Andrews.
He will replace Sean Morrison, who resigned as state representative in May, and join Democratic state Rep. Mark Vallone, who holds the second Epping House seat.
Gov. Chris Sununu was among the first to congratulate Vose on his victory.
“Michael ran a true New Hampshire campaign, focused on connecting with voters one by one. Epping will be well represented in the New Hampshire House of Representatives,” Sununu said in a tweet.
House Republican leader and Committee To Elect House Republicans Chairman Dick Hinch also issued a statement congratulating Vose.
“I’d like to congratulate Representative-elect Michael Vose on his special election victory tonight and look forward to having him back in Concord. I served for four years, two of which I was honored to have him serving on my leadership team, and I know that he will immediately get to work for the people of Epping. Michael will be a strong voice for lower taxes, lower electricity costs and common-sense education reforms in the House,” he said.
At Monday’s selectmen’s meeting, Vose thanked Andrews for running a clean campaign that was “free of any kind of personal rancor or any kind of negative attitudes and information.”
Vose said he decided to run again because he’s a “proven legislative leader.”
“When I served in the Legislature from 2014 to 2018 I developed relationships with legislative leaders. I learned how to get things done. I got legislation passed. I got legislation passed that benefited this town, so I know how to get the job done,” he said.
Vose said that when he served in the House he was considered one of the most knowledgeable people on the state’s energy economy.
He said he wanted to serve again to protect the rights of Epping residents.
“Sometimes that means making sure government doesn’t get in our way so that we can be effective citizens, we can have a thriving economy, and we can accomplish the things that we want to accomplish,” he said.
Andrews, an attorney and Epping High School graduate, served as chief of staff for former U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, who turned out to help her campaign outside the polls.
Andrews ran an unsuccessful campaign for Shea-Porter’s seat last fall.