EPPING — Former state Rep. Michael Vose defeated fellow Republican Cody Belanger in a primary election Tuesday to determine who will challenge Democrat Naomi Andrews in a special election this fall to fill Epping’s vacant state representative seat.
Vose and Andrews are running for the chance to replace former state representative Sean Morrison, who resigned from his seat over Memorial Day weekend.
Andrews, an attorney and Epping High School graduate, served as chief of staff for former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. She ran an unsuccessful campaign for Shea-Porter’s seat last fall.
NHGOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek issued a statement Tuesday night congratulating Vose on his primary win.
“New Hampshire Republicans are eager to get behind our candidate and do everything we can to secure victory in October,” said Stepanek in a statement.
“Michael’s agenda of lowering taxes, cutting regulations, and responsible budgeting stands in stark contrast with his Democrat opponent, Naomi Andrews. Naomi is a failed D.C. insider who is just looking for her next political move.”
The special election is Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the middle school gym.