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Forrester defeats Reynolds for Senate District 2

November 10, 2010
MEREDITH — Jeanie Forrester will be the new Senator for District 3, unseating incumbent Deb Reynolds.

The Meredith Republican received a total of 11,362 votes in the communities that comprise District 2, while Democrat Reynolds of Plymouth received 9,414.

District 2 comprises Alexandria, Ashland, Bath, Benton, Bridgewater, Bristol, Campton, Canaan, Center Harbor, Dorchester, Easton, Ellsworth, Groton, Haverhill, Hebron, Holderness, Landaff, Lyme, Meredith, Monroe, New Hampton, Orange, Orford, Piermont, Plymouth, Rumney, Sanbornton, Thornton, Warren, Wentworth and Woodstock.

"I'm very pleased and excited," Forrester said. "I'm ready to go to Concord and represent the people of District 2."

Forrester said common themes resonated at a local, state, and national level.

"People are angry and they're just not happy with what they're seeing," Forrester said. "It's too much spending and too much taxing and heading in the direction no one thinks we should be heading. I think that what you're seeing are the new people coming in." Forrester said she has met many of the new Republicans who are also heading to Concord.

"You've got all small business people who've never really been in politics who want to get the state on the right path, help support business, and help communities. I think they understand we have this chance to do this, we can't just say were going to do it, we have to do it."

Forrester said she will work with the Republicans moving forward to put together an agenda in addition to pursuing her own goals to help business and heal the economy.

"One of the things I want to do is meet with business owners in the district, bring them together, and have some roundtable discussion about how we can help them succeed," Forrester said. "They know best what we can do to help them as small businesses succeed. They put people back to work and our economy gets moving."

Forrester said she appreciates the support she received that led to her victory.

"I'm appreciative that people have shown confidence in me to vote for me and I'm going to work hard to represent the people of District 2."

Reynolds has held the District 2 sat since 2006.

"I am incredibly grateful for having had the opportunity to serve as the senator for Senate District 2," Reynolds said. "It has truly been an honor and a privilege and I've loved every moment of it. Nothing but gratitude for the great district (voters) who have given me this opportunity."

Reynolds said she is one of the close to 140 Democrats who have been voted out of office in the state.

"I believe it's going to become readily apparent that the new Republican majority will not be able to fulfill its many sweeping promises without repercussions to the local property taxpayers and local school districts," Reynolds said. "(I) congratulate the new majority and hope they will work in a positive way with Gov. Lynch."

Reynolds said she is not anticipating bipartisanship and concerned the new majority has made so many promises that is cannot keep and will turn to a social agenda for progress.

"What they promised the voters was to concentrate on job creation and the economy," Reynolds said. "When they quickly discover that those promises are not going to be met, (they) will turn to repeal marriage equal and affect women's reproductive freedom the voters are going to become quickly concerned those who campaigned on promises of less government at going to become more involved in the private rights of citizens.

"Most people don't want government dictating who they can marry, who they can love, and who is in control of their reproductive freedom. On behalf of all my constituents I'm afraid there are going to be some serious costs on not only the property taxpayers but also on the progress we have made in the last four years."

In response, Forrester said the top priority for Republicans will be the economy and Republicans have made a promise that this will be their primary focus.

"Our mandate has been the economy and jobs and that is going to be our priority," Forrester said.

Reynolds said she has enjoyed her time in office and met many colleagues and constituents in the process. She will continue her legal practice and remain active in the community. She will work to help people with housing and food and reducing homelessness, especially for veterans, as well as promoting business and the expansion of broadband.

"I have no intention of running for office again," Reynolds said. "I have had a wonderful time serving in the New Hampshire state senate. One door closes, another opens. I certainly intend to continue being an advocate for the people in my part of the state."

Varney Smith
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