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Kelly gets Democratic vote in primary

  • Pam Shuel of Rindge campaigns for Steve Marchand and Susan Silverman outside of the Rindge polls on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Susan Silverman of Fitzwilliam, Jack Hobin of Great Barrington, Massachusetts and Pam Shuel of Rindge campaign outside of the Rindge polls on Tuesday.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 5:24PM

Former senator Molly Kelly surged ahead of fellow challenger Steve Marchand to snag the Democratic nomination for governor. She’ll be facing incumbent Governor Chris Sununu in November.

With all but one municipality reporting on Tuesday morning, Kelly (D-Harrisville) had taken nearly 65 percent of the vote, over Marchand (D-Portsmouth), in a 79,668 to 41,594 result.

Sununu, who won his first term as governor in 2016, ran uncontested on the Republican side of the ticket.

“Sununu has done a good job so far,” Israel Pyhala of New Ipswich said before casting his ballot.

On the Libertarian ballot, Jilletta Jarvis took 54 percent of the vote over Aaron Day. The vote count was 557 for Jarvis and 477 for Day, with 96 percent of precincts reporting.

Kelly was almost universally the popular winner in towns across the state, including key high-population centers such as Manchester, Nashua, Concord and even Marchand’s home town of Portsmouth. She was the winner across most of the Monadnock Region, as well, with only Francestown and Greenfield resulting in wins for Marchand.

Autumn Szaro of Wilton voted for Kelly, saying that the Democrat “hasn’t gone back on her word.”

In a statement on her primary win, Kelly said Democratic voters turned out for her because they can relate to her, and her message of standing for people before corporations.

“When I’m Governor, we will take care of our children and families instead of wealthy corporations. That’s the only way we’re going to create opportunities and build a New Hampshire that works for everyone, not just a few,” Kelly said.

“I liked her stances on different items in her TV advertisements,” said John Garneau of New Ipswich.

Before voting on Tuesday, a New Ipswich woman said she was going to vote for candidates - including Kelly - who held true to her values - issues like keeping property taxes low and conserving land.

“Molly Kelly is more in line with what I believe, based on the ads I’ve seen,” the woman said. “I hope she carries through on everything.”

Kelly was confident of her ability to overturn a sitting Republican candidate, saying that she has done so before in her tenure as Senator.

“So don’t underestimate us – we’re going to show everyone what is possible this year,” Kelly said in her statement.