Democrat Andrew Maneval wins special election for District 9 seat

  • Andrew Maneval of Harrisville campaigns on his own behalf outside of the Jaffrey Fire Station on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • Rita Mattson of Dublin, dressed in rain gear, greets supporters outside the Jaffrey Fire Department Tuesday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Dick Ames of Jaffrey, Andrew Maneval of Harrisville, Harry Young of Jaffrey, Peggy Hogan of Jaffrey and Cassius Webb of Jaffrey campaign for Maneval outside the Jaffrey Fire Station during the special election on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/27/2021 5:03:22 PM

Democrat Andrew Maneval is the people’s choice to fill the state representative seat for Cheshire District 9, after a special election on Tuesday.

The election was held to fill the seat of Democrat Doug Ley of Jaffrey, who died this summer of cancer. Maneval easily defeated Republican opponent Rita Mattson by a count of 1.209-655 across the four towns in the district.

Maneval outstripped Mattson by nearly 150 votes in Jaffrey, the town in the district with the highest turnout. There, he gained 542 votes to Mattson’s 396. In Dublin, Maneval had 327 votes to Mattson’s 172.

“I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the voters of Jaffrey, Harrisville, Dublin,and Roxbury. I realize that I have some pretty big shoes to fill in taking this seat, and I am going to make every effort to live up to that responsibility,” Maneval said in a statement following the announcement of his win. “I want the people who voted for me, and also those who didn’t, to know I am going to go to work for all the people of Cheshire 9. From combating climate change to supporting and improving our public school system, I’m going to Concord to fight for the good government you elected me to champion. I will work with all who are interested in this goal and will value helpful input from all quarters.”

On Wednesday, Mattson said she wished to thank her supporters and the volunteers who had rallied for her campaign.

“I just want to thank my Rindgevolunteers and supporters for all the help that they've given me. They have been great. I've enjoyed meeting so many people while I was out door knocking. I really loved talking to them all,” Mattson said. “Congratulations to Andrew Maneval on the race, and I'll be interested to see how he does good works for the people of Cheshire District 9.”

Rep. Matt Wilhelm, chairman of the New Hampshire House Dems Victory Committee, called the win “decisive” and a “blowout.”

“Every step of the way, Andrew has shown himself as a thoughtful leader of his community, driven by a deeply rooted calling to public service. We have no doubt he will serve the communities of Cheshire’s 9th district in the New Hampshire State House with great distinction and careful judgment, and be a champion for strong public schools and the environment,” Wilhelm said in a statement.

Maneval will be joining fellow District 9 representative Dick Ames of Jaffrey in Concord. Ames was out campaigning for Maneval Tuesday in Jaffrey.

“He’s a breath of fresh air,” Ames said. “He believes in reason and dialogue and breaching the wide gap between the parties that exists. I’m anxious to have him join me in Concord.”

Cassius Webb of Jaffrey, who also was campaigning for Maneval Tuesday, said it was Maneval’s experience that drew him.

Maneval has touted his experience as a business owner and arbitration consultant, as well as extensive experience in town government, as an asset during his campaign, a factor Webb said put him a cut above. Maneval has served on multiple municipal boards, including the Select Board, planning and zoning boards and in the emergency management sector and on the municipal fire department.

“I think the extensive range of experience he has, both as a business person and someone involved in town government has shown he has the ability to listen and know what is important, and work with people and negotiate,” Webb said. “We’re lucky he’s running for this position at this time.”

“Lots of people have great ideas about what might make life better for the citizens of New Hampshire,” added Peggy Hogan of Jaffrey. “But they don’t always know how to work with other people to get  those things done.”

Maneval, she said, has that quality.

Maneval’s victory represents the third consecutive win in special elections for New Hampshire Democrats. The current House representation is 188 Democrats to 207 Republicans.


Ashley Saari can be  reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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