Dietsch and Hynes take District 9 primaries

  • Bill Kennedy, husband of State Senate District 9 candidate Jeanne Dietsch of Peterborough, campaigned outside the Dublin polls on Tuesday morning during his free block from teaching at the Dublin School. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • Josh Gardner of Keene, Simon Thomson of Merrimack, Kevin Hampsey of Jaffrey and Rick Lesser of Peterborough campaign outside the Jaffrey V.F.W. on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Josh Gardner of Keene and Simon Thomson of Merrimack campaign in Jaffrey on Tuesday.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monadock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/12/2018 5:16:50 PM

Peterborough Democrat Jeanne Dietsch and Bedford Republican Dan Hynes are the candidates for the state Senate District 9.

The seat has been left open by Republican incumbent Andy Sanborn, who opted not to run for re-election in order to make a bid for the 1st Congressional District seat. Sanborn conceded to winner Eddie Edwards on Tuesday night.

Dietsch took more than half the vote, followed by Mark Fernald of Sharon with 33 percent of the vote and trailed by Bruce Fox of Dublin.

Hynes took 53 percent of the vote over Terry Wolf of Bedford.

Dietsch’s win follows on the heels of her 2016 campaign, where she lost the primary contest to Lee Nyquist by less than 100 votes. During both that campaign and her successful one this year, Dietsch conducted extensive door-knocking campaigns.

Bill Kennedy, husband of Dietsch, took advantage of a free block from his teaching job at Dublin School to show his support outside the polls in Dublin.

“Jeanne put a lot of energy and time into this campaign for over a year,” Kennedy said. “She’s very positive about it and has some great ideas.”

Mary Lou O’Neil of Hancock, who voted for Dietsch, said she admired Dietsch’s commitment to listening to her potential constituency and meeting them face-to-face.

“I just think that she has run a smart and hard campaign. Honestly, I may also agree with some of the other candidates who are running. But the fact that she has worked as hard and as smart about it is why I am supporting her,” O’Neil said.

Fernald put in a strong showing in some Monadnock towns. In Jaffrey, he pulled ahead of Dietsch 245-194, and he and Dietsch were neck-and-neck in Dietsch’s hometown of Peterborough, where Fernald won in a 637-627 vote. Fernald also took his own hometown of Sharon against Dietsch, 55-28.

Dietsch, however, blew out Fernald in Bedford, one of the district’s highest population centers, where she won 1,504 votes, compared to Fernald’s 374.

Hynes is an outgoing member of the House of Representatives, District 21. He was elected for his first term in the House in 2016, after a bid in 2014, where he lost to Republican Gary Daniels in the primary.

Josh Gardner of Keene was campaigning for Dan Hynes outside of the Jaffrey V.F.W. on Tuesday. Gardner said he stands behind Hynes’ main platform of upholding the second amendment, lower business taxes and a commitment to no income or sales tax for the state.

“I like everything he stands for,” Gardner said.

Wolf gained a majority vote in Bedford, a hometown she shares with Hynes, though Hynes came close behind her, in a 1,297-1,161 vote.

District 9 serves Bedford, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Greenfield, Hancock, Jaffrey, Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, New Boston, Peterborough, Richmond, Sharon, Temple and Troy.

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


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