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Levesque, Chandley win in Democrat state senate primary

  • District 12 State Senate candidate Melanie Levesque, right, and her daughter Logan Levesque, campaign outside of the Rindge polls on Tuesday afternoon. The Democrat will face incumbent Republican Kevin Avard in November.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Gail Proctor, chair of the Wilton Democrats, holds a sign for Democrat senate candidate Shannon Chandley, in front of the Wilton town hall on Tuesday. Sept. 11, 2018 Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Gail Proctor, chair of the Wilton Democrats, holds a sign for Democrat senate candidate Shannon Chandley, in front of the Wilton town hall on Tuesday. Sept. 11, 2018 Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Family and friends of State Senate district 12 candidate and Greenville resident Tom Falter hold signs in New Ipswich on Tuesday. Despite having representation outside many polling locations in his district, the Democrat was unable to defeat competitor Shannon Chandley in the Democratic primary. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 4:41PM

Incumbent Republicans from state senate districts 11 and 12 now know who their Democratic competitors will be.

In District 11, Democrat Shannon Chandley defeated Roger Tilton and will now face incumbent Republican Gary Daniels, who ran uncontested.

In District 12, Greenville resident Tom Falter was unable to defeat his Democratic primary opponent Melanie Levesque.

Levesque will now face incumbent Republican Kevin Avard, who defeated Richard Dowd in the primary.

District 11

Chandley, a three term state rep. for Hillsborough District 22, defeated Tilton – 2016’s Democratic nominee for state senate district 11 – with 83 percent of the vote.

Gail Proctor, chair of the Wilton Democrats, was campaigning in support of all Democrats on the ballot in Wilton, but she especially liked Chandley as a candidate.

“She’s great, she’s solid,” Proctor said. “She’s a hard worker and really knows her stuff. She’s very moderate and does a lot of work for her constituency.”

Chandley is due to face the incumbent Daniels, who has served as district 11’s senator since 2015. He also has 18 years of experience as a state rep. 

District 11 serves Wilton, Amherst, Merrimack, and Milford.

District 12

Levesque, a former state rep., was campaigning in Rindge in the afternoon, wearing a pin with the word “Decency” emblazoned on it – a value she will embody if elected. 

"We need to work together, and not see each other as Democrats or Republicans, but as people that have concerns," the Brookline resident said.

If elected, Levesque will focus on keeping public education strong – she opposes the school voucher system – and expanding Medicaid, which she said is crucial in combating the opioid epidemic. 

Levesque had a strong showing during the primary, defeating Falter with 79 percent of the vote. A number of Falter’s family and friends canvased the district throughout the day in support.

“My dad is very excited, this is something he’s always wanted to do,” Steve Falter said while holding signs in New Ipswich. “We’re hoping to get a ton of votes in this area.”

Levesque will now face Avard, who has served as a senator since 2015. He also served as a state rep. in 2011-12.

Avard defeated Richard Dowd, a Nashua alderman, with 76 percent of the vote. 

“Thank you for the prayers, support and your vote of confidence!” wrote Avard in a Facebook post Wednesday morning. 

District 12 serves Greenville, Mason, New Ipswich, Rindge, Brookline, Hollis, and wards 1, 2, and 5 of Nashua.