You may not have been following the redistricting comings and goings over the past legislative session, but one of the more intriguing melodramas was the decision by the Republican majority to essentially cede the 2nd Executive Council District to the Democrats in exchange for what they view as making the other four seats safer for their party.
The full results of the Executive Council redistricting won't be known until Nov. 6, but already it's taken its toll with the decision by Republican Executive Councilor Dan St. Hilaire not to run for a second term.
While St. Hilaire was using some hyperbole in explaining his decision, his claim that the change essentially creates "a Democratic super-district" isn't too far off the mark. Consider that the district not only includes Concord, but now has Durham and Keene in the mix. Net result: Not an easy ride for a Republican candidate.
Depending on who emerges as the GOP contender in the district, it does appear that Democrat Colin Van Ostern--who's been itching for the seat since the council's decision last year to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood--will have an easier time of it than, say, a Democrat in Executive Councilor Ray Burton's District 1. But, as they say, you've still got to play the game.
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|Title Annotation:||Flotsam & Jetsam|
|Publication:||New Hampshire Business Review|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Jun 15, 2012|
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