Manchester, N.H. – Tonight, Manchester Alderman Kevin Cavanaugh won the Democratic primary for New Hampshire Senate District 16, over former Executive Councilor Jim Normand of Manchester. Cavanaugh will face former State Senator David Boutin in the general election, which will be held on July 25th. Senate District 16 represents Manchester Wards 1, 2, & 12, Bow, Candia, Dunbarton, and Hooksett. The special election is being held to fill the seat held by the late Democratic Senator Scott McGilvray.
Senate Democratic Leader Jeff Woodburn issued the following statement:
Kevin Cavanaugh will be a great advocate and colleague. He exemplifies what it means to fight for working families. Recent Senate votes underscore the urgent need for another Democrat in Concord, and we will work harder than ever to make sure he is elected to fight for our values.
NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement:
“Congratulations to Kevin Cavanaugh on his primary victory. We are pleased to support him as he fights to represent working family values in the New Hampshire State Senate. His opponent, David Boutin has a history of under-funding our most crucial issues, from voting to cut university funding by 45% in 2011 to voting in favor of taxpayer money being shipped off to private and religious schools. Most notably, Boutin stood behind former New Hampshire Speaker Bill O’Brien’s radical budget of 2011. While David Boutin short-changes Granite Staters, Cavanaugh will be pushing like he always has for affordable health care, well-funded education and good jobs.”