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July 31. 2013 8:33PM

Former State Rep. Silva to seek Nashua’s Ward 8 seat

CONCORD — Republican former State Rep. Pete Silva wants to return to the State House.

The former House majority leader will seek the Hillsborough District 35 seat representing Nashua’s Ward 8 in a special election to fill the seat vacated when long-time Rep. Roland LaPlante, D-Nashua, resigned in February.

“I am running to represent Nashua in the New Hampshire House because I want to bring fiscal responsibility back to Concord,” said Silva. “During my time in public office, I fought to protect the New Hampshire Advantage by reducing taxes, cutting spending, and crafting balanced budgets.”

He said he also fought efforts by the federal government to impose health care regulations and tax hikes on New Hampshire.

“Today we are at a crossroads, and I want to return to Concord to ensure that our state government doesn’t lose touch with New Hampshire’s fiscally responsible values,” Silva said.

Silva represented Nashua in the House from 2008 to 2012. House Speaker William O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon, named him majority leader May 29, 2012 after majority leader D.J. Bettencourt, R-Salem, resigned following his admission he lied about the amount of work he did as an intern in the law office of another state representative. Bettencourt was seeking his law degree at the time.

Silva served as House majority whip for the 2011-2012 session until O’Brien named him majority leader.

He was defeated in his re-election bid in 2012 as Democrats swept the three Ward 8 seats.

Silva works for Seacoast BIOMET and serves as vice chairman of the Nashua Republican City Committee. He has lived in Nashua since 1988.

NH GOP chair Jennifer Horn praised Silva and his decision to run for the House again.

“Pete Silva is an outstanding leader in the fight to cut spending and reduce taxes. He understands how to balance budgets, create jobs, protect our state from the disastrous consequences of ObamaCare and preserve our New Hampshire advantage,” she said.

Candidates for the District 35 seat can file with the Secretary of State’s office until 5 p.m. Monday.

If more than one candidate from the same party files to run for the seat, the primary will be held Sept. 17. If only one candidate from each party files, the special election will be held that date.

If there is a primary, the general election will be held Nov. 5.

grayno@unionleader.com


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