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Manchester lawyer urged to seek District 16 Senate seat


MANCHESTER — Democrats could field a candidate for state Senate District 16 via a write-in campaign.

Dan O’Neil, chairman of the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen, said the Draft Maureen Raiche Manning for Senate Committee is recruiting supporters to urge her to run as a write-in candidate in the state primary Sept. 9.

O’Neil is the committee chairman. Mike Roche of Hooksett is treasurer.

Raiche Manning, a lifelong Manchester resident, is an attorney with Manning & Zimmerman. At 19, she served six years as a state representative and remains the youngest woman elected to a seat in the state Legislature.

O’Neil identified two dozen supporters recruited so far across District 16, which represents Bow, Candia, Dunbarton, Hooksett and wards 1, 2 and 12 in Manchester.

“I believe Maureen would be an excellent candidate for the state Senate,” O’Neil said in a news release. “She will keep our economy moving forward, fight tirelessly to expand opportunity for middle-class families and solve problems by bringing people together.”

District 16 state Sen. David Boutin, R-Hooksett, is running for reelection. He has a primary challenger in Jane Cormier of Hooksett.

Republicans have a 13-11 majority advantage in the New Hampshire Senate.

dtuohy@unionleader.com

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