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Two Nashua Republicans face off in primary to challenge Hollis Democrat Peggy Gilmour for state senate seat

CONCORD – Voters in State Senate District 12 will have a choice of at least two Nashua Republicans who have served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives who at this point would challenge two-term Hollis Democratic Senator Peggy Gilmour.

Three-term, state Rep. Michael McCarthy filed for the seat nearly a week after former Rep. Kevin Avard had signed up. ...

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CONCORD – Voters in State Senate District 12 will have a choice of at least two Nashua Republicans who have served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives who at this point would challenge two-term Hollis Democratic Senator Peggy Gilmour.

Three-term, state Rep. Michael McCarthy filed for the seat nearly a week after former Rep. Kevin Avard had signed up.

The winner of the September
primary will face off against Gilmour in the November general election, if no other Democrats file by the Friday 5 p.m. deadline.

“I think I’m a good fit for the district; I’ve got a good track record in my ward as having won in three elections and surviving a Republican after we had only three Republicans win House seats,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy has represented Ward 2 in the House and been on the House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee.

A telecommunications worker, McCarthy, 42, said he’s able to juggle his schedule in order to serve in the state Senate if he’s elected.

“I’m really appreciative of my employer for being flexible. This is why I didn’t file prior to this,” McCarthy said. “I needed to work all of this out before getting into the race.”

GOP political consultant Periklis Karoutas is working on McCarthy’s campaign.

“If you look at this district in the past, Republicans have always lost because they did not do well in Nashua,” Karoutas said. “There’s no doubt in my mind Mike is going to be strong in the city.”

District 12 includes Nashua Wards 1, 2 and 5 along with the towns of Hollis, Brookline, Mason, Greenville, New Ipswich and Rindge.

Rep. Jack Flanagan, R-Brookline, had been thinking about getting into this Senate campaign as well but decided to file for re-election to his House seat Thursday.

“I had a lot of encouragement about it but decided a lot of leadership in my party is leaving the House labor committee where I serve, so I wanted there to be some continuity there,” Flanagan said.

“I’m glad two good Nashua Republicans are going for this.”

McCarthy said he expects this to be a civil primary.

“I like Kevin a lot, think he’s a good solid Republican,” McCarthy said.

And if McCarthy is the GOP nominee, he said the fall election against Gilmour would not get personal.

“I think she’s a very nice woman and has the best of intentions,” McCarthy said. “The facts are undeniable. When Democrats were in charge they ran up a $680 million deficit. I’m all about balancing budgets and being responsible with how we manage the peoples’ money.”

Gilmour filed for
re-election on Wednesday.

Kevin Landrigan can reached at 321-7040 or klandrigan@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Landrigan on Twitter (@Klandrigan).