WASHINGTON — With less than a week remaining until the special election on October 8th, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is announcing Naomi Andrews as a Spotlight candidate and launching a digital ad campaign to drive turnout in the district. The race in Rockingham County's 9th district is the first opportunity for Democrats to flip a Republican-held seat in the Granite State this cycle.
“Naomi Andrews is a dedicated public servant with a proven track record of delivering for the people of New Hampshire,” said DLCC President Jessica Post. “She understands the challenges her community faces and is going to be an exceptional fighter for them in Concord.”
A native of Epping, Andrews has devoted her entire career to public service. She served as Representative Carol Shea-Porter’s chief of staff and is running to bring her policy expertise to the General Court. In her campaign, she’s prioritizing quality, affordable health care and tackling the opioid crisis.
“I decided to run because my home town deserves a strong advocate in the legislature,” said Andrews. “Epping shaped me into the person I am today, and I want to pay that back by fighting for my community. From quality health care to stronger schools to better jobs, we need to keep pushing for progress so that every Granite Stater can succeed.”
In the special election, Andrews faces former Rep. Michael Vose, who previously served as Assistant Majority Leader and was a failed nominee to the state Site Evaluation Committee last year. He’s trying to reclaim his former seat despite being rejected by voters last year.
In 2018, the DLCC and state partners won control in both chambers of the New Hampshire General Court for the first time since 2010. Under Democratic control, the legislature made historic improvements in education funding, criminal justice reform, expanded mental health services, and property tax relief.
“This year, the people of New Hampshire have seen the progress we can make when we win new majorities,” said Post. “We’re going to flip this seat to keep the momentum heading into 2020 so that we can safeguard these gains and continue fighting for a better future for everyone in the Granite State.”