Boutin's Back: Former NH Senator Running Again After Special Election Upset
CONCORD — Former New Hampshire State Sen. David Boutin wants another shot at his old seat that he lost in a special election last summer.
Boutin, a Republican from Hooksett, recently announced his run for the District 16 Senate race. Boutin previously held the state Senate seat from 2010-16.
“I want to make sure the values of the people that live in District 16 are properly represented in Concord,” Boutin told Peter St. James and Pat Kelly on "Good Morning NH" on Jan. 9. “I just believe that the current Senator does not reflect those values.”
Boutin was talking about Kevin Cavanaugh, a Manchester Democrat who beat Boutin in a special election in July 2017. The election outcome came as an upset to the seasoned Senator.
Boutin acknowledged the recent Alabama Senate election and the significance of that victory for Democrats, but he feels confident the Democratic National Committee will not have eyes on New Hampshire for the District 16 race.
District 16 includes Manchester, Hooksett, Bow, Candia and Dunbarton.
Boutin touched upon issues currently plaguing the Granite State, including marijuana legalization, family leave, and affordable housing.
With New Hampshire lawmakers recently giving preliminary approval to a bill that would allow adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and to cultivate it in limited quantities, Boutin said he would not vote in support of that.
Boutin is in support of medical marijuana, did not vote for the decriminalization of marijuana, and would not support the legalization of recreational marijuana.
“I think that takes us in the wrong direction,” said Boutin. “We have a serious drug problem in the state of New Hampshire.”
Although Boutin has been taking a break from the Senate life since 2016, he was far from inactive. Boutin is a member of the Hooksett planning board and a chairman of the Division for Children, Youth and Families oversight committee.
After taking time off to spend it with family, Boutin said he started to seriously consider running again in late autumn.
For Boutin, this new Senate race is a chance to get his message across to the people of District 16. Boutin said he plans to focus on helping working families.
Boutin said he is a big believer in being approachable and accessible. He even gives out his personal phone number and email in case anyone wants to “pop him a question.”
You can listen to the full interview above.