Nov 11, 2016 11:51 AM

2 NH reps with ties to Tasker investigation were up for re-election - only 1 won

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MANCHESTER — Two state representatives from Manchester, with ties to Kyle Tasker, were up for re-election this week, and only one was re-elected.

Attorney General Joseph Foster said that Democrat Amanda Bouldin of Ward 5 and Republican Joseph Lachance of Ward 1 were a part of his investigation of former state Rep. Kyle Tasker, which revealed that Lachance had purchased marijuana from Tasker and that Bouldin actually smoked marijuana with Tasker.

Lachance lost re-election on Tuesday to his House seat, which he had held for one term. In an interview with the Union Leader, he said his marijuana use had nothing to do with his defeat.

In the center-city Ward 5, Democrat Amanda Bouldin was the top vote-getter, with 1,340 votes, the UL reports.

Bouldin's attorney stated that Bouldin never bought drugs from Tasker, but only smoke marijuana with him when he drove her home. Her attorney emphasized her efforts to reduce the harm to her constituents caused by the drug war and the opioid crisis, as she has done since her first day in the Legislature, when the controversy arose.

Lachance said he received words of support when the story broke in October, and he will continue to be an advocate for medical marijuana in the state. Lachance was 415 votes behind Democrat Daniel Sullivan, who won the Ward 1 seat along with Jeff Gooley, according to the UL.

The AG's office said Shem Kellogg, of Plaistow; Pamela Tucker, of Greenland; and Ted Wright, of Sanbornville, also communicated with Tasker about drug transactions, made a payment to him via an online application, or both.

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