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Apr 3, 2017 12:54 PM

Boutin tells NH1 News he wants to put old seat 'back in the Republican column'

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CONCORD – Former state Sen. David Boutin wants to return to his old job at the Statehouse.

The Republican from Hooksett announced on Wednesday that he’s launching a campaign in District 16, the seat he from 2009-2016.

The seat became vacant with the death two weeks ago of Democratic state Sen. Scott McGilvray.

“When the seat became open I wanted to get back in and put this seat back in the Republican column,” Boutin told NH1 News.

“I’ve been getting an outpouring of calls and support which I find exciting and humbling at the same time. I’ve been getting calls from all quarters, elected officials, previous supporters and folks around the district. I think there’s a great amount of support out there and a willingness to help me out,” Boutin added.

Boutin served as a Hooksett town councilor and five years as a state representative before winning election to the state Senate. He decided last year against running for re-election. In last November’s election McGilvray narrowly defeated GOP nominee Joe Duarte. It was the only Republican held seat the Democrats were able to flip. The GOP currently controls the chamber 14-9, with the District 16 seat vacant.

Boutin is the first candidate to announce in the race.

Boutin may face competition for the nomination from fellow Republicans. Among those considering a run in the special election are Duarte, former one-term state Rep. Jane Cormier, who primary challenged Boutin in 2014, and state Rep. JR Hoell.

Manchester lawyer Jim Normand, who served a single term on the Executive Council in the 1990's, is considering a bid for the Democratic nomination.

Depending on a decision Wednesday by Gov. Chris Sununu and the five member Executive Council, the primary could be held on June 6 and the general election on July 25.

Republican operative and strategist Periklis Karoutas, who’s advised Boutin on all of his state Senate campaigns, will be advising him again.

When it comes to the issues, Boutin told NH1 News that “I’ve always believe that what’s best for New Hampshire is low taxes and fees, smaller government and less regulation.”

And in a statement announcing his bid, he wrote “as a state Senator, I always fought for struggling families and small businesses and worked to ensure that their hard earned tax dollars were being spent wisely. "Protecting taxpayers will always be my priority.”

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