Popular NH state senator says she will not seek reelection this fall
HARRISVILLE - A long-time popular senator representing District 10 will not be seeking re-election.
The Keene Sentinel reported Sen. Molly Kelly will not seek a sixth term in Concord this fall.
Kelly, D-Harrisville, was elected to the Legislature in 2006, when she unseated Republican Tom Eaton, a three-term senator and former Senate president. She would defeat Eaton twice more in a string of successful re-election efforts that also included a defeat of one-time county sheriff, Richard Foote, to retain her seat, that win coming in 2012.
Kelly told The Keene Sentinel the decision was not made easily, but it was made over some time. She did not rule out future political involvement, but was not specific about what that might mean. For now, though, “the time is right,” she said.
“It’s been such an honor and a privilege to serve this region. Serving is something that is so satisfying for all of us, I think, and it has been for me. I’ve learned so much; people touch your heart. You try to solve problems and make a difference in their lives, and when that happens that’s what’s so rewarding.”
She said continued growth of her personal consulting business, and the desire to move forward with that, was a factor in her decision.
There are 24 senators in the N.H. Senate; they serve two-year terms.