Steinhauser-First on NH1 News: State Sen. Cataldo running for re-election
CONCORD – State Sen. Sam Cataldo says that he’s running for re-election, putting to rest rumors that he would retire rather than seek a third term in the state Senate.
Speaking one-on-one with NH1 News Wednesday on the steps of the State House, the Republican from District 6 told NH1 News that “I sure am” when asked if he would run for re-election.
“I was told this morning to run again. And I said there’s no problems with that. I agree,” Cataldo added.
Asked who told him to run again, Cataldo answered “the Senate President and the Majority Leader. I agree with them. They were just being very cordial. Cause they hear rumors that I wasn’t going run. As I am running. Period. I will not desert my post. I just can’t do that.”
The 78-year old Cataldo, who was first elected to the chamber in 2012, represents the City of Rochester as well as the towns of Alton, Barnstead, Farmington, Gilmanton, and New Durham. He serves as the Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Committee and sits on both the Executive Departments & Administration and Commerce Committees.
Cataldo’s decision comes one day after GOP state Sen. David Boutin announced he’s retiring rather than run for re-election and Democratic state Sen. Molly Kelly said she wouldn’t seek another term in the chamber.
So far four Republicans and two Democrats in the state Senate have said they are not running for re-election. The GOP controls the chamber 14-10.