New Hampshire Republican State Committee (NHGOP) Chairman Jennifer Horn issued the following statement in regards to Don Winterton’s resignation from the Senate District 16 Primary:
“I am thankful that Don Winterton has made the decision to resign from the race to succeed Senator David Boutin. It is time that Republicans unite behind the next State Senator from District 16, Representative Joe Duarte, who will proudly serve the district. Senate District 16 has more Republican voters in it than Unaffiliated or Registered Democrats and the Republican Party will work tirelessly to keep this seat to retain the majority in the State Senate.”
Don Winterton issued the following statement:
“I accept the decision of Secretary of State Bill Gardner who has determined that I do not meet the seven year residency requirement to serve in the New Hampshire Senate. I regret that I did not know all the intricacies of this requirement and I accept full responsibility for the failure to know all the details of the qualifications to run.
I am truly sorry that I this mistake was made by me as I looked forward to serving our state in the Senate. I humbly thank my family, friends, neighbors and the great people of Senate District 16 I have met during this campaign for their support. The well wishes I have received as I confronted this residency issue will always be fondly remembered. Had I been aware of the intricacies of the seven year requirement, I would never had asked to have my name on the ballot. Again, I am truly sorry! I look forward to working to continue to keep this Senate seat a Republican seat which needs to have the same effective representation that was provided by Senator Dave Boutin.
It is an honor to serve a Town Councilor in Hooksett and I look forward to serving our great state in the future.”
State Senate District 16 is composed of Manchester Wards 1, 2, and 12 as well as the towns of Bow, Candia, Dunbarton, and Hooksett