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Kevin Avard

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Kevin Avard
New Hampshire State Senate, District 12
In office
December 3, 2014 - present
Term ends
December 6, 2016
Years in position 1
Base salary$200/two-year term
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 20
2010 - 2012
Office website
Campaign website
Kevin Avard is a Republican member of the New Hampshire State Senate, representing District 12. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

He served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Hillsborough 20 from 2010 to 2012.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Avard served on the following committees:

New Hampshire Committee Assignments, 2015
Health and Human Services
Rules, Enrolled Bills and Internal Affairs, Vice Chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Avard served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Avard's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]


  • Excerpt: "Free Market competition is a combination of the passion of the human spirit and the drive to create a better life for one’s family. People have the innate right to be free and because of this, they have a right to create goods and services in an environment that supports them instead of stifles their creativity. Instead of lining the streets of gold with red tape, we should be creating better roads, paved with the future of the successful New Hampshire citizens. This means cutting the red tape of paperwork and legal roadblocks, to allow the citizens of New Hampshire to prosper."

Personal Freedom

  • Excerpt: "One of the most important roles our government plays, is the protection of our rights. In New Hampshire we can see a role back on our freedom of speech, protest, and even our religious freedom. The importance of self-expression cannot be overstated. The citizens deserve to have all of their rights protected by the government, whose central duty is to secure these rights."

Unfunded Mandates

  • Excerpt: "Promises are made by the government every day, and all of those promises have a dollar value. As a man of integrity, promises mean something to me. Government needs to slow down and honor their commitments. Right now, government has two issues, limited time and limited resources. Government needs to lift regulation off industry. This will allow more efficient solutions to come to the aid of New Hampshirites and this will free the government up to turn their time and money to the protection of citizen’s rights."



See also: New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New Hampshire State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 13, 2014. Incumbent Peggy Gilmour was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Kevin Avard defeated Michael McCarthy in the Republican primary. Gilmour and Avard faced off in the general election.[2] Challenger Avard defeated Gilmour in the general election.[3]

New Hampshire State Senate, District 12 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Avard 50.8% 10,839
     Democratic Peggy Gilmour Incumbent 49.2% 10,517
Total Votes 21,356
New Hampshire State Senate, District 12 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Avard 53.7% 2,651
Michael McCarthy 46.3% 2,284
Total Votes 4,935


See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2012

Avard ran for re-election in the 2012 election for New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 28. Avard advanced past the September 11 primary and was defeated in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 28, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSylvia Gale 16.7% 2,273
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAngeline Kopka 16.5% 2,241
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJan Schmidt 16.4% 2,231
     Republican Sean McGuinness Incumbent 16% 2,177
     Republican Kevin Avard Incumbent 15.9% 2,159
     Republican Carl Seidel Incumbent 15.3% 2,071
     Independent Eric Eastman 3.1% 424
Total Votes 13,576


See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Avard won election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives.[6][7]

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 20 general election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Carl Seidel (R) 1,867
Green check mark transparent.png Sean McGuinness (R) 1,791
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Avard (R) 1,505
Kathryn Nelson (D) 1,495
Anthony Matarazzo (D) 1,472

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Avard was up for re-election, he did not collect any money in donations.[8]


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in New Hampshire

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In 2014, Avard's endorsements include the following:[9]

  • Sandra Ziehm Hillsborough County Commissioner
  • Fmr U.S Senator Bob Smith
  • Deb Shorter – Author of Eye Into Welfare, Giving away your Tax Dollars

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Political offices
Preceded by
Peggy Gilmour (D)
New Hampshire State Senate District 12
Succeeded by