Longest serving NH state senator to retire

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May 18, 2010

CONCORD, New Hampshire: In what both parties described as unexpected, New Hampshire State Senator Sheila Roberge (R-Bedford) announced she will not be seeking re-election in the fall and is retiring from politics. Roberge has represented District 9 since 1984, continually winning re-election for 12 straight terms. She is known as an advocate for lower taxes and a defender of animal rights.[1]

Roberge plans to move to Florida and live close to the water. In an interview she stated, "I want to make a complete change and I cannot do that and stay in the Senate. So that's why I've decided to make the break now, so that I still have time to kind of do things that I've been looking forward to."[2]

Roberge is the first in the New Hampshire senate to declare she would not be running again. Republican leaders say that they are confident they can hold on to the seat. The Bedford Republican Committee has already announced that they are supporting David Danielson to replace her. The filing deadline for candidates is June 11 and the primary will be held on September 14.

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