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our editors Brendan Kelly
was a 2012
candidate who sought election to the
the 1st Congressional District
. He was formerly a
candidate in the
September 6 special election
New Hampshire House of Representatives
, Rockingham 14. The special election was called to fill the vacancy created when
(R) resigned after being arrested for driving without a license.
Kelly is a Selectman from Seabrook, New Hampshire. Kelly lost to
Carol Shea-Porter in the general election.
VIDEO Brendan Kelly on "Non-Functioning Government."
New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012
Kelly ran in the
2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New Hampshire's 1st District. He ran as a Libertarian and faced Carol Shea-Porter (D) and incumbent Frank Guinta (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
According to the website
Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained Libertarian candidates who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, Kelly took in over 2,000 more votes than the number that separated Shea-Porter and Guinta.
State legislative special elections, 2011
Kelly submitted sufficient signature to get on the ballot, but was defeated by
Kevin Janvrin (R) in the September 6 special election. Ryan Mahoney (D) also ran for the seat.
New Hampshire House of Representatives, Rockingham 14 (2011)
Kevin Janvrin (R)
Ryan Mahoney (D)
Brendan Kelly (L)
Seacoastonline.com, "District 14 special election needed to replace Wheaton," April 12, 2011
Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
Brendan Kelly YouTube channel
New Hampshire Third-Party Candidate Filings
Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats and at least nine elections," November 15, 2012
Union Leader, "GOP candidate Janvrin takes Rockingham special election," September 6, 2011