RAD is proud and excited that 28 of our 56 endorsed candidates on the November 2022 ballot won their races and will take office this coming session.
Our winners, some of them first-time candidates, include progressive young, women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ leaders. Among them are core RAD leaders and allies Jodi Newell (State Rep, CH 4), Alissandra Murray (State Rep, HI 20), and Jonah Wheeler (State Rep, HI 33) – who was the highest vote-getter in his district! And movement power won the day in key contested district races: Wendy Thomas (State Rep, HI 12), Christine Seibert (State Rep, HI 21), Ellen Read (State Rep, RO 10), and Luz Bay (State Rep, ST 21), to name a few.
Of course, these are just a few highlights in a slate of incredible wins. See the full list below!
David Watters, District 4
Suzanne Prentiss, District 5
Rebecca Perkins Kwoka, District 21
Nicholas Germana, Cheshire 1
Jodi Newell, Cheshire 4
Shaun Filliault, Cheshire 7
Lucius Parshall, Cheshire 8
Amanda Elizabeth Toll, Cheshire 15
Renée Monteil, Cheshire 15
Jared Sullivan, Grafton 2
Heather Baldwin, Grafton 4
Joshua Adjutant, Grafton 16
Catherine Sofikitis, Hillsborough 7
Wendy Thomas, Hillsborough 12
Alissandra Murray, Hillsborough 20
Christine Seibert, Hillsborough 21
Nicole Leapley, Hillsborough 22
Jonah Wheeler, Hillsborough 33
James Roesener, Merrimack 22
Rebecca McWilliams, Merrimack 30
Ellen Read, Rockingham 10
Robin Vogt, Rockingham 21
Heath Howard, Strafford 4
Cam Kenney, Strafford 10
Loren Selig, Strafford 10
Timothy Horrigan, Strafford 10
Luz Bay, Strafford 21
Terry Clark, Cheshire 2
These winners represent a diverse slate of candidates who are committed to winning positive change for New Hampshire’s multiracial working class communities and who we can count on to fight alongside us to make this happen. Moreover, amid high voter turnout, Democrats picked up a seat in the State Senate – where three RAD-endorsed electeds are returning – and some obstructionist and extreme right-wing legislators lost their races.
There are still big obstacles ahead and unknowns about what our state government will look like in the coming term, with several NH House races headed for a recount and a possibility that we could still flip this chamber. What we can say is this: all of these victories belong to all of us. We did this! And with Maggie Hassan, Chris Pappas, and Annie Kuster holding their NH seats in the US Senate and House, we are positioned to keep pressuring our federal delegation on our core issues.
To all who ran for office, regardless of the final count, thank you for stepping up for our communities – especially if it was for the first time. For those who came up short, we are so grateful for your courageous and unifying leadership during a polarized time. Candidates like Shoshanna Kelly, Melanie Levesque, RAD leaders Brandon Lemay and Dana Hackett, and all who didn’t make it this time, ran amazing campaigns in challenging races and we look forward to continuing to work alongside you. Whether in the State House or on the ground, we need you in this movement!
And to all of our members and supporters: THANK YOU for making calls, knocking doors, holding signs, continuing to support RAD’s work, and especially, voting! With some races coming down to a very slim margin, every single action you took truly counted.
While both the state and federal landscape for the coming term has yet to be finalized, it is clear we have a lot of work ahead of us. As we look to 2023, our movement’s victories in New Hampshire and across the US give us hope that we can continue to win the change we need. We need your support to keep this momentum going. If you haven’t yet given to RAD this year, please donate today.