Former Democratic lawmakers try to regain NH House seats in Sunapee, Newport

Former Democratic lawmakers try to regain NH House seats in Sunapee, Newport

Donald Bettencourt (Courtesy photograph) Sue Gottling Larry Flint Valley News Correspondent NEWPORT — Two former Democratic lawmakers are trying to reclaim their old seats in New Hampshire House races in the Newport and Sunapee area. In the Sullivan 2 House race, representing Sunapee and Croydon, former state Rep. Sue Gottling, D-Sunapee, is looking to win back the seat she lost in 2018 to Republican Gates Lucas, who is not seeking re-election after one term. Her opponent is political newcomer, Don Bettencourt, a Sunapee Republican. In the two-seat Sullivan 6 district, representing Newport and Unity, Republican state Skip Rollins, of Newport, and John Callum, of Unity, are being challenged by Newport Democrats Larry Flint and Peter Franklin, a former lawmaker. Sullivan 2 Gottling, a Sunapee Selectboard member who had previously served five terms in the House, and Bettencourt differ on establishing a state minimum wage rather than keeping New Hampshire at the federal level of $7.25 an hour. “I would have voted for it,” Gottling said about a bill vetoed by Gov. Chris Sununu which would have set a minimum wage of $10 an hour next year and $12 in 2023. “And I will vote for it it comes up again.” She supported a bill in 2018 that would have brought the minimum wage to $12 an hour in 2019. Bettencourt, who owns a wood manufacturing business in Manchester with his son, said he opposes government forcing business owners to pay a certain wage. Doing so, he said, would only […]

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