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Laconia Democrat Spagnuolo Wins Special Election for State Rep

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

  Democrat Phil Spagnuolo has defeated his Republican challenger in a special election to fill a Laconia seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

Spagnuolo, who is a substance misuse recovery coach, beat Les Cartier with 53 percent of the vote. He won five of the Laconia's six voting wards.

He fills a seat left vacant following the death of Republican Donald Flanders last September.

Democrats have won eight of 10 special elections this session in the House. Republicans still enjoy a 43-seat advantage in the chamber.


Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

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