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Kelly, Boutin Announce Retirement From N.H. Senate

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Democrat Molly Kelly and Republican David Boutin announced Tuesday they will not seek re-election to the state Senate this year.

Kelly, who lives in Harrisville and represents Keene and the surrounding area, was elected in 2006, and said it was a difficult decision not to seek a sixth term.  

"This does not mean the end of my political interest or my commitment to this community and to the people of this great state," Kelly said in a Facebook post.

Kelly is currently vice chair of the Senate Health and Human Services committe.

Boutin chairs the Senate Capital Budget and Ways and Means committees. He's also leading the Commission on Child Abuse Fatalities.

The Hooksett resident was first elected to the state Senate in 2009 in a special election.

"It's my feeling the seat doesn't belong to me. It belongs to the people," Boutin told the Concord Monitor.

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