Incoming Senate President Donna Soucy Stays Mum On Her Vote For Sec. Of State

Nov 29, 2018

Donna Soucy, D-Manchester, soon to officially become N.H. Senate President.
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The woman poised to become the next New Hampshire Senate President has no plans to say who she'll vote for in the race for Secretary of State.

The race pitting 42-year incumbent Bill Gardner against former Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern is a topic she'd prefer to avoid.

Donna Soucy had just finished inspecting the renovations to the Senate Chamber where which she'll soon preside. As leader of the Senate, her endorsement in the secretary of state race could be pivotal. I flagged her down and asked if she had a minute to talk.

She nodded yes, and stopped. Then the question was put: "Who are you going to vote for?"

"You didn't ask me I don't have minute. I'm running up to see Senator Morse," she said.

"Can you tell me: Colin or Bill Gardner?"

"I have not taken a public position on the vote."

"Will you?"

"I don't intend to."

Other top Democrats, including Sens. Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen, have said they are staying out of this race. But unlike Soucy, they don't have to vote on it.

The House's top Democrat, Steve Shurtleff, was an early backer of Colin Van Ostern.