Mayor Paul Callaghan has been reelected to a second term, victorious in the recent election in Rochester, New Hampshire. Callaghan expressed his gratitude and excitement to continue serving the community of Rochester in a statement. He mentioned the privilege and honor he feels to be able to work towards improving the city, making it a better place for the residents. In his victory speech, Callaghan also highlighted the significance of collaborating with the city’s inhabitants to move Rochester in a forward trajectory.
Callaghan secured 2,937 votes, triumphing over his opponent, Susan Rice, who garnered 813 votes. A notable aspect of the election was the departure of eight of the 13 members of the existing City Council, ensuring that the incoming council will consist of mostly new members.
Additionally, the voters of Rochester approved sportsbook gambling, with 2,026 votes in favor and 1,801 against. This decision could potentially integrate betting on games as part of the casino planned at the Lilac Mall, subject to certain zoning and regulatory provisions.
As for the City Council election results, notable victories included Patricia Turner in Ward 1, Seat A, and Chuck Creteau in Ward 4, Seat B. Meanwhile, several incumbent councilors secured their positions unopposed. The School Board elections also saw incumbents like Shane Downs and Sarah Harrington successfully retain their seats, along with other newcomers elected to the board.
Moreover, the Rochester Police Commission had an intense race for the Wards 3-4 seat as John Larochelle bested the incumbent, David Winship. Notably, David Stevens and Donna Bogan ran unopposed and emerged as winners for their designated seats on the commission.
In conclusion, the recent elections witnessed significant changes in Rochester’s leadership, and the incoming members are set to embark on their respective roles to contribute to the progress and development of the city.