Republican Jeffrey Oligny recorded another win yesterday after defeating Democratic challenger Harlan Cheney for a single seat, four-town state House district.
Oligny, a one-term incumbent, received 8,722 votes in the race for state House District 34. The district is a floterial district covering Atkinson, Hampstead, Kingston and Plaistow.
Cheney, an Atkinson resident aiming for his first elected seat, received 6,126 votes.
Oligny, a Plaistow resident, won the race by nearly 700 votes. The win comes after he edged fellow Republican Marie Sapienza, an incumbent at the time, in the September primary by 301 votes.
Voters leaving polling areas supported both Oligny and Cheney as they discussed their votes.
“He just seems like he is kind of a little more truthful, speaking from the heart, standing for a lot of the things I believe in,” Hampstead resident Susan Santo said.
Atkinson resident Brandon Duke said he voted for Oligny because he wanted to send Republicans to Concord.
State representative Rockingham District 34 (elect 1) Includes Atkinson, Hampstead, Kingston, Plaistow Jeffrey Oligny (R) 8,722 Harlan Cheney (D) 6,126