While four Republicans took every seat in state House District 13 yesterday, the incumbents fell behind a man with no state political experience.
Republican Kevin St. James, a Kingston resident and a new face to the field, led the eight candidates with 4,363 votes. The other three Republicans in the race, all incumbents, received the following vote totals: Kenneth Weyler, 4,193; John Sedensky, 4,164; and Regina Birdsell, 4,097.
All four Democrats in the race lost. They were: Kathleen Pynn (2,799), William Waters (2,506), Derrick Moyer (2,431) and Andrew Stockwell (2,384).
District 13 includes Hampstead and Kingston.
St. James, while he is new to state politics, is known to his communities through his work on local boards. He was on the Kingston town Budget Committee for six years and the Sanborn Regional School Board for three years before running for a state House seat.
Weyler has served as a state representative for 22 years. Sedensky has been in the Legislature for four years, and Birdsell has served a single term.
Several voters who said they voted in the race supported either all four candidates in one party or all four in another.
Hampstead resident Debra Sawyer said she supported the four Democrats, because “our Legislature, this past session, was out of control, and they need to be replaced.”
State representative Rockingham District 13 (elect 4) Includes Hampstead, Kingston Derrick Moyer (D): 2,431 Kathleen Pynn (D): 2,799 Andrew Stockwell (D): 2,384 William Waters (D): 2,506 Regina Birdsell (R): 4,097 John Sedensky (R): 4,164 Kevin St. James (R): 4,363 Kenneth Weyler (R): 4,193