Election wrap-up: Free Staters win 11 House seats

State House candidates who moved to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project won at least 11 seats in last week’s election. Five newcomers will join six House incumbents with the stated goal of taking over state and local governments, slashing budgets and eliminating federal “interference.” The group’s history and goals are documented in a comprehensive report from Saving NH.

Free State Project movers will have about the same number of House seats as last session when they held 12 to 14 seats. This year, however, three of them will caucus with Democrats, including Nashua’s Michael Garcia and Manchester Representatives Joel Winters and Tim O’Flaherty. O’Flaherty beat out his roommate, fellow Free Stater Dan Garthwaite, in a campaign lampooned by Comedy Central.

Free State Project president Carla Gericke warns, you ain’t seen nothing yet: 

Over the past eight years, FSP participants who have become state representatives went from zero to 1, to four, to 12-14 in 2010, to eleven this cycle. We only have 1,100 movers on the ground. With only 5% of our goal movers in NH, political FSP participants held onto the status quo while Republicans got trounced. Baby steps, people. It ain’t called a “project” for nothing! … 20,000 movers could translate into 200 state reps, half the house. Imagine what fun would ensue.

Just imagine.

The list of the known Free Staters, based on election night summaries from Rep. Seth Cohn and Dave Ridley, follows below the fold:

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Michael Sylvia (R-Belmont)

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Cal Pratt (R-Goffstown)

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Keith Murphy (R-Bedford)

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Tim O’Flaherty (D-Manchester)

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Emily Sandblade (R-Manchester)
Joel Winters (D-Manchester)

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Michael Garcia (D-Nashua)

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Mark Warden (R-Goffstown)

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Dan McGuire (R-Epsom)

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Carol McGuire (R-Epsom)

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Laura Jones (R-Rochester)