|Member of the New Hampshire Senate
from the 22nd district
|Preceded by||Chuck Morse|
|Succeeded by||Chuck Morse|
October 20, 1954 |
Previously, Downing was a Republican member of the New Hampshire Senate, representing the 22nd District from 2006 to 2010. He was also a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1996 until 2002.
After a three-way Republican primary, Mike Downing ran against Democrat Beth Roth for the open seat that was vacated by Chuck Morse who gave up the seat to run for the New Hampshire Executive Council.
2010 Election as Sheriff
Downing stepped down from the Senate in order to run for Sheriff of Rockingham County. He defeated 5 other candidates to win the Republican primary.
No Democrats appeared on the primary ballot. Police officer Shannon Coyle of Derry waged a write-in campaign for the Democratic primary, and won the nomination. Independent Dorothy Heyl also ran in the general election.
On election day, Downing won with 60% of the vote, compared to 30% for Coyle and 9% for Heyl.
- The New Hampshire Senate - Senator Michael Downing official government website
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Michael Downing (NH) profile
- Follow the Money - Michael W (Mike) Downing
|New Hampshire State Senate, 22nd District
2007 – 2010
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