Michael Downing

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Mike Downing
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
from the 22nd district
In office
Preceded by Chuck Morse
Succeeded by Chuck Morse
Personal details
Born October 20, 1955
Malden, Massachusetts
Died April 17, 2015
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Heidi Downing
Religion Roman Catholic

Michael "Mike" Downing (October 20, 1954 - April 17, 2015) was the Sheriff of Rockingham County, New Hampshire,[1] having served in that role from his election in 2010 until his cancer related death in 2015. [2]

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.

2006 Campaign[edit]

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[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]


  1. ^ http://www.rockso.org/
  2. ^ http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20150417/NEWS/150419188
  3. ^ http://www.sos.nh.gov/stateprimary%202010/rockctyrep.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.eagletribune.com/newhampshire/x1744212128/Rockingham-County-has-3-choices-for-sheriff
  5. ^ http://www.sos.nh.gov/general%202010/rockingham.pdf

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Preceded by
Chuck Morse
New Hampshire State Senate, 22nd District
2007 – 2010
Succeeded by
Chuck Morse