Midterm elections foster youthful New Hampshire House

Published 11-08-2018

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's House is getting a bit younger following Tuesday's elections.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports that in the last legislative session, there were 23 state representatives under the age of 35. Now, there will be at least 42 representatives under age 40.

One of them is 19-year-old Cassie Levesque, of Barrington, a Democrat who decided to run after working on a Girl Scouts project to raise New Hampshire's child marriage age. Gov. Chris Sununu signed the bill into law in June. It raises the marriage age for girls and boys from 13 and 14, respectively, to 16.

"I knew that if I did that as a citizen of New Hampshire, what could I do as a state rep?" Levesque told Seacoastonline.com on Wednesday. "I could do a lot more and I won't have to jump through so many hoops and not hear anything. I will be right there."

Levesque, a 2017 Dover High School graduate and a Southern New Hampshire University political science major, said she looks forward to playing a leading role regarding issues that affect women, children, families, and the environment, among others.

Manny Espitia, a 29-year-old Democrat elected to represent Nashua, said he hopes the results of this year's elections will encourage even more young people from diverse backgrounds to run in 2020.

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