New Hampshire State Rep. Dick Patten, District 17 Democrat, loses race for re-election

Sept. 14, 2018: New Hampshire State Rep. Dick Patten, Democrat, lost his race for re-election in a Democratic primary election held on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Patten, 66, a retired Police Dispatcher, has represented New Hampshire’s District 17 since 2010. Patten lost the race to Safiya Wazir, 27, who was born in Afghanistan, and her family fled the Taliban and moved to Uzbekistan. She lived in Uzbekistan until 2007, when she was sixteen and moved with her mother to Concord, New Hampshire. She graduated from Concord High School and became an American citizen in 2013. Three years later, after juggling jobs at Walmart and the campus library, she received a degree in business from NHTI, the local community college.

Attribution: The Boston Globe, The Concord Monitor

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