DERRY — Incumbents ruled the house Nov. 4 election as Republicans made a clean sweep in the District 6 House race.
Fourteen candidates were vying for 10 spots — 10 Republican and four Democrats.
Approximately 10,326 of the town’s 20,250 registered voters cast ballots.
With official results in, former state representative Phyllis Katsakores took the top spot with 5,582 votes.
Incumbents winning another two years in Concord were Beverly Ferrante took 5,313 votes; Jim Webb with 5,277 votes; John O’Connor earned 5,206 votes; Brian Chirichiello got 5,113 votes; Bob Fesh got 4,767 votes; and David Milz got 4,697 votes.
Other Republicans winning spots were Katherine Prudhomme O’Brien with 5,279 votes; John Potucek got 4,853 votes; and Tom Cardon got 4,546 votes.
The four Democrats were unsuccessful in their bid to win two-year terms in District 6.
Those were incumbent Mary Till with 3,899 votes; Mary Eisner earned 3,888 votes; Bobby Jones got 3,356 votes; and Fred Bates got 3,338 votes.
Voter numbers were strong from the start and crowds continued to file through the town’s three polling places throughout the day.
Katsakiores said she was happy with the turnout.
“This was such an important race,” she said. “We’re picking a governor and senator, too.”
Candidates and supporters stood outside the church holding signs and greeting voters. Many candidates traveled to other polling places to make an appearance in different districts.
Webb said he liked greeting voters at Calvary and said he spends the majority of election day there.
“I like it here, voters stop and say hi,” Webb said.
Many Derry voters never miss an election.
Don Burgess supported the Democratic ticket and said it’s important to come out and cast a ballot.
“If we don’t vote, you are losing your right to say something,” he said.
Longtime election volunteer Caryl Carl said she was happy to see better voter numbers this time.
“We’ve definitely been busier than the last election,” she said.
Potucek stood with the Republican contingent at Pinkerton Academy and said his camp felt the big win coming.
"We're feeling very confident," Potucek said. "We're going to see the 'red wave.'"