- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire chapter of the AFL-CIO is about to get a new president, the first since 1989.

Glenn Brackett, business agent of the IBEW Local 2320, takes over July 1, succeeding Mark MacKenzie after an election challenge was resolved.

In May, MacKenzie was re-elected at a state convention after ballots representing nearly 700 votes were ruled “spoiled;” they were marked with check marks instead of X’s, as required by election rules.

MacKenzie won by 21 votes; had the “spoiled” ballots been allowed, Brackett would have won by more than 600 votes. The state AFL-CIO election board ruled in favor of MacKenzie.

Brackett appealed to the national organization, saying a check mark still makes the voter’s intent clear. The national AFL-CIO ruled for Brackett.

MacKenzie congratulated Brackett, saying his commitment to the labor movement will continue.

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