CONCORD – There was a flurry of activity in the governor’s campaign on Wednesday as Republican candidates Walt Havenstein and Andrew Heminway unveiled separate, major policy initiatives.
Havenstein rolled out a more than 100-member veterans committee, headed by Chris Ager of Amherst (Army) and Paul Chevalier (USMC) of Hudson, and promised, if elected, to appoint a Veterans Advocate based in the Governor’s Office, to head a state review of veterans care.
Hemingway took a page from Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s book, literally, and said he will begin a tour to collect at least “100 ideas” to “rejuvenate New Hampshire.”
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Gov. Maggie Hassan announced the members of her “Live Free and Start Advisory Council” in coordination with the state Business Finance Authority and the Department of Resources and Economic Development.
The governor’s office said the program is aimed at “creating jobs in New Hampshire by making it easier for high-tech companies to start up. The advisory council will work with the initiative to develop proposals for either executive or legislative action in order to make changes to state laws and regulations.”
Havenstein said Wednesday he has also been endorsed by retired four-star U.S. Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni, who will come to the state later in the campaign to host a roundtable with members of the veterans coalition.
Havenstein said there should be “one person responsible for overseeing this vital issue.” He said the advocate “will work with the Veterans Advisory Committee and the Office of Veterans Services to monitor the welfare and care of our veterans on an ongoing basis.
For the full list of Havenstein’s veterans coalition, click here.
Hemingway said his “100 NH Ideas” initiative is “an effort to crowd source solutions to New Hampshire’s biggest problems. Hemingway for Governor will solicit ideas and concepts from members of the public about what legislative and administrative ideas they have, through a website, social media and traditional mail.”
Hemingway said he got the “great idea” from Rubio’s “100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future.”
“I’m never afraid to take another’s good idea if it is the right idea. I think it’s the sign of a good leader,” said Hemingway. “I want to do the same thing here in New Hampshire. It is the hard working families, the business owners — small and large–who are affected by the rules and laws made by government, so that’s where we should go for ideas.”
Hemingway said he will be hosting “Idea-raisers” throughout the state to solicit ideas. He said he will publish the top 100 ideas in a booklet.
He also has a new website, www.100nhideas.com, to collect ideas as well as a Twitter address @hemingway4gov with the hashtag #100nhideas.