By JOHN DiSTASO, News Editor
CONCORD – Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern is kicking off his reelection campaign with three stops over the next several weeks.
Van Ostern, who is seeking a second term on the council, was featured at a Merrimack County Democratic Committee meeting Tuesday night. But earlier this week he emailed supporters that he will hold “kick-off events” on May 29 in Durham, hosted by former Executive Councilor Dudley Dudley; on June 5 in Concord, hosted by attorney Don Crandlemire and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England senior policy advisor Jennifer Frizzell; and on June 11 in Dublin, hosted by retired state curator Rusty Bastedo and Linda Bastedo.
Van Ostern, viewed by Democratic and neutral political observers as top prospect for higher office in the future, wrote that he “led the fight to restore funding for birth control and annual exams at NH Planned parenthood health centers, re-started the study of passenger rail from Boston to central NH, prevented obstruction of Medicaid Expansion and supported key job-creating projects in” several communities in his district.”
No Republican has emerged to challenge Van Ostern in the heavily Democratic District 2, which spans the stretches from Durham to the Keene area.