CONCORD — Merrimack County Republican Committee chairman Bryan Gould wasted no time Monday announcing his candidacy for state GOP vice chairman, and he immediately picked up two key endorsements.
Gould announced his candidacy shortly after Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield disclosed he will not seek a full term for the post when the Republican State Committee holds its annual meeting in January to elect party officers. (See our earlier report here.)
Merrifield, who was named vice chair in June after J.P. Marzullo stepped aside to run for the state Senate, cited his responsibilities as mayor in announcing his decision.
Gould is a director at the law firm of Cleveland Waters and Bass. He has also been chairman of the Concord City Republican Committee and has been a legal counsel to the NHGOP. He is known as a staunch conservative.
“I am running for vice chairman because I want to continue to strengthen our party and serve as a voice for bedrock New Hampshire values of fiscal responsibility, limited government, personal liberty, and low taxes,” Gould said in a statement. “The New Hampshire Republican State Committee has made tremendous progress over the last two years – but there is still more work to be done. I am committed to working with Republicans across the spectrum to help elect dedicated Republican candidates in 2016.”
Executive Councilor-elect David Wheeler of Miford and Merrimack County Sheriff Scott Hilliard immediately endorsed Gould’s candidacy.
“I’ve known Bryan for nearly 20 years, and he is first and foremost a Reagan conservative,” Wheeler said. “I worked extensively with him in his role as special counsel to both the executive council and Governor Benson and found him to be excellent at managing complex and sensitive legal issues.
“During my time in politics, he has served as chairman of the Concord and Merrimack County Republican Committees and has been NHGOP counsel for three party chairmen. I count Bryan as a friend and support his candidacy for vice-chairman of the NHGOP without hesitation.”
Hilliard said Gould “has shown repeatedly that he respects every kind of Republican. That has helped make our committee a big success. I know he will bring long experience, good judgment, and a positive outlook to the office of vice-chairman.”
Gould has been GOP grassroots activist for more than 20 years. In addition to his current and previous GOP committee chairmanships, Gould was special counsel to former Gov. Craig Benson, to the Executive Council and to three NHGOP chairmen.
He is also a shareholder at Cleveland, Waters and Bass, is a member of the New Hampshire and Nevada bars, is admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First and Ninth Circuits and the U.S District Courts for the Districts of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Nevada. Gould has a B.S. (cum laude) from Utah State University and a J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law.