CONCORD – Gov. Maggie Hassan officially filed for reelection Thursday, stressing that the state “is moving in the right direction because we have shown time and time again that we can work across the aisle to solve problems.”
Also filing for governor on Thursday was Republican Andrew Hemingway. Republican Walter Havenstein filed for governor on Wednesday.
Hassan was surrounded by dozens of supporters when she made her candidacy official at the Secretary of State’s Office. There were some protesters in the area, including one dressed as a turkey, with an airline ticket and a suitcase, a slap at the governor’s planned trade mission to Turkey later this month.
“Unlike in Washington, we listened to the people of New Hampshire and brought together independents, Republicans and Democrats, and made bipartisan progress on our key priorities of expanding opportunity for middle class families, helping innovative businesses create jobs, and keeping our economy moving forward, without an income or sales tax,” Hassan said in a statement released after she filed.
The Democrat promised to listen to Granite Staters during her reelection campaign “about their priorities for how we can continue working together to build a stronger middle class and a brighter economic future.”
The Hassan campaign said that she worked with Republicans to pass what the campaign called “the most bipartisan budget in over a decade – without a sales or income tax.”
Hassan listed as accomplishments her agreement with the state university system that led to the freezing of in-state tuition, the doubling of the research and development tax credit and Medicaid expansion, which her campaign called a “bipartisan measure to expand health coverage to 50,000 working Granite Staters.” She also cited progress on the I-93 widening project.
The campaign also cited “bipartisan solutions that resolved litigation on the state’s Medicaid Enhancement Tax, mental health system, and women’s correctional facilities.”
“The Governor is working to support business growth with her Innovate New Hampshire jobs plan to attract new cutting-edge businesses, help our existing businesses succeed and allow our workers to develop the skills they need to compete in the 21st century economy,” her campaign said.
State GOP chair Jennifer Horn criticized Hassan in a statement:
“Maggie Hassan’s reckless and hypocritical tenure as governor negates her campaign promises of fiscal responsibility. She ignores emergency policies in place, because of her blind pursuit of a big-government agenda, by taking Democrat lobbyists on a taxpayer-funded vacation to pay them back for raising campaign cash for her with Vice President Biden.”
Horn said, “Hassan openly embraces Obamacare and other failed policies hurting residents in New Hampshire but championed by Democrats in Washington so that she can use her corner office in Concord to court special interest group support for a 2016 Senate campaign. Maggie Hassan isn’t working for the people of the Granite State and it’s time replace her with a responsible Republican this fall.”
Also Thursday, Havenstein began airing a television ad that highlights his marriage to his wife, Judy. The ad was launched on their 43rd wedding anniversary.