State Senate endorsements: Van Ostern backs Feltes; O’Brien endorses Cormier
CONCORD — In the only Democratic state Senate primary on the Sept. 9 ballot, former New Hampshire Legal Assistance staff attorney Dan Feltes picked up the key endorsement of District 2 Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern on Monday.
And in a key Republican state Senate primary conservative Rep. Jane Cormier was backed by former New Hampshire House speaker Bill O’Brien in her District 16 challenge of incumbent Republican David Boutin.
Feltes is facing Concord School Board member and former chair Kass Ardinger in the race to succeed outgoing Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen. The winner of the Democratic primary will be in a strong position to win the November general election over Republican Lydia Dube Harman of Warner in the heavily Democratic district.
Van Ostern told the New Hampshire Journal, “I’ve been good friends with Dan for a number of years. When he told me he had decided to run for state senate I couldn’t help but be excited that a good friend and a great advocate for our community is putting his name on the line.
“I’m really going to focus only on my positive support for Dan,” Van Ostern said. “I like Kass and don’t have anything bad to say about her.” Van Ostern on Monday sent an email to his own supporters asking that they contribute to Feltes’ campaign.
On the Republican side, O’Brien, in backing conservative Cormier, who recently moved from Alton to Hooksett, said, “Often new legislators are advised to spend their first months and years in Concord listening and waiting to be called forward. For some, this advice makes sense. For Rep. Jane Cormier, it did not and fortunately for New Hampshire, she knew it,” said O’Brien.
“From her first days in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Rep. Cormier established herself as a leading, and on some issues, an indispensable voice for New Hampshire and its traditions of fiscal responsibility, limited government and liberty built on a foundation of personal responsibility,” said O’Brien.
O’Brien has announced that he will run again for Speaker if the Republicans re-gain the majority in the House in November.