Jun 8, 2016 7:34 AM

First on NH1 News: Sununu showcases his Waterville Valley experience in new web ad

NH1 News Political Director

NEWFIELDS – Chris Sununu highlight’s his experience running a large business, which includes “shoveling the snow” and “making the pizzas,” in the second internet ad of his campaign for New Hampshire governor.

The three-term Republican on the Executive Council is also chief executive officer of the Waterville Valley Resort, which employees some 700 people.

NH1 News learned that the 30 second spot includes a small digital buy, mostly via Facebook. The spot released on Wednesday morning, a couple of hours before Sununu heads to the Secretary of State’s office at the State House to file his candidacy for governor.

The ad starts by saying that “New Hampshire has some big challenges. So maybe we could use a governor who means business. Someone like Chris Sununu.”

In the spot, Sununu says “we have to have a governor in this state who understands how policy is impacting people’s lives, that is living and breathing these issues every single day. When you run a business like mine, you’re out there every day, not just with the people but you’re shoveling the snow, you’re making the beds, you’re making the pizzas, you’re making sure lifts run on time.”

The web ad is the second that Sununu’s campaign has released. The first revolved around Sununu and his family, which includes his wife Valerie and their three children.

Sununu, the son of former Gov. John H. Sununu and younger brother of former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu, is the best known of the seven major candidates campaigning this year to succeed Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who’s running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Republican Kelly Ayotte rather than making a bid for a third term in the Corner Office.

Besides Sununu, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, state Sen. Jeanie Forrester, and state Rep. Frank Edelbut are also running for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern, former state Rep. Mark Connolly, who also served nearly a decade as the state’s top financial watchdog, and former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand, are running for the Democratic nomination.

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