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Nov 28, 2015 10:38 AM

Governor's race brings new scrutiny to Executive Council

The Associated Press

CONCORD — New Hampshire's Executive Council does much of its work outside the spotlight. But the political body is poised to face new scrutiny as the 2016 election nears.

For the first time in recent memory, two sitting councilors are running for governor: Republican Chris Sununu of Newfields and Democrat Colin Van Ostern of Concord.

Already this year, the state parties and outside groups are pouncing on politically charged council votes on Planned Parenthood funding and judicial nominees.

Next year, the council will take up contracts related to Medicaid expansion and will likely consider a nominee for commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services. Both issues could inspire more political posturing.

The five-member body approves gubernatorial nominations and large state contracts.

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