Stefany Shaheen, 41, left, confirms if Gov. Maggie Hassan runs for Senate in 2016, she'll consider a bid for governor. Pictured with her daughter, Elle, right promoting a book about the family dog and child's battle with diabetes.

Sep 17, 2015 2:02 PM

Landrigan: Eldest daughter of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen considers 2016 run for NH governor

CONCORD - Stefany Shaheen of Portsmouth, the eldest daughter of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, confirmed she’s entertaining a run for governor in 2016 if Gov. Maggie Hassan moves on to seek a seat in the US Senate.

Shaheen, 41, first told Seacoast Online that many Democratic activists have been approaching her about going for the corner office.

“I told the folks that asked me that I would think about it,” Stefany Shaheen said.

Asked when she would make her decision, Shaheen said, “I think decisions have to be made very soon once Gov. Hassan decides how she wants to move forward.”

Earlier this week, Stefany Shaheen surprised some observers by saying she would not seek a second term on the Portsmouth City Council.

Portsmouth Mayor Robert Lister had already said he was not going to run again and the top vote-getting city councilor takes that post and Stefany Shaheen had emerged as the obvious frontrunner.

Stefany Shaheen is not the only Democrat to entertain a bid for governor if Hassan moves on as many believe she will to challenge the re-election of popular US Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH>

Councilor Colin Van Ostern, D-Concord, has also said many have reached out to him about running and want him to consider it.

A Stefany Shaheen run would come in the election cycle after her mother had just won re-election to a second, six-year term in the Senate, the result of a hard-fought contest over former MA Sen. Scott Brown.

Surely there will be some Democratic activists who may not take kindly to the family tie even those fond of both women.

He’s what one, ex-Democratic state legislator posted in response to Chief Political Correspondent Kevin Landrigan’s twitter reporting on this development.

"Someone needs to tell the Shaheens and Sununus that we fought a revolution to rid ourselves of hereditary peerages,’’ the ex-lawmaker wrote.

Councilor Chris Sununu, R-Newfields, last week announced he would seek the GOP nomination whether Hassan goes for a third term or the US Senate in 2016. Sununu’s father, John H, was a three-term governor and ex-White House chief of staff.

State Rep. Frank Edelblut, R-Wilton, has already declared he’s seeking the GOP nomination.

Jeanne Shaheen was a former, three-term governor before running for the Senate a first time and losing in 2002. She then ran again and took the Senate seat in 2008.

Jeanne Shaheen was the only woman in American history to be elected both governor and US senator of the same state. Many men have achieved that feat including former New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg.

“I’ve seen firsthand the kind of commitment it requires,” Stefany Shaheen said. “Is the timing right, can I make that kind of commitment given the other obligations I have?"

Stefany Shaheen was recently at NH1promoting her book, “Elle & Coach: Diabetes, the Fight for My Daughter's Life, and the Dog Who Changed Everything,” and had made commitments to continue promoting it through Diabetes Awareness Month in November.


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