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Steinhauser: Forrester to jump into race for Corner Office

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – Add a fourth name to the roster of Republicans running for New Hampshire governor.

As expected, state Sen. Jeanie Forrester of Meredith will announce later this month that she’s launching a gubernatorial campaign. NH1 News confirmed the news Tuesday.

Word of Forrester’s bid for the Corner Office comes less than a week after GOP Mayor Ted Gatsas of Manchester announced his candidacy for governor. Executive Councilor Chris Sununu was the first Republican to jump into the race, announcing on Labor Day his bid for the office his father once held. State Rep. Frank Edelblut is also running for the GOP nomination.

Watch/Read: Gatsas jumps into race for governor

Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern and Mark Connolly, the former state Director of Securities Regulation, are running for the Democratic nomination. Former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand’s also seriously mulling a bid.

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan’s challenging GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte instead of running for a third term in the Corner Office.

Forrester will announce her candidacy on March 30th in the Lakes Region. Veteran Republican consultant Mike Dennehy will serve as one of Forrester’s top political advisers.

Forrester, 57, was first elected to the state Senate in 2010. She chairs the powerful Finance Committee and is also a member of the Capital Budget Committee.

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