Efforts to Unseat Sununu Growing; Feltes Mulls Bid for Governor
State Sen. Dan Feltes, of Concord, is seriously considering a bid for governor.
Sources close to the two-term Democratic state senator told NH1 on Tuesday that Feltes has been encouraged by a number of people to consider a bid for governor, irrespective of who else is running. They added that Feltes and his wife Erin are considering a gubernatorial bid, and that they will make a decision sometime in January or early February.
Feltes represents District 15, which covers Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton, and Warner. He sits on the Ways & Means, Finance, and Energy & Natural Resources committees. Before running for office, Feltes was a legal aid attorney for almost a decade. He and Erin are the parents of a 3½-month-old baby girl.
Former Portsmouth mayor and 2016 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Marchand is the only major name to so far launch a campaign for the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Former executive councilor and 2016 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Colin Van Ostern is seriously considering another bid for governor.
Last month Van Ostern said, "I’m going to think seriously about what it will take in order to win in 2018 if I choose to run.”
Van Ostern narrowly lost to GOP nominee and fellow executive councilor Chris Sununu in last year’s election for governor.
Regardless of which Democrat wins next September’s primary, beating Sununu won’t be easy.
Only one first-term New Hampshire governor in the last 90 years has lost re-election to a second two-year term. Those honors go to Craig Benson in 2004.
Sununu enjoyed success in this year’s Statehouse legislative session, and he currently enjoys an approval rating that’s hovering around 60 percent in public opinion polls.