Businessman Mark Connolly is running for governor. Connolly announced his candidacy Thursday in Manchester - entering a Democratic field that includes Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern.
Gov. Maggie Hassan is not seeking re-election, as she pursues a U.S. Senate run.
Connolly is a former head of the state's Bureau of Securities Regulation, former deputy secretary of state and previously was a state representative. He runs an investment advising company in New Castle.
He resigned his job leading the Bureau of Securities Regulation over what he called the state's failure to investigate an alleged Ponzi scheme by Financial Resources Mortgage.
Republican Executive Councilor Chris Sununu is also running for governor and several others are likely to jump in.