Forrester Weighing Governor's Race; Says First Priority Is State Budget

Sep 9, 2015

Senate Finance Chair Jeanie Forrester
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Senate Finance Chair Jeanie Forrester says she is considering a run for governor.

Forrester, a Republican from Meredith, says she was approached by the Republican Governors Association in Washington D.C. months ago but says her attention is on the state budget, which has been in limbo since Gov. Maggie Hassan's veto in June.

“I was flattered; it’s not the priority for me now," Forrester said. "I certainly don’t want to be having the discussion about it; we should be focusing on the budget.”

Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, another Republican, announced on Monday that he is seeking the governor's office.

Prominent state Republicans, including Senate President Chuck Morse and Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, are also potential candidates.

Hassan has not said whether she will run for re-election or fight for a U.S. Senate seat against incumbent Senator Republican Kelly Ayotte.