Conservative activist Andrew Hemingway is the first Republican to enter the race for governor.
The 31-year-old high-tech entrepreneur announced his candidacy in front of a group of supporters in Manchester Thursday night.
“I have the courage and innovative ideas to take on this state’s biggest challenges and to solve them. I ask for your support in this effort. I need your help.”
He seeks to unseat Governor Maggie Hassan as she pursues a second, two-year term.
Hemingway is the former chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire.
He served as state director for the Newt Gingrich president campaign in 2011.