Marchand Joins Race For Governor

Mar 31, 2016

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Former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand says his background, --leading Portsmouth, working as a consultant, and directing corporate relations at UNH --  as well as his character, make him suited to lead the state.

"There is a humility that is required to be a really good governor, and it means you have to be willing to admit that you don't know everything on day one. Nobody is an expert on everything. and it means you've got to ask big questions, listen to the people who are living it everyday. Analyze, listen, learn, decide, and then lead, and be unafraid to lead."

Marchand visited a Manchester recovery center to launch his campaign. 

He thinks the state will need to spend $10 million dollars to boost the treatment options needed to solve the opioid crisis.  He opposes sales and income taxes and casino gambling. 

He joins Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern and former state securites regulator Mark Connolly in the democratic primary.

On the GOP side, Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, State Senator Jeannie Forrester and State Rep Frank Edelblut are all running.