Andrew Hemingway

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Race: Governor
Party: Republican
Political Experience: Former chairman, Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire; state director, Newt Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign
Personal: Married with two children; lives in Bristol
Education: Ambassador Baptist College

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At 32, Hemingway is seeking to become the youngest governor in Granite State history. So perhaps it’s not surprising that he emphasizes the need to retain and attract younger workers and the businesses that will hire them.

“We see obviously that technology, we see biotech, we see high tech manufacturing. These industries favor the younger, more technical workers. Those are industries we see suffering here in New Hampshire. We see them prospering in Massachusetts, we see them prospering in some other states. We need to look at the reasons why that’s happening. I think that a young governor could be the spokesperson for that.”

Hemingway has generated attention with his plan to reform New Hampshire’s tax structure. He wants to eliminate the business profits tax and the Medicaid Enhancement Tax and reduce the interest and dividends tax from 5 percent to 2 percent.

To replace the revenue, Hemingway is proposing a two percent "Business Flat Tax" that would apply to nonprofits and government agencies. “It’s simple, it’s predictable, and I think it would be a great relief to the business owners in our state and would make us attractive once again as a state to move businesses here and to relocate businesses to New Hampshire, makes us competitive.”

A supporter of Rep. Bill O’Brien’s tenure as House Speaker, Hemingway supports right to work legislation and the business tax credit scholarship program. He opposes bipartisan agreements in 2014 to expand Medicaid and to raise the gas tax, and is a critic of the Common Core education standards.

“We all know that all of our children are different. They learn in different ways. They learn from different experiences. In one classroom, where we put 25 children, and they sit there for eight hours a day and are taught the same way every single day is not conducive to learning for a number of those students. Why would we hinder them? Why would we hold them back simply because of our political allegiance to this program called Common Core?”

Hemingway’s platform includes a detailed “Privacy First” policy. Decrying what he calls government’s “open season” on everything from medical records to EZ Pass, he supports legislation outlawing the collection and use of cell-phone data, emails and video surveillance without a warrant.

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Wed September 10, 2014

Havenstein Wins Party Nomination, Faces Tough Race Against Hassan

Walt Havenstein greeting supporters after his victory speech.
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  Former BAE Systems CEO Walt Havenstein is the Republican nominee governor.

Walt Havenstein didn’t always run strong in this race but he won by nearly 20 points over Andrew Hemingway. He said voters in the general election will have a clear choice.

“The choice is going to be about the future of our state and whether or not we’re gonna maintain and stay in this economic stagnation or if we’re actually gonna take a bold course to change our economic outcome for the future prosperity of our state.”

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9:10 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Final Gubernatorial Debate Highlights Differences In Leadership Style, Economic Plans

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  Republican gubernatorial hopefuls Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway held their last debate Friday. They differed on how they say they would lead and improve the state’s business climate.

Political activist and serial entrepreneur Andrew Hemingway, when asked how his business experience would inform his style of governance, said New Hampshire is a small-business state.

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4:00 am
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Hemingway Banking On Youth, Tech Savvy In Bid For N.H. Governor

Hemingway sitting at the BAE boardroom conference table, meeting with employees.
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At 32 years old, Republican Andrew Hemingway would be the youngest governor in the history of New Hampshire.

That, coupled with his being known primarily as a political activist, makes his candidacy a bit of a long shot. But Hemingway is banking on his traditional conservative values coupled with his tech savvy.

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Andrew Hemingway
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We start our conversations with Republicans running in the gubernatorial race with tech entrepreneur Andrew Hemingway.

The first millennial candidate for governor in the country, in a state which is graying.

It is, yes, but I’m excited. It’s not something that I went out and sought after, but it’s something which the opportunity has presented itself. It’s an exciting opportunity.

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Thanks to nearly $1.5 million from his own pocket, Republican candidate for governor Walt Havenstein is keeping pace in the race for campaign money with Democratic incumbent Maggie Hassan.

According to reports filed today with the Secretary of State, Havenstein reports a campaign war chest of $1,989,876. That includes $1,474,000 in personal loans and another $17,000 from other family members.

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5:06 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

GOP Candidates For Governor Debate Policy, Integrity

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  Republican candidates for Governor, Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway, squared off Wednesday morning on WGIR. Their debate was heated and, at times, personal.

While this race remains tough to call, in this debate, Andrew Hemingway acted the part of underdog. He went after Walt Havenstein repeatedly, hoping to turn what Havenstein says is his strength—his experience leading billion dollar defense companies—into an example of how moneyed interests use campaign contributions to get their way at tax payers’ expense.

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GOP Candidate Puts Forward Alternative Gambling Plan

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hemingway laid out his own gaming proposal on the same day the New Hampshire House voted down a two casino plan.

Hemingway, a conservative activist from Bristol, opposes what he calls 'Las Vegas style campus casinos' like those considered in the bill voted on by lawmakers.

Instead, he says already functioning charitable gaming sites in New Hampshire should be able to add slot machines to their operations.

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Opponents Question Residency Of Likely GOP Governor Candidate

Walt Havenstein

Opponents continue to raise questions about whether a Republican expected to join the race for governor meets the state’s residency requirements.

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