Diverse and enthusiastic throng gathers to honor Lamontagne and benefit the NH Food Bank
Manchester, NH – Over 350 well wishers, from as far away as Alaska and Wyoming, as well as all over New Hampshire, crammed into a packed Alpine Club on Manchester’s West Side last evening to pay tribute to Ovide Lamontagne as he seriously considers a candidacy for U.S. Senate in 2010. The birthday celebration also doubled as a benefit for the NH Food Bank, www.nhfoodbank.org, and guests responded by bringing over half a ton of canned and dry goods that will be put to use immediately in serving the needs of New Hampshire residents.
Ben Gamache, President of Gamache Enterprises in Manchester, attended last evening and said “Last night, an overwhelming number of civic, charitable and business leaders of all political backgrounds came together with one voice to strongly encourage Ovide to run for Senate in 2010. I was proud to be joined by so many who agree with me that we need to elect a Senator next year with Ovide’s principles, strength and vision.”
Lamontagne added “I deeply appreciate the presence of the overflow crowd who joined us last night and I am humbled at the level of enthusiasm and support shown for my potential candidacy for U.S. Senate last evening. As I travel the State, I am finding a growing interest in my potential candidacy among both Republican grassroots activists, but also independent minded business and community leaders, who all agree that we need to elect a leader to the Senate with the strength to stand up to the vested interests and fix Washington. I will continue to aggressively explore a run for Senate, and speak with voters throughout New Hampshire before making a final decision by year’s end.”
Ovide Lamontagne served as Chairman of the NH State Board of Education from 1993-1996, and in 1996 he was the Republican nominee for governor of New Hampshire. Today, he practices law at Devine, Millimet & Branch, P.A., and is a recognized leader in the charitable and non-profit communities, having been honored in June of this year as New Hampshire’s Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Daniel Webster Council – Boy Scouts of America.