NH Young Republicans mark Reagan Centennial; Smith, Sanborn Win 2011 Gipper Awards

(CONCORD) The New Hampshire Young Republican Federation marked President Ronald Reagan’s 100th Birthday by announcing that Molly Smith and Mark Sanborn have won the 2011 Gipper Award, given each year to the state’s outstanding young Republican activists. 

Molly Smith is a first-term Representative from Hooksett and works at Easter Seals New Hampshire.  The New Hampshire native is a graduate of Laconia High School and the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire.

“Molly is a leader of the new generation of Republican office holders in New Hampshire,” said NH Young Republican Chair Kerry Marsh, “She has shown a tireless commitment to helping elect Republicans across the state, and honors us with her work at the State House.”

Mark Sanborn got his political start with  Executive Councilor Ray Burton’s intern program before graduating from the University of New Hampshire. He has worked for Sen. Bob Smith, Con. Charlie Bass, and  for the Federal DOT as Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Transportation. Sanborn owns Gate City Consulting in Nashua.  

“Mark was instrumental in the New Hampshire Young Republicans fundraising and candidate recruitment successes this past November,” Marsh added.  “With Mark as our Treasurer, we executed a fundraising and campaign plan that helped elect 24 Young Republicans; from State Representative, to County Treasurer, to Executive Council, and even Congress.”

The New Hampshire Young Republicans will honor the couple at a reception on Wednesday, February 16th at 5:30pm at the Upham Walker House in Concord.