CONCORD, NH – Standing Up for New Hampshire Families– the coalition working to protect the freedom to marry in the state–today announced new Leadership Council members which include prominent Republicans such as Sarah Crawford Stewart, former NH State Director for Jon Huntsman, and former NH Deputy State Director for Senator John McCain and Eduardo J. Lopez-Reyes, the National Vice Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus. This now brings the count to over 250 council members from across the state.
Working on the New Hampshire Presidential Primary campaigns for John McCain in 2000 and 2008 and Jon Huntsman in 2012, Sarah Crawford Stewart has gained a unique insight when it comes to what concerns voters.
“I urge the legislature not to waste any more precious time on this popular law and set a laser-like focus on jobs and the economy instead of taking away the right to marry from their fellow Granite Staters,” said Stewart.
“Poll after poll consistently shows that voters from across the political spectrum oppose repealing marriage equality.” She added.
The complete list of today’s new additions to the SUFNHF Leadership Council are:
Travis Blais, Windham - Attorney and Republican activist
Eduardo J. Lopez-Reyes, Portsmouth – National Vice Chairman, Republican Liberty Caucus; Management and Public Relations Consultant
Marie A. Lopez-Reyes, Portsmouth – Business Owner, Marie Lopez Photography; Health Care Provider
Frank McDougall, Hanover - VP, Government Relations at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Dr. Jim Squires, Hollis - Former Republican gubernatorial candidate; Former Republican State Senator; Founding President of the Endowment for Health
Christopher Stewart, Manchester – Principal, b-fresh consulting, LLC
Sarah Crawford Stewart, Manchester – Principal, b-fresh consulting, LLC; Huntsman NH 2012 State Director; McCain NH 2008 Deputy State Director
Mike Whitney, Manchester - Retired Banking Executive and Business Consultant
Marine veteran Craig Stowell, Co-Chair of Standing Up for NH Families and a Republican from Claremont, said he was proud to see so many people, including prominent Republicans, stand up for the freedom to marry.
“Our new supporters understand that focusing on a repeal of freedom and rolling back the clock on individual rights is not what the voters sent them to Concord to do," said Stowell. "Their involvement brings new attention and prestige to defending our state’s popular marriage equality law and sends the message to lawmakers that HB437 is entirely wrong.”
Some other notable Republicans already on the SUFNHF Leadership Council include:
Irena Goddard, Hopkinton – Chairman, Hopkinton Town Republican Committee
Ruth Griffin, Portsmouth – Republican Former Executive Councilor and former Republican National Committeewoman
Chris Lawless, Hopkinton – Former Hopkinton Selectman
JP Marzullo, Deering – Former NHGOP Area 3 Vice-Chairman; Deering Selectman; Chairman, Contoocook Valley Republican Committee
Bonnie Newman – Chancellor Emerita of the Community College System of New Hampshire; Former President of the Business and Industry Association; Former Interim President of the University of New Hampshire; Former Executive Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
Sean Owen, Manchester – Chairman of New Hampshire Republicans for Freedom and Equality PAC; Business Owner, Printer’s Square and wëdu
Kimon Zachos, Manchester – Republican Former NH House Majority Leader; Former Deputy Speaker of the NH House; Former Chairman of the NH House Judiciary Committee