MANCHESTER – Today, Kevin Smith, Republican candidate for governor of New Hampshire, announced an initial list of individuals publicly supporting his campaign.
“My campaign is one of specific ideas to improve New Hampshire and its economic condition for the long-term. It will also be an aggressive, on-the-ground effort to build a strong grassroots organization throughout the state,” said Smith. “My message has been met with great support because voters are seeing that I am someone who will work hard, offer specific solutions, and provide leadership to create long-term, high-paying jobs in this state. I’m grateful to have the support of such a broad group of individuals, and this is just the beginning.”
Smith noted that the individuals comprising this first list of grassroots supporters represent virtually every region of the state, and among them include small business owners, law enforcement, veterans, and legislators.
Retired Police Chief, and former President of the Association of Chiefs of Police, Chip Sawyer of New Hampton said, “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Kevin on several projects over the years. Kevin’s display of leadership and values wasoutstanding and his passion and devotion to the people of New Hampshire wereunwavering.”
Brian Semprini, a restaurant owner on the seacoast commented, "As a small business owner, I know the importance of making sure that New Hampshire has an economically competitive environment to incentivize more businesses to both grow and be created here. I'm supporting Kevin because he has the right vision for job creation in our state and the kind of business-friendly attitude that's needed in Concord."
Marty Bove, former Town Councilor in Londonderry, said, "Kevin is a born leader who has always shown dedication and commitment to whatever he does. Kevin has been at the forefront of many issues that face the state. He is ready to be the bold and dynamic governor that New Hampshire needs."
Jason Allen Londonderry Rockingham
Nicole Allen Londonderry Rockingham
Tim Boland Hudson Hillsborough
Paul Boore Milford Hillsborough
Marty Bove Londonderry Rockingham
Kathy Bove Londonderry Rockingham
Richard Brothers Tilton Belknap
Marc Brown Kingston Rockingham
Patty Brown Kingston Rockingham
Bob Carbone Richmond Cheshire
Claudia Charbonneau Dodds Windham Rockingham
Paul Chevalier Hudson Hillsborough
Bill Coyne Londonderry Rockingham
Nancy Coyne Londonderry Rockingham
Rep. Duffy Daugherty Colebrook Coos
Tom Dixon Londonderry Rockingham
Brian Dobson Fremont Rockingham
Donna Dufour Windham Rockingham
Pat Fawcett Londonderry Rockingham
Wendi Fenderson New Durham Strafford
Luke Freudenberg Wolfeboro Carroll
Rick Gamache Litchfield Hillsborough
Colleen Gamache Litchfield Hillsborough
Kim Gordon Ashuelot Cheshire
Jay Gratton Manchester Hillsborough
Rep. Robert Greemore Meredith Carroll
Jayne Greemore Meredith Carroll
Jerry Gulezian Londonderry Rockingham
Dotty Gulezian Londonderry Rockingham
Geordy Hutchinson Wolfeboro Carroll
John Labombard Dalton Coos
Mark LaRoche Hampton Falls Rockingham
Rep. Dave Lundgren Londonderry Rockingham
Shelley Malone Manchester Hillsborough
Paul Mansur Manchester Hillsborough
Mike Marino Holderness Grafton
Zorida Mercier Dover Strafford
Ken Miller Amherst Hillsborough
Bill Modis Amherst Hillsborough
Eric Monico Litchfield Hillsborough
John Mortimer New London Merrimack
Lee Ann Mulder Holderness Grafton
Tom Mullen Campton Grafton
Bill O’Grady Goffstown Hillsborough
Alyssa Pockell Londonderry Rockingham
Priscilla Protasowicki Jackson Carroll
Angela Reese Londonderry Rockingham
Jason Reese Londonderry Rockingham
Ed Reilly Dover Strafford
Sheila Reilly Dover Strafford
Kent Rich Concord Merrimack
Paul F. Roy Jr. Nashua Hillsborough
Ret. Chief Nathaniel “Chip” Sawyer New Hampton Belknap
Faye Sell Londonderry Rockingham
Bert Sell Londonderry Rockingham
Brian Semprini Portsmouth Rockingham
Linda Siwik Amherst Hillsborough
Bruce Smith Londonderry Rockingham
Denise Smith Londonderry Rockingham
Rep. Todd Smith Hooksett Merrimack
Valerie Lynn Somers Nashua Hillsborough
Marti Steiner Jones Manchester Hillsborough
Lauren Sullivan Derry Rockingham
Tim Sullivan Derry Rockingham
Michelle Tiani Keene Cheshire
Gary Torressen Wolfeboro Carroll
Melissa Torressen Wolfeboro Carroll
Tim Wege Londonderry Rockingham
Pastor J. Matthew Worrall Winchester Cheshire
Kathy S. Worrall Winchester Cheshire
Background on Selected Individuals, Political Activists
Paul Chevalier of Hudson is a long-time Republican activist and a noted veteran in the state. Chevalier is the past State Commander for the NH Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). You might also be familiar with Chevalier because he was key endorsement and Veterans Coalition Chair for John McCain's campaigns, as well as the campaigns of George W. Bush (2004), John E. Sununu, Rich Ashooh, and John Huntsman.
John Labombard of Dalton is a well-known, North Country activist. He is also someone who originally backed Ovide Lamontagne, but now backs Smith. You may recall that Labombard gained notoriety in 2000 by driving then Governor George W. Bush around on his bus throughout the state (Labombard's own personal bus had "New Hampshire is Bush Country" printed on the side of it if you recall). Labombard and Bush actually became good friends.
Bill Modis of Amherst is the Vice-Chair of the Amherst GOP.
Chip Sawyer of New Hampton is a retired Police Chief and former President of the Association of Chiefs of Police in NH.
Brian Semprini of Portsmouth is a small business owner and son of former NHGOP Chair Wayne Semprini.
Marty Bove, is a former town councilor of Londonderry and long-time Republican activist.