Jackie Cilley Kicks off Run for Governor Stressing her Commitment to NH Families

Former senator to make promoting education and job opportunities for the next generation of New Hampshire her campaign's focus.

(Manchester – February 7th, 2012)  Announcing her campaign for governor from the YWCA in downtown Manchester today, Jackie Cilley emphasized her commitment to protecting the opportunities that New Hampshire offered generations of working and middle class families like hers. Before a packed room of nearly 200 supporters, she made clear that, as a daughter of millworkers and the first member of her family to attend college, she is running to defend for future generations the ladder that she climbed to success from the radical agenda in Concord that's determined to tear it down.

"Not one of our citizens should be left behind", Cilley said, adding "Not one region of our state should be left behind. Not one of our workers should be left behind. And, not one ounce of our creativity should be left behind. We are in this together and together we can reinstate New Hampshire to its rightful position as being first."

Highlighting four priorities on which she would focus as governor, Cilley outlined her goals.

  • "Together, we can insist on a world-class education for our students to prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century and to ensure their competitiveness with any student from any region of the country."      
  • "Together, we can offer businesses the best and most educated workforce in the country, the very reason the majority of businesses settled in New Hampshire to begin with."
  • "Together, we can rebuild the transportation infrastructure in our state to both encourage new businesses to come and to support our number one industry, tourism."
  • "Together, we can build a 21st century communications infrastructure that will attract businesses to every corner of our state, including Berlin, Keene, and Claremont."

Cilley, who served in both New Hampshire's House and Senate representing Barrington, built a successful business and taught more than 2500 New Hampshire students over her 20 years as a highly respected business professor with UNH's Whittemore School for Business and Economics. A Berlin native, Sen. Cilley earned a BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the Whittemore School.  Jackie and her husband Bruce have lived in Barrington for more than 20 years.  They have five sons, 12 grandchildren, and two dogs.