Hassan Announces Four Campaign Co-Chairs

Senator Jackie Cilley, Bill Shaheen, Kathy Sullivan and Sean O’Kane to Co-Chair Hassan for Governor


MANCHESTER – Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan announced that Senator Jackie Cilley, Bill Shaheen, Kathy Sullivan and businessman Sean O’Kane will serve as co-chairs of her campaign for Governor.

Former gubernatorial candidate, Senator Jackie Cilley, announced her endorsement of Senator Maggie Hassan on Thursday and agreed to round out the Hassan team of four Campaign Co-Chairs. Senator Cilley's background experience in business and as an adjunct professor of the Whittemore School of Business at UNH, coupled with her growing up in the north country, brings a different perspective to the team. At the Democratic Unity Breakfast last week, Senator Cilley remarked that “We must bring all our energy, our passion and our drive to support Maggie Hassan and to stop Ovide Lamontagne from getting to the Governor’s office."

O’Kane is the former commissioner of the state’s Department of Resources and Economic Development, appointed by Republican Governor Craig Benson, and a political independent. He is now an executive at Schneider Electric.

“Many issues facing our state are extremely complex.  Full, open and thoughtful discussion is critical beyond simple political ideology to reach good decisions,” O’Kane, said. “I think this is a crucial quality of a good political leader, who is ultimately accountable to all the citizens of the state and not just a sliver of the population.  Maggie more than meets this standard.”

As a state Senator, Hassan worked with Governor Lynch and Republicans and Democrats on important efforts, including creating the research-and-development tax credit; creating a job training fund that has served 14,000 people at hundreds of companies; and cutting the state’s dropout rate.

“There is a clear choice in this election, and so much at stake for the people of New Hampshire.  As Governor, Maggie will move New Hampshire forward with an innovation plan that will help our businesses grow so that our families can succeed – and she will do it without a sales or income tax,” said Bill Shaheen. “In the State Senate, Maggie worked with Governor Lynch to get things done for the people of New Hampshire, and that is exactly what she will do as Governor.”

 “We can continue in the direction of Gov. John Lynch, bringing people together to move New Hampshire forward, or we can go in the direction of Speaker Bill O’Brien and the current legislature, where the needs of middle-class families take a backseat to an extreme social agenda,” said Kathy Sullivan. “In Ovide Lamontagne’s New Hampshire, abortion would be illegal, even for victims of rape and incest, and doctors and women would be criminals. Creationism could be taught in our schools. And the state would get to prevent loving couples from marrying.”  

 “I am honored to have Senator Jackie Cilley, Bill Shaheen, Kathy Sullivan and Sean O’Kane serve as Co-Chairs of my campaign for Governor. I look forward to working with them during my campaign for Governor,” said Hassan.