Betsi DeVries endorses Jackie Cilley for governor

The fmr. senator, Manchester alderman, and Manchester's first female firefighter joins Cilley to campaign in Manchester and Milford on Labor Day

(Barrington) Betsi DeVries today joined the thousands of citizens around New Hampshire who have chosen to back Jackie Cilley's candidacy for governor. DeVries, Manchester's first woman firefighter and former Manchester alderman and representative and senator, worked closely with Jackie in the Senate and cites Jackie's depth of understanding and passion as reasons for her endorsement. Betsi will be joining Jackie Sunday to campaign at the AFL-CIO's Labor Day breakfast at St. George's Greek Orthodox Church in Manchester followed by marching with Jackie and supporters in Milford's Labor Day parade.

"I deeply appreciate Sen. DeVries' confidence in my candidacy," said Cilley. "I can't think of anyone who exemplifies what public service should be about more than Betsi. Getting to know her was one of the great pleasures of serving in the senate.  To see how she constantly applied herself to helping the people of  Manchester – as  a firefighter, alderman and senator – demonstrates what an elected official should be about."

"During our time in the Senate together, I got a firsthand look at how hard Jackie worked and how she tried to see every side of an issue before voting," said DeVries. "She became a great friend and will be a great governor for New Hampshire."

After becoming Manchester's first female firefighter, Betsi DeVries spent 12 years as a first responder in New Hampshire's largest city. When she retired in 2001, she decided to continue her service and ran for alderman in Manchester. Expanding her public service with terms in the House and Senate representing south Manchester and Litchfield, Betsi proved a widely respected voice in the legislature, winning awards from the Business and Industry Association and the New Hampshire Home Builders Association.


ABOUT JACKIE: Jackie Cilley is proud to have earned the support of 17,000 union households across New Hampshire for her campaign for governor. Jackie, 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.