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Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today announced that she is nominating highly regarded Republican strategist Jim Merrill as the party's next finance chairman.


"Jim Merrill is an outstanding leader in our party, and I am pleased that he has agreed to help us raise the resources we need to win in 2014," said Jennifer Horn. "He is the right person for the job and I am confident that he will make an excellent finance chairman."


"I am pleased to accept Chairman Horn's nomination as NHGOP Finance Chair.  It is impossible to overstate the importance of a strong and unified Republican Party as we head into next year.   I look forward to the opportunity to serve the Party in this capacity, and to working with Republicans statewide towards victory in 2014."     


Merrill's nomination will be taken up at the next meeting of the NHGOP Executive Committee. If confirmed, he will replace Kevin Smith, who resigned in August to take a job as Londonderry Town Manager.   




Jim Merrill is the New Hampshire State Director of The Bernstein Shur Group, a multi-state strategic consulting subsidiary of the Bernstein Shur law firm, offering a full array of public affairs, strategic communications and political consulting services, with offices in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  In 2011-12, he served as a senior adviser and general consultant to the Romney for President and Lamontagne for Governor campaigns in New Hampshire.  He previously served as the State Director of Governor Romney's 2008 presidential primary campaign, as State Grassroots Chairman and legal counsel to the 2004 Bush-Cheney re-election campaign, on the primary and general election campaign staff of the George W. Bush campaign in 1999-2000, and for over two years in the administration of Governor Stephen Merrill.