Concord – Longtime conservative activist and current Merrimack County GOP Chairman Bryan Gould today announced his candidacy for NHGOP Vice Chairman.


“I am running for Vice Chairman because I want to continue to strengthen our party and serve as a  voice for bedrock New Hampshire values of fiscal responsibility,  limited government, personal liberty, and low taxes,” said Gould. “The New Hampshire Republican State Committee has made tremendous progress over the last two years – but there is still more work to be done. I am committed to working with Republicans across the spectrum to help elect dedicated Republican candidates in 2016.”


Executive Councilor David Wheeler and Merrimack County Sheriff Scott Hilliard immediately endorsed Gould’s candidacy.


“I’ve known Bryan for nearly twenty years, and he is first and foremost a Reagan conservative.  I worked extensively with him in his role as special counsel to both the executive council and Governor Benson and found him to be excellent at managing complex and sensitive legal issues,” said Executive Councilor Wheeler. “During my time in politics, he has served as chairman of the Concord and Merrimack County Republican Committees and has been NHGOP counsel for three party chairmen. I count Bryan as a friend and support his candidacy for vice-chairman of the NHGOP without hesitation.”


"I'm enthusiastically supporting Bryan for vice-chair. During his time as chairman of our county committee he has shown repeatedly that he respects every kind of Republican. That has helped make our committee a big success,” said Sheriff Hilliard. “I know he will bring long experience, good judgment, and a positive outlook to the office of vice-chairman."


For over twenty years, Bryan has been worked with grassroots activists to strengthen conservative causes in New Hampshire. Bryan currently serves as the Merrimack County GOP chairman and previously served as chairman of the Concord Republican City Committee. He has served as special counsel both to New Hampshire Governor Craig Benson and to the New Hampshire Executive Council.  He has also served as counsel to three chairmen of the NHGOP. Bryan is a director and shareholder at Cleveland, Waters and Bass, is a member of the New Hampshire and Nevada bars, and he is admitted to practice before the United States Courts of Appeals for the First and Ninth Circuits and the United States District Courts for the Districts of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Nevada. Bryan earned a B.S. (cum laude) from Utah State University and a J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law.


Current Vice Chairman Ken Merrifield announced that he would not run for reelection and focus on his duties as mayor of Franklin.