Concord, N.H.-- In response to a report by WMUR that RGA-backed candidate Walter Havenstein will run for governor, Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party Ray Buckley issued the following statement.
"Granite Staters support Governor Hassan because she is a bipartisan leader who is focused on solving problems to strengthen the middle class and keep our economy moving forward. Every day, the people of New Hampshire work hard and play by the rules to get ahead and provide for their families, and they appreciate that Governor Hassan is fighting for their priorities. It's clear that Walt Havenstein doesn’t respect the laws of either New Hampshire or Maryland, and Granite State voters can't trust that he would respect them either."
A Nashua Telegraph expose outlined how Walt Havenstein took Maryland property tax breaks that required his principal residence to be in that state, raising a host of questions and placing his candidacy in doubt.
The Telegraph uncovered that Havenstein “saved $5,354 from 2008-11 by getting a homestead exemption from local property taxes in Bethesda, Md. He also paid a lower state property transfer tax while buying the property in that state. To get both, Havenstein had to acknowledge that his $1 million condominium was his ‘principal residence' where he was living at least seven months of the year." [Nashua Telegraph, 3/23/14]
Just last weekend, a Nashua Telegraph emphasized Havenstein's problems stating that he was either "ineligible to run for the office or committed tax fraud in Maryland." [Nashua Telegraph, 3/31/14]
That same report found that in addition to registering a car in Maryland, Havenstein briefly held a driver’s license in that state. New Hampshire doesn’t allow someone to hold a valid driver’s license in this state while having an active license in another state. [Nashua Telegraph, 3/31/14, State of New Hampshire, accessed 4/2/14]