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NHDP - Statement on DC-Backed Multimillionaire Running for NH Governor 

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.

"It's sad that the NHGOP and their Washington cronies can't find someone from New Hampshire to run for Governor, and now are resorting to an out-of-touch, multimillionaire from Maryland who has proven that he thinks he’s above the rules that apply to the rest of us. Walt Havenstein already got caught claiming primary residency on his million dollar Maryland condo to avoid paying property taxes – and now he’s trying to claim he's a resident of New Hampshire. 
 
"After Havenstein cheated the system to avoid taxes, how can New Hampshire voters trust him to fight for our priorities? Will he return to the devastating cuts and attacks on women's health care of failed Speaker Bill O'Brien and the Tea Party Legislature? Will Havenstein repeal the bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan that will bring critical health coverage to over 50,000 working people?

"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."

 

 
Background:

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 Telegraph3/23/14]
 
Under Maryland law, ”Principal residence” has been defined to mean the “one dwelling where the homeowner regularly resides and is the location designated by the owner for the legal purposes of voting, obtaining a driver’s license, and filing income tax returns.” [MAPM, accessed 4/2/14]
Maryland law was enacted in 2007 that requires all homeowners to submit an application stating that they meet the principal residence requirements, under penalty of perjury. According to the Telegraph, “Havenstein said he didn’t recall signing that form.” [State of Maryland, accessed 4/2/2014, Nashua Telegraph3/23/14]

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 Telegraph3/31/14, State of New Hampshire, accessed 4/2/14]

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