EXETER, NH - Today, seven current and former Executive Councilors endorsed Chris Sununu for Governor. The announcement follows last week's endorsements by two former Governors of New Hampshire.
Executive Councilor Joe Kenney of Wakefield, representing New Hampshire's North Country and Lakes Region, said, "I have had the privilege to watch and serve with Chris Sununu on the Executive Council and to see his incredible potential as a future Governor. He has the ability to lead the State in a new direction to foster a new business climate, educational opportunities and lessen the burden of governmental regulations to grow jobs. As a northern CEO of Waterville Valley, he understands and will be a friend of the North Country in support of economic development projects and with the promotion of travel and tourism. I wholeheartedly support him in his race for Governor."
Ruth Griffin, a former long-time Executive Councilor (1987-2007) from the Seacoast, said, "Chris Sununu is exactly the leader New Hampshire needs as Governor. He's earned my support by being an Executive Councilor who provides excellent constituent service, is a true friend to taxpayers, and never walks away from the tough votes. His public service and private sector experience, combined with his youth and energy, make Chris exceptionally qualified to be our Governor. Chris Sununu will be a Governor the Granite State can be proud of."
Ray Wieczorek, a former Executive Councilor (2002-13) and Mayor of Manchester, said, "Chris has a deep commitment to finding workable solutions to problems. He is knowledgeable, hardworking and determined to bring meaningful change to New Hampshire. No one is better prepared to tackle the challenges facing our state today than Chris Sununu."
Earl Rinker, a former Executive Councilor (1987-97) who represented greater Manchester, said, "Chris Sununu has proven himself to be a trusted leader for the entire state. He's made education a top priority, and he's fought hard to ensure that the issue of substance abuse is dealt with in a clear and decisive manner. Constituent service is at the core of an Executive Councilor's job, and Chris is keenly familiar with the kinds of problems that people face. He knows how government can help, and how it can hurt, and there's no doubt in my mind that he will be a difference maker for our state. I'm proud to support Chris Sununu for Governor."
Other former Executive Councilors endorsing Sununu include Louis Georgopoulos (1981-87), Bill Cahill (1985-87), and Dan St. Hilaire (2011-13).
Chris Sununu, first elected in 2010, is serving his third term on the Executive Council. He attributed the endorsements to recognition of his efforts to bring greater fiscal discipline and accountability to New Hampshire's executive branch.
"I appreciate the support of these Executive Councilors very much," Sununu said. "More than anyone, they know what the job of governor takes, and who it takes to do it. They understand the role I've played and the skills and work ethic that I will bring to the corner office. Together, we've shared the commitment to holding the executive branch, and its many unelected bureaucrats, accountable to the taxpayers."
Sununu added, "On the Council, I've been fortunate to serve along side and learn from some of our finest political leaders, not the least of whom was the late Ray Burton. The Council is a collegial group, but must be principled and forceful, insisting on integrity, fiscal discipline, and effective state government. I've learned from these Councilors that good government requires collaboration and cooperation, and positive change requires leadership. These lessons will guide me as governor, and I will be a leader for the next generation."