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Ovide for Governor Announces Veterans Leadership Team & Coalition

Campaign also releases over 100 members of Veterans for Ovide

Manchester, NH - Demonstrating strong and growing grassroots support from the state’s veterans community, the Ovide for Governor campaign today released its Veterans for Ovide steering committee and the names of over 100 veterans who have joined the coalition to date.

Veterans for Ovide is chaired by retired Air Force Major Griffin Dalianis, past Chairman of the State Veterans Advisory Committee and a longtime advocate for disabled veterans.  Joining Major Dalianis as co-chairs are Corporal Jack Barnes, U.S. Army, retired, Commander John Roller, U.S. Navy, retired, Sergeant Kent Nolan, U.S. Air Force, Captain Lynne Ferrari-Blankenbeker, U.S. Navy and Jim Adams, U.S. Navy E-5, retired. 

Discussing her reasons for supporting Ovide, coalition co-chair Rep. Lynne Ferrari-Blankenbecker said, “When I returned from my tour as a Navy nurse in Afghanistan earlier this year, Ovide was among the first to welcome me home. Since my return we have had a number of conversations about veteran's issues in our state and it is obvious to me he understands the needs of our community.  Ovide is my choice for Governor because I know he respects and values New Hampshire's veterans, he is a perfect choice to be the Commander in Chief of New Hampshire's State military.”

Co-chair John Roller added, “As a retired veteran, impeccable character and a commitment to fiscal conservatism are important to me when deciding which candidates to back.  I support Ovide because he not only has these characteristics but he has also shown himself to be genuinely concerned with the welfare of servicemembers and military families across New Hampshire.” 

The Veterans for Ovide coalition is comprised of active and retired servicemembers of every branch of the military and includes residents of every county in the state.

“I am honored and humbled to have the support of so many veterans across the Granite State and am excited to be announcing this coalition on Independence Day,” said Lamontagne.  “They have served and sacrificed to protect this state and our country and we are forever in their debt.  As Governor, I will be a tireless advocate for the state’s veteran community and will ensure we honor our commitments to them.”

Below is a list of coalition members, organized alphabetically by last name.

James Adams USN E-5 Pittsfield
Henry Ahern USAF Sergeant Plymouth
Bob Allard Air Natl Guard Sergeant Portsmouth
Brett Balise USMC E-4 Moltonboro
Sen. Jack Barnes US Army Corporal Raymond
Emile Beaulieu USAF Sr. Master Sergeant Goffstown
Dr. Andy Benoit US Army Private First Class Hancock
Rep. Lynne Ferrari-Blankenbeker USN Captain Concord
Rep. Regina Birdsell USN Yeoman 1st Class Hampstead
Carolyn Boland US Army 1st Lieutenant Hancock
Leigh Bosse USAF 1st. Lieutenant Hillsborough
Rep. Lester Bradley USMC SSG Thornton
Richard Brown US Army Sergeant Moltonboro
Peter Burdett USN Commander Bow
John Byron US Army E-6 Epping
Alan Cail USN E-5 Manchester
Joseph H. Cartwright USAF Captain Alstead
Paul Casaletto USAF Airman 1st Class Deering
Rep. John Cebrowski USMC Captain Bedford
Louis Cizmadia USN Seaman Windham
Dan Clancy USAF Major Weare
Jarvis Coffin USMC 1st. Lieutenant Hancock
Sam Cohen US Army E-5 Concord
Rep. William Condra USN Chf. Petty Officer Wilton
Ed Coughlin US Army Spec 4th Hancock
Bruce Couturier USN Petty Officer Deering
John Courturier USN BME Goffstown
James Cowan III USMC Captain Deering
Cheri Cywinski USN Yeoman 2nd Class Nashua
Dr. Griffin Dalianis USAF Major Nashua
Romeo Danais US Army Specialist 4th Class Nottingham
Dave Dalrymple US Army Spc. 4th Class Salem
Sen. Tom DeBlois US Army Corporal Manchester
Jerry Delemus USMC Sergeant Rochester
Sam DeYoung USAF Prvt. Fist Class Swanzey
Jim Donini USN EM - 1 Pittsfield
Rep. Dan Donovan US Army Private Deering
Don Duhamel USAF/Army Master Sergeant Manchester
Royce Elkins USAF Sergeant Pittsfield
Ted Faller USN Lieutenant Center Harbor
Joe Fegan US Army E-4 Center Harbor
George Fellendorf USN Seamen Appentice Keene
Charles Finefrock Jr. USN Seaman Manchester
John W. Flanders USN Seaman Kingston
Robert C. Flanders USMC Reserve Sergeant Henniker
James Foote USN Petty Officer 3rd Class Hampstead
Desmond M. Ford USMC Private First Class Hancock
Ray Fournier USN E-5 Hillsborough
Steve Forster US Army SF Captain Henniker
Rep. Bob Fredette US Army Sergeant Major E-9 Hillsborough
Jeff Frost USMC Captain Manchester
Gary A. Gahan USMC Corporal Merrimack
Bob Giuda USMC Captain Warner
Rep. Brandon Giuda USN Captain Chichester
William Goldthwaite USAF Master Sergeant Goffstown
Craig Graham US Army SSG Pelham
John Graham USArmy Lt. Col Bedford
Mark T. Groves USMC Gunnery Sergeant Derry
Rep. Bart Hardwick US Army E-5 Francestown
Rep. Ken Hawkins USMC E-5 Bedford
Mike Hayes US Army E-5 Plymouth
Ray Hayes USAF Tech.Sergeant Milford
Rep. Dick Hinch USN Petty Officer Merrimack
Larry Johnson USAF Airman 1st Class Francestown
Bill Joransen USN Captain Nashua
Robert Kell US Army Private Hancock
George Kidd USAF Airman 1st Class Hancock
Jack Kimball USN E-5 Dover
John Kroehler, Jr. USAF Captain Manchester
Arthur Krueger USAF Captain Hillsborough
Derek MacMillen Kittredge USAF Sergeant Rochester
Bill Miller USN HM -3 Pittsfield
Richard LaFlamme US Army MSgt. Frankln
Cheryl LeBrun US Army Captain Loudon
Rep. Don LeBrun USMC/USArmy USM Gunnery Srgt. Nashua
Gerard Leduc USN Petty Officer 3rd Class Pittsfield
Paul Lapage US Army E-7 Epsom
Samuel K. Lessey USAF Brg. General Hancock
Eric J. Letendre US Army Lieutenant Colonel Concord
Rick Levasseur USAF E-4 Hudson
Rep. Mark Lindsley USMCR MSgt. Henniker
Tony Marino USAF Airman 2nd Class Pembroke
Donald McGillicuddy USMC Corporal Meredith
Brain McNulty USMC/USA E-6 Henniker
Vincent Milano Sr. US Army E-6 Epping
Vincent Milano US Army E-4 Epping
Walt Morse US Army E-5 Hillsborough
Fred Murphy USN SOG - 3 Hillsborough
Jim Nash USN E-6 Henniker
Chris Nevins USAF Lt. Col. Hampton
Jack Neylon USN Petty Officer 1st.class Littleton
Kent Nolan USAF Sergeant Goffstown
John M. Potucek USAF Staff Sergeant Derry
Roger Racette USAF SSG Hillsborough
Frank Reczkowski US Army Sergeant Candia
John Roller USN Commander Hooksett
David E. Sherman USMC Major New Boston
Howard Sherman USAF Lt. Col Hancock
Nahida Sherman USAF Col. Hancock
Roy Shoults Sr. US Army Private Manchester
Ron Silva USN Petty Officer 3rd Class New Boston
Walter Stiles USMC Staff Sergeant Manchester
Prescott Towle USA Sergeant Epsom
Merrill J. Shepard US Army Spc. 4th Class Weare
Brian Stacey USN E-3 Manchester
R. James Steiner US Army Major Concord
Paul J. St. Pierre USMC Reserve 1st. Lieutenant Jaffrey
Jorge Mesa-Tejada USMC Sergeant Hampstead
Jon Tollman USAF E-5 Moltonboro
Jim Twombly USAF Lt. Col. Rochester
John Vattes USMC PFC Manchester
Robert Verdonck US Army Sergeant E-5 Wolfboro
Kenneth D. Wargo USMC PFC New Boston

Note: Use of military rank and job titles does not imply endorsement by the Department of Defense or any department thereof.


NH House Leaders Congratulate Salem Rep. Named to Young Americans for Romney Leadership Team

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader Pete Silva (R-Nashua) released the following statement on Rep. Marilinda Garcia (R-Salem) who today was announced as a member of Mitt Romney’s Young Americans for Romney Leadership Team. Garcia is a co-chair of the House Republican Alliance, serves on the House Finance and House Legislative Administration committees and was identified as a “Rising Star” by the New Hampshire Union Leader as a member of the “40 Under Forty” 2011 class.  Garcia is also active in supporting conservative values among Hispanics and this year participated in a national campaign by GOPAC.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Rep. Garcia is a leading voice for economic growth and has been active in shaping the policies that have brought New Hampshire back from the financial brink and created an environment to bring good new jobs here. She is a great role model and voice for young people nationally to remind them that economic prosperity such as creating a supportive business climate, working to provide an environment favorable to increasing the creation of private sector jobs, preventing over-regulation of business, and keeping government lean to minimize its burden on taxpayers and businesses is paramount to the future of their generation. We are proud that Rep. Garcia is participating in this conversation nationally and she will add great value to Romney’s presidential bid.”

House Majority Leader Pete Silva

“So many young people graduating from college right now are unable to find jobs because of Obama’s failed economic policies. I know Marilinda will carry the message to young voters that a Romney presidency of  limited government, fewer regulations on America’s businesses and fiscal discipline will help get our economy back on track and spur job creation so young people looking for jobs can find them. We’re thrilled to see Marilinda leading these efforts and proud of her work for New Hampshire and our country.”



Mo Baxley,  former state representative and executive director of NH Freedom to Marry, takes on field director role in Jackie Cilley's campaign for governor

Barrington, NH – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley is pleased to announce that Mo Baxley, former executive director of NH Freedom to Marry, is joining her campaign as field director. Baxley, who has 30 years of experience including successfully directing public education, legislative and labor campaigns, working at the local, state, and national level, also served in the New Hampshire House. Her focus will be organizing county and local committees in support of Jackie's candidacy.

"We are thrilled that Mo is joining our team," said Cilley. "I know from working with her to pass marriage equality that she is a tireless advocate for what she believes in. Living in New Hampshire and having established relationships with scores of our citizens makes her an invaluable asset to our campaign."

"I am very excited about the Jackie Cilley for Governor campaign and thrilled to be working with Jackie," said Baxley, adding "I worked directly with Jackie on marriage equality and saw firsthand her commitment to doing the right thing and her effectiveness in getting the job done."

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley has called Mo a "NH hero" for her efforts to pass marriage equality legislation in the legislature: "A lot will be said and written over the resounding victory for marriage equality in New Hampshire. Many will get credit, many will take credit but from my point of view the hero of this historic win is Mo Baxley… While many involved were helpful no one was as instrumental to today's win than Mo Baxley."

Mo lives in the Lakes Region.



Maggie Hassan Announces Upper Valley Steering Committee

MANCHESTER, NH – Maggie Hassan for Governor today announced its Upper Valley Steering Committee with over 30 community leaders, supporters and volunteers.  

“I am honored to have such strong support in the Upper Valley,” said Hassan.  “I’m looking forward to working with our entire committee to continue building a strong campaign across the state.  We need to keep New Hampshire moving forward – and we’ll do that by building an innovative economy that gives middle class families the opportunity to succeed.“ 

“I support Maggie Hassan for Governor because she understands New Hampshire values and is concerned about the things that average citizens worry about,” said Biddy Irwin of Newport. “She is thoughtful and can bring people together, even in this caustic climate in Concord.  I believe she can carry on the good work of Governor John Lynch and restore civility to our political process.”

Hassan has previously released steering committees in the North Country, and in Merrimack, Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties.  

Hassan has earned the support of EMILY’s List and the Women’s Campaign Fund.  She has also been endorsed by the Carpenters Local 118, Iron Workers Local 7, UFCW Locals 1445 and 791, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Council #35 and the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local #6. 

Public Supporters in Upper Valley 

Dan Allen, New London

Theodore Brown, New London

Barbara Brown, New London

Dawn Carter, New London

Barbara Chase, New London

Hilary Cleveland, New London

John Clough, Elkins

Sue Clough, Elkins

Patricia Danielson, Canaan

Lyn Sellers Davies, West Lebanon

Brandt Denniston, Springfield

Donna Denniston, Springfield

John Dryfout, Cornish

Deming Holleran, Lebanon

Biddy Irwin, Newport

Phyllis Katz, Grantham

Robert Katz, Grantham, Treasurer, Democratic Town Committee

Thomas Kehler, Hanover

David Levy, Hanover

Caroline Friedman Levy, Hanover

Elsa Luker, Hanover

Barbara Marzelli, Newbury

C. Robertson McClung, Etna

Porter Miller, Orford

Sian Owen, New London

Misagh Parsa, Hanover

Peter Runstadler, Hanover

Priscilla Runstadler, Hanover

Peter Stettenheim, Lebanon

Andrew Winter, Hanover

Rebecca Winter, Hanover

Carole Wood, Grantham

Dave Wood, Grantham



Cilley For Governor - Jackie Cilley announces campaign team 

Barrington – Since her announcement to run for Governor of New Hampshire, Jackie Cilley has brought together an impressive roster of dedicated professionals to assist her campaign.  As a former member of the NH House and Senate, Cilley plans to build upon the good work of Governor John Lynch and reinvigorate New Hampshire’s economy through sound investments in education, transportation and communication infrastructure, and an environment in which parents want to raise their families and that attracts tourists.

“I’m in this race to ensure that we have a state in which our children and grandchildren have the choice to stay, work and raise their own families,” says Cilley.  “We have been losing our competitive advantage – the loss of 3,800 jobs last year and more this year show that clearly.  We are better than that and we can reverse that trend if we actually listen to what business owners and our own citizens have told us.  My administration will be dedicated to making the investments that have reliably proven to attract businesses with good jobs to build a robust economy for our citizens.”

For the past several months, Cilley has been assembling a team to carry the campaign forward into the November elections.

“What is remarkable about our team is that every individual is as passionate as I am about the future of our state,” Cilley noted.  “It was really important to me to be able to work with folks who understand and care deeply about this state that I love dearly.  We’ve accomplished that with this group who are backed by dozens upon dozens of equally passionate volunteers.  Even on the longest days, this team inspires me to give all that I am capable of giving to this campaign.”

The Cilley campaign is headed up by former NH Representative Liz Merry as campaign manager and includes both nationally recognized consultants as well as New Hampshire professionals.

The internal team is augmented by professional consulting services provided by:

Steve Murphy of Murphy Vogel Askew Reilly is well known for the role his firm plays in doing all they can to elect Democrats and to promote positive change through initiative and referenda campaigns. Steve Murphy has worked to elect Democrats since 1976, when he started with the Jimmy Carter for President campaign in Natchez, Mississippi on January 3. He went on to run Wilson Goode’s first race for Mayor of Philadelphia in 1983 and Dick Gephardt’s successful Iowa Caucus campaign in 1988. Steve also served as Executive Director of the U.S. House Democratic Caucus in the late eighties.

Chris Keohan of CK Strategies, a political consulting firm in Boston, MA provides leadership to both the fundraising and the Political Strategy teams. He has worked on numerous political campaigns nationally since his graduation from Boston College in 2003.  He is the winner of the 2012 Rising Star Award  from Campaigns and Elections Magazine.

Mike Gehrke of the Benenson Strategy Group provides a global strategic research polling service. Mikes work provides insights into opinions and underlying assumptions within political campaigns that are leveraged to provide competitive advantage to campaigns. Mike has built a reputation as one of the country’s top campaign staffers and has served as the White House Director of Research under President Bill Clinton, the Research Director for the Presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry and working for the Democratic National Committee during the 2007-08 presidential primary and general election. He has also worked closely with non-profits and labor organizations.

Andrew Kennedy of Kennedy Communications runs a full service communications firm that specializes in direct mail and online strategies for campaigns, political organizations and advocacy groups across the country. His work has been a critical factor to helping win numerous political campaigns on behalf of clients in 27 states -including a dozen current Members of Congress, three US Senators, a Governor, and numerous state and local elected officials.


Our Team:

Campaign Manager

Elizabeth “Liz” Merry is Jackie’s campaign manager.  Liz was formerly a senior executive of a global telecommunications company and moved to Sanbornton in 2000. She has run several small consulting businesses the latest with a focus on project management and process effectiveness. She has also been very active in the community as the State Representative from Sanbornton and Tilton (2008-2010); the Town Moderator of Sanbornton, NH and most recently as the Belknap County Democrat Chair. She is on several boards, including NAMI NH, Genesis Behavioral Health and LRGHealthcare.

Director of Campaign Operations

Keith McCrea is Operations Director for the campaign, assisting in quality execution of the strategic plan. Keith served four years as the Legislative Director of Toledo City Council in Ohio where he worked on legislation granting domestic partner benefits and creating a government non-profit to offer reduced price prescriptions to needy families. Keith has been a Senior Consultant with Burges & Burges and worked on a number of campaigns in Ohio and Ontario including races for Canadian Defence Minister John McCallum and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Alice Robie Resnick. Keith lives in Manchester with his wife and two children.

Social Media Director

Dean Barker co-founded New Hampshire's premiere progressive blog, Blue Hampshire, writing for the site and managing its daily operations for over four years. He has been recognized both nationally and within the State as a significant voice in promoting societal values by leveraging new social media.   Dean brings to Jackie’s campaign team a dimension of innovation, talent and experience not often found.


Website Manager

Jan Schmidt, owner and manager of the is based in Nashua. Jan has helped numerous small based businesses and individuals maximize the effectiveness of their website and social media activity.

Campaign Versatilist

The term “versatilist” describes people who are able to apply a depth of skill to a progressively widening scope of situations and experiences, equally at ease with technical issues as with business strategy. The term captures the essence of what Caroline French brings to the team. Her past enables her to contribute to the campaign in a variety of ways, from volunteer engagement to communications, office management and staffing. She has been self-employed in her own antiques business for more than 40 years and is well known for her tireless efforts in many campaigns over the years.

Event Coordinator

Maureen Mann coordinates events and house parties for the campaign to ensure that the campaign reaches all parts of the state.  She was an educator for 30 years, and served on her union’s executive board and contract negotiating term.   Maureen, like Jackie, was also the owner of a small business. She is the founder of The Forum, an online newspaper serving Northeast Rockingham County. Maureen served two terms in the NH House of Representatives, and is running for a third term. 

Fundraising Staff

Roberto Fuentes and Katrina Baker provide fundraising support and research capabilities to the team.  Roberto is active with the NH Young Democrats and has provided support to both the Obama and Governor Lynch campaigns in 2008.

Katrina is an intern from UNH who studies political science and justice studies as a dual major. She has worked on prior campaigns and brings organizational support to this effort.

Campaign Photographer/Videographer

Dick Pollock brings to Jackie’s campaign a thirty-year career of commitment to non-profit organizations.  He has developed a career in photography that spans a variety of subject matter interests.  Currently he manages a photography business in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley and free-lances as time permits.  He brings a highly professional and vital visual and sound element to Jackie’s campaign.


Cathy Cilley is responsible for the coordination of the campaign schedule, contacting groups and individuals to set up meetings and/or meet-and-greets for Jackie. She is Jackie’s daughter-in-law and has worked in the corporate world for 15 years as an executive assistant managing staff and providing technical support to professional teams. Cathy has also provided support to Jackie during her two Senate campaigns.  Cathy will serve while maintaining her current job as a stay-at-home mom of three boys.