Numerous debates, campaign appearances and media interviews have clearly illustrated that the political differences between New Hampshire’s candidates for governor are stark. Democrat Maggie Hassan, an Exeter attorney, strongly favors increasing the state’s investment in education and supports expanding the state’s Medicaid program, which provides health insurance coverage to low-income families. Republican Ovide Lamontagne, a Manchester attorney, hangs his campaign on pushing for smaller government, saying he doesn’t support an expanded Medicaid program as it’s outlined in federal law. He also wants to place greater control of education at the local community level, in spite of concern from some that doing so will also shift a greater share of the cost to the local level.
Hassan and Lamontagne are both amiable, respectful candidates who vow to work with the Legislature to do what’s best for residents. They both oppose new broad-based taxes, support business development and want to bring gambling to the state. But after the extreme and destructive actions of the Legislature over the past two years — and the uncertainty about its future make-up — it’s important to elect a candidate for governor who is focused on setting New Hampshire on a path to recovery that will better position it for future opportunities in stable, economic growth and technological innovation. That candidate is Maggie Hassan.