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An Editorial - Joseph W. McQuaid, Publisher: Jeanie Forrester for governor

New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher

August 31. 2016 9:04PM


In the Sept. 13 primary, New Hampshire Republicans have four candidates for governor. One is head and shoulders above the rest: Jeanie Forrester.

She doesn’t have the others’ name recognition or personal wealth. She does have the brains and experience needed for the job. The most recent example of this was her key role in crafting a superb state budget that Gov. Maggie Hassan first vetoed and ever since has claimed credit for.

Forrester is Senate Finance chairman, and she knows her numbers. She helped fashion a cut in state business taxes (which Hassan said would be disastrous) that has proven wise and has set the state on the right track.

She has also released the most detailed issues agenda of any candidate in the race. She has published plans for the economy, government reform, health care and the opioid epidemic.

Forrester’s experience in local government has informed her ability to cut waste and keep taxes low. She was a town administrator in the Lakes Region and ran Main Street programs. She and her husband now own an environmental services company.

She is a pro-life conservative who gives Republicans the best chance they have had in years to take back the governor’s office at a time when that office is in peril of becoming a permanent big-government Democrat stronghold.

The New Hampshire Union Leader has interviewed all the candidates. We endorse state Sen. Jeanie Forrester for governor and urge you to take a look at her record.

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