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Ovide Lamontagne makes candidacy for governor official

BEDFORD - Just a few days after Gov. John Lynch announced he will not run for re-election, Manchester attorney Ovide Lamontagne took the podium on Monday pledging his candidacy for the governor's seat.

Vowing to renew the New Hampshire advantage and support the state's Live Free or Die motto, Lamontagne said his campaign will focus on transforming the state with new leadership.

"We know that there is such important work to be done right here in New Hampshire, and the rest of the country is looking to us for the message we send," Lamontagne told the Bedford Republican Committee during a fundraiser breakfast at the Manchester Country Club.

New Hampshire needs leadership that will tell Washington to back off from telling us how to teach our kids, treat our patients and control our businesses, he stressed.

"We need leaders at the state level that understand that we need to wean ourselves off of the federal dependency that we have allowed to occur in this country."

New Hampshire must have leaders that believe in the local people and that are optimistic, according to Lamontagne. With that, the 53-year-old attorney said he is throwing his hat in the ring and announced that he is officially a candidate for governor of New Hampshire.

In the presence of several presidential candidates, state senators and state representatives, Lamontagne launched his new campaign website and touted the establishment of a 200-person steering committee to help with his campaign.

He told Granite State citizens that it is time to go back and "rediscover the magic of self determination" and local control. This is an historic opportunity to preserve the state and make it worthy for generations to come, he said.

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