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Former NHGOP Chair Jack Kimball endorses Lamontagne for governor

By JOHN DiSTASO

Senior Political Reporter

MANCHESTER _ Former state Republican Party chairman Jack Kimball today endorsed Manchester attorney Ovide Lamontagne for governor.

Lamontagne, a former U.S. Senate candidate, and Kevin Smith, former executive director of the conservative issues group Cornerstone Action, are the two Republicans who have so far announced their candidacies.

Democratic former state Sen. Maggie Hassan is also an announced candidate to succeed the retiring Gov. John Lynch.

Kimball ran for governor in 2010, losing the GOP nomination to John Stephen, and then served as party chairman until earlier this year. He is a leading Tea Party activist in the state.

In a statement released exclusively to UnionLeader.com, Kimball said, 'We need a governor who is business friendly and understands what is required to create an environment where small businesses can flourish. We need a governor who realizes that a government that governs best is that which governs least and that government needs to get out of the way of it citizens and its businesses.'

Kimball said cited Lamontagne's pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and pro-Tenth Amendment position.

He called Lamontagne 'a man of honor and integrity' and asked 'all conservative and liberty loving voters to get behind Ovide in this critically important election.'..