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November 29. 2012 11:04PM

Hassan names 4 co-chairsof inaugural committee

CONCORD - Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan has named four prominent Granite Staters as co-chairs of her inaugural committee, which is organizing the Jan. 3 oath-of-office events at the State House, an inaugural ball in Manchester on Jan. 4 and a North Country ball on Jan. 12.

Hassan's transition office on Thursday announced her inaugural committee is co-chaired by attorney Alan Reische of Manchester, Anna Grace Holloway of Rye, real estate developer and long-time Democratic fundraiser Fred Seigel of North Hampton and Northeast Delta Dental CEO Tom Raffio of Bow.

Hassan has also named her former campaign manager, Matt Burgess, as inaugural committee director. J.P. Boyle, her former deputy campaign manager, is the inaugural committee deputy director and Liz Purdy is a senior adviser to the inaugural committee, as she was for the campaign.

Hassan's office has launched a new web site, www.hassaninauguration.org, to provide information and online ticketing for inaugural events.

Hassan will be sworn in to office as the state's 81st governor on Thursday, Jan. 3, at the State House. Later that day, she will host an open house at the State House to greet citizens.

The inaugural ball will take place on Friday, Jan. 4, at the Radisson Center of New Hampshire in Manchester. A North Country ball will be held on Saturday. Jan. 12 at the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods.

Hassan said: "New Hampshire is a special place where we come together as communities to support each other, address our challenges, and move our state forward.

"The New Hampshire way means all of us chip in, and the people of New Hampshire expect their leaders to be accessible to their ideas and priorities.

"I want to ensure all of our citizens have an opportunity to participate as we begin our work together to build a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire where our businesses can grow, flourish and create good jobs for our people."

Her transition team says she intends to "focus on innovation, fiscal responsibility and common-sense solutions to our challenges," while working in a bipartisan way "to develop a fiscally responsible, balanced budget that protects New Hampshire's priorities without an income or sales tax."

- John DiStaso
Senior Political Reporter

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