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Mark Connolly planning to run for governor

October 19. 2015 1:15PM

Mark Connolly, the former New Hampshire Deputy Secretary of State and director of securities regulation, plans to announce his run for governor by the end of the month, the Union Leader has learned.

The Democrat is in the process of building a campaign team, according to a source close to Connolly who is familiar with the planning.

Connolly considered running for governor in 2012, following his work leading the New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation and publication of his 2011 book, “Cover-Up,” the story of a Ponzi scheme at a mortgage company and the government’s ineptitude and regulatory failure.

Connolly, a Bedford native, is owner and principal adviser at New Castle Investment. He lives in New Castle and is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

He would become the second Democratic gubernatorial candidate, following Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern’s entry into the race. Portsmouth City Councilor Stefany Shaheen is considering a possible campaign.

Executive Councilor Chris Sununu of Newfields is running for the GOP nomination. State Rep. Frank Edelblut, R-Wilton, has an active campaign exploration underway for the governor's race.

The governor's office is an open seat in 2016 with two-term Democrat Maggie Hassan running for U.S. Senate.


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