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Sen. Hassan will back Kelly for governor

New Hampshire Union Leader

June 02. 2018 7:58PM
Molly Kelly of Harrisville, running for governor of New Hampshire as a Democrat, has been endorsed by Sen. Maggie Hassan. 

MANCHESTER - Democratic candidate for governor Molly Kelly of Harrisville continues to pick up the big establishment names to back her candidacy - the latest one will be U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan on Monday, the Union Leader has confirmed.

Hassan will make official her support of Kelly during a news conference at The Bookery, a new independent bookstore in Manchester's downtown.

Hassan said Kelly has "dedication, a vision and a record of real results."

"Molly Kelly understands the challenges and priorities facing our families because she's lived them, and that fuels her drive to expand opportunity to all New Hampshire families," Hassan, a Democrat, said. "As a state senator and as governor, I worked side by side with Molly, and saw firsthand her commitment to helping hard-working Granite Staters get ahead and stay ahead. Molly has dedication, a vision and a record of real results, and we need her leadership and commitment to problem-solving in the governor's office."

Kelly said during her first term in the U.S. Senate, that Hassan has already done work that's set her apart battling the opioid crisis while supporting policies that benefit the middle class.

"It's an honor to earn the support of Sen. Hassan, a champion for New Hampshire families who knows what real leadership in the governor's office looks like," Kelly said. "As governor, I look forward to partnering with Senator Hassan to make college more affordable, provide more opportunities for working families and build a New Hampshire that works for everyone."

Other well-known Democrats and organizations on Kelly's team include U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, along with 16 current and former senators, House Minority Leader Steve Shurtleff of Penacook, Emily's List, the Teamsters Local 633 and gun prevention activist Deb Howard.

Kelly's primary rival, former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand, has been in the race nearly a year longer and early on collected a lot of support from activists.

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