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Ovide Lamontagne (R)

Experience: 2010 US Senate candidate, lawyer
Residence: Manchester
Family: Married, 2 children
Education: Catholic University of America; JD, University of Wyoming College of Law
Official Website: Ovide2012.com

It can be said that Lamontagne started running for governor almost immediately after he lost the close-call primary election for U.S. Senator against Kelly Ayotte in 2010. His political performance was so strong there was instant talk of a next logical step: Run for governor whether or not Democrat John Lynch ran for re-election.

With Lynch out, Lamontagne automatically becomes the very early favorite, given his exposure and his conservative credentials. He established his Granite Oath political action committee, which morphed into his gubernatorial campaign.The Manchester lawyer, for one, was a go-to guy for Republican presidential hopefuls to visit as part of their campaigning in the first-in-the-nation primary. A nod from Lamontagne was thought to carry statewide influence. As of mid-December, Lamontagne has not made an endorsement in the GOP contest.

A fall 2011 WMUR Granite State Poll shows that, among the likely candidates for governor, that Lamontagne is the best known. But the recognition was relative: 48 percent in the poll said they don't know enough about him to form an opinion.

He was enough of a know quantity, however, to handily take the Republican primary on Sept. 11, beating conservative activist Kevin Smith, 68 percent to 30 percent.

Lamontagne's win pit him against Democratic winner Maggie Hassan, a former Senate majority leader from Exeter.

He sounded familiar GOP themes during his acceptance speech,saying he would hold the line on taxes, back right-to-work legislation and seek to undo the federal health care law provisions as they apply to the state.


Position on the Issues
Economy, Budget, & Taxes:

Lamontagne has taken the so-called "Pledge" against any broad-based sales and income taxes and will oppose any increases in taxes. He said "there will never be an LLC tax passed on my watch."

He said he will order a comprehensive review of our business taxes to streamline and reduce the overall tax burden imposed on job creators.

In terms of his legislative philosophy, including as it relates to the state budget, he said on his web site he will adopt zero-based budgeting, support biennial sessions, a line-item veto, pension reform and voter ID. He also said he will either sign or veto any legislation that reaches his desk; he won't let legislation become law without his involvement or action of some kind.


Civil Issues:

Supports 2nd Amendment rights to keep and bear arms
Opposes the death penalty
Opposes privatization of state prisons

Health Care:

He opposes President Obama's health care legislation which he believes will increase health care costs, harm small business, and decrease the quality and availability of care.

He supports the action several states' attorneys general took against the health care law, elements of which are now being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, he said he will seek block grants of Medicaid and Medicare to deregulate health care, while working for free-market reforms to bring competition to our health care delivery system and insurance markets and ensure high-quality, lower-cost care and coverage for all.

Immigration:

Although Lamontagne supports Arizona's new immigration law, he maintains that it is the federal government's responsibility to address the issue. He pledged to secure borders, enforce laws against employers who hire illegal aliens, and prevent amnesty for illegal aliens.

Education:

He promotes what he calls a "Learn to Earn" program to keep our youth in state and ensure they have good jobs. He also advocates for meaningful school choice, and will work to enact a constitutional amendment on education funding to restore local control over public schools.

Economic Development:


Lamontagne wants what he calls a comprehensive economic development plan with special attention to manufacturing. He also wants a 10-year highway plan that should be aligned with the state's most critical economic development infrastructure needs.

He said he willl personally work to recruit manufacturing businesses to New Hampshire and, if elected, will sign right-to-work legislation, which, he said, "will make our state a job magnet in the Northeast."

Expanded Gaming:

Opposed to expanded gaming as an authentic or legitimate revenue stream to support expanded government. Lamontagne is open to a limited proposal that would involve one location in New Hampshire. Lamontagne would like a cost benefit analysis to accompany any proposal and wants the community involved to also support the measure. Believes that any casino revenues should go only to lowering taxes or paying for current programs, not for any new state spending.

"Republican Ovide Lamontagne said in a statement he is 'personally opposed to expanded gaming.' However, he would be open to legislation authorizing a single casino at Rockingham Park, which he views as a key economic development opportunity for southern New Hampshire." - Eagle Tribune, July 9



Right-to-Work:

Supports an employee's right to choose whether he/she will be part of a union. Believes believes the legislation will force unions to be accountable to workers and prove the benefits of membership.

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Lamontagne on expanded gambling while visiting the Salem Republicans on May 3, 2012

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Campaign Finances

2012 Campaign

Raised
$743,531.74
Spent
$564,156.24
Balance $179,375.50
Report Date
Oct. 31, 2012


Source: NH Secretary of State

Contact Information

PO Box 1007
Manchester, NH 03105
Phone: 603-668-2012
Email: info@friendsofovide2012.com
Website: Ovide2012.com

Gubernatorial Election News

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Nov. 28, 2014
NHPR: Hassan: Granite Staters should prepare for 'days-long' outages

Nov. 25, 2014
NHPR: Hassan orders $18 million in budget cuts
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan asks agencies for $18M in budget cuts
WMUR: Hassan issues executive order to cut budgets
Concord Monitor: $18 million in NH budget cuts a ‘first step;’ more reductions to come

Nov. 24, 2014
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan to present budget reductions

Nov. 17, 2014
Seacoast Online: Agencies present requests for next budget

Nov. 15, 2014
Seacoast Online: City has ‘very good meeting’ with governor

Nov. 14, 2014
NHPR: State agencies present budget requests to Gov. Hassan
Seacoast Online: Hassan kicks off insurance sign-up season

Nov. 13, 2014
Union Leader: Havenstein, Hassan spent more than $1m each in general election
WMUR: More than $5.5 million spent in governor's race
Concord Monitor: Hassan introduces new SEC nominees

Nov. 12, 2014
NHPR: Governor, Congressional leaders honor state's 130,000 vets
Seacoast Online: Hassan nominates Rye lawyer to PUC committee
Concord Monitor: FHassan changes nominations to Site Evaluation Committee
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan makes nominations to PUC, energy committee

Nov. 10, 2014
WMUR: Hassan declares November as Carbon Monoxide Awareness month

Nov. 8, 2014
WMUR: -Governor will face Republican-controlled House, Senate

Nov. 7, 2014
Foster's Daily Democrat: GOP's Havenstein to stay active; mum on future run
NH1: Walt Havenstein won't rule out a second run for office

Nov. 6, 2014
NHPR: In second term, Hassan faces GOP-led Legislature, Executive Council
Nashua Telegraph: New Hampshire Democrats keep US Senate, governor

Nov. 5, 2014
NHPR: Hassan wins second term as governor
Seacoast Online: Gov. Maggie Hassan wins second term
Union Leader: Hassan holds off Havenstein challenge to return to corner office
WMUR: Hassan wins re-election bid for governor
Concord Monitor: Strong returns vault Hassan to another term as governor
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan wins second term
Nashua Telegraph: NH exit poll results: 'Carpetbagger' tag sticks to Brown; Hassan picks up GOP crossover votes
NH1: Maggie Hassan tops Walt Havenstein to win 2nd term as governor

Nov. 4, 2014
NHPR: Christie makes fifth NH visit to campaign for Havenstein
Union Leader: GOP's Christie gets on the bus to stump for NH candidates
Union Leader: Hassan talks apples and politics during Londonderry campaign stop
Union Leader: On the issues: Gubernatorial candidates, at a glance
WMUR: Hassan, Havenstein campaigning as race for governor tightens
Conway Daily Sun: Hassan and Havenstein spar in Conway

Nov. 3, 2014
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan, Havestein making closing arguments to voters
Foster's Daily Democrat: Christie to make 5th NH stop for Havenstein
Nashua Telegraph: Clinton, Hassan, Shaheen rally voters at Nashua Community College
NH1: New NH1/NEC poll - NH Governor and Senate contests all knotted up

Nov. 2, 2014
WMUR: Candidates for governor, Senate, and Congress campaign in New Hampshire Saturday
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan, Havenstein making closing arguments to voters

Oct. 31, 2014
Seacoast Online: Havenstein touts economic plan
Seacoast Online: Democrats hit Havenstein on raises amid scam probe
Union Leader: Hassan says helping veterans remains a priority
Concord Monitor: U.S. Senate, gubernatorial races breed big ad spending
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan, Havenstein spending same amount

Oct. 30, 2014
NHPR: Hassan, Havenstein face off in last debate
NHPR:  Hassan says state will take action to enforce 21-day Ebola quarantine
Seacoast Online: Hassan, Havenstein trade barbs over economy
Seacoast Online: Hassan, Brown and Guinta win matchstick poll
Union Leader: Candidates for governor take on economy, Ebola in debate
Union Leader: Gubernatorial candidates spend about $1.2 million each
WMUR: Analysis: Grading the NH governor debate
WMUR: Hassan, Havenstein debate economy, energy, Ebola
WMUR: Poll shows Hassan increasing lead over Havenstein
Concord Monitor: Hassan, Havenstein get in last-minute jabs during final televised debate
Conway Daily Sun: Hassan wants to continue bipartisan progress
Keene Sentinel: A look at the issues: NH governor's race

Oct. 29, 2014
Seacoast Online: Havenstein at Portsmouth Rotary on Thursday
WMUR: Debate preview: New Hampshire governor
Citizen of Laconia: Governor labels drug use as serious public safety problem
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan, Havenstein to meet in final TV debate

Oct. 28, 2014
Conway Daily Sun: Havenstein outlines economic priorities as he vies to unseat Gov. Hassan
NH1: New NH1/NEC poll Governor and Senate contests all knotted up