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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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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

Oct. 27, 2014

NHPR: John McCain campaigns with Walt Havenstein in Manchester
Union Leader: Candidates offer contrasts at Manchester breakfast debate
Union Leader: Sen. John McCain stumps for Havenstein in Manchester
WMUR: Candidates for governor out in full force

Oct. 26, 2014
Concord Monitor: Havenstein draws on military, business experience for leadership lessons
Concord Monitor: For Hassan, inclusion and opportunity guide path as governor

Oct. 25, 2014
Union Leader: Hassan, Havenstein spar over education
WMUR: Gov. Hassan announces departure of DOT commissioner

Oct. 24, 2014
NHPR: Governor's race not in the spotlight, but may be up for grabs
Union Leader: UMass Lowell polls show senate, gubernatorial races still a close call
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan touts record, criticizes opponent

Oct. 23, 2014
NHPR: In debate, Hassan, Havenstein defends record while distorting each others
Seacoast Online: Medicaid expansion, budget top governor's debate
Union Leader: Keene riots a focus of gubernatorial debate
Concord Monitor: Hassan, Havenstein go head-to-head at NH1 debate
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gubernatorial candidates butt heads at every chance
Nashua Telegraph: Business tax among areas where Hassan, Havenstein disagree at Chamber forum
NH1: NH1 Debates: Maggie Hassan vs. Walt Havenstein

Oct. 22, 2014
Union Leader: Hassan, Havenstein see future through different lenses
NH1: NH1 Debate Preview: NH Gov. Maggie Hassan hopes history repeats itself

Oct. 21, 2014
NHPR: Havenstein: 'No' to wind and solar, 'yes' to guns and gay rights
Seacoast Online: Havenstein stumps in Portsmouth
Foster's Daily Democrat: Havenstein touts military, private sector experience
Concord Monitor: New Hampshire home to ‘least positive’ gubernatorial ads, Senate race not far behind

Oct. 20, 2014
Seacoast Online: New Hampshire's slow recovery focus in gov's race
Union Leader: College president, Gov. Hassan promise to punish those involved in Keene riots
Keene Sentinel: Hassan meets with Keene officials, says she's "horrified" by Saturday's riots 

Oct. 18, 2014
WMUR: Candidates for governor describe different economic strategies

Oct. 17, 2014
NHPR: In debate, Hassan attacks Havenstein for signing conservative group's pledge
Union Leader: Gubernatorial candidates spar over profits tax, gaming, Medicaid
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan lays out economic plan, says Havenstein will take state backwards

Oct. 16, 2014
Seacoast Online: City to meet with Gov. over Sea-3 expansion
Union Leader: Hassan has outraised Havenstein since primary
Concord Monitor: Havenstein outraises Hassan for first time

Oct. 15, 2014
NHPR: Hassan touts economic record at campaign stop
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan says she's better for businesses than Havenstein
Union Leader: Hassan won't ask for vote on new members of utility project evaluation panel
Keene Sentinel: Gubernatorial candidate Havenstein talks business at Walpole Creamery

Oct. 14, 2014
NHPR: State Pier dedicated in Hampton
Union Leader: Hassan says New Hampshire is prepared to handle Ebola outbreak
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan to talk economy at Manchester business

Oct. 13, 2014
Union Leader: Candidates clash on gambling at gubernatorial debate in Exeter

Oct. 12, 2014
Union Leader: Christie stumps for Havenstein in North Country

Oct. 11, 2014
WMUR: Gov. Christie returned to NH for fourth time to back Havenstein
Concord Monitor: Christie: Governor’s race winnable for Havenstein
Concord Monitor: Candidate Havenstein discusses stepmother’s murder

Oct. 10, 2014
Union Leader: State agency budget requests top $12 billion for next two years
Union Leader: - Gubernatorial candidate Havenstein reflects on family tragedy
WMUR: Walt Havenstein says family loss re-enforced his respect for law enforcement
Foster's Daily Democrat: Christie to join Havenstein in North Country

Oct. 9, 2014
Seacoast Online: Hassan: Hike minimum wage
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan applauds Families First at annual meeting
Seacoast Online: Havenstein attacks Gov. Hassan on law enforcement record
Union Leader: -AG finds union that gave $25K to Hassan violated election laws
Union Leader: Havenstein talks death penalty, public safety at Dover roundtable
Concord Monitor: AG: Union broke campaign finance rules in donation to Hassan, must submit documentation
Foster's Daily Democrat: Havenstein speaks of step-mother’s slaying for first time

Oct. 7, 2014
WMUR: Poll shows Hassan retains lead as race for governor tightens
NH1: Portsmouth Mayor, Governor Hassan hold same concerns over proposed Sea-3 Terminal expansion

Oct. 6, 2014
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan invites Mayor Lister to meet on Sea-3 concerns
Eagle-Tribune: Most supportive, others wary of Hassan's juvenile justice commission

Oct. 3, 2014
Seacoast Online: Hassan asks agencies to reduce budgets by $30M
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan issues executive order on juvenile justice
Union Leader: Shortfall in tax revenues leads governor to direct departments to cut spending
Concord Monitor: Hassan creates new commission to oversee at-risk youth services
Concord Monitor: Hassan asks agencies to reduce budgets by $30M

Oct. 2, 2014
Union Leader: Hassan withholds nominations for SEC
Concord Monitor: Hassan delays vote to confirm Odell, Merrill to energy siting committee
Keene Sentinel: Hassan emphasizes her administration's record at Keene stop 

Oct. 1, 2014
NHPR: Gov. Hassan says state finished FY14 with $19.5M surplus
Seacoast Online: New Hampshire budget surplus $7M short of target
Union Leader: State has surplus but short for biennium
WMUR: Hassan blocking patients from being placed at Effingham center
Concord Monitor: State finishes 2014 fiscal year with a $20 million surplus, but $7 million less than planned