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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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July 22, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: GOP candidate for governor ran firm while PAC gave $512K to Democrats

July 21, 2014
Eagle-Tribune: Top NH political races heat up

July 20, 2014
NHPR: FEMA denies emergency funds for North Country flooding

July 19, 2014
WMUR: Appeal for flooding emergency funds denied

July 18, 2014
NHPR: Republicans accuse Hassan of taking illegal campaign contributions
NHPR: Hassan says feds haven't requested NH shelter immigration children
Union Leader: Hassan donations put GOP on attack
Union Leader: Dueling Hassan Northern Pass pictures draw attention
WMUR: Hassan campaign calls for quick review of finance complaint

July 17, 2014
Union Leader: GOP questions $25,000 PAC donation to Hassan
WMUR: Havenstein attacked over speech quoting Obama
Concord Monitor: Republicans call for investigation into $25,000 contribution to Hassan
Foster's Daily Democrat: GOP challenges $25K contribution to Hassan
Nashua Telegraph: Republicans question Hassan accepting $25K from pro-Northern Pass electrical union

July 15, 2014
NHPR: Not much for 'Kremlin watchers' at meeting between N.E. governors and Canadian premiers
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan signs bill seeking pay equity
Union Leader: N.E. govs., Canadian officials meet,talk energy in the future
Concord Monitor: Energy a focus as leaders meet in New Hampshire

July 13, 2014
NHPR: New England governors to meet with Canadian premiers

July 12, 2014
NHPR: Hassan signs $11 million mental health package
Union Leader: NH veterans program targeted by 'baffling bureaucratic decision'
Concord Monitor: Mental health services expand in New Hampshire
Concord Monitor: Hassan signs marriage law
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan cites greater mental health care, other achievements
Foster's Daily Democrat: Governor to visit American Independence Festival
Nashua Telegraph: Funding shift may limit veterans services in NH

July 11, 2014
Union Leader: AMC asking N.E. governors to stop Northern Pass lines
Conway Daily Sun: Havenstein to stump in Conway Friday
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan to sign bill on mental health settlement

July 10, 2014
WMUR: Gov. Hassan supports review of law's use in Coco jail release

July 9, 2014
Concord Monitor: Polls show Shea-Porter in tight race; Kuster, Hassan lead challengers
NHBR: Hassan names advisory council for tech startup initiative

July 8, 2014
WMUR: Poll numbers indicate big lead for Hassan over GOP challengers

July 7, 2014
Union Leader: GOP gubernatorial candidate Havenstein says use of 'teabaggers' a 'poor choice of words'

July 6, 2014
Concord Monitor: Capital Beat: Campaigns use gas tax increase as latest talking point
Nashua Telegraph: More than $5M over legislative forecast takes pressure off NH governor

July 5, 2014

Seacoast Online: Hassan celebrates country, founders
Nashua Telegraph: ‘Close case’: NH Ballot commission issues Havenstein candidacy report

July 4, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: Analysis: Ballot Law Commission had to navigate legal inconsistencies in rendering Havenstein decision

July 3, 2014
NHPR: Hassan signs bill that saves tiny Millsfield from huge tax hike

July 2, 2014
Seacoast Online: PEA Principal Hassan to step down next year

July 1, 2014
NHPR: Ballot Law Commission rules Havenstein eligible
NHPR: Hassan holds Medicaid expansion kick-off event
Seacoast Online: NH state panel: GOP's Havenstein can run for governor
Union Leader: Gubernatorial candidate Havenstein wins approval from Ballot Law Commission
WMUR: State panel rules Havenstein is NH resident, can run for governor
Concord Monitor: Ballot Law Commission: Republican Havenstein is eligible to run for governor
Nashua Telegraph: Havenstein ruled eligible to run for New Hampshire governor
NHBR: NH businesses pleased with Turkey trade mission

June 30, 2014
Foster's Daily Democrat: Havenstein residency hearing set for Monday

June 28, 2014
Concord Monitor: Analysis: Wins and losses for Hassan in her second year as governor

June 27, 2014
NHPR: Hassan promises review of buffer zones after Supreme Court strikes down Mass. law

June 26, 2014
NHPR: Gov. Hassan says trade mission to Turkey has been 'productive
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan: Trade mission to Turkey building contacts
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan in Turkey: Trade mission opening more doors
Concord Monitor: Hassan: Turkish businesses interested in New Hampshire’s strategic location

June 25, 2014
Union Leader: Democrats focus on Havenstein residency, taxes
Concord Monitor: Democratic Party files additional documents challenging Havenstein’s residency

June 24, 2014
NHPR: No delay on residency hearing for Havenstein
Concord Monitor: Hassan, business leaders touch down in Turkey
Concord Monitor: Havenstein residency hearing won’t be delayed
Nashua Telegraph: Ballot Law Commission to hold hearing on GOP governor candidate Walt Havenstein’s NH residency

June 23, 2014
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan has full day of meetings on tap in Turkey