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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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Sept. 22, 2014
Union Leader: Havenstein to unveil 'Pledge 2.0' today, saying, 'I won't spend money we don't have'
Concord Monitor: Havenstein takes tax pledge, troopers back Hassan

Sept. 20, 2014
Concord Monitor: Walt Havenstein, Carly Fiorina tour local company MadgeTech
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gov. Hassan supports raising minimum wage

Sept. 18, 2014
NHPR: NH House upholds three Hassan vetoes
NHPR: Chris Christie stumps in NH for Havenstein, Brown
Union Leader: Havenstein says Christie backing a 'boost'
Union Leader: Heading into general election, Hassan leads over Havenstein in fundraising
Concord Monitor: Hassan names Odell, Merrill to committee that permits Northern Pass, wind projects
Concord Monitor: Poll: Democratic incumbents leading in U.S. Senate, governor races

Sept. 17, 2014
Union Leader: Gubernatorial candidates spar over economic issues
Union Leader: Former GOP backers head veterans group for Hassan
Concord Monitor: Hassan to nominate PUC chairwoman for one of three judicial openings

Sept. 16, 2014
NHPR: Senate fails to overrride Hassan veto of juvenile justice bill
Union Leader: Hassan veto sustained by Senate on juvenile justice bill
WMUR: Havenstein attacks Hassan on economy
Keene Sentinel: Hassan visits Keene supporters, talks November election

Sept. 14, 2014
Seacoast Online: Havenstein walks a fine line in New Hampshire
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan signs 3 bills designed to protect NH against pipeline spills

Sept. 13, 2014
Seacoast Online: Mayor urges Hassan to order rail study
WMUR: Hassan goes up with first attack ad on Havenstein

Sept. 12, 2014
NHPR: Hassan proclaims Sept. 11 'Day of Remembrance'
Union Leader: It's official: Brown, Havenstein both earn sweeps
Foster's Daily Democrat: Governor to be in driver's seat at Speedway track

Sept. 11, 2014
NHPR: Hassan, Artie T. praise Market Basket workers in Londonderry
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan to attend 9-11 memorial services
WMUR: Havenstein, Hassan hit road on race to governor's office

Sept. 10, 2014
NHPR: Havenstein wins party nomination, faces tough race against Hassan
Seacoast Online: Victorious Havenstein to face Gov. Hassan
Union Leader: Havenstein sails to victory, will face Hassan
WMUR: Havenstein takes GOP gubernatorial race
Concord Monitor: Havenstein win sets up showdown with Hassan
Foster's Daily Democrat: Havenstein holds off Hemingway in GOP gov. race

Sept. 9, 2014
WMUR: Gubernatorial candidates make final pitches before primary
Foster's Daily Democrat: Havenstein, Hemingway vie for GOP governor's nod

Sept. 7, 2014
Union Leader: In NH gubernatorial debate, Havenstein, Hemingway highlight different styles
Keene Sentinel: - Four Republican hopefuls for NH governor square off in the primary 

Sept. 6, 2014
NHPR: Final gubernatorial debate highlights differences in leadership style, economic plans
NHPR: Walt Havenstein's strengths in general election may be weaknesses in primary
Seacoast Online: Final debate for Republicans in NH governor's race
Union Leader: NH GOP gubernatorial candidates square off in debate
WMUR: GOP candidates for governor square off in debate
WMUR: Analysis: Grading the Republican Debate for governor
Concord Monitor: GOP gubernatorial candidates Walt Havenstein, Andrew Hemingway meet in debate
Nashua Telegraph: Republican candidates for NH governor square off

Sept. 5, 2014
NHPR: Commission aims to lower NH's workers compensation medical costs
Foster's Daily Democrat: Final debate for Republicans eyeing governor's nod
Keene Sentinel: Hassan signs bills, meets with health officials on visit to region
NHBR: Governor creates commission to tackle workers’ comp costs

Sept. 4, 2014
Union Leader: Hassan leads fundraising week before primary
Concord Monitor: Gov. Maggie Hassan continues to outraise Republican opposition
Foster's Daily Democrat: Governor to pick 'first apple of the season'

Sept. 3, 2014
Union Leader: NEA endorses Hassan for governor

Sept. 2, 2014
NHPR: Havenstein banking on youth, tech savvy in bid for NH governor
Seacoast Online: Andrew Hemingway faces uphill battle in gubernatorial campaign
Seacoast Online: Havenstein says teamwork key to government success
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gov. Hassan to cut ribbon on 25th annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival

Sept. 1, 2014
Seacoast Online: Peace treaty ceremony set for Market Square

Aug. 31, 2014
NHPR: Conversations with primary candidates for U.S. House, U.S. Senate & NH Governor
Seacoast Online: Hemingway faces uphill run in GOP primary
Keene Sentinel: Two Democratic candidates for governor challenge Hassan in her bid for re-election

Aug. 30, 2014
NHPR: Primary 2014: A conversation with gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein
NHPR: Hassan joins New England governors in push to reverse painkiller approval
Seacoast Online: 6 New England governors urge painkiller reversal
Concord Monitor: Hemingway defends business record
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan’s bill saves Dover $2.7m
Keene Sentinel: Economics at center of Havenstein's bid for governor

Aug. 29, 2014
NHPR: Primary 2014: A conversation with gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hemingway
Union Leader: Gov. Hassan signs ATV bills, opens new North Country connector trail
Union Leader: Education business tax credit program upheld; Hassan asks lawmakers to repeal the law
Citizen of Laconia: Havenstein campaigns over breakfast at Tilt'n Diner
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hemingway focuses on jobs, education in run for governor 

Aug. 28, 2014
NHPR: Gov. Hassan praises Market Basket deal that reinstates Arthur T. Demoulas
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan launches student video contest
Seacoast Online: NH attorney general won't probe GOP finance complaint
Union Leader: AG dismisses GOP's request for Hassan inquiry
WMUR: AG's office says it won't investigate donation to Hassan
Keene Sentinel: Hemingway stops in Keene as he makes bid for governor 

Aug. 27, 2014
NHPR: Democrats say Havenstein broke campaign finance rules, and GOP fires right back
Seacoast Online: Dueling finance complaints filed in NH governor's race
Union Leader: NH gubernatorial candidate Hemingway's business acumen questioned by lawyer
Union Leader: Complaints fly over NH gubernatorial campaign contributions
WMUR: Political parties file dueling finance complaints

Aug. 26, 2014
Keene Sentinel: In NH, access to drug treatment is growing, slowly, governor says 

Aug. 25, 2014
Seacoast Online: Republicans go after Democrats at debate 
Union Leader: NH GOP gubernatorial candidates Havenstein, Hemingway square off in debate

Aug. 24, 2014
NHPR: Hassan, Patrick says there's 'agreement in principle' on sale of Market Basket to Arthur T. Demoulas
Union Leader: NH GOP gubernatorial candidates Havenstein, Hemingway square off in debate
Concord Monitor: New England governors’ energy effort on hold

Aug. 23, 2014
Seacoast Online: Market Basket deal expected this weekend
Union Leader: AG asked to investigate Hemingway campaign donations after complaint filed by Grantham attorney with Sununu ties
WMUR: NH, Mass. governors say Market Basket deal may be close
Nashua Telegraph: Governors’ latest word on Market Basket standoff: Light at end of tunnel

Aug. 22, 2014
Seacoast Online: Poll: Hassan leads GOP challengers
Conway Daily Sun: Hassan focuses on education and housing in the Mount Washington Valley