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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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Aug. 20, 2014
Concord Monitor: Candidate profile: Walt Havenstein, 65, makes case for gubernatorial bid

Aug. 19, 2014
NHPR: Officials break ground for women's prison
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan: Business taxes hurting budget 
Seacoast Online: Governors step into supermarket feud 
Union Leader: NH, Mass. governors think Market Basket Deal 'may be within reach,' spokesperson says
Concord Monitor: Candidate profile: Andrew Hemingway, 32, makes case for gubernatorial bid
Concord Monitor: NH breaks ground on new Concord women’s prison
Concord Monitor: New Hampshire PAC endorses Hemingway, Garcia
Eagle-Tribune: NH breaks ground on women's prison
Nashua Telegraph: Gov. Hassan joins Market Basket negotiations; seafood vendor makes a public break with the company

Aug. 18, 2014
Seacoast Online: Republican candidates to debate in Exeter
WMUR: NH, Mass. governors meet with Market Basket leaders
Foster's Daily Democrat: Groundbreaking takes place for new women's prison

Aug. 17, 2014
Union Leader: Garry Rayno's State House Dome: The 'numbers' say it's an election year
Nashua Telegraph: - Republican primary for governor likely to get tougher

Aug. 16, 2014
Seacoast Online: Governor Hassan marks health care program launch
Concord Monitor: Attorney General recuses himself from latest Hassan complaint

Aug. 15, 2014
NHPR: Governor Hassan declares emergency in wake of 'Spice' overdoses
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan declares emergency after synthetic pot overdoses
Union Leader: Hassan declares State of Emergency over use of 'spice'
Union Leader: NHGOP robocalls over Hassan's labor contributions
WMUR: State of emergency declared because of drug overdoses
Citizen of Laconia: State of Emergency declared after drug overdoses
Concord Monitor: Election 2014: What you need to know for the Sept. 9 primary
Concord Monitor: Hassan declares state of emergency amid synthetic pot overdoses
Keene Sentinel: Governor declares state of emergency as drug overdoses spiral 
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan declares state of emergency following overdoses of synthetic marijuana product called Smacked!

Aug. 14, 2014
Keene Sentinel: NH Republican candidates for governor face off at debate 

Aug. 13, 2014
NHPR: Hassan signs victims' protection bills
Union Leader: GOP candidates for governor debate at FPU
WMUR: Republicans debate ways to improve NH economy
WMUR: Governor holds ceremony to sign Joshua's Law
Concord Monitor: GOP’s governor hopefuls square off in NH debate
Nashua Telegraph: One year after her son’s death, Becky Ranes of Amherst celebrates NH’s new domestic violence laws

Aug. 12, 2014
Foster's Daily Democrat: Bill signing set on domestic violence, trafficking
Foster's Daily Democrat: GOP's governor hopefuls set for debate

Aug. 9, 2014
Seacoast Online: Walt Havenstein preaches his economic ideals at Sea Hagg Distillery
WMUR: Horn requests information about Hassan ad shot in gov office
Citizen of Laconia: Governor signs farm bill into law in Tilton
Concord Monitor: Granite State Farm to Plate bill sets up future legislation for local farming and fishing

Aug. 8, 2014
NHPR: Hassan campaign returns $33K in improper contributions
Concord Monitor: Hassan campaign returns additional $9,000 in contributions
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan seeks conservative budget proposals
Nashua Telegraph: NH governor asks agency heads for even budgets, ideas to streamline operations
Nashua Telegraph: Hemingway looks to shake up NH’s business taxes in race for governor
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan urges Market Basket workers to apply for jobless benefits

Aug. 7, 2014
NHPR: Mitt Romney endorses Walt Havenstein
WMUR: Flags to be flown at half staff in honor of former NH First Lady
WMUR: Romney backs GOP candidate Walt Havenstein
WMUR: Hassan begins TV advertising for re-election
Conway Daily Sun: Hemingway kicks off statewide tour Thursday, starts in MWV
Nashua Telegraph: Busy day for NH governor’s race with money returned, big name endorsement

Aug. 6, 2014
NHPR: Walt Havenstein targets business profits tax for reductions
NHPR: Gov. Hassan nominates I.T., tourism department heads
NHPR: Gov. Hassan: No large expenditures after July drop in revenue
WMUR: Gubernatorial candidate's fundraiser to celebrate Second Amendment
Citizen of Laconia: Hassan hosts 'Live Free and Start' roundtable
Citizen of Laconia:  Governor honors residents for work in community
Concord Monitor: Havenstein, Hemingway share ideas for growing state’s economy
Foster's Daily Democrat: Gubernatorial hopeful Havenstein launches Dover series of Republican town hall sessions
Nashua Telegraph: Havenstein says economic plan would restore NH Advantage
Nashua Telegraph: Havenstein says more nuclear should be in future energy mix
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan puts large spending on hold after state revenues sink

Aug. 5, 2014
NHPR: Gov. Hassan OKs new charitable gaming regulations
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan signs charity gambling oversight law
Union Leader: Havenstein: 25,000 new jobs by 2017
Concord Monitor: Gov. Hassan signs charity gambling oversight law
Foster's Daily Democrat: Hassan nominating info technology, tourism heads
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan signs bill getting tougher on charity gambling

Aug. 4, 2014
NHPR: Catherine Gregg, former NH first lady, dies
Seacoast Online: Ex-New Hampshire First Lady Catherine Gregg dies
Foster's Daily Democrat: Last day for gov to decide on bills
Nashua Telegraph: Catherine Gregg, ex-New Hampshire first lady and former Nashua resident, dies
Nashua Telegraph: State’s final bills from 2014 await Gov. Maggie Hassan’s decision

Aug. 3, 2014
Seacoast Online: Gov signs pre-buy fuel contracts bill
Union Leader: Former NH first lady Catherine Gregg dies
Union Leader: Opponent criticizes Hassan over late campaign contributions
Concord Monitor: Capital Beat: Hassan, state employees union clash over veto
Nashua Telegraph: NH gov signs bills dealing with tollbooth photos, social media, restraining children
Nashua Telegraph: NH governor’s vetoes more about style than substance

Aug. 2, 2014
NHPR: Gov. Hassan's campaign ordered to return $24K in contributions
Seacoast Online: AG to Hassan: Return $24K donation
Union Leader: State AG's ruling: Gov. Maggie Hassan must return $24K
WMUR: AG rules that Gov. Hassan's electoral PAC give back $24K
Concord Monitor: AG: Hassan campaign must return $24,000 donation
Nashua Telegraph: New law protects NH prebuy heating fuel contracts
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan ordered to return $24,000 after NH AG ruling

Aug. 1, 2014
NHPR: Chris Christie stumps for Havenstein in Nashua
Seacoast Online: Christie makes 2nd summer stop in NH
Union Leader: Christie supports Havenstein's gubernatorial bid at BAE
Union Leader: Havenstein says he has always opposed Obamacare, though company he led was paid to implement parts of it
WMUR: Governor Christie visits Granite State again
Concord Monitor: Chris Christie, stumping for gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein, defends record
Eagle-Tribune: Hassan emails Market Basket directors
Nashua Telegraph: Havenstein stumps with Christie in tow
Nashua Telegraph: GOP candidate for governor Walt Havenstein faces criticism for profiting off Affordable Care Act

July 31, 2014
NHPR: Gov. Hassan says 166 NH businesses awarded R&D tax credit

July 30, 2014
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan vetoes bill on state audit process 
Union Leader: N.J. Gov. Christie to campaign for Havenstein in Nashua
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan vetoes access to privileged, state agency info

July 29, 2014
NHPR: New law demands transparency from politically active non-profits
NHPR: Hassan vetoes workplace anti-bullying bill
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan vetoes workplace bullying bill
Union Leader: Union slams Hassan veto of 'positive work environment' bill
Concord Monitor: Governor vetoes workplace bullying bill
Concord Monitor: Hassan signs human trafficking, cell phone bills
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan vetoes juvenile justice bill
Nashua Telegraph: NH Governor Maggie Hassan vetoes bullying bill

July 27, 2014
Union Leader: Governor, U.S. senators praise Easter Seals' support of NH vets
Union Leader: NH gubernatorial candidate Hemingway favors business flat tax, smaller state government

July 26, 2014
Seacoast Online: Gov. Hassan seeks federal evaluation of Pan Am rails

July 25, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: Hassan called out on real estate tax

July 23, 2014
Nashua Telegraph: Parties cast blame as NH slips in Kids Count rankings
Seacoast Online: New Hampshire to celebrate 100 years of primary

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