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Why I'm Running for Governor

My parents were immigrants to this country and neither graduated high school. Their work ethic was unmatched. They started small businesses. And they played by the rules. There were times of deep economic anxiety along the way — and they never stopped working. They are America.

Through their hard work, I was able to be the first in my family to go to college. I've had good jobs in the public and private sectors. I've been an auditor of state, county, and local governments. Spent times with scores of New Hampshire businesses in my job at UNH. And I've had the honor of serving the City of Portsmouth as a councilor and mayor.

I've lived the American Dream here in New Hampshire, and it gives me the optimism and confidence that future working families can live it, too.

But it's going to take leadership different from what we're getting in Concord or Washington right now.

Too many people think we have to choose: Either we help working people and their families, or we focus on growing our economy. But my experience shows me that the right priorities do both.

We have so much to do. But if we recognize that we're all in this together, we can get it done.

We can make New Hampshire the best place in America to start and raise a family, and the best place to start and grow a business. We will aspire to be the example of what America, at our best, can be.

That's why I'm running for Governor.

I'm fired up. Let's do it!