- A well-respected bipartisan leader
- A champion of choice, schools and accessible health care
- A top target for Republicans
First possible reelection battle for the country’s sole Democratic woman governor
New Hampshire governors serve just two-year terms, so we must step up now and get ready to protect the country’s sole Democratic woman governor, Granite State Gov. Maggie Hassan. Multiple Republicans are weighing bids against Maggie, who leads the Granite State’s – and the entire country’s – historic first all-woman delegation. Maggie’s approval ratings are high, but veteran New Hampshire political operatives point out that former Democratic Gov. John Lynch sported similar numbers and still faced very competitive reelection campaigns. We won’t be taking any chances with the 2014 midterm – so helping get ready to return Maggie to Concord must be a priority.
A pragmatic leader known for finding common ground
One look at Maggie’s record thus far and it’s easy to see why she’s so well respected. After working to secure the most bipartisan budget vote in a decade, Maggie announced that the state will end fiscal year 2013 with a $76.1 million surplus, which can be used in part to restore budget cuts to the social safety net while replenishing the state’s savings account. Maggie has fought to make sure all New Hampshire families feel the benefits of the strengthening economy; she launched a statewide initiative to help at-risk homeowners stay in their homes, secured a freeze on in-state tuition at Granite State public colleges and universities, doubled the state’s research & development tax credit, signed legislation restoring funding to the Children in Need of Services (CHINS) program, and is fighting against Republican obstruction to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Always a top swing state
Despite all that she’s already accomplished, Maggie still has big plans to help New Hampshire’s economy continue to thrive. She’s begun a series of “Innovate NH” discussions to explore ways to help businesses create jobs and provide an educated workforce for the state’s manufacturing base while announcing job training grants to develop the pipeline of skilled workers necessary to attract new businesses to the state. A longtime advocate for children, Maggie is working to improve behavioral health services for as many as 10,000 children over the next four years and has invested in strengthening community mental health care for all families. While undeniably popular, Maggie still must win in a swing state hosting competitive Senate and House races next year – which is why the New Hampshire gubernatorial race appears on many “must-watch” lists. She’ll need the full backing of the EMILY’s List community to hold New Hampshire’s inspiring all-woman coalition together in 2014.
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