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2024 NH Gubernatorial Primary

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The New Hampshire filing period closed June 14, and almost a dozen candidates have lined up to replace Gov. Chris Sununu. He held the office for four terms, a near-record for the state, and decided against a fifth term in July 2023.

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Democrat
Joyce Craig
Joyce Craig  
Democrat

Mayor of Manchester, NH (2017 - present)

Currently the mayor of Manchester, NH, Joyce Craig is the first woman to occupy the office. Now, she has set her sights on the governorship, and officially launched her campaign in July. She has served as Manchester’s mayor since 2018. She is known as a strong fundraiser and defeated well-known incumbent Ted Gatsas, making her a potentially formidable candidate.

Jon Kiper
Jonathan Adam Kiper  
Democrat

Newmarket Town Council; Owner, Jonny Boston's International

Jon Kiper is a restaurant owner with local government experience. In his campaign announcement video he said, "As a lifelong resident, a single dad, and a small business owner, I understand New Hampshire's economy, and I've got a plan to fight inflation." His website focuses on increasing affordable housing and reworking New Hampshire's education funding system.

Cinde Warmington
Cinde Warmington  
Democrat

Executive Councilor, District 2 (2020 - present); 40 years of health care experience in laboratory medicine, hospital managerial positions, and health care regulatory law

Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington has announced she is running for New Hampshire Governor in 2024. She describes herself as a lifelong health care advocate and served as partner at the Shaheen & Gordon law firm before running for office. As the lone Democrat on the Executive Council, she has gained a reputation for pushing Republican councilors and Gov. Sununu on abortion-related issues.

Independent/Other
Edmond Laplante, Jr.
Edmond Laplante, Jr.  
Independent/Other

Automotive technician (40 years); U.S. Marine Corps veteran

Edmond Laplante is a lesser-known candidate for governor. Among other ideas, he would like to impose a surcharge on any foreign country selling products in New Hampshire that receives aid from the federal government.

Libertarian
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Stephen Villee  
Libertarian

Stephen Villee is a lesser-known candidate for governor.

Republican
Kelly Ayotte
Kelly Ayotte  
Republican

Former Senator, US Senate (2011 - 2016); NH Attorney General (2004 - 2009)

Former U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte served as New Hampshire’s attorney general before her election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. She lost re-election in 2016 in a close race against then-Gov. Maggie Hassan. Ayotte broke with fellow Republicans that year when she chose to disavow Donald Trump. Ayotte announced her campaign for governor at the end of July.

Shaun Fife
Shaun Fife  
Republican

Shaun Fife is a lesser-known candidate for governor. Among other ideas, he would like to replace currency with a token system unique to New Hampshire.

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Robert Wayne McClory  
Republican

Robert Wayne McClory is a lesser-known candidate for governor.

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Richard A. McMenamon II  
Republican

Richard A. McMenamon II is a lesser-known candidate for governor.

Chuck Morse
Chuck Morse  
Republican

Senator, NH Senate (2006 - 2022); President, Freshwater Farms & Garden Center; Former Representative, NH House of Representatives; Former Selectman and Moderator, Town of Salem

Former State Senate President Chuck Morse ran in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in 2022, placing second behind Don Bolduc. Morse has served decades in state office and is well-known within political circles. He arrived at his U.S. Senate campaign announcement riding a skid-steer loader. Morse officially announced his run for governor the same day Sununu announced his retirement.

Frank N. Staples
Frank Negus Staples  
Republican

Addiction recovery and mental health peer support

Frank Negus Staples is a lesser-known candidate for governor. Among other ideas, he proposes replacing DEI policies with "Merit, Excellence, and Intelligence (MEI)."

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