About Colin

About Colin Van Ostern

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Colin Van Ostern is a former New Hampshire state Executive Councilor planning to run for the nonpartisan office of Secretary of State in December of 2018, on a platform of promoting fair, secure, and clean elections, streamlining business creation, and protecting New Hampshire’s First In The Nation presidential primary.

His “Free & Fair New Hampshire” committee is working to build a grassroots coalition supporting this nonpartisan platform — including voters, legislative candidates and ultimately the legislative majority elected in 2018. New Hampshire’s next Secretary of State will be elected by a collective vote of the incoming 424 state legislators who are elected in the fall of 2018, and will occur on the day they are sworn in, December 5, 2018.

From 2013-2017, Colin represented a quarter-million New Hampshire citizens on the state Executive Council (the five-member board of directors of state government responsible for approving state contracts, agency heads, and other executive branch oversight). Elected twice to represent voters from Rochester to Keene, he successfully led efforts to bring new contracting efficiency to the 334-year governing body and was the first Councilor in history to adopt paperless review of all state contracts and to ensure all contracts were presented to the public online in the same format available to elected officials.

In 2016, Colin was the nominee for Governor of New Hampshire of the Democratic Party, ultimately losing in one of the narrowest gubernatorial elections in state history. Colin works currently as Vice President of Workforce Solutions at Southern New Hampshire University and has previously worked as a business manager at Stonyfield yogurt and a senior advisor to New Hampshire elected officials including U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Annie Kuster.

He holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, as well as a BA from The George Washington University, and lives in Concord with his wife Kristyn, two sons, and black lab. Colin and Kristyn were married in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, the site of the first votes in New Hampshire’s First In The Nation presidential primary.