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VIDEO: Colin Van Ostern announces his campaign for Governor. WMUR.vid

Kicking off his campaign for governor, Democrat Colin Van Ostern pledged to extend commuter rail from Boston to Manchester and laid out an agenda geared toward boosting business and attracting young people to the state.

“We have to make sure everyone has access to opportunity and really have a plan for how we create a brighter economy moving forward,” said Van Ostern, chief marketing officer at Southern New Hampshire University’s College for America.

Colin Van Ostern leads Democratic candidates for governor. Portsmouth Herald.

When Democratic voters — or those undeclared voters who choose a Democratic ballot — head to the polls Tuesday, they’ll be faced with three valid options for the corner office: former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand, businessman Mark Connolly or Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern.

Van Ostern has for years made no secret about aligning himself with Gov. Maggie Hassan, backing her initiatives and forwarding her agenda. While some may see that as coattail-riding, we don’t. In fact, we believe that while the governor has done an admirable job steering the state through tough times, compromising when necessary and holding her ground when needed, Van Ostern may be equipped to do even better. He ought to get the opportunity.

For Democrats, Colin Van Ostern. Concord Monitor.

There are three good candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor. By far the strongest of those is Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern.

Van Ostern has not only earned his party’s nomination, he is the Democratic candidate who, as governor, would be best able to guide the state to a prosperous future.

Van Ostern touts commuter rail as economic boost in Democratic governor’s race. Concord Monitor.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern sees New Hampshire’s future aligned with rail.

“It’s not a complete coincidence that the fastest growing city in the state — Dover — and other cities that are growing economically are on rail,” Van Ostern said at a Thursday morning Monitor editorial board meeting.

Van Ostern says commuter rail key to economic growth. Union Leader.

Restoring commuter rail is the first component of Democrat Colin Van Ostern’s economic plan, and it’s an issue the four major Republican candidates for governor have mostly panned.

Van Ostern insists there is room for bipartisan consensus in bringing passenger rail service to Nashua and Manchester as a way to expand New Hampshire’s workforce.

Candidates for governor address infrastructure needs, commuter rail. WMUR.

Two-term Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern has been a proponent of the Capitol Corridor commuter rail project since he arrived on the council in January 2013. He voted in support of the feasibility study, which cost $3.6 million — all but $400,000 of it federal funds.

Van Ostern said he has been told by New Hampshire employers, “If we get commuter rail up and going, they’ll be able to hire every job that they need immediately, and those are people who will make their lives here in New Hampshire, where we have much better quality of life.”

Van Ostern wants to keep the state ‘moving forward’ as governor. WMUR.

“I think it is incredibly important that we keep our state moving forward,” Van Ostern said. “While not perfect, New Hampshire has made a lot of progress, and we’ve proven in Concord that we know how to do things better than they do in Washington.”

Race for NH Governor: Van Ostern spells out drug crisis plan. NH1 News.

In an email to supporters Van Ostern said “our goal is not to fill our jails but to help our brothers, sisters, neighbors, co-workers, parents and children get back on track; and to give our health care providers, law enforcement, individuals in recovery and all those on the front lines the support and resources they need.”

In that email and in a conference call with reporters, Van Ostern spelled out his proposals, which include boosting resources to combat substance misuse and abuse, expanding prevention measures, removing barriers to treatment, and supporting and expanding recovery programs throughout the Granite State.

Van Ostern on drug crisis: Plans to ‘attack the problem, not the people with the problem’. Union Leader.

Colin Van Ostern said his plan to combat the heroin and opioid crisis will “attack the problem, not the people with the problem.”

The Democratic candidate for governor, in releasing his plan Thursday, invited a Keene State College student in recovery from heroin and alcohol addiction to share her story to drive that point home.

SEA-NH union backs Van Ostern. Union Leader.

“There is no race this fall that will have a bigger impact on the union’s membership than this one,” Rich Gulla, SEA president, said in a statement. “The next governor will set spending priorities for the next two years, which will fund agencies, employment contracts, retirees’ healthcare and protect our pensions. We need a governor who understands these priorities and will fight for them.”

Gubernatorial Hopeful Colin Van Ostern Brings Campaign to Berlin. Berlin Daily Sun.

Van Ostern noted that he voted to approve a $4 million bond for the Jericho Power LLC wind project when it came before the executive council in 2014 even though there was opposition to the proposal. While small projects like Jericho Power may not be big job producers, he said some do spur the development of small companies. Van Ostern said the property tax or payment in lieu of taxes revenues can be considerable for the host community. He said renewable energy sources also help combat climate change.

Only on NH1 News: Connolly, Van Ostern, tout their union endorsements. NH1 News.

Van Ostern announced that he was being backed by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local Union 118. The endorsement was first reported Monday morning by NH1 News.

Van Ostern said “I’m really proud that today the Carpenters of New Hampshire endorsed our campaign. We’re proud to stand up for working families across New Hampshire. This is actually the ninth labor union that has endorsed our effort. Carpenters joined teamsters and teachers, postal workers and FairPoint workers, tens of thousands of working families standing together to keep our state moving forward.”

Sununu’s promise to ‘gut’ state Board of Education criticized. Union Leader.

Some tough talk on schools and government during a recent Republican gubernatorial debate prompted Democrat Colin Van Ostern to take a few swings at two GOP rivals Monday.

Van Ostern said he was disturbed when GOP hopeful Chris Sununu promised he would “gut” the state Board of Education.

Van Ostern says Sununu’s Pledge to “Gut the Board of Education” is “The Sort of Insult and Threat You’d Expect from Donald Trump.” NH Labor News.

“We need to invest in education, not ‘gut’ education in our state,” said Colin Van Ostern, Democratic candidate for Governor. “Chris Sununu’s rhetoric is as bad as Ted Gatsas’s record. We’ve seen what happens when that sort of a threat gets put into practice, that’s the attitude Ted Gatsas had as Mayor in Manchester. We’ve seen budgets slashed, class sizes ‘swollen’ and surrounding towns going out of the school district. Now, unfortunately Chris Sununu is trying to out-Gatsas Ted Gatsas. […] This is the sort of insult and threat that you’d expect from Donald Trump. A Governor needs to bring people together to solve problems, not tear them apart and insult them. As Governor, I will work with teachers, parents and education leaders to make sure every kid has the chance at a world-class education.”

Van Ostern Outlines Plan. Nashua Telegraph.

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Colin Van Ostern met with a panel of women community leaders on Wednesday for a conversation centered around his “Plan for New Hampshire women and their families,” the name for a series of topics focused on women’s issues.

“I am running for governor for a very simple reason, which is I think that we can build a stronger economy where everyone has a chance to succeed, not just those at the top,” Van Ostern said. “One of the biggest areas of opportunity that we have to achieve that vision is strengthening the health and economic security of New Hampshire women.”

Councilors outline funding proposal for commuter rail. NH Public Radio.

Two Democratic Executive Councilors are outlining a proposal they say could fund passenger rail service between Manchester and Boston… To cover construction costs, New Hampshire would step up efforts to win federal transportation grants, rely on Massachusetts to cover some infrastructure costs, and turn to private companies to develop four rail stations, similar to the Hooksett welcome centers on Interstate 93.

Van Ostern calls for hike in renewable ‘net metering’ cap.  Associated Press.

A Democrat running for governor on Monday called to quickly raise and possibly eliminate the limit on how much renewable power consumers can sell back to the state’s utilities… “Solar energy projects in New Hampshire are critical for growing good jobs, boosting our clean tech economy, limiting future energy costs, and protecting our state’s beautiful environment and unique quality of life,” Van Ostern said in a statement.

50 State Representatives, two labor unions back Van Ostern for Governor. Patch.

This week, 50 New Hampshire State Representative and two local labor unions announced their support of Colin Van Ostern for Governor of New Hampshire, building the campaign’s grassroots momentum after more than 500 community and business leaders endorsed Van Ostern in October. The executive boards of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 2320 and American Postal Workers Union local 230 both voted to endorse Colin Van Ostern for Governor, throwing the weight of their 1,000+ members behind his campaign.

Van Ostern pledges to appoint independent Judicial Selection Commission. WMUR.

Former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick commended Van Ostern’s decision, saying the candidate showed a “strong commitment to secure the best possible candidates for judicial service. The selection commission’s process is not driven by politics but by a genuine, informed desire to recommend highly able lawyers to the sitting governor. The Selection Commission has worked very well and has democratized the process of selecting those who seek judicial service.

Mayors of Concord, Rochester, Nashua, and Keene endorse Colin Van Ostern. Concord Monitor.

“From Colin Van Ostern’s past work cutting through red tape to get the Sewalls Falls bridge replacement back on track to being a booster of local economic development projects, he has already proven to me and the people of our community he will make an excellent governor,” Concord Mayor Jim Bouley said in a press release. “Colin knows that local infrastructure projects and economic development are key to building an even stronger economy, and we need his passion and know-how as our next governor.”

Van Ostern & Pappas call to restore Planned Parenthood funding. Portsmouth Herald.

“It’s time to move forward together by setting aside political considerations and doing what is right for the roughly 13,000 New Hampshire women and families who relied on this care last year.”

Former Chief Justice Broderick Endorses Democrat Colin Van Ostern for Governor. WMUR.

“As an executive councilor representing a quarter-million of our fellow citizens, Colin has tackled the work of the people of New Hampshire with the seriousness and independence we need from our next governor,” Broderick said.

Van Ostern picks up Seacoast support. Portsmouth Herald.

Van Ostern was recently endorsed by five of Portsmouth’s seven state representatives… “He is a proven leader that will restore funding to Planned Parenthood, continue the expansion of Medicaid for 47,000 Granite Staters and invest in renewable energy like the solar project here in Portsmouth that he successfully fought for earlier this year,” said [NH House of Representatives Dean] Laura Pantelakos.


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