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September 13, 2016

COLIN VAN OSTERN ACCEPTS DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR GOVERNOR OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Tonight, surrounded by friends, family, and supporters, Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern accepted the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Hampshire.

***KEY QUOTES AS PREPARED***

“If you elect me in November, I will spend every day as your Governor focused on good jobs, good schools, and good access to health care – on overcoming the opioid crisis and always protecting women’s health. And we’ll do it with no income tax, and no sales tax.”

“Together, we will take this next step forward for New Hampshire by bringing and keeping more young people, young families, new businesses and startups in our state – and we’ll build an economy that works for everyone.”

“We voted – a 3-2 vote – on the Executive Council to implement the expansion of health care coverage that now covers nearly 50,000 people including critical coverage for drug addiction treatment services — and we must take the next step by making that coverage permanent. We’ve completed the economic blueprints and we’re ready to build commuter rail. And I know from my own work outside of government that we can create new debt-free pathways to college, as I have helped do for thousands.”

“But my most important job hasn’t been on the Executive Council or in the private sector – it’s being a father. Our two boys’ future means everything to me and Kristyn. It’s for our sons Peter and Patrick, and for all our kids, that I will work every day for great schools, with full-day kindergarten in every community and computer programming available in every high school – with more project-based learning, less standardized tests, and great career, technical, and affordable college education options that don’t leave students crushed by debt.”

“I know we can move our state forward the New Hampshire way. We will leave politics at the door, and we will bring people together to work together with a focus on progress, not on partisanship.”

Colin is a business leader who understands New Hampshire’s economy from his work helping to grow some of New Hampshire’s best employers – like Stonyfield yogurt and Southern New Hampshire University. For the past four years, Colin has served as a state Executive Councilor (similar to a board of directors for the Governor, representing 265,000 New Hampshire citizens), working with top state officials to expand access to health care: new treatment for the opioid crisis, restoring Planned Parenthood funding, and adding coverage for 50,000 people all without raising taxes. He’s also been a strong advocate for clean solar and renewable energy projects that are critical for boosting our clean tech economy, limiting energy costs, protecting our environment, and creating thousands of jobs.

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*** COMPLETE REMARKS AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY***

Thank you.

I’m so proud to be your nominee for Governor in this fall’s election.

New Hampshire is ready to take the next step forward.

The key to our state’s future is to build a stronger economy where everyone has the chance to succeed. From my work at great New Hampshire employers like Stonyfield yogurt and Southern New Hampshire University, to serving the state as an Executive Councilor representing a quarter-million of our fellow citizens, I know that the most important asset in our state is our people.

Every day in this campaign, I have focused on good jobs, good schools, low taxes, and good access to health care – from drug prevention, treatment, and recovery services, to birth control and cancer screenings at state Planned Parenthood health centers.

And if you elect me in November, I will spend every day as your Governor focused on good jobs, good schools, and good access to health care – on overcoming the opioid crisis and always protecting women’s health. And we’ll do it with no income tax, and no sales tax.

Together, we will take this next step forward for New Hampshire by bringing and keeping more young people, young families, new businesses and startups in our state – and we’ll build an economy that works for everyone.

I’m honored to win your support and your nomination tonight, but this campaign isn’t about me, or about whoever the Republicans nominate tonight.

We must take the next step to move New Hampshire forward for the waitress in Keene, 10 months sober, who told me she spends her Saturday morning at the Cheshire County jail counseling others about life without heroin and wondering how we can do more together to turn the tide.

We must move our state forward for the five year old in Concord with bright eyes, and piercing questions, who is starting school this year without access to full day public kindergarten, along with half the other towns in our state.

We must move forward for the single mom who is studying to finish college, hanging out at the laundromat in Rochester all day with her two kids and a stack of books, working her heart out to make a better life for her family.

We will take the next step to move our economy forward for the entrepreneur at AlphaLoft, who loves our great tech scene and amazing quality of life but wonders why we aren’t yet building commuter rail from Boston to right here in Manchester’s millyard, so he can grow his company more quickly.

And we will keep moving forward for Ashley, a 22 year old from Langdon who had never written an elected official in her life, but emailed me last summer and asked what in the world three men on the Executive Council were doing shutting off the funding she depends on for her annual well-woman visit and birth control at the Claremont Planned Parenthood.

Well, we have an answer for Ashley: After nearly a year of longer wait times, fewer shifts, and fewer patients served at our state’s Planned Parenthood health centers, I was proud to lead the effort to get the funding successfully restored for thousands of New Hampshire women & families, and I will stand up for women’s health 100% of the time.

We also voted – a 3-2 vote – on the Executive Council to implement the expansion of health care coverage that now covers nearly 50,000 people including critical coverage for drug addiction treatment services — and we must take the next step by making that coverage permanent. We’ve completed the economic blueprints and we’re ready to build commuter rail. And I know from my own work outside of government that we can create new debt-free pathways to college, as I have helped do for thousands.

For the past four years, I’ve represented a quarter-million New Hampshire citizens as your Executive Councilor, serving on the board of director of sorts for the Governor.

I’ve also had the chance to help grow great businesses in our private sector.

At Southern New Hampshire University, I helped launch a new college, College for America, dedicated to helping students achieve an accredited degree without debt. When I started, there were about a dozen employees, a promising pilot project, and no paying students yet. Now, last year alone, the school enrolled more than 4,600 new students – as many as UNH and Dartmouth combined – and 7 in 10 are earning their degree completely debt-free. We need to take this same focus on innovation, this same commitment to working with employers deeply and directly, and ensure that every high school graduate in New Hampshire can learn a trade, get an associate’s degree, or earn a four-year degree without being crushed by student debt.

This is how we take the next step New Hampshire is ready for.

Before my work at Southern New Hampshire University, I worked as a business manager at Stonyfield yogurt. I was responsible for managing $100 million in annual business for the company– and one of the key lessons I learned was that the best way to succeed is by finding ways to win together – your business partners, supply chain, customers, investors, and consumers can all win together. I learned that when you shave a gram of weight out of the packaging of a yogurt cup, you lower packaging costs, lower fuel costs when you transport the products across the country, lower harmful environmental emissions, boost your bottom line, and give your consumers something they want even more. Real success is when you win together.

From my time in the private sector, I can tell you with certainty that the way we will create good jobs and strengthen our New Hampshire economy is by investing in our people – in job training, in making college more affordable, in clean energy projects that lower costs and create local jobs, in commuter rail from Boston, in better rural broadband, in easier access to credit to help small businesses grow, and by raising New Hampshire’s lowest-in-the-nation minimum wage.

And to unleash that growth, we must have a modern state government that reflects the innovation and agility of the private sector – with less red tape, more efficiency, no income tax, and no sales tax.

But my most important job hasn’t been on the Executive Council or in the private sector – it’s being a father. Our two boys’ future means everything to me and Kristyn. It’s for our sons Peter and Patrick, and for all our kids, that I will work every day for great schools, with full-day kindergarten in every community and computer programming available in every high school – with more project-based learning, less standardized tests, and great career, technical, and affordable college education options that don’t leave students crushed by debt.

Kristyn and I know from our own lives that New Hampshire can be the best place in the country to live, and to work, and to raise a family and to grow a business. And the decisions we make as a state in the next few years will chart our state’s economic future for the next decade or more.

I know we can move our state forward the New Hampshire way. We will leave politics at the door, and we will bring people together to work together with a focus on progress, not on partisanship.

I’m excited to hear from the people of New Hampshire over the next two months, and to ask for your vote so we can strengthen our economy and expand opportunity in our great state.

I’m grateful to so many for their work to help this campaign reach this milestone. I’m grateful for the support and counsel of my brilliant wife Kristyn, and for the love of our sons Peter and Patrick. I thank my opponents in this primary, Mark and Steve – good men who care deeply about our state, who ran good, clean campaigns and kept their eyes firmly on the future.

I’m grateful for the extraordinary work of my campaign staff – for our campaign manager Patrick Devney, for the best finance director in the state of New Hampshire, Anna Moffett, for Elsie and Matt, and Brian, Shannon, Taylor, Amanda, Sam, Anna, Reilly, Elizabeth, George, Sara, Maria and Elena and the thousands of great volunteers who have poured themselves into our campaign.

Now, we have two months, and the people of New Hampshire need us all to step up. Already, thousands of New Hampshire citizens have joined our campaign, at www.vanostern.com, and we need thousands more to join us to make sure we move our state forward for everyone, not just those at the top.

If you will work with me in the next two months, I will work my heart out for the people of New Hampshire for the next two years – and together, we will grow a stronger economy, one where everyone has the chance to succeed – and New Hampshire will take the next step forward, together.

Thank you.

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