By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
MEREDITH — State Sen. Jeanie Forrester, a Republican from Meredith who first disclosed she was weighing a run for governor last summer, said Tuesday that she will announce her decision at the Wicwas Grange on Wednesday, March 30, at 6 p.m.
Forrester is serving her third term in the Senate, where she represents 27 towns in Belknap, Grafton and Merrimack counties as well as chairs the Finance Committee and serves on the Capital Budget Committee.
A native of Michigan, Forrester came to New Hampshire in 1985 and, after graduating from the University of New Hampshire, became a aide to Gov. John H. Sununu. She has served as a town administrator in Tuftonboro and New Durham and as the executive director of Main Street Programs in Meredith and Plymouth. With her husband, Keith Forrester, she is co-owner of a small environmental firm.
Forrester quickly rose to prominence in the Senate as a staunch opponent of the Northern Pass project, which would bear more heavily on her district than any other. As chairman of the Finance Committee Forrester, a strict fiscal conservative, was in the thick of the struggle to reach settlements with Gov. Maggie Hassan over the state budget and Medicaid expansion last year.
Forrester has held her Senate seat easily. But, should she enter the governor's race and Sen. Gerry Little, the incumbent senator in District 8, be appointed Bank Commissioner, at least two of the 14 seats in the 24-member Senate would fall open. In a presidential election year that finds the Republican Party in disarray, contesting the open seats could increase the risk to the GOP's majority in the Senate.
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