To The Daily Sun,
In the state primary election on Tuesday, Sept. 13, New Hampshire Democrats have an opportunity to nominate a uniquely qualified and experienced candidate for governor, Mark Connolly. Alone among this year's candidates for governor, Mark offers executive, legislative, business, and regulatory experience that is sorely needed in these challenging times.
Mark is not a career politician. A native Granite Stater, he overcame a difficult upbringing to graduate from Dartmouth College, then earned an MBA at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Business. During his successful career in financial services, Mark has stepped up to the duty of public service at several points along the way. As a state representative, a budget advisor on the transition teams of Democratic and Republican New Hampshire governors, and as New Hampshire's top securities regulator, Mark has ably done New Hampshire's work without the need or expectation of higher office.
Mark's financial expertise served New Hampshire well when he led the state's Securities Division from 2002-2010. Mark took on powerful interests in investigating, exposing, and bringing to justice some of the largest financial frauds in our state's history. While others in state government were pointing fingers and passing the buck in the FRM Ponzi scheme, Mark put the needs of the victims and public protection ahead of partisan politics.
Mark will bring the same determination and clear judgment to the governor's office. He offers a strong progressive vision strengthened by an expert understanding of organizational management, financial markets, and strategic planning.
Mark sees the big picture and knows what it will take to make it happen. I ask my fellow Democrats to join me in voting for Mark Connolly for governor on September 13th.
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