Republican Kevin Smith, a 35-year-old consultant from Litchfield, says his bold ideas combined with his youthful energy are needed. His chief rival is 54-year-old Manchester lawyer Ovide Lamontagne, who stresses his experience as a business lawyer and working with charities makes him better qualified.
Robert Tarr, a 43-year-old unemployed store manager from Manchester, also is on the GOP ballot.
On the Democratic side, 61-year-old business professor and former state Sen. Jackie Cilley of Barrington is known for her TV ad portraying those who refuse to take the state’s traditional pledge against income and sales taxes as zombies unwilling to consider all options to provide the resources government needs to pay for the roads, bridges and education businesses need to prosper.
Her main rival is former Senate Majority Leader Maggie Hassan, a 54-year-old lawyer from Exeter who argues the key to prosperity is education. Hassan says an educated workforce is the place to start in rebuilding the economy "
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