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Former BAE Executive Considering Run For N.H. Governor

Another Republican is weighing a run for governor of New Hampshire.

As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reported on the Political Front this morning, Walter Havenstein of Alton is said to be seriously considering a challenge to Democrat Maggie Hassan.

He is a former chief executive at BAE Systems with a long career working for defense companies.

As Rogers says, this would be Havenstein’s first time running for office.

“So no voting record. That can cut both ways, but it would certainly make him harder to be pigeonholed by opponents. If he does get into this race, it would certainly change the dynamic. The only declared Republican right now is Andrew Hemingway. He’s just 32 years old and from the Tea Party, liberty side of the party.”

Rogers says Havenstein is a former Marine and is well-established in the Republican Party as a reliable donor and fundraiser.

He was also involved in the FIRST Robotics competition founded by Dean Kamen.

Hassan, who is in her first, two-year term, is up for re-election this fall.

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