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Firefighters Union backs Sununu; State Employees Association Endorses Kelly

josh rogers / nhpr

Gov. Chris Sununu and Molly Kelly both picked up big union endorsements today in the race for governor.

The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire haven't endorsed a Republican for governor since Craig Benson in 2004, but the union also tends to back incumbents. Union President Bill McQuillen says this year's choice was easy, given Sununu's record on matters of concern to firefighters.

"I can tell you with confidence that Governor Sununu has yet to tell us no on an important issue of ours."

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The State Employees Association, meanwhile, said Democrat Molly Kelly was their clear choice for governor. SEA President Rich Gulla noted the union's struggle to reach agreement on a state contract under Sununu, and cited Kelly's voting record as as a state senator.

"We know we can count on her to improve the lives of working families. She has always opposed anti-union legislation, including so-called right to work."

Both unions say they will work hard to boost their chosen candidates in November. 

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