New Hampshire’s largest public employee labor union is throwing its weight behind Democrat Colin Van Ostern in his bid for governor. It’s the latest in a spate of union endorsements in the race.
The State Employees’ Association endorsement is a big get for Van Ostern, who's in a three-way primary race with Mark Connolly and Steve Marchand for the Democratic nomination. The union represents about 11,500 state workers across New Hampshire.
In a brief statement, State Employees’ Association President Rich Gulla said the next governor will influence decisions on public employee pensions and healthcare.
“We need a governor who understands these priorities and will fight for them. And I believe that next governor is Colin Van Ostern.”
Van Ostern currently leads the field in labor union endorsements with a list that includes the state’s largest teacher’s union.
Earlier this week, Mark Connolly secured the backing of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire.