Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky is taking a step closer to running for governor. The Concord Democrat has announced a list of 175 people who are backing his potential campaign.
Volinsky's announcement comes months after he privately emailed political supporters to say that a gubernatorial run was likely.
It also follows a solid fundraising period that left the 63-year-old lawyer with $125,000 in his campaign account.
Volinsky is in his second term on the council. From the start, he's sought to be a check on Governor Chris Sununu. He aggressively fought the appointment of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut.
He's also alleged impropriety in how the state liquor commission handles large cash transactions with out-of-state buyers.
But Volinsky probably remains best known for his role as the lead lawyer in the Claremont school funding lawsuits.
He's one of several Democrats publicly eyeing a bid for governor. State Senator Dan Feltes, also of Concord, is expected to run. Former candidates Molly Kelly and Steve Marchand are also considering it.