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 The facts on Maggie Hassan 

• Hassan was born in Boston, Massachusetts
• She lives in Exeter 
• She is a graduate of Brown University and earned a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. 
• Before entering politics, she had a private practice and  was an associate counsel at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 
• She is married to Thomas Hassan. They have one son and one daughter. 
 
The facts on Walt Havenstein 
• Havenstein was born in Bethesda, Maryland.
• He lives in Alton.
• He earned an aerospace engineering bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy and received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.
• He served in the U.S. Marine Corps on active duty from 1971 to 1983. He has held executive positions at several defense companies. 
• He is married to Judy Havenstein. They have one son and two granddaughters. 





New Hampshire Gubernatorial race
5 Questions for the Candidates

10/16/14



 New Hampshire and Vermont are the only states in the country whose governors are elected every two years. For the Nov. 4, 2014 election, Democratic incumbent Gov. Maggie Hassan faces Republican challenger Walt Havenstein. Gov. Hassan was sworn in to office on Jan 3, 2013. Prior to that she was the majority leader of the New Hampshire Senate from Dec. 1, 2008, to Dec. 1, 2010, and a member of the New Hampshire Senate from Jan. 3, 2005, to Dec. 1, 2010. Havenstein served 28 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired as a colonel. He has been CEO of  BAE Systems and SAIC. The Hippo asked each candidate the same five questions.

These interviews were conducted by reporter Rebecca Fishow (rfishow@hippopress.com) over the phone and have been edited and condensed. 
 
Maggie Hassan - Democrat
In one sentence, why are you running?
I’m running for reelection so we can continue working to move the state in the right direction and solve problems the New Hampshire way by bringing Republicans, Democrats and independents together.   The New Hampshire way is where we come together with the purpose of building a stronger middle class and brighter economic future for the state.
 
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
We’ve shown time and time again we can work across the aisles to solve problems and keep the economy moving in the right direction. I’m specifically proud that we passed the most bipartisan budget in over a decade, which was fiscally responsible and restored education, public safety and economic development, without a sales tax. I’m also especially proud of the bipartisan budget to make higher education more affordable. 
 
What’s the single most pressing issue for New Hampshire and the country?
I think we all believe we need to keep our economy moving in the right direction and continue to help our innovative businesses create jobs. With that in mind we launched the Live Free and Start initiative to make it easier for high-tech businesses to start, and it’s also why we are modernizing STEM and making higher education more affordable.
 
What are your top three priorities if re-elected?
We need to continue working to reach bipartisan solutions to keep the economy moving in the right direction. First, this means supporting innovative business growth, so I turn to my Live Free and Start initiative as a way to make it easier. We are also working to align higher education with business needs and continue work to modernize STEM education. … The second is expanding opportunities for middle class families. We need to continue to work to restore and improve the state minimum wage, keep higher education more affordable … and then make sure we are strengthening  access to quality,  more affordable health care. … The third priority is continuing to work to balance our budget responsibly without an income or sales tax. 
 
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I don’t know how much people know this about me but I really love sports and I’m a particularly huge Red Sox fan. I like watching any sport, any time. 
 
Walt Havenstein - Republican
In one sentence, why are you running?
Because I want to turn New Hampshire into an engine of economic growth, to make it a more prosperous state and the best place in the country to live, work, raise a family and do business.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
A successful 43-year marriage to my wonderful wife and a son of whom I’m very proud. In terms of my professional life, it’s when I came here in 1999 to lead a struggling electronics company in Nashua called Sanders. Together with the leadership team, I helped to turn the business around. Importantly, we successfully became part of BAE Systems while keeping the company in New Hampshire against a lot of calls to take it elsewhere.

What’s the single most pressing issue for New Hampshire and the country?
The economy. In New Hampshire, important trends are going in the wrong direction — we’re not creating as many jobs as we used to, outmigration is up and economic growth is stagnating. We have to reverse those trends, create jobs and attract people.

What are your top three priorities if elected?
Grow the economy, grow the economy and grow the economy.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I have two granddaughters, ages 5 and 3, who love to fish with me on Winnipesaukee. 

As seen in the October 16, 2014 issue of the Hippo.
 





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