Reagan seeking reelection to Senate; backs Havenstein for Gov
By JOHN DiSTASO, Editor
DEERFIELD — State Sen. John Reagan, R-Deerfield, toyed with the notion of running for governor for several months, feeling that there was a need for a mainstream Republican to consider taking on Gov. Maggie Hassan.
But with businessman Walt Havenstein in the race, Reagan announced Thursday he is seeking reelection to the District 17 state Senate seat instead of running for governor and will back Havenstein for the top ticket spot.
“By cutting spending, balancing the budget, and improving the state’s business climate, the Senate has helped to spur the state’s economy and put our neighbors back to work,” he said in a statement. “I am running for reelection to make certain we continue on the right path by cutting spending and improving the operation of government. By reducing regulation and taxation and encouraging government to act as a partner with our state’s job creators, we can ensure New Hampshire remains competitive as the best state to do business in the Northeast.”
Reagan said Havenstein “has an impressive personal story as a Marine and successful industrial leader and I believe he will bring the leadership and experience New Hampshire needs to the Governor’s office.
“I am grateful to everyone who reached out to me about running for higher office; the support has been truly humbling. However, I firmly believe that Walt is the best candidate for the job and I would encourage those who were supporting me to unite behind Walt so that together we can elect a Republican Governor this fall.”
Reagan chairs the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, is vice chair of the Senate Health, Education & Human Services Committee and is a member of Executive Departments & Administration. He is in his first term as a State Senator after serving three terms in the House of Representatives.