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Ex-Stonyfield exec backs Cilley

The man behind Stonyfield Farm yogurt is getting behind Democrat Jackie Cilley.

Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and ex-chief executive officer of Stonyfield Farm in Londonderry, is endorsing Cilley in her bid for governor. It's a job Hirshberg himself considered.

'When Gov. Lynch announced he wouldn't seek another term, I seriously considered running myself,' said Hirshberg of Concord, in a statement. 'I have watched this race unfold and I know who our next governor should be: Jackie Cilley. She has the strength, the independence and the vision to lead our state forward in these challenging times.'

Hirshberg retired last year as CEO. During his 28 years at the company, he took Stonyfield Farm from a seven-cow organic farming school to its current $360 million a year business.

(Annmarie Timmins can be reached at 369-3323 or or on Twitter @annmarietimmins.)

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