Walt Havenstein, Carly Fiorina tour local company MadgeTech

Last modified: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Joined by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein visited a local technology company yesterday to get a glimpse of the type of business he said he would like to see more of in the state.

MadgeTech, nestled in a nondescript building in Warner, makes gadgets that are used all over the world – to measure heat and humidity, for example, or to monitor carbon dioxide levels – Norman Carlson, the company’s president and founder, said. The company, which has 54 employees, builds and designs all of its products in New Hampshire, he added.

To Havenstein, it’s the perfect example of the state’s potential industrial future. In addition to the innovation inherent in its business model, MadgeTech impressed Havenstein because of the range of ages represented in its workforce, he said.

Havenstein, in his platform for governor, has stressed a desire to create a climate that encourages entrepreneurship and innovation. He has sharply criticized his opponent, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, saying she has failed to do so during her time in office.

Carlson, too, said he would like to see more companies like his spring to life in the state and felt Havenstein left a good impression. Still, he said business has been pretty healthy under the current administration: New Hampshire’s existing standards haven’t impeded upon his ability to do business, and he said he experiences more challenges when it comes to keeping up with federal regulations on health care or international commerce.

“It’s fine,” Carlson said. “I don’t have any problems.”

Outside of yesterday’s show of support for Havenstein, Fiorina’s visit to New Hampshire comes with an emphasis on engaging female voters. She joined the Seacoast Republican Women for a luncheon yesterday and will lead an event today alongside Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte to train Republicans on “what works and what doesn’t when it comes to communicating with women voters” as part of a campaign she recently launched called the Unlocking Potential 

Fiorina is no stranger to politics. She ran for U.S. Senate in California in 2010, ultimately losing to Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer, and is the chairwoman of the American Conservative Union Foundation. When asked if she would consider running for political office again, Fiorina stressed that she’s focused on outreach for this year’s elections – particularly among women voters.

But, she added, “I don’t take anything off the table.”

(Casey McDermott can be reached at 369-3306 or cmcdermott@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @caseymcdermott.)