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Mark Connolly, New Castle resident, announces intent to run for governor



Last modified: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Mark Connolly, former director of state securities regulation, will announce his campaign for New Hampshire governor Nov. 5.

Connolly, of New Castle, will be the second Democrat to jump into an open race for the corner office. Concord Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern announced earlier this month.

On the Republican side, Executive Councilor Chris Sununu and first-term Rep. Frank Edelblut are both running for governor.

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan is not seeking a third term, and is instead challenging Republican Kelly Ayotte for her seat in the U.S. Senate.

Connolly, who did not answer a call for comment, owns New Castle Investment Advisors in Portsmouth.

He resigned as director of the state’s Bureau of Securities Regulation in 2010 over what he considered a government cover-up of a Meredith-based Ponzi scheme. Later, he wrote a book called Cover-Up about the investigation into Financial Resources Mortgage, the Lakes Region firm that collapsed in 2009.

Connolly plans to outline his platform next week in Manchester at FIRST, a nonprofit founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest in science and technology. He will then make campaign stops in Hanover, New Castle, and Salem, according to a press release.



Allie Morris