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O'Brien Tabs Garcia For Re-Election Post

House Speaker announces his re-election campaign committee Monday.

N.H. House Speaker William O'Brien (R-Mont Vernon) officially announced his intent Monday to seek re-election as both a House member and Speaker, naming Rep. Marilinda Garcia (R-Salem) as one of his campaign co-chairs.

Garcia, who serves as House Republican Alliance Co-Chair, will be one of five co-chairs for O'Brien's bid.

“New Hampshire needs Speaker O’Brien to continue his extraordinary efforts to make New Hampshire government responsive, efficient and effective," Garcia said in a statement. "The Speaker’s first two years have put us back on the tracks, but we need him for at least two more years to ensure we continue down the track of fiscal responsibility."

She went on to say O'Brien's "commitment to protecting our financial and personal freedom is what separates him as a leader," and that he "knows that government is not the answer and that our ‘Live Free or Die’ motto should resonate throughout our actions.  

"There is a lot more work to do, and he is the right person to set the direction for the state," she said.

The other four campaign co-chairmen will be: Speaker Pro Tempore Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett), Municipal and County Government Committee Chair, and Finance Committee Vice-Chair Lynne Ober (R-Hudson), Ways and Means Chair Stephen Stepanek (R-Amherst) and Freshmen Republican Caucus Co-Chair Dan Tamburello (R-Londonderry), according to O'Brien's office.

Patrick McDougall April 16, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Yes but how does salem get a gambling bill passed to save salem's own Rockingham Park? I know Representative garcia did not vote this last time but she has spoke out against gambling previously!!
Jeff Hatch April 16, 2012 at 05:42 PM
This all sounds good but the speaker may be over loking one important point. If redistricting goes through as planned. Salem will be in a house district all by its self. I may br wrong but I don't think Marilinda has ever voted in favor of gaming. This could come back to bite her in the General Election since 70% of Salem"s voters are in favor of gaming
Salem Citizen April 16, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Obrien must be a gambling man. Garcia can't even help her on district. How is she going to help in Mount Vernon. No Show--No Vote Garcia can he depend on her. Another bad decision.
salem activist April 16, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Not sure how either are going to help each other get re-elected. What's going on in the House in Concord can no longer stay in the House in Concord.

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