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.