October 25, 2011
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Former state Sen. Maggie Hassan (HASS' an) is the first Democrat to announce a run for New Hampshire governor.
The 53-year-old Hassan of Exeter said Tuesday in a speech at Manchester Community College that she believes New Hampshire can have the best workforce in the nation. She said the state can be innovative both in the private sector and how state government is run. She also pledged to be fiscally disciplined, balance the state budget and to keep taxes low.
Hassan said she was inspired to become involved in public life by her son, Ben, who has severe physical disabilities.
She served three terms in the state Senate before losing last year. She served as Democratic leader.
She voted for mandatory seat belts, arguing they help prevent debilitating injuries.
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