By RIK STEVENS
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Former defense contractor Walt Havenstein says if he's elected governor, his business experience can help end economic stagnation in New Hampshire.
Havenstein, a Republican, officially joined the race on Wednesday, saying incumbent Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has good intentions but not the experience to create jobs and lure businesses here.
Havenstein is former chief executive officer at BAE Systems, a defense company with about 4,000 workers in Nashua. He says he knows how to balance a budget, run things efficiently and attract entrepreneurs.
Andrew Hemingway also is seeking the GOP nomination for the chance to challenge Hassan. Hemingway said Wednesday he looks forward to debating key issues with Havenstein.
Hassan's spokesman says she is focused on strengthening the middle class, supporting business and keeping the economy moving forward.
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