Colin Van Ostern Launches Campaign to Unseat New Hampshire's Secretary of State - NECN
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Colin Van Ostern Launches Campaign to Unseat New Hampshire's Secretary of State

Bill Gardner has been secretary of state for 42 years

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    A New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate in 2016 is launching a campaign to unseat Bill Gardner, the nation's longest-serving secretary of state.

    Colin Van Ostern scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon.

    The state Legislature elects the position every two years.

    Ostern is a former member of the Executive Council. He and Gardner are Democrats.

    Gardner has been secretary of state for 42 years and is known for defending New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary in the face of frequent challenges by other states and political parties

    Gardner said he intends to seek a 22nd term in December.

    Van Ostern lost the 2016 gubernatorial race to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. He's starting a political committee that will campaign for legislative candidates who support his platform.

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