-- Bergeron is the chair of the Cheshire County Republicans and would be the frontrunner for the gig. She is well known in Republican circles and is well regarded for her work in helping elect Republicans in a county that typically leans Democratic. Bergeron would represent an establishment candidate for the job.
-- The two-time unsuccessful congressional contender is also considering running for the chairmanship. Horn could represent a Tea Party or insurgent challenge to the establishment. She would have an uphill fight though; her congressional runs -- which have included nasty primaries -- have made her some enemies in the state GOP. More, on of her biggest problems as a candidate has been raising money, one of chairman's chief responsibilities.
-- The current chairman's son is another a potential contender, though it is unclear at this point how serious he is about a candidacy. He has long been involved in New Hampshire Republican politics -- no doubt because of his family -- and now has a political consulting firm, the Profile Strategy Group.
-- Foley is the chairman of the Derry Republican Town Committee and said to be looking at the race. Foley told
Monday that he is considering a run but didn't sound too much like a candidate. "I don't feel like getting into a war," he said.
-- Lamontagne, who lost the 2010 Senate GOP primary to Ayotte, is also thinking about the chairmanship, according to party sources. His interest appears to be tepid at best, however, as most in New Hampshire Republicans expect Lamontagne to run for office again soon and it is virtually impossible to do that from the chairman's chair.
-- Young is a local Republican activist who was the executive director of the state party in the 1980s. He has since worked as a political consultant and is considered a longshot candidate for the chairmanship.