Former New Hampshire Democratic Senate Majority Leader Maggie Hassan will make her gubernatorial bid official on Tuesday, a Democratic source familiar with her thinking tells Hotline On Call.
Hassan had previously filed to create an exploratory committee, so her official entrance into the race is not a surprise. She served in the Senate from 2004-2010 and is expected to be a serious contender for the Democratic nomination.
But she's unlikely to have the field all to herself. The New Hampshire Union-Leader has reported that other Democrats also considering the open race include former state Sen. Jackie Cilley, former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand, current Portsmouth Mayor Tom Ferrini and former director of the Bureau of Securities Regulation Mark Connolly,
On the GOP side, Ovide Lamontagne, a well-known conservative who ran for the Senate in 2010 is the only candidate officially in the race. Kevin Smith, a conservative activist, is also considering running. Smith recently stepped down as executive director of Cornerstone Action and Policy Research.