New Hampshire Conservative activist Kevin Smith, the former head of Cornerstone Action, will run for governor in 2012, he confirmed to Hotline On Call on Wednesday, joining 2010 Senate candidate Ovide Lamontagne in the Republican race for the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Gov. John Lynch.
Smith will announce his campaign on Thursday. The news of his decision was first reported by WMUR's James Pindell.
Earlier this fall, Smith stepped down from his position at Cornerstone as he continued to consider a gubernatorial run. Lamontagne, who like Smith is popular with Granite State conservatives, announced his bid in September.
On the Democratic side, former state Senate Majority Leader Maggie Hassan is the only declared candidate.