Gubernatorial Hopeful Connolly Meets with Poli-Ed

Committee Continues to Meet with Candidates in Endorsement Process


Mark Connolly

On Monday, gubernatorial candidate Mark Connolly talked with SEA/SEIU Local 1984 members at the monthly Political Education (Poli Ed) Committee meeting. The Poli Ed Committee meets with candidates for all levels of elective office and makes recommendations on possible endorsements to the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors.

Connolly, a native of Bedford, first served the state in the House of Representatives while he was still in college at Dartmouth. After two decades in private industry, he returned to state service as an assistant secretary of state. Then, as head of the Bureau of Securities Regulation, he took on major corporations including TYCO and UBS. He currently runs New Castle Investment Advisors.

At Monday’s meeting, Connolly talked with members about his long-term economic plan and the issues facing the state. John Hattan, an SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Director and chair of Poli Ed, said after hearing Connolly speak, he feels he’s a strong candidate.

“Mark has some strong endorsements, and he has a great history of serving the state,” Hattan said. “He’s a person who’s taken on the system to protect working families, and his message for working families is pretty forthright.”

Connolly is one of three Democrats running, including Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern and former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand. Republicans in the race include Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, Rep. Frank Edelbut, Sen. Jeannie Forrester and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.

Connolly was the second gubernatorial candidate to meet with Poli Ed (Van Ostern spoke at the December committee meeting), and the committee will work to schedule visits with the other gubernatorial candidates in the coming months. Hattan said he expected that the process would likely continue through August.

The Poli Ed Committee meets on the second Monday of each month, and any meetings with special guests are highlighted ahead of time in SEA Notices. The committee follows an agreed-upon process in making its recommendation for endorsements, which the Board of Directors ultimately votes on.

Any SEA/SEIU Local 1984 member is allowed to attend these meetings, though you do need to be a member to have an official vote on committee business. If you’d like to be part of the process, you can start by attending the next meeting, which will be May 9. If you’d like more information on that meeting or on joining the committee, you can send an email to

You can read a bit more about Connolly on his campaign website,

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