Colin Van Ostern ‘honored’ after primary win

Colin Van Ostern ‘honored’ after primary win


T. AND AS WE LISTEN IN NOW, HE WILL ADDRESS HIS SUPPORTERS. COLIN VAN OSTERN: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [CHEERING] COLIN VAN OSTERN: I AM HONORED TO BE YOUR NOMINEE FOR GOVERNOR IN THIS ELECTION. [LAUGHTER] — [APPLAUSE] COLIN VAN OSTE: I KNOW TONIGHT NEW HAMPSHIRE IS READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP FORWARD. THE KEY TO O STATE’S FUTURE IS TO BUILD A STRONGER ECONOMY, WHERE EVERYONE HAS THE CHANCE TO SUCCEED. FROM MY WORK AT GREAT NEW HAMPSHIRE EMPLOYERS AND SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY, TO SERVING ON THE STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, REPRESENTING A QUARTER OF AN MILLION OF MY FELLOW CITIZENS, I KNOW THE MOST IMPORTANT ASSET IS OUR PEOPLE. EVERY DAY IN THIS CAMPAIGN I HAVE FOCUSED ON GOOD JOBS AND GOOD SCHOOLS AND LOW TAXES AND GOOD ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, FROM PREVENTION TO TREATMENT AND RECOVERING SERVICES TO BIRTH CONTROL AND CANCER SCREENINGS AT OUR STATE AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD HEALTH CENTERS. [APPLAUSE] COLIN VAN OSTERN: IF YOU ELECT ME AS YOUR GOVERNOR IN NOVEMBER, I WILL SPEND EVERY DAY AS YOUR GOVERNOR FOCUSING ON GOOD JOBS AND GOOD SCHOOLS AND GOOD ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, ON OVERCOMING THE OPIOID CRISIS AND ALWAYS PROTECTING WOMEN’S HEALTH. WE WILL DO IT WITH NO SALES TAX AND NO INCOME TAX. [APPLAUSE] COLIN VAN OSTERN: TO GET THERE, WE WILL TAKE THE NEXT STEP FORWARD FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE BY BRINGING IN AND KEEPING MORE YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES, AND NEW BUSINESSES AND STARTUPS IN OUR STATE. WE WILL BUILD AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE. I AM HONORED TO WIN YOUR SUPPORT TONIGHT, BUT THIS CAMPAIGN IS NOT ABOUT ME OR WHOEVER THE REPUBLICANS CHOOSE. WE MUST TAKE THE NEXT STEP FORWARD FOR THE WAITRESS I MET, 10 MONTHS SOBER, WHO SPENDS HER SATURDAYS COUNSELING OTHER WOMEN WHAT LIFE WITHOUT HEROIN IS LIK E. WE MUST DO MORE TO MOVE OUR STATE FORWARD FOR THE FIVE-YEAR-OLD WITH BRIGHT EYES AND PIERCING QUESTIONS WHO JUST STARTED SCHOOL IN CONCORD A FEW WEEKS AGO, NOT MINE. [LAUGHTER]>>WHAT IS HIS NAME? COLIN VAN OSTERN: WHO STARTED IN ONE OF HALF OF THE TOWNS IN OUR STATE WHO STILL DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO KINDERGARTEN. WE MUST MOVE FORWARD FOR THE SINGLE MOTHER WHO IS STUDYING TO FINISH COLLEGE, HANGING OUT AT THE LAUNDROMAT IN ROCHESTER ALL DAY WITH HER TWO KIDS, WITH A STACK OF COLLEGE BOOKS FOR HER AND COLORING BOOKS FOR THEM. SHE IS WORKING HER HEART OUT TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR HE FAMILY. WE WILL TAKE THE NEXT STEP FORWARD FOR THE ENTREPRENEUR WHO WONDERS WHY WE ARE NOT YET BUILDING A COMMUTER RAIL FROM FOSTER AND TO NASHUA — FROM BOSTON TO NASHUA TO RIGHT HERE SO HE CAN GROW HIS COMPANY MORE QUICKLY. [CHEERING AND APPLAUSE] COLIN VAN OSTERN: AND WE WILL OUR STATE MOVING FORWARD FOR ASHLEY, A 22-YEAR-OLD WOMAN FROM RURAL NEW HAMPSHIRE WHO E-MAILED ME LAST SUMMER, SAYING, I HAVE NEVER WRITTEN AN ELECTED OFFICIAL IN HER LIFE. SHE WANTED TO KNOW WHY THREE MEN SHUT OFF THE FUNDING FOR HER ANNUAL EXAM AT THE CLAREMONT PLANNED PARENTHOOD CENTER. WE HAVE AN ANSWER FOR ASHLEY. AFTER NEARLY A YEAR OF LONGER WAIT TIMES AND FEWER SHIFTS AND FEWER PATIENT VISITS, FINALLY I WAS ABLE TO LEAD THE EFFORT TO GET FUNDING SUCCESSFULLY RESTORED FOR THOUSANDS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE WOMEN AND FAMILIES. I WILL STAND UP FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH 100% OF THE TIME. [CHEERING AND APPLAUSE] COLIN VAN OSTERN: WE ALSO VOTED A THREE TO TWO VOT TO IMPLEMENT THE EXPANSION OF HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THAT NOW COVERS NEARLY 50,000 OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS, INCLUDING CRITICAL COVERAGE FOR DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT SERVICES. WE MUST TAKE THE NEXT STEP I MAKING THAT COVERS PERMANENT. WE HAVE COMPLETED ECONOMIC BLUEPRINTS AND WE ARE BETTY — AND WE ARE READY TO BUILD THE COMMUTER RAIL. I KNOW WE CAN CREATE NEW, DEBT FREE PATHWAYS TO COLLEGE, AS I HAVE HELPED DO FOR THOUSANDS. [CHEERING AND APPLAUSE] COLIN VAN OSTERN: FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS I HAVE REPRESENTED A QUARTER OF A MILLION NEW HAMPSHIRE CITIZENS SERVING ON A BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF SORTS FOR OUR GOVERNOR. I HAVE ALSO HAD THE CHANCE TO GROW GREAT BUSINESSES IN OUR PRIVATE SECTOR. I HELPED LAUNCH A NEW COLLEGE, COLLEGE FOR AMERICA, DEDICATED TO HELPING STUDENTS ACHIEVE A DEGREE WITHOUT DEBT. WHEN I STARTED, THERE WAS A PROMISING PILOT PROJECT, ONE DOZEN EMPLOYEES, AND NO PINK STUDENTS. LAST YEAR ALONE, THE SCHOOL HAS ENROLLED JUST OVER 4600 NEW STUDENTS. SEVEN OUT OF 10 ARE EARNING THEIR DEGREES COMPLETELY DEBT FREE. WE NEED TO MAKE THE COMMITMENT TO WORKING WITH EMPLOYERS MORE DEEPLY AND DIRECTLY, ENSURING EVERY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT IN NEW HAMPSHIRE WHO GRADUATES CAN LEARN A TRADE OR GET AN ASSOCIATES DEGREE, OR EARN A FOUR YEAR DEGREE WITHOUT BEING CRUSHED BY STUDENT DEBT. [CHEERING AND APPLAUSE] COLIN VAN OSTERN: THIS IS HOW WE TAKE THE NEXT STEP FORWARD FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE, THE STEP OUR STATE IS READY FOR. BEFORE MY WORK AT SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY, I WORKED AS A BUSY BUSINESSMAN AT STONYFIELD YOGURT. ONE OF THE KEY LESSONS I LEARNED IS THE BEST WAY TO SUCCEED IS BY FINDING WAYS TO WIN TOGETHER. YOUR BUSINESS PARTNERS, YOUR CUSTOMERS, YOUR CONSUMERS, THEY CAN ALL WIN TOGETHER. WHEN YOU SHAVE A GRAM OF WEIGHT YOU CAN LOWER YOUR PACKAGING COST, LOWER YOUR FUEL COST, YOU CAN DECREASE YOUR HARMFUL ENVIRONMENTAL EMISSIONS YOU CAN BOOST YOUR PROFITS, AND FIND SUCCESS BY FINDING WAYS WEEKEND WIN TO GET THERE. FROM MY TIME IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, I CAN TELL YOU THE WAY WE WILL CREATE GOOD JOBS AND STRENGTHEN OUR NEW HAMPSHIRE ECONOMY IS BY INVESTING IN OUR PEOPLE. IN JOB TRAINING AND MAKING COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY PRODUCTS THAT CREATE LOCAL JOBS. AND A COMMUTER RAIL FROM BOSTON AND BETTER RURAL BROADBAND AND EASIER ACCESS TO CREDIT TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES GROW, AND BY RAISING NEW HAMPSHIRE’S LOWEST IN THE NATION MINIMUM WAGE. [CHEERING AND APPLAUSE] COLIN VAN OSTERN: AND TO UNLEASH THAT GROWTH, WE MUST HAVE A MODERATE STATE GOVERNMENT THAT REFLECTS THE INNOVATION AND THE AGILITY OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THAT MEANS LESS RED TAPE, NO INCOME TAX AND NO SALES TAX. BUT MY MOST IMPORTANT JOB HAS NOT BEEN ON THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OR IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. IT IS BEING A FATHER. OUR TWO BOYS’ FUTURE MEANS EVERYTHING TO ME AND KRISTIN. IT IS FOR OUR SONS PETER AND PATRICK, AND FOR ALL OF OUR KIDS, THAT I WILL WORK EVERYWHERE FOR GREAT SCHOOLS WITH FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN AND COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AVAILABLE IN EVERY HIGH SCHOOL WITH MORE PROJECT-BASED LEARNING AND FEWER STANDARDIZED TESTS, WITH GREAT CAREER, TECHNICAL, AND AFFORDABLE COLLEGE EDUCATION OPTIONS THAT DON’T WE STUDENTS CRUSHED BY DEBT. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] COLIN VAN OSTERN: YOU KNOW, KRISTIN AND I KNOW THAT NEW HAMPSHIRE CAN BE THE BEST PLACE IN THE COUNTRY TO LIVE AND WORK AND RAISE A FAMILY AND GROW A BUSINESS. THE DECISIONS WE MAKE IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS WILL DETERMINE OUR STATE’S ECONOMIC FUTURE FOR THE NEXT DECADE TO COME. I KNOW WE CAN MOVE OUR STATE FORWARD, THE NEW HAMPSHIRE WAY. WE BELIEVE POLITICS AT THE DOOR AND WE WILL BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER TO WORK TOGETHER WITH A FOCUS ON PROGRESS, NOT ON PARTISANSHIP. I AM EXCITED TO HEAR FROM THE PEOPLE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE OVER THE NEXT TWO MONTHS, AND TO ASK FOR YOUR VOTE SO WE CAN STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY IN THIS GREAT STATE. I AM SO GRATEFUL, SO GRATEFUL, FOR SO MANY WHO PUT THEIR WORK INTO THIS CAMPAIGN TO HELP US REACH THIS MILESTONE. I AM GRATEFUL, PARTICULARLY, FOR THE SUPPORT AND COUNSEL FROM MY BRILLIANT WIFE KRISTIN. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] COLIN VAN OSTERN: FOR THE LOVE OF OUR SONS, PETER AND PATRICK, AND ALL OF OUR FAMILY. [APPLAUSE] COLIN VAN OSTERN: AND I WANT TO THANK MY OPPONENTS IN THIS PRIMARY, MARK AND STEVE, GOOD MEN WHO RAN A GOOD, CLEAN CAMPAIGNS AND THEY KEPT THEIR EYES FIRMLY FIXED ON THE FUTURE. [APPLAUSE] COLIN VAN OSTERN: I AM ALSO GRATEFUL FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY WORK OF OUR CAMPAIGN STAFF, FOR OUR CAMPAIGN MANAGER, FOR THE BEST FINANCE DIRECTOR IN THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, FOR ELSIE AND MATT AND BRIAN AND SHANNON AND TAYLOR AND A MADNA AND MARIA AND GEORGE AND ELENA, AND THOUSANDS OF GREAT VOLUNTEERS ACROSS THE STATE WHO POURED THEMSELVES INTO OUR CAMPAIGN. NOW, WE HAVE TWO MONTHS AND THE PEOPLE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE ARE COUNTING ON US ALL. ALREADY, THOUSANDS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE CITIZENS HAVE JOINED OUR CAMPAIGN AT VANOSTERN.COM. WE NEED THOUSANDS MORE TO JOIN US TO MAKE SURE WE MOVE OUR STATE FORWARD FOR EVERYONE.

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