On the Trail: Feltes looking, sounding like a gubernatorial candidate

By PAUL STEINHAUSER

For the Monitor

Published: 2/21/2019 5:11:03 PM

As usual, Democratic state Sen. Dan Feltes is spending much of his time at the State House as he steers his party’s legislation through the state Senate.

But the Concord lawmaker took some time away to make a quick trip to Washington, D.C., at the end of last week.

Sources in the nation’s capital said that Feltes paid a visit to the Democratic Governors Association, which helps elect and re-elect Democratic governors, as well as the Democratic National Committee.

The trip came as Feltes mulls a bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2020.

Feltes declined to respond when reached for comment by the Monitor.

He’s publicly said in the past that his current top priority is advancing his party’s playbook of proposals – known as the Granite State Opportunity plan.

But with last week’s trip to Washington and increased speaking engagements around the state due to his job as Senate Majority Leader, Feltes is starting to look and sound a lot more like a gubernatorial candidate.

Another Concord Democrat, Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky, is also seriously mulling a bid for the Corner Office.

“I am fairly likely to run for Governor in N.H. in 2020. It is a path that I have been on for some time and things are falling into place,” Volinsky wrote last month in an email to close friends that was obtained by the Monitor.

Former state senator Molly Kelly of Harrisville, the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee, hasn’t ruled out another run, either. She lost to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu by seven percentage points in last November’s election.

Former Portsmouth mayor Steve Marchand, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2016 and 2018, appears to be entertaining a third bid.

Others to possibly keep an eye on are former deputy secretary of state and Bureau of Securities Regulation director Mark Connolly, who ran unsuccessfully for the 2016 gubernatorial nomination, former state representative Mindi Messmer of Rye, who ran unsuccessfully last year for the open seat in the 1st Congressional District, and Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, who’s running for re-election this year for a second term.

Mindi Messmer