By Chris Paul
A lot is still up in the air about who will be the running on the republican ticket in 2022 race for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Democratic incumbent Maggie Hassan, but Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith is currently considering running.
In a conversation earlier in the week, Smith said that he will be taking the month of December to weigh out his options and most likely make a decision in January.
In a statement sent to the Londonderry Times Smith said, “As I continue to receive and make calls to folks from around the state, I am very encouraged by the level of support – frankly from both sides of the aisle. As such, I am strongly considering running and will make a public announcement of my intentions shortly after the new year.”
Smith, who grew up in Londonderry and graduated from Londonderry High School, has been the Town Manager in Londonderry for about eight years now. He is also the voice of the Londonderry Lancers football team, where he announces all the team’s home games.
Smith also held a seat as a republican state representative shortly after he graduated and before taking on the role as Town Manager made a run for New Hampshire Governor.
In that 2012 republican primary, Smith lost to Granite State lawyer Ovide Lamontagne.
Lamontagne went onto the general election where he lost to Hassan.
Smith is also currently the chairman of the Pease Development Authority in Portsmouth. Smith was appointed to the position by Governor Chris Sununu.