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Marchand Family

STEVE AND HIS WIFE, SANDI HENNEQUIN, ARE RAISING THEIR DAUGHTERS ABBI AND MAGGIE IN PORTSMOUTH, WHERE THEY HAVE LIVED SINCE 2000.

Meet Steve

EARLY LIFE

Steve was born and raised in a French-speaking family in Manchester, the son of immigrants from Quebec. His father, Normand, left school in St. Isidore, PQ after 8th grade, eventually moving to Manchester to become a carpenter and home builder. His mother, Suzanne (Montminy) Marchand, worked at the old Pandora Mills on the banks of the Merrimack River until Steve was born in 1974. She later earned her GED and started her own electrology business in Goffstown, where they still live.

Steve’s family worked very hard to get into the middle class, moving frequently in and around the West Side of Manchester. During the recession of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the homebuilding industry collapsed, and without predictable income, Steve’s family was unable to afford health insurance. Soon after, Suzanne suffered a heart attack, and the resulting medical bills forced Steve’s family into bankruptcy. Through hard work, Steve’s family has recovered, but Steve’s passion on everything from the positive power of immigration, to the need for universal health care access for every New Hampshirite, to the real and growing challenges facing the middle class, to the importance of quality public education, to the importance of entrepreneurism, come from his upbringing.

EDUCATION

Steve received a B.S in International Relations and a B.A. in Public Affairs from Syracuse University in 1996. He went on to receive a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University in 1998.

EARLY CAREER

As a small businessman, Steve helped perform audits of local, county and state government departments across America. From police and fire departments to statewide juvenile justice systems, making government work well for residents by focusing on defining and measuring results - and increasing accountability for making those results happen - connected the experiences of Steve’s youth with ways to make life better for people like his parents, Normand and Suzanne.

He has worked with organizations as diverse as the National Football League, AARP, SEIU, the Concord Coalition, and the U.S. Department of State.

PUBLIC SERVICE

In 2003, Steve was elected to the Portsmouth City Council at the age of 29, quickly earning a statewide reputation across the political spectrum for bringing his government auditing background into elected office. Using real data to implement national best-practice standards, Steve worked with department leadership to deliver improved outcomes in education, public safety, and infrastructure while keeping taxes at or below inflation.

Later as Mayor of Portsmouth, Steve continued focus on delivering specific outcomes, expanding Portsmouth’s tax base and economy, and keeping tax increases below inflation earned him plaudits from editorial pages as diverse as the Portsmouth Herald and the New Hampshire Union Leader. He also led Portsmouth on environmental policy, signing the city into multiple climate change reduction efforts, and successfully bonding and opening and the first LEED-certified public building New Hampshire (its new public library).

CONNECTING BUSINESS WITH EDUCATION

After running a successful small business and serving as Mayor of Portsmouth, Steve accepted a newly-created position at the University of New Hampshire as its first Director of Corporate Relations. Designed to better understand how the needs of New Hampshire’s private sector could better coordinated with University System opportunities, Steve traveled the state over the next three years, sitting down with over 100 businesses and their leadership teams - from startups to New Hampshire’s largest employers - helping create or reshape opportunities to develop talent pipelines for emerging needs in our state’s economy.

During that time - typically in non-political and candid conversations with CEOs, COOs, heads of Human Resources, Engineering, and with employees - Steve heard the full range of challenges facing future economic growth in New Hampshire, and where the barriers and opportunities and barriers lie. Steve also met with citizens across New Hampshire about their fears of being left behind, failing to make ends meet, and forever falling out of the middle class.

ABOVE ALL ELSE, STEVE IS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR TO BUILD A GRASSROOTS ECONOMIC VISION TO MOVE NEW HAMPSHIRE FORWARD, TOGETHER.