Van Ostern for New Hampshire

Who am I?

Im proud to bring strong business experience and a track-record of advocating for pro-growth, pro-consumer policies in our state.

I love New Hampshire.

My family moved around a lot when I was growing up eleven different houses before heading off to college but when I moved to New Hampshire a little over a decade ago, I knew I was home.

Since then, Ive lived in Concord most of the past eleven years. Currently, I work as a business manager at Stonyfield Farm in Manchester, where I help manage several of the companys product lines. I also happen to think we make some of the best yogurt in the world.

Ive been privileged to work with a great cross-section of New Hampshire companies and nonprofits over the past decade. In addition to my current work at Stonyfield, I earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where I also worked as Associate Director of Public Relations. Before that I worked as a business consultant, helping more than thirty nonprofits and local small businesses grow and strengthen our community. Im also proud of my work to help many elected officials and candidates for public office over the years.

Before moving to New Hampshire, I worked in Washington, DC as a producer for the national public affairs television show The McLaughlin Group and as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill. I received my bachelors degree in international security policy from The George Washington University.

I love to ski, usually at Cannon Mountain; to run in the woods around Concord; and to go camping with friends and family. The most important things in my life are my wife Kristyn, our son Peter, and our black lab, Moses.

Im planning a run for Executive Council to be a check on Concord and to bring back smart management that puts our state economy first.

Why am I running?

We need our state government to focus on jobs and economic development, but todays all-Republican Executive Council is standing in the way of progress instead.

Over the past year our Executive Council has rolled back consumer protection, restricted access to birth control, halted plans for passenger rail, and more. Together, we can do better.

Thats why I am running for New Hampshire Executive Council. To strengthen our economy, the Executive Council must:

Support one-stop shopping for licensing business creation expansion.

Reform and streamline state accountability and oversight standards.

Revive plans for studying passenger rail from Boston to Concord, NH.

Support appointees who pledge to strengthen education and prevent further deep cuts.

End the ideological efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act.

Hundreds of New Hampshire community leaders are already standing with me in this effort please consider joining us today!

My Goals

Recast the focus to jobs & the economy by defeating the ongoing assaults on preventive health care for women and economic development projects (specifically, passenger rail) in the NH Executive Council

My DFA Values

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My Campaign is People Powered!

(1) My campaign has received more individual contributions for this effort than any campaign for Executive Council in state history (over 1,500 in total - prior record was 936).

(2) In the week before the primary (which I won with 62% of the vote) I completed 19 house parties all across my district and signed-up over 150 volunteers to help our campaign on Primary Day.

Voice support


  • Nate Ashton, NH
  • Caroline French, NH
  • Richard Leonard, NH

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