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Chris Sununu inches closer to N.H. governor run

New Hampshire Executive Councilor Chris Sununu announced this week he will turn over day-to-day operations of his family’s ski resort, Waterville Valley, to pursue a Republican bid for governof in 2016.

Sununu will have a high-dollar campaign fund-raiser in Concord next month, according to a copy of the invitation. Legally, any money he raises could be used for a run for governor or reelection to his current state position.

If Sununu runs for governor, he would continue his family’s tradition of seeking higher office in the Granite State.

His father, John H. Sununu, served as a three-term governor before becoming White House chief of staff. His mother, Nancy, served as a state Republican Party chairwoman and openly considered a run for the US House in 1990. Chris’s brother, John E. Sununu served in the US House and a term in the US Senate. His other brother, James Sununu, serves on the North Hampton school board.

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Just how much is the Sununu family’s name synonymous with New Hampshire politics? When friends of Chris Sununu tried to reserve the website domain SununuForGovernor.com, it was already taken. They discovered James Sununu reserved in April 2001, presumably for John E. Sununu, who many thought would run for governor himself someday instead of his little brother.


James Pindell can be reached at James.Pindell@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jamespindell.