MANCHESTER, NH – Manchester technology executive and community leader Graham “Gray” Chynoweth recently announced his candidacy for Executive Council in District 4 to represent Manchester and surrounding towns from Bedford to Barrington, promising to focus on smart growth and bipartisan solutions for the region. He is a Democrat.
“From helping grow Dyn from less than 20 employees to 500 people, to helping found nonprofit organizations dedicated to recruiting and retaining New Hampshire workers, to my work today with ARMI helping to create a new industry bringing the next generation of manufacturing jobs to the Manchester Millyard, I’ve seen how much promise there is in our region and our people. We need elected officials who understand how to drive smart growth, good jobs, and get a better return for our tax dollars without letting politics get in the way,” Chynoweth said.
“As an Executive Councilor, my focus will be on modernizing and improving state government, ensuring we have a multi-modal transportation infrastructure strategy, including commuter rail, that enables economic growth, and looking for innovative new solutions to tackle tough issues like the opioid crisis. Lastly, I will always fight against partisan efforts to let politics get in the way ensuring women and families in New Hampshire have access to quality healthcare, like the family planning, wellness visits and cancer services provided by Planned Parenthood here in Manchester,” Chynoweth said.
In Manchester, Chynoweth has worked as Chief Operating Officer of Dyn; Chief Operating Officer of Silvertech; and currently Chief Membership Officer for the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute, and previously founded and co-chaired both Stay, Work, Play and the Manchester Young Professional Network.
“The people of District 4 have come to expect a lot out of their representation thanks to Councilor Pappas’ balanced and forward thinking leadership. I am running to continue that tradition of putting politics before people and to ensure that we remain committed to making our government work better for all our citizens,” Chynoweth said.
As part of his announcement, Chynoweth announced two campaign co-chairs: Former Ambassador and state democratic party chairman George Bruno of Manchester and businesswoman and community leader Pubali Chakravorty-Campbell of Bedford.
Gray is married to Tara Chynoweth, an environmental health and safety specialist at medical device company in Londonderry, with whom he has two sons, Lincoln (3) and Graham (7). Graham attends public school in Manchester. Gray is widely recognized as a business and community leader, having helped grow companies like Dyn, SilverTech and ARMI, having graduated from the the Leadership Greater Manchester and Leadership New Hampshire programs and having been recognized by New Hampshire Magazine as one of ’25 for the Future’ in 2010 and The Union Leader as one of ‘Forty Under 40’ in 2013.
Gray helped found two workforce development nonprofits (Manchester Young Professionals Network, StayWorkPlayNH) and serves or has served on many non-profit advisory boards (NH Public Radio, CityYearNH, Families in Transition, SNHU School of Business and the Currier Museum of Art).
Gray’s father, Graham P. Chynoweth, was also active in the community. In the early 1980s he helped found New Hampshire Public Radio and served in the state legislature.
About the Office of Executive Councilor
The Executive Council of the State of New Hampshire has the authority and responsibility, together with the Governor, over the administration of the affairs of the State as defined in the New Hampshire Constitution, the New Hampshire statutes, and the advisory opinions of the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the Attorney General.
Each of the five Executive Councilors represents one fifth of the population or approximately 263,000 citizens. Councilors are elected every two years, concurrently with the Governor. The Councilors participate in the active management of the business of the state. They receive assistance from the Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services and the Attorney General who review requests involving state funds since no expenditure can be legally authorized without the availability of adequate funds.
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