Chris Sununu, New Hampshire’s third term Arab American executive councilor, announced that he will run for New Hampshire Governor as a Republican. Sununu, the son of former Gov. John H. Sununu and brother of former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu, made the announcement during the Salem Republican Committee Labor Day Picnic, an event attended by two Republican Presidential candidates, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Carly Fiorina, and New Hampshire’s very own Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). As one of the first primary stops in the nation, the Granite state’s electoral importance is well known and the 2016 race for Governor is sure to be closely watched. According to analysts in New Hampshire, Gov. Maggie Hassan will not seek to retain her seat but will challenge Sen. Ayotte for a highly sought after Senate seat. Sununu is the first major candidate to formally launch a campaign for the governorship and it remains to be seen whether he will face a primary challenger and who his possible Democratic opponent may be.