- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - House Majority Leader Steve Shurtleff has announced his candidacy to replace retiring Speaker Terie Norelli.

With supporters behind him, the Concord Democrat announced his bid at a news conference Thursday. He said if he’s elected to lead the chamber in December, he will strive to be fair to everyone, regardless of party. He said at least 70 lawmakers have signed a letter supporting him.

Republicans Bill O’Brien of Mont Vernon, Gene Chandler of Bartlett and Laurie Sanborn of Bedford also are seeking the leadership position. O’Brien and Chandler are former speakers.

The speaker will likely depend on which party controls the chamber. Democrats are in charge now, but Republicans hope to win back the control they had after the 2010 election.

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