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Executive Councilor (2012 - 2016); Senior Advisor, Southern New Hampshire University’s College for America (2013 - present); Brand Manager, Stonyfield Farm (2011 - 2013)

Married; Children: 1
MBA, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
Home Address
Van Ostern for New Hampshire
PO Box 3931
Manchester, NH 03105
Work Address
The Honorable Colin Van Ostern
PO Box 193
Concord, NH 03302


These issue positions are derived from the annual Citizens Count issue surveys or candidate websites, social media posts, media interviews, voting records, and other sources.

Crime and Public Safety

Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?
Do you agree with the Executive Council's refusal to grant a pardon to Thomas Schoolcraft, a reformed burglar turned corrections officer?
Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

When approving a state purchase or contract, which is most important?
Should NH add an income tax on earned income?
Should NH raise the minimum wage?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?


Should NH continue to base statewide assessments on Common Core standards?

Energy and Environment

Should NH encourage more residential solar installations?
Should NH restrict further wind power development?
Should NH allow the Northern Pass to proceed with some (not all) of the lines buried?

Health Care

Was NH right to expand Medicaid eligibility, using private insurance wherever possible?
What is your position on accepting federal grant money related to the online health insurance exchange?
What is your opinion on the state providing some funding for Planned Parenthood?
Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?
Should parents be allowed to opt their children out of the NH immunization/vaccination registry?

Politics and Political Process

What do you think of the dollar limit on the size of state contracts that must be reviewed by the Executive Council?
When making an appointment, how much should the Executive Council consider a nominee's political beliefs?
What was the worst decision made by the Executive Council in the past two years?
What was the best decision made by the Executive Council in the past two years?
Should NH broaden campaign finance disclosure laws?
Should NH limit terms for elected officials?

Recreation and Transportation

What is your position on the (mostly) federally-funded commuter rail study?
Should NH pursue expanded commuter rail?

Social Issues

Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
What is your opinion on the state providing some funding for Planned Parenthood?
Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?
Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Should NH do more to enforce federal immigration laws?
Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?


Ted Bosen
- Berlin

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 10:51am

I am Vice Chair of the Coos County Democratic Committee and Chair of the Berlin City Democratic Committee.

I am an attorney and I have an MBA as well. I appreciate Colin's stand on the issues he has articulated, I liked what I heard from Mrs. Van Ostern at the Harry Truman Dinner in Coos reently, and I liked Colin upon meeting him at the JJ Dinner and state party meeting.

count me as on board.



Colin Van Ostern
- Concord

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 10:47pm

Over the past few months, you’ve probably seen news stories from Concord about how the extreme agenda in the State House is already doing real damage to our state, our economy and our communities.


I was particularly troubled when New Hampshire recently became one of the first states in the country to cut off all funds for the breast cancer screenings, annual exams, birth control, and other non-controversial health care provided at Planned Parenthood health centers. This was a big win for the far-right, but it was a real loss for our communities. And it came at the hands of the our state’s five-person Executive Council, whose job is supposed to be keeping an eye on spending and key state appointments – not pushing a radical social agenda.


So today, I’m writing to share the news that I am planning to run for Executive Council in 2012, to be a check on Concord and to bring back smart management that puts our state economy first. (District 2)


Please join our growing team in this effort.


In just the two months since the Executive Council defunded this preventative health care, 3,718 New Hampshire men and women have already had their access restricted.  But sadly, the all-Republican Executive Council is taking this same out-of-the-mainstream approach to governing across the board.  This spring, they put state tax dollars at risk by refusing to coordinate local health regulations with the federal government, simply in order to score political points against the current administration.   And more recently, they are playing politics with government appointments — even refusing to appoint fellow Republicans to state boards if the candidates are too bipartisan.


This isn’t the “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire that I love.


We need a check on this  polarizing agenda in Concord, and instead we need to replace it with a new focus on growing the economy and keeping the government out of our personal lives.


This election will come down to our values: do we want an Executive Council that is willing to damage our state in order to amplify the partisan extremism in Concord, or do we want to moderate it with smart, and jobs-focused management instead?  Frankly, I’m embarrassed by the antics we’ve seen lately in the State House.  Putting a fringe ideology ahead of what’s best for New Hampshire families and our state economy would never fly in the private sector where I work as a business manager today, it would never be accepted at the New Hampshire nonprofits I’ve helped grow over the past decade, and it would never be tolerated by the elected leaders to whom I’ve served as senior adviser. We must do better.


Dozens of New Hampshire community leaders are already standing with me in this effort – please consider joining us today, sharing this effort with your friends by Facebook, Twitter, or Email, and making a donation to fund our campaignWe’ll have a more formal announcement next year, but I need your help now, from day one.


Talk with you soon,





PS – The measure to stop preventative health care for thousands of women across the state passed by just one vote: that of our current Executive Councilor here in central New Hampshire.   We will need to reach out to 263,294 voters in the sixty-seven towns of this district to get our state back on track– so please consider making a contribution today.


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