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Stewart is pick to lead Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources

March 20. 2018 11:05PM

CONCORD — Sarah C. Stewart of Manchester, a veteran Republican political and public affairs consultant, is Gov. Chris Sununu’s nominee to be the next state commissioner of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Stewart is the founder and senior executive with b-fresh consulting, a Manchester firm that does advertising and media consulting for private and non-profit clients along with work on political campaigns.

She serves on the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and is on the board of New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts.

“Sarah brings to the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) a vast knowledge and passion for supporting our state’s vibrant arts and culture,” Sununu said.

“Sarah has what it takes to drive DNCR onward into the future by supporting and growing our state’s creative economy while protecting the forests, lands, and waterways that make our state a great place to live, work, and raise a family.”

If confirmed, Stewart would replace Jeff Rose of Merrimack, who announced earlier this month that he was moving on.

Sununu’s first state budget last year split the Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) into two parts.

Sununu named Taylor Caswell to run the Department of Business and Economic Affairs.

Rose, who had been DRED commissioner before the split ended up with the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Stewart’s husband, Christopher Stewart, also a principal in the consulting firm, was an unsuccessful candidate for Manchester alderman last fall losing to incumbent Kevin Cavanaugh in Ward 1.

Sununu’s nomination will be official at today’s Executive Council meeting.

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