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Mitt Romney's Campaign Comes to Colby-Sawyer

NEW LONDON, N.H., Nov. 21, 2007 –In its ongoing series of political events leading up to the New Hampshire Presidential Primary, Colby-Sawyer College will host Craig and Mary Romney.

The event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 10 a.m. in Wheeler Hall at the Ware Campus Center. Community members are invited to attend and admission is free.

Craig Romney is the youngest son of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, and will speak on behalf of his father's campaign, promote his own fundraising strategy to help his father, discuss ways to get involved with the campaign, and answer questions from audience members.

Craig, 26, lives in New York City with his wife Mary and son Parker. He is a 2005 graduate of Brigham Young University and works as a music producer at an advertising agency.

Craig and Mary Romney created Students for Mitt, a program to give students who support Mitt Romney the opportunity to have a direct impact on his presidential campaign.

Mitt Romney was elected governor in 2002. One of his top priorities was reforming the education system so that young people could compete for good-paying jobs in the global economy of the future. In 2004, Governor Romney established the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Program to reward the top 25 percent of Massachusetts high school students with a four-year, tuition-free scholarship to any Massachusetts public university or college. He has also championed a package of education reforms, including merit pay, an emphasis on math and science instruction, important new intervention programs for failing schools and English immersion for foreign-speaking students.

In 2006, Governor Romney proposed and signed into law a private, market-based reform that ensures every Massachusetts citizen will have health insurance, without a government takeover and without raising taxes.

Governor Romney was elected to the chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association by his fellow governors for the 2006 election cycle, and raised a record $27 million for candidates running in state elections around the country.

Romney first gained national recognition for his role in turning around the 2002 Winter Olympics. In his three years at the helm in Salt Lake as president and CEO of the Organizing Committee for the Games, Romney erased a $379 million operating deficit, organized 23,000 volunteers, galvanized community spirit and oversaw an unprecedented security mobilization just months after the September 11 attacks, leading to one of the most successful Olympics in our country's history.

Prior to his Olympic service, Mitt Romney enjoyed a successful career helping businesses grow and improve their operations. From 1978 to 1984, Mr. Romney was a vice president at Bain & Company, Inc., a leading management consulting firm. In 1984, Romney founded Bain Capital, one of the nation's most successful venture capital and investment companies. Governor Romney has been deeply involved in community and civic affairs, serving extensively in his church and numerous charities including City Year, the Boy Scouts, and the Points of Light Foundation. He was also the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 1994.

Governor Romney received his B.A., with highest honors, from Brigham Young University in 1971. In 1975, he was awarded an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School. (Mitt Romney biographical information from

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