A small but persistent thorn in Gov. Chris Sununu’s side grew bigger this week, after a conservative stalwart filed against him for governor in opposition to his COVID-19 policies.

Karen Testerman, a Franklin city councilor and longtime political figure, will challenge Sununu for governor in the Republican primary, she announced this week.

Her focus: Sununu’s decision to shut down portions of the New Hampshire economy in response to the coronavirus.

“The primary thing that drives my decision to run is that this governor is acting against his oath of office,” Testerman said in an interview Friday. “He doesn’t have the authority to tell literally every citizen in the state of New Hampshire that they are essential or non-essential. He doesn’t have the authority to say that everyone should stay in.”

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