CONCORD, N.H. — Gov. Chris Sununu’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis has prompted a longtime conservative Republican activist to challenge him in a primary as he seeks a third term.

Karen Testerman, a Nashua radio talk show host and a member of the Franklin City Council, confirmed Tuesday that she’ll file her candidacy for governor Wednesday afternoon. She said she expects to arrive at the State House at 1 p.m.

She’s charging that Sununu has hurt working Granite Staters, the business community, the tourism industry and hospitals with his stay-at-home orders in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Testerman said Sununu should have fully reopened the state many weeks ago.

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