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The former chairman of the $726 million St. Mary’s Bank and a candidate for New Hampshire governor in a September GOP primary has some advice for credit union leaders: better improve the education and advocacy message.

Ovide Lamontagne, a Manchester lawyer who stepped down as St. Mary’s chairman in 2010 and describes himself as “born and weaned” on CUs, said evidence of  CU public awareness problems arose in one of those Iowa presidential primary debates in which CUs were compared to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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