Mike Cryans was born and raised in Littleton. His father Andrew, a WWII Veteran and union carpenter, and his mother, Evelyn, a homemaker, taught him the value of hard work and the importance of treating everyone with respect and dignity. These are values that Mike has carried with him and tried to embody, throughout his career as a teacher, small business man and presently as a public servant.
Mike began his professional career as a teacher, passing on the gift of a quality education to the next generation at the very same high school in Littleton he attended himself. He then worked his way from loan officer trainee at the Littleton Savings Bank to a Senior Vice President of the Dartmouth Banking Company. For the next decade he operated a sole-proprietorship assisting local small businesses arrange financing and helping working families achieve the dream of homeownership.
In 2003, he began giving back to the least fortunate in New Hampshire full time, working at Headrest, a non-profit which deals with substance abuse recovery, and hosts residential care and a 24-hour crisis Hotline.
Mike holds one of the fastest times ever for a New Hampshire resident in the Boston Marathon and continues to actively pursue long distance running even today. As a public servant, he brings this tireless work ethic to the job, advocating for his constituents with the unending dedication of a marathon runner.
As a Grafton County Commissioner, Mike’s focus has been growing the economy, protecting taxpayers, and strengthening the Middle Class – the same priorities he will take with him to the Executive Council. Just like his good friend Ray Burton, Mike understands that public service is about being honest, hardworking, and delivering real solutions for your constituents.
For 18 years, Mike has served the people of Grafton County, almost all of them side by side with Ray Burton. During their time together they built a major addition to the
Nursing Home, a new House of correction, Water Tower, Maintenance Building, and Biomass Plant – all projects that invested in the local economy and created jobs. Most recently he helped demolished the old County jail and construct Ray Burton Park, a wonderful tribute to Ray, in its place.
In addition, Mike serves on the board of the Alice Peck Day Hospital in Lebanon and the Unique College Savings Plan (529) where he was repeatedly nominated by Governors Jeanne Shaheen, John Lynch, and Maggie Hassan for his dedication and commitment to public service.
Mike lives in Hanover with his wife Julie and son Connor. His oldest son Cameron is the proud father of Mike’s grandchildren, Gavin and Leah. Mike graduated from Springfield College. He still runs every day, and has run more than 50,000 miles in the towns of the first district alone!