June 13. 2017 7:50AM

Sanborn announces run for Congress

New Hampshire Union Leader

State Sen. Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford, announces run for Congress. 

Promising to be a conservative and independent voice, state Sen. Andy Sanborn, R-Bedford, launched his campaign for the 1st Congressional District on Tuesday.

Sanborn is the second Republican to declare candidacy and hopes of challenging U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-NH, in 2018.

"I've gained New Hampshire voters' trust by listening to their real needs and working for them," Sanborn said. "You can be a proven conservative and win if you deliver results that put people before politics. That's what I've done."

Sanborn, a fourth generation New Hampshire native, is married to state Rep. Laurie Sanborn, R-Bedford. He is a small businessman who also owns The Draft restaurant and bar in Concord.

He was first elected to the New Hampshire Senate in 2010, and is chairman of the Ways & Means Committee.

Sanborn was a New Hampshire co-chairman for the 2016 presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and later spoke at rallies in the Granite State for President Donald Trump, when he was on the campaign trail. He served as a state co-chairman for Dr. Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign.

"I am running because our current Congress member looks at the people of New Hampshire as nothing more than an ATM machine for her liberal progressive agenda and she believes people are there to serve the government, not the other way around," Sanborn said.

In the state Senate, Sanborn has called for tax relief and lifting regulatory burdens on small businesses. In one of his recent floor speeches, he criticized the Affordable Care Act for its soaring premiums and costs.

Eddie Edwards, a former chief of law enforcement for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission, and a former police chief, was the first Republican to announce for the 1st District seat.