Congressional, NH Senate, Executive Council candidates file
CONCORD — Candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives filed Wednesday with the Secretary of State’s Office as did many state Senate candidates with two days left in the filing period.
Second congressional district candidate and former state Sen. Gary Lambert, R-Nashua, said, “People are tired of business as usual in Washington is the real message of Virginia (Eric Cantor’s primary loss). They are fed up with the perks, they are fed up with politicians thinking about themselves and not the country.”
Lambert said he is running a grassroots campaign, talking to voters throughout the second district and listening to their concerns.
“They are concerned about Obamacare, about jobs and the economy,” Lambert said, and those are issues he is addressing.
A longtime U.S. Marine, he retired earlier this year to run for Congress.
Also filing for the Republican primary for the second congressional district was the first black candidate to run for Congress from the state, former Rep. Jim Lawrence of Hudson, who filed with the first black candidate to run for state Senate, Eddie Edwards of Dover, longtime enforcement division chief of the state Liquor Commission.
Lawrence said he is proud to be a congressional candidate from New Hampshire, a state that elects candidates based on ideas, not race.
Unlike the other candidates in the race, Lawrence said he has the message that can beat the incumbent, Democrat Ann McLane Kuster.
“We need to win back New Hampshire for the residents of New Hampshire,” Lawrence said, adding he wants to repeal Obamacare and the Common Core standards for public education.
He said Kuster’s inability to answer questions about Benghazi and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was exchanged for five Taliban prisoners, prompted him to run.
Edwards called the day a milestone for the state and said he will run a campaign based on ethics and principles.
Teacher Robert D’Arcy of Keene filed to run in the crowded Republican primary field for U.S. Senate.
D’Arcy, who has lived in the Keene area since he was 13, said he decided to run “because we can do better. I do not see Washington addressing the issues; they are not stepping up to the plate. I can better represent the American people’s viewpoint.”
D’Arcy said he has not run for public office before and said he wants to repeal Obamacare, do away with foreign aid and reform the country’s immigration laws and the tax code.
Also filing for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate were Gerard Beloin of Colebrook and Bob Heghmann of Wolfeboro.
Former U.S. Post Office official Jim Adams, R-Pittsfield, filed to run for the District 4 Executive Council seat.
“I’m running for Executive Council because I believe that the people of District 4 deserve an honest, transparent and efficient state government,” Adams said.
Democratic state Senate candidates filed Wednesday for 21 of the 24 seats up for grabs.
“Our candidates represent all walks of life in this state, each sharing a deep dedication to public service. They are small-business owners, educators, community advocates and highly accomplished legislators,” said N.H. Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley.
Democrats filing were: District 2, Carolyn Mello of Holderness; District 3, John White of Wolfeboro; District 4, incumbent Sen. David Watters of Dover; District 5, incumbent Sen. David Pierce of Hanover.
District 6, Rich Leonard of New Durham; District 7, incumbent Sen. Andrew Hosmer of Laconia; District 8, Rep. Linda Tanner of Sunapee.
District 9, Lee Nyquist of New Boston; District 10, incumbent Sen. Molly Kelly of Keene; District 11, Roger Tilton of Milford; District 12, incumbent Sen. Peggy Gilmour of Hollis; District 13, incumbent Sen. Bette Lasky of Nashua.
District 14, Kate Messner of Hudson; District 15, Kass Ardinger of Concord; District 17, Nancy Fraher of Chester; District 18, incumbent Sen. Donna Soucy of Manchester; District 19, Kristi St. Laurent of Windham; District 20, incumbent Sen. Lou D’Allesandro of Manchester.
District 21, incumbent Sen. Martha Fuller Clark of Portsmouth; District 23, Rep. Donna Schlachman of Exeter; and District 24, Rep. Chris Muns of Hampton.
A number of Republican state Senate candidates filed as well, including Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro. Bradley said his priorities will be to continuing economic growth, creating jobs and a rational health care policy stressing affordability and accessibility.
Other Republicans filing were: District 6, incumbent Sen. Sam Cataldo, R-Farmington; District 8, J.P. Marzullo of Deering; District 13, Doris Hohensee of Nashua; District 14, incumbent Sen. Sharon M. Carson of Londonderry.
District 15, Lydia Dube Harman of Warner; District 16 incumbent Sen. David Boutin, R-Hooksett; District 20, Eileen Landies of Manchester; and District 24, Fred Kendra of North Hampton.
The filing period closes Friday.