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Congressional, NH Senate, Executive Council candidates file
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.”
“They are concerned about Obamacare, about jobs and the economy,” Lambert said, and those are issues he is addressing.
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.
Unlike the other candidates in the race, Lawrence said he has the message that can beat the incumbent, Democrat Ann McLane Kuster.
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.
Teacher Robert D’Arcy of Keene filed to run in the crowded Republican primary field for U.S. Senate.
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.
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.
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.
The filing period closes Friday.
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