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Former state senator Mark Hounsell vying for GOP nomination in 1st Congressional District

Union Leader Correspondent

January 15. 2018 9:47PM

CONWAY — Saying “a partisan outlier” is needed, Mark Hounsell, who is a Carroll County Commissioner and Conway School Board member, recently announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the First Congressional District.

A former state senator, Hounsell, 66, on Jan. 11 joined a large and growing field of candidates who seek to replace Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter, who is not seeking reelection.

New Hampshire’s First Congressional District includes all of Carroll and Strafford counties, as well as communities in Belknap, Grafton, Hillsborough, Rockingham and Merrimack counties.

The filing deadline is June 15; the primary on Sept. 11; and the General Election on Nov. 6.

In a prepared statement, Hounsell said the people of the Granite State deserve “…a servant in the United States Congress who is free from any partisan grasp. We need a partisan outlier if you will. One who has a true record of working with all sides to find the best solutions to the many issues facing us all at this time.”

Hounsell touted his “wide experience at many levels of government,” saying “We need a representative who is transparent and who can articulate directly to an inquiring public who possess every right to know the affairs of their government. We need a representative who is authentic and fearless. We need a representative who is eager to fight for the things he believes in.

“Most of all we deserve a representative who knows our beloved state through and through, one of us who truly loves our home. I am that person. I have plenty of thoughts on a number of issues that we must address.”

Voters make their decision based upon issues, said Hounsell, who pledged to run an “issue-oriented campaign,” adding that while he takes “…the necessary time to develop a position on every issue….,” he also is open-minded to changing his view.

“I approach politics as I approach life,” Hounsell summed up. “A three cord strand is not easily broken. I realize the best approach to the future is not with anger, fear and hatred, but with faith, hope and charity. I believe the American Dream is still available for us and our posterity.”

Citing his mentor, the late Gov. Meldrim Thomson Jr., Hounsell pledged to “continue to put people above politics.”

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