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Bruce Crochetiere to make run for 1st CD seat

By MICHAEL COUSINEAU
New Hampshire Union Leader

May 01. 2018 12:34PM

BRUCE CROCHETIERE 



Bruce Crochetiere embraced President Donald Trump a day before he formally announces his GOP run for the First Congressional District.

The Seabrook businessman rated Trump’s performance so far as “very good, very strong” and said “thank God” he voted for Trump in November 2016.

“What I like most about him is his business and economic policies are spot on,” he said in an interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader on Monday. “What I like least is I wouldn’t tweet as much.”

Crochetiere, 53, who lives in Hampton Falls, is founder and chairman of Focus Technology Solutions Inc., a successful IT company based in Burlington, Mass.

Crochetiere, who voted for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the 2016 presidential primary, said he hasn’t run for public office before.

“I’m not a politician,” he said. “I’m a private sector business person who’s worked his entire life.”

Saying he has been “very fortunate in business the last 20 years,” he plans to donate a “sizable amount” of money to his campaign while seeking donations from the business community.

“I’ve decided to get up off the sidelines and make a difference,” he said. “I think people are open to non-politicians. They’re looking for people who have actually done something for their community and their state.”

Crochetiere joins the primary alongside state Sen. Andy Sanborn of Bedford and former liquor law enforcement chief Eddie Edwards of Dover in an effort to replace Democratic Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, who isn’t seeking reelection.

Crochetiere said his three main campaign issues are helping businesses, fixing the health care system and empowering education.

For businesses, that means making tax cuts permanent and cutting regulations.

On health care, he wants to pursue a course that reduces the costs and improves the quality.

And on education, he favors school vouchers and allowing schools the “freedom to innovate.”

“We need to create opportunities for kids to be on their own paths,” Crochetiere said.

mcousineau@unionleader.com


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