(Wednesday, June 11)
IT’S OFFICIAL. History was indeed made on Wednesday when Jim Lawrence of Hudson (pictured above) an Eddie Edwards of Dover became the first African-American Granite Staters in state history to file candidacies for the U.S. House sand the state Senate.
Lawrence filed for the 2nd District U.S. House seat and Edwards for the District 4 state Senate seat. Both men are Republicans. See our earlier report below.
Also filing their candidacies on Wednesday were Republicans: 2nd District Republican U.S. House candidate Gary Lambert, U.S. Senate candidates Gerard Beloin of Colebrook, Robert D’Arcy of Keene and Bob Heghmann Wolfeboro; District 1 Executive Councilor Joe Kenney, District 4 Executive Council candidate Jim Adams.
Republicans filing for the state Senate were Sen. Jeb Bradley in District 3; Sen. Sam Cataldo in District 6; J.P. Marzullo of Deering in Districdt 8; Doris Hohensee of Nashua in District 13, Sen. Sharon Carson in District 14, Lydia Dube Harman of Warner in District 15, Sen. David Boutin in District 16, Eileen Landies of Manchester in District 20 and Steve Kenda of North Hampton in District 24.
Democrats filing for the state Senate were Carolyn Mello of Holderness in District 2, John White of Wolfeboro in District 3, Sen. David Watters of Dover in District 4, Richard Leonard of New Durham in District 6, Sen. Andrew Hosmer of Laconia in District 7, Linda Tanner of Sunapee in District 8, Lee Nyquist of New Boston in District 9, Sen. Molly Kelly of Keene in District 10, Roger Tilton of Milford in District 11, Sen. Peggy Gilmour of Hollis in District 12, Sen. Bette Lasky of Nashua in District 13, Kate Messner of Hudson in District 14, Kass Ardinger of Concord in District 15, Nancy Fraher of Chichester in District 17, Sen. Donna Soucy of Manchester in District 18, Kristi St. Laurent of Windham in District 19, Sen. Lou D’Allesandro of Manchester in District 20, Sen. Martha Fuller Clark of Portsmouth in District 21, state Rep. Donna Schlachman of Exeter in District 23 and Chris Muns of Hampton in District 24.
(Tuesday, June 10)
HISTORY IN THE MAKING. Jim Lawrence of Hudson (pictured above) and Eddie Edwards of Dover will make history on Wednesday by becoming the first African-American Granite Staters in state history to file candidacies for the U.S. House and the New Hampshire state Senate.
Edwards, the recently retired Police Chief of South Hampton, made his intentions to run for the District 4 state Senate seat known several weeks ago, but Lawrence, a former member of New Hampshire House emerged this week as a candidate for the 2nd District House seat.
Both are Republican, and both are conservative. Lawrence will face Gary Lambert and Marilinda Garcia in a primary to contest the right to face Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann Kuster in the general election.
Lawrence served for three terms in the New Hampshire House, beginning in 2002. He is currently a principle of the Lawrence Battelle, Inc., consulting firm of Nashua.
Edwards, before his service heading the South Hampton Police Department, spent many years as chief of the enforcement division of the State Liquor commission.
Both campaigns are being managed by former state legislator Casey Crane, who last year managed Joe Kenney’s successful campaign in the District 1 Executive Council special election.
Democratic National Committeewoman Joanne Dowdell, who is African-American, began mounting a campaign for the U.S. House in 2012, but withdrew before she filed her candidacy.
SHEA-PORTER’S FRANKED LETTER. U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., this week sent out a five-page taxpayer-funded letter to her 1st District constituents reporting on “my work in Congress.”
The letters arrived one day before the deadline for “franking.” According to the Committee on U.S. House Administration, members of the House are forbidden from sending mass mailing or mass communication less than 90 days before a primary election.
In New Hampshire, the deadline is tomorrow, June 11, which 90 days before the Sept. 9 primary.
In the letter, Shea-Porter writes about pro-job legislation she supported, her support for veterans, student debt, seniors issues, her support for the Affordable Care Act, as well as her frustration with the ACA roll-out and the narrow network in New Hampshire and the importance of preserving the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
NRSC ISSUES CHALLENGE: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was challenged Tuesday by the National Republican Senatorial Committee to hold “constituent meetings” on the Affordable Care Act.
The NRSC reacted to Shaheen comments while filing for reelection on Monday that she “absolutely” will campaign in support of the law. She said that while there are “things that need to be fixed about the law,” it is giving thousands of Granite Staters “access to quality, affordable health care.”
“If Jeanne Shaheen truly believes that ObamaCare is a success, she should hold a series of ObamaCare constituent meetings and explain why so many of the promises that she made have been broken,” the NRSC said.
CARSON WITH GUINTA. First District U.S. House candidate Frank Guinta has hired Deirdre Carson, daughter of state Sen. Sharon Carson and veteran Republican Party officer Greg Carson, as a campaign staffer. She left as a field staffer with Jim Rubens’ U.S. Senate campaign earlier this year and is now working with Guinta’s campaign full-time as field manager.
Deirdre Carson is a Clemson University graduate and serves as a 2nd Lieutenant Army Reserve Officer in the Military Intelligence Corps. She recently completed her first year of law school.
Guinta said Carson’s “commitment to our country in uniform and deep knowledge of the state and its politics will be a tremendous asset to our team.”
Carson is a former staffer for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and worked on Mitt Romney’s 2008 campaign and Bill Binnie’s U.S. Senate campaign in 2010. She also volunteered for John E. Sununu’s Senate campaign and Jeb Bradley’s congressional campaign in 2008 and managed her mother’s state Senate races in 2008, 2010 and 2012.
Rubens spokesman Brian Tilton said Carson worked with the Rubens campaign briefly in January and “then left to pursue an educational opportunity.
“She did good work for us and we wish her very well,” Tilton said.