Although the general election of 2016 is 22 months away, a potential candidate for the 1st District U.S. House seat has already emerged.
Democrat Shawn O’Connor of Bedford, a 37-year-old businessman who is the CEO of Stratus Prep, a New York City- and Bedford, N.H.- based college admissions counseling firm, says he is “exploring my options” and appears to be the subject of a fledgling draft effort.
Word of the potential O’Connor candidacy came via an email inviting people to a meet-and-greet for him tomorrow at a private home in Goffstown.
The email sent by an O’Connor supporter, says, “A Democrat, Shawn is running for U.S. Representative from New Hampshire’s 1st District. He is young, energetic, bright, and deeply dedicated to public service.”
O’Connor told the New Hampshire Journal he is “aware” of what he called a “Draft Shawn” effort starting up, “and I consider it very flattering. As has been reported in the media, I am exploring all of my options.”
Carol Shea-Porter lost her U.S. House seat to Republican Frank Guinta in November, but she has left the door open for a possible run for the seat again, and she has also been mentioned as a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate.
Others who are the subject of speculation for the seat, as reported by the New Hampshire Journal in November, are Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, former House speaker Terie Norelli, Manchester Alderman Garth Corriveau, former New Hampshire Medical Society President Dr. Travis Harker, former Portsmouth Mayor Tom Ferrini, state Sen. Donna Soucy and Portsmouth City Councilor Stefany Shaheen.
O’Connor, who said he has been a resident of the state for about three years, is a member of the boards of the Red River Theater in Concord and City Year New Hampshire.