Maura Sullivan is the latest Democrat to enter the contest to replace Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.
Sullivan is a former Marine and an Iraq veteran. She served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary in both the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense before moving to New Hampshire this summer.
She says her time in the military and her two Jesuit grandmothers instilled in her the values of public service.
“The values of selflessness, of honor, courage, and the commitment to something greater than yourself – I don’t think we’re seeing that in Washington today. And people deserve better than that.”
Sullivan says the opioid epidemic, economic growth, and public education will all be priorities for her.
Sullivan joins two other Democrats, so far, in the race. Former Somersworth mayor Lincoln Soldati and Rochester City Attorney Terence O’Rourke recently launched their campaigns. State Sen. Andy Sanborn of Bedford and former Hampton Falls police chief Eddie Edwards of Dover are declared Republicans for the seat.