1st Congressional District

Democratic State Rep. Mindi Messmer has announced she’s running for Congress.

Messmer is a first-term legislator from Rye who has made a name for herself through her work on drinking water contamination in the state.

Messmer is a scientist who runs her own environmental consulting firm.

She says she wants to bring that scientific background to Washington to defend environmental regulations that are being rolled back by the Trump administration.

Former New Hampshire AFL-CIO president and current state Rep. Mark MacKenzie is the latest Democrat to enter the race for the state’s 1st Congressional District.

MacKenzie worked as a Manchester firefighter for 25 years after signing up as a 21 year old.

He also served as president of the New Hampshire chapter of the country's largest labor union for 25 years. He lost reelection to that post in 2015 after a controversy over voting process.

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A week of New Hampshire headlines included yet another big one about the opioid epidemic. 

Elected leaders continue to call attention to the opioid, heroin, and fentanyl epidemic, which President Trump officially labeled a national public health emergency. He singled out Manchester's "Safe Station" program, and Fire Chief Dan Goonan, in his speech.

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Maura Sullivan is the latest Democrat to enter the contest to replace Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.

Former Stafford County Attorney Lincoln Soldati announced Wednesday that he is running as a Democratic candidate for New Hampshire’s 1st District House seat.

Soldati, a Democrat and Portsmouth native, spent 17 years as Strafford County Attorney.

In 2009 he was elected mayor of Somersworth, but he resigned the post in 2011 after his house burnt down and he was unable to rebuild.

Last year, Soldati traveled to North Dakota to join Native Americans and others who were opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. He says that experience inspired him to run.

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We preview New Hampshire's mid-term elections.  While actual voting is a year away, a crowd of potential candidates is already weighing the possibilities.  That's especially true in the First Congressional District: with an open seat and a reputation for being unpredictable.  We find out more - also, an update on how President Trump's health care order may affect New Hampshire. 

GUESTS:

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: October 13, 2017

Oct 13, 2017

Gov. Sununu nominates House Speaker Shawn Jasper to be the next Commissioner of Agriculture. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter announces she won't run for re-election, and speculation begins on who might run for the first congressional district seat. State health official say residents on public water in Merrimack and Bedford have been exposed to toxic chemicals. And the state and EPA differ on the risks posed by a superfund site in North Hampton. 


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In the days since Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s unexpected announcement that she won’t run again in 2018, there’s been plenty of speculation about how the Democratic field for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District might shape up.

After four terms in the House of Representatives, Carol Shea-Porter says she won’t seek reelection in 2018. The Democratic Congresswoman announced Friday her plans to step down when her term ends.

“This has been a very difficult decision, given how much I have enjoyed serving [the people of New Hampshire] in the House and the fact that the 2018 election is shaping up to be like 2006, when I was first elected, an important time when Congress changed political leadership and was able to move America forward,” writes Shea-Porter in a statement.

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State Senator Andy Sanborn has announced a bid for Congress.

The Republican from Bedford says he'll run for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional seat, which is currently held by Democrat Carol Shea-Porter.

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Eddie Edwards, a Republican, has been chief of police for the town of South Hampton, and was the top law enforcement officer for the state’s liquor commission. He announced his bid for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District on Wednesday. The seat is currently held by Democrat, Carol Shea-Porter.

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After three heated elections in the 1st Congressional District, Republican Frank Guinta  and Democrat Carol Shea-Porter are familiar with each other, and each other’s criticisms. The two candidates certainly don’t agree on much.

But this fourth time around, they may have found some common ground in opposing the newcomer to the race, Shawn O’Connor, a Bedford businessman who pitched himself during Thursday's debate on WMUR as the middle ground.

  Last week, you heard Rep. Frank Guinta offer his best elevator pitch on why voters should send him back to Congress. This week, we caught up with his Democratic challenger, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, to get her pitch for why voters should send her back to Congress – again.

For the fourth straight election, voters in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District will see the same two names on their ballots: Frank Guinta and Carol Shea-Porter.

The political rivals have traded the seat every two years since 2010, a testament to how evenly split the district is between Republicans and Democrats. But some voters are getting tired of the endless sequels.


You might've caught our hour-long interview with Congressman Frank Guinta, the Republican incumbent running to hold onto his seat in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

Before Guinta joined The Exchange in NHPR's studios, we caught up with him on the way up to our sixth-floor newsroom to get his pitch for why — in his view — voters should get behind his campaign.

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At Monday night’s 1st Congressional District debate hosted by NH1 News, two familiar foes were joined by a newcomer to the race.

Incumbent Republican Frank Guinta and Democrat Carol Shea-Porter are no strangers to voters in the 1st District; this marks the fourth consecutive race where they’ll both be on the ballot.

So voters by now are used to hearing them square off on the issues, as they did Monday night on the topic of term limits.

Guinta says he supports the idea; Shea-Porter disagrees.

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Ahead of our recent forum with Congressman Frank Guinta, we asked you to let us know what issues you wanted to hear him discuss.

While we weren’t able to get to all of your suggestions during the forum, we did ask Guinta about his views on campaign finance regulations.

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  We continue our "Conversations with the Candidates" series with 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta. The Republican from Manchester is running for re-election as a pro-small-business fiscal conservative.  Guinta also touts his bi-partisan credentials - on issues such as the heroin epidemic. 


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Hours after a 2005 recording of Donald Trump was made public last week, in which the Republican presidential nominee boasted in explicit terms about groping women, Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Sununu issued a one-sentence statement:  “Mr. Trump’s comments are repugnant, unacceptable and offensive.”

But when it comes to supporting Trump as president, Sununu’s campaign says nothing has changed. He still plans to back Trump as the Republican party’s nominee.

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After fending off multiple attempts by the New Hampshire Democratic Party to keep him off the ballot, Independent Shawn O’Connor will officially be a candidate for the state’s Congressional First District this November.

That’s after the state Ballot Law Commission on Wednesday upheld its earlier decision to keep O’Connor in the race.

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Former defense industry executive Republican Rich Ashooh is running for Congress in New Hampshire’s first district. He’s hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Frank Guinta. 

In recent interviews and debates, he’s characterized himself as an outsider, a new face, someone who could succeed where the incumbent has failed. Rich Ashooh spoke with NHPR’s Peter Biello about his ideas.

N.H. Elections 2016: The Race for U.S Congress

Jun 21, 2016
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We check in on  the races for seats in both the U.S. Senate and House, taking  stock of who the candidates are in each race, and which incumbents may be facing strong challenges. We also look at what issues might define the upcoming months of campaigning here in New Hampshire, including the opioid crisis and gun control.

GUESTS

  • James Pindell – political reporter For The Boston Globe
  • Dante Scala - associate professor of political science at UNH, and a fellow at UNH's Carsey School of Public Policy. 

N.H. Elections 2016: The Race for U.S Congress

Jun 21, 2016
Kevin Flynn for NHPR

We check in on  the races for seats in both the U.S. Senate and House, taking  stock of who the candidates are in each race, and which incumbents may be facing strong challenges. We also look at what issues might define the upcoming months of campaigning here in New Hampshire, including the opioid crisis and gun control.


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  Early in his career Republican Rich Ashooh worked for a US Senator. Now he'd like to head to Capitol Hill himself. 

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The previously crowded Republican primary for New Hampshire's First Congressional District shrunk yet again on Monday, as State Rep. Pam Tucker announced plans to suspend her campaign.

Newly announced 1st Congressional District candidate Pam Tucker said this week that she hopes to stand out in an already-competitive Republican primary by pitching herself as the only one who's consistently stood on conservative principles.

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Rich Ashooh, a longtime defense executive and director of the Warren Rudman Center at UNH Law, says he’s “seriously considering” another run for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

Republican state Rep. Pam Tucker has announced her candidacy for Congress for New Hampshire's First District, facing incumbent Frank Guinta and businessman Dan Innis. 

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Earlier this month, Dan Innis announced his candidacy for the congressional seat held by embattled Republican Frank Guinta. If he wins, Innis could become the nation’s first openly gay Republican elected to Congress.

Innis says for fellow New Hampshire Republicans, being gay hasn't been a problem. It’s his liberal and gay friends who have had the strongest reaction -- to his political affiliation. 

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An NHPR interview with Congressman Frank Guinta.

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