Race For The 1st

The Exchange wants to help listeners get to know the candidates running in the crowded race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

"Race for the 1st" is a series of 20-minute interviews with the candidates, kicking off Monday, April 2 and running through the spring.

The interviews will take place live on Mondays at 9:40 a.m. They will be broadcast on air, as well as on Facebook Live.

New Hampshire's CD1 is one of the most closely watched swing districts in the country. Control of the seat has flipped back and forth between Republicans and Democrats fives times since 2007.  

The district covers a large chunk of the eastern part of the state, including greater Manchester, plus much of the Seacoast and Lakes Region.

Here is a rundown of scheduled candidate appearances on The Exchange:

April 2: Mindi Messmer (D)   |   April 9: Terence O’Rourke (D)

April 16: Deaglan McEachern (D)   |   April 23: Mark Hounsell (R)

April 30: Levi Sanders (D)   |   May 7: Maura Sullivan (D)

May 14: Lincoln Soldati (D)   |   May 21: Mark Mackenzie (D)

June 4: Chris Pappas (D)   |   June 18: Andy Sanborn (R)

June 25: Eddie Edwards (R)

Listeners are encouraged to be part of the conversation. Questions for the candidates can be emailed to exchange@nhpr.org. You can also call (800) 892-6477 to record a message with your question before the show, or to call in during the live broadcast.

Mark MacKenzie for Congress Facebook Page

In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange on Monday interviews Mark MacKenzie, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

MacKenzie lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he serves as a Representative, and he also served as a firefighter for the city for many years. He is a former President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO. 

Lincoln Soldati for Congress Facebook Page

In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange on Monday interviews Lincoln Soldati, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

Soldati served nine terms as Strafford County Attourney, and has worked as a trial lawyer, teacher, and public servant. As Strafford County Attourney, he created the Victim Assistance protocol. Soldati is a U.S. Army veteran, and served from 1969 to 1971. 

We take a break from our Race for the 1st series to look at the candidates for Congressional District 2. Annie Kuster (D), the incumbent, will be challenged by Steve Negron, a State Representative from Nashua, VA whistleblower and physician Dr. Stewart Levenson of Hopkinton, and Captain Lynne Blankenbeker, who recently retired from a career as a military nurse and lives in Concord. Political reporter Paul Steinhauser joins us to discuss the race. 

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With state lawmakers busy chipping away at unfinished legislative priorities today at the New Hampshire State House, here is a roundup of the top stories today and over the past 24 hours on NHPR. 

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Retiring New Hampshire U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s chief of staff is throwing her hat in the ring for her boss’ congressional seat. Democrat Naomi Andrews joins eight Democrats and three Republicans in the September primary. 

 

Andrews, who is from Epping, said in a campaign video (scroll down to watch it) that her experience working for Shea Porter has taught her how to win in this tough swing district. 

 

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Another Republican is joining the crowded race for New Hampshire’s First Congressional District seat.

Hampton Falls businessman Bruce Crochetiere is selling himself to voters as a candidate who is “not even close” to being a politician.

“We don’t need to just promote another politician. We need a fresh voice from an outsider, a completely different kind of leadership,” Crochetiere says in a campaign video.

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange on Monday interviews Levi Sanders, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

Sara Plourde

After years of having to choose between the same two candidates, voters in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional district are now faced with a flood of candidates who want to fill retiring Rep. Carol Shea-Porter's seat. 

As of April 23rd, there are eight Democrats and two Republicans in the race. And with the September primary months away, there's always time for more to join. 

In this Race for the 1st conversation, we check in on the race with NHPR's State of Democracy reporter, Lauren Chooljian, who has been following the candidates and attending forums. We'll talk about campaign spending and various candidate events around the state. 

Democrat Maura Sullivan continues to blitz past all other candidates running in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional district when it comes to fundraising — and, as was the case during her inaugural months in the race, most of her campaign money continues to come from outside New Hampshire.

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, we talk with Deaglan McEachern, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

In this Race for the 1st conversation, we talk with Terence O'Rourke, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

O'Rourke is the City Attorney for Rochester and a military veteran who served as an officer in the Iraq War. O'Rourke also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Alabama, and in New Hampshire as assistant county attorney in Rockingham and Carroll counties. 

Our Race for the First conversations will focus on the issues at the forefront in the CD1 race, including opioids, guns, veterans, and how each candidate plans to stand out in a crowded race. 

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In this Race For The 1st conversation, we talk with Mindi Messmer, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

Scroll down for NHPR News takeaways from this interview

Messmer, a first-term legislator from Rye, runs an environmental consulting firm.  As a legislator, she serves on the Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee, and on the Commission to Study Environmentally-Triggered Chronic Illness and the Commission on the Seacoast Cancer Cluster Investigations. 

Our Race For The First conversations will focus on the issues at the forefront in the CD1 race, including opioids, guns, veterans, and how each candidate plans to stand out in a crowded race. 

The Exchange wants to help listeners get to know the candidates running in the crowded race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

"Race for the 1st" is a series of 20-minute interviews with the 11 declared candidates, kicking off Monday, April 2 and running through the spring. The interviews will take place live on Mondays at 9:40 a.m. They will be broadcast on air, as well as on Facebook Live.