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UNH Dean Dan Innis Joins Race for Congress

Republican Dan Innis, Dean of the University of New Hampshire's business school, is running for Congress in the state's First District.

Dan Innis  was the first in his family to attend college but has spend the last 20 years in academia.  He also owns a Portsmouth inn with his husband. Innis says he wants to change Washington.

"I am running for congress to give N.H. a stronger voice in Washington on the things that really matter to us, things like smaller government lower taxes, more freedom."

In an interview with the Associated Press, Innis would not say if he would have supported House republican efforts to undo so-called Obamacare by linking it to the funding needed to keep the government open.

Innis, who’s never sought public office before, also told the AP he doesn’t think the fact that he is gay will be a campaign issue as he seeks the GOP nomination.

Former Manchester mayor Frank Guinta has already announced he’ll again seek to represent the first district in DC.  Guinta served in congress for a single term before  losing to Democrat Carol Shea-Porter in 2012. Guinta had defeated Shea-Porter in 2010.

Josh has worked at NHPR since 2000.

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