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GOP State Sen. Andy Sanborn Announces 1st District Congressional Bid


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.

“I am running because our current Congress member looks at the people of New Hampshire as nothing more than an ATM machine for her liberal progressive agenda and she believes people are there to serve the government, not the other way around,” Sanborn wrote in a statement. “I think the opposite. I will work every day to put more of your money back into your pocket and ensure government works for you, to solve your problems.”

Sanborn is serving his fourth term in the state Senate. He also owns The Draft sports bar in downtown Concord. He describes himself as a "reluctant politician."

Sanborn is the second Republican to announce his candidacy for the seat.

Former law enforcement official Eddie Edwards announced his bid for the seat in April. Edwards served as the chief of enforcement for the state's liquor commission.

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