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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8d070000Race: District 1, U.S. House of RepresentativesParty: RepublicanPolitical Experience: 2010-2012 - U.S. House2006-2009 - Mayor of Manchester2001-2005 - New Hampshire HousePersonal: Married, with two children; lives in ManchesterEducation: Bachelor of Arts, Assumption College; Masters, Franklin Pierce Law CenterCandidate WebsiteIssuesGuinta wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and enact "market-based reforms" that include allowing insurance to be purchased across state lines."[I]f we could eradicate those state line borders, just start with our region, so every carrier now has the ability to compete not just in New Hampshire but in New England as a region, you will bring more competitive market forces to this area, probably upwards of 30 carriers or more."On immigration, Guinta opposes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the country. He says the U.S. must hire more border patrol agents and construct a wall in "high traffic areas." The current crisis of immigrants fleeing Central America for the U.S., he says, is the result of President Obama's policy of "prosecutorial discretion" to allow some individuals to remain here: "But the vast majority of those individuals can be returned to their home countries with their families."Guinta says he is "disappointed in a whole host of issues" related to the Obama administration's foreign policy, accusing the president of "disengagement" and lack of leadership. While he does not support "boots on the ground" against the Islamic States of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Guinta says the militant group cannot be allowed to grow. "The president is going to have come up with a strategy that doesn’t just contain, but has to eradicate ISIS because Americans would rather, I think, finish this now than deal with it for years and years and years and allow ISIS to become the next Al Qaeda."

State Rep May Challenge Guinta, Innis In GOP Congressional Primary

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State Rep. Pam Tucker of Greenland is exploring a run for Congress in the 1st District, potentially setting up a three-way Republican primary.

Tucker, a four-term representative, says she wants to break gridlock and focus on "reining in the excesses of a bloated federal government."

In the primary, Tucker would face incumbent Rep. Frank Guinta and Dan Innis, a former dean of the University of New Hampshire's business school who unsuccessfully challenged Guinta last year. Several top state Republicans called for Guinta's resignation earlier this year after the Federal Election Commission found he broke the law by taking a $355,000 loan from his parents in his 2010 campaign.

On the Democratic side, former representative Carol Shea-Porter is seeking to win the nomination. Bedford businessman Shawn O'Connor is also running.

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