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.
Edwards works as a lobbyist with clients in the alcohol industry. He is also the chair of the state advisory group on Juvenile Justice. He’s a self-described conservative, and explained his decision to run, saying people "want leaders who go to Washington who are serious about tax reform, about helping with our opioid crisis."
Edwards first came to New Hampshire in 1987 as a sailor at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and currently lives in Dover.
In 2014, he ran for state Senate, but lost to Democrat David Watters.