Former Strafford County Attorney Lincoln Soldati announced Wednesday that he is running as a Democratic candidate for New Hampshire’s 1st District House seat.
Soldati, a Democrat and Portsmouth native, spent 17 years as Strafford County Attorney.
In 2009 he was elected mayor of Somersworth, but he resigned the post in 2011 after his house burnt down and he was unable to rebuild.
Last year, Soldati traveled to North Dakota to join Native Americans and others who were opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. He says that experience inspired him to run.
“There were things that occurred there and lessons that I learned there that were profound. And one of the values that the Sioux Nation expounds upon is to be of use,” he says.
Soldati says he can be of use in Congress as a defense against what he calls an "unchecked and unbalanced administration."
He's running for the seat currently held by Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.