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2018 Election Preview: Congressional Districts 1 & 2; President's Executive Order on Healthcare

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We preview New Hampshire's mid-term elections.  While actual voting is a year away, a crowd of potential candidates is already weighing the possibilities.  That's especially true in the First Congressional District: with an open seat and a reputation for being unpredictable.  We find out more - also, an update on how President Trump's health care order may affect New Hampshire. 


On The Health Insurance Executive Order:

  • Governor Chris Sununu
  • Alex Feldvebel - Deputy Commissioner for the N.H. Department of Insurance. 

On The Election:

  • Dean Spiliotes - Civic scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at SNHU and author of the website NH Political Capital.
  • Paul Steinhauser - New Hampshire political reporter, and former CNN political editor.
  • Dan Tuohy - Digital Engagement Producer for NHPR.

Current Candidates:

This list reflects both candidates who have declared their candidacy and those who have expressed interest in running.

Congressional District 1:


  • Eddie Edwards (declared) - Former Chief of Police for South Hampton, and former Chief of the N.H. State Division of Liquor Enforcement. 
  • Andy Martin (declared) - Attorney from Manchester. 
  • Matt Mayberry - Former NHGOP Vice Chair. 
  • Andy Sanborn (declared) - State senator from Bedford. 


  • Dana Hillard - Mayor of Somersworth.
  • Mark MacKenzie - Former AFL-CIO President.
  • Deaglan McEachern - Executive with Hearsay Systems, a financial marketing firm. 
  • Mindi Messmer - State representative from Rye.
  • Terence O'Rourke (declared) - Rochester city attorney and U.S. Army veteran.
  • Chris Pappas - Executive Counselor from Manchester. 
  • Lincoln Soldati - Former Somersworth Mayor, and Strafford attorney.
  • Maura Sullivan - Former assistant secretary of Veterans Affairs during the Obama administration, and a Marine veteran. 


  • Dylan Robinson (declared) - Army veteran. 


  • Shawn O'Connor (declared) - Businessman from Bedford.

Congressional District 2:


  • Jack Flanagan (declared) - Former state representative and majority leader under House Speaker Shawn Jasper.
  • Stewart Levenson (declared) - Physician from Hopkinton, and whistleblower for substandard care at the Manchester VA.
  • Steve Negron (declared) - State representative from Nashua.


  • Annie Kuster (incumbent) - U.S. Representative since 2013. 


  • Justin O'Donnell - Political activist who worked on Gary Johnson's 2016 presidential campaign.



  • Chris Sununu (incumbent) - Governor in his first term, and former member of the Executive Council. 


  • Steve Marchand (declared) - Former Mayor of Portsmouth, and 2016 gubernatorial primary candidate. 


  • Jilletta Jarvis (declared) - Secretary of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire. 

Related Reading:

WMUR has a NH Primary Source page, which contains all of their coverage on the upcoming election. 

  "Kevin Landrigan's Granite Status: Shea-Porter's 1st District seat getting a serious look from some," from the Union Leader. 

"Shea-Porter says she won't seek re-election to N.H. congressional seat," from the Concord Monitor. 

"To No One's Surprise, Sununu Confirms He's Running for Re-Election," from NHPR. 

"Messmer, Pappas, consider run for Congress," from the Fosters.com.

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